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Number of days in Barcelona

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Number of days in Barcelona

What is the ideal time to spend in Barcelona? Is 2 nights/2 days sufficient to see all the top attractions?

And if anyone can answer the same question for Madrid (will be there 4 nights/3 days)? Can I see all the top attractions in that time (and include a day trip to Toledo while staying in Madrid)?

Or is there more to see/do in Barcelona vs. Madrid? I will be there at the end of November.

1. Re: Number of days in Barcelona

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2. Re: Number of days in Barcelona

Two days is enough to get an overview and visit the Gaudi sites which are what make Barcelona unique. With three days you wd have more time to wander around and to go into a few (more ) museums . However with the exception of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya which shows you Catalan art through the centuries and the Picasso Museum(for his early works) there is nothing to compete with the holdings of Madrid's museums which are all national collections (in archeology, applied arts etc etc not just the Prado/Thyssen/Reina Sofia).

If you are not keen on art you can "do" Madrid in 2 days and spend one in Toledo. But if you are an art-lover, Madrid's artistic treasures are wonderful and need more than 2 days. Go to the Academia de San Fernando, Sorolla's house, Convento de las Descalzas Reales and other smaller collections. Palacio Real is a must too.

Lots of museums are closed on Mondays and many on Sunday afternoon too, so bear this in mind when planning (Gaudi sites open all day, daily though).