. At 5:00 pm, it was time to go downstairs to meet our tour guide and fellow travelers. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. I was able to balance … There are some daytrip options like Montserrat (mountainside monastery), Figueres (Dali museum), and Girona (a more charming riverside city known as the Venice of Spain), all of which can be reached by train. Some travelers fly into one and out of the other in order to eliminate some backtracking. Madrid is really too large a city to be a day-trip destination from Barcelona. ... One huge benefit on being part of a Rick Steves… Rick Steves tours perfectly blend group and solo adventure opportunities into one package - you have access to all the perks of group travel, including expedited entrances into major sightseeing … I like museums, but not looking to spend my whole time in them and it seems that Madrid has a ton of museums. Any suggestions? Barcelona is … To help you plan your sightseeing, I've listed my ideal itineraries for Barcelona, whether you're going for one day, two days, three days, or more. Each of you will get an autographed copy of the “Rick Steves European Festivals” book hot off the press this fall, when the companion public television special airs across the USA. Home Pre Tour Barcelona Madrid Focal Points madrid madrid. - Take an AVE train to Madrid Rick Steves' Barcelona & Madrid 2014. And once you reach the end of the train ride, you still need to get to the sights you want to see or back to your hotel. It was our first visit to the region and we had an amazing time! You can make easy day trips from Madrid to Segovia & Toledo & also Barcelona (a stretch though) & Valencia. each is worth three full days minimum (without day trips). I have been to both Madrid and Barcelona several times each - in fact, I am visiting both again in October. Just a really compact easy to do city that is the NYC of Spain. Enric created a special thread no long ago in which he goes into considerable detail about visiting Montserrat. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. I landed in Barcelona at 6:00am and found it easy to catch the Aerobus (the express bus from the airport to the city). Partial to Madrid because of Prado & Thyssen museums where I can spend hours. If you want to see a different city, you can reach the charming Girona in about an hour. (This clip is also available in Rick Steves Classroom Europe, my free — and … 4.2 out of 5 stars 54. I took a few pictures and enjoyed the fresh air … I have been to both and enjoy both. This topic has been automatically closed due to a period of inactivity. The Rick Steves Best of Barcelona & Madrid tour combines Spain's top cities to create a sparkling, full-bodied eight-day adventure. There was at least one of those when I visited in August. Segovia has perhaps the greatest Roman aquaduct in the world and another charming Medieval city with a great cathedral and so-so Moorish alcazar (mostly modern reconstruction). People tend to have a picture of Barcelona as if there is Moderisme architecture on every street corner, but those buildings are few and far between. Rick Steves' Europe. We had our first train picnic with our fellow travelers. Rick Steves Spain 2020 | Savor authentic paella, run with the bulls in Pamplona, or relax on Barcelona's beaches: experience Spain with Rick Steves Inside Rick Steves Spain 2020 you'll find: Comprehensive … From Barcelona, we took a 3-hour high-speed train to Madrid, Spain’s capital and largest city. I love Spain & am a tapas foodie. This tour focused on two major cities (Barcelona and Madrid) with a day trip to Toledo. The old town part has a more Medieval compact feel while the Eixample is a modern (early 20th century) city with a grid layout. Home Pre Tour Barcelona Madrid Focal Points barcelona day 3     morning views. Rick produces a … What a treat! Rick produces a … My favorite in Barcelona is concert hall Palau de la musica catalana. Certainly Madrid wins in Museums, but Barcelona does have a nice Picasso museum, a Maritime museum, the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, multiple other Gaudi landmarks. $3.99 shipping. Rick Steves' Barcelona & Madrid 2014. I'll bet in 2005 they didn't have very many of the beautiful stained-glass windows installed. For overall authentic urban vibe, Madrid hands down. We are also planning a trip to Spain this year. It has beaches. Using Rick Steves' guide books, we traveled to Europe several times on our own. As for modernista sites, the Modernisme Route lists about 115 sites in Barcelona. The city museum in Barcelona, and Parc Guell, Casa Bottlo and/or Casa Mila are all great. The tour started in Barcelona and then moved on to Madrid… Barcelona is the "Paris of Spain" and has the seacoast. By Rick Steves. We didn't know . The big question for many: Is it safe to travel in Barcelona … El Escorial is Spain's version of Versailles. In fact, Madrid, inland several hours from the sea, is called "the seaport of Spain" inasmuch as the fresh seafood comes to it to be sent out to the rest of the country. . So.....do we sleep in Barcelona the whole time and do day trips to Madrid, etc? Barcelona, frankly, is more immediately engaging for most tourists. Sagrada Familia did not knock my socks off, too much scaffolding when I was there (September 2005), maybe it's better now. I have been to both Madrid and Barcelona several times each - in fact, I am visiting both again in October. - Spend 3-4 nights in Barcelona As we turned 60, we decided to relax and let Rick … Madrid is Spain's capital and largest city. Below, you can watch the part of my Madrid episode that is, thankfully, now out of date. When is your trip, and how much time will you have in Sicily? Like many of you, I am a big fan of Rick Steves travel shows (on PBS) and had used his guidebooks to help me when planning my own autonomous travel. Juan: Barcelona! But that's not unique to that particular church. My experiences in Madrid … Madrid as a day trip from Barcelona would be crazy (and probably really expensive). Barcelona has decent museums however and is great for just walking around and cafe' hopping. Paperback $6.20 $ 6. Home Pre Tour Barcelona Madrid Focal Points story People and places are unique: all of them have stories. It will depend entirely on your own interests, so be sure to research each a little more to see which one inspires you more. I prefer Madrid and feel it has great museums (Prado, Reina, Thysson, etc) and better day trips (Toledo, Segovia, Avila, etc) than Barcelona. Posted on May 20, 2018 May 18, 2018. Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. the Ramblas is a big scene, packed with tourists. We've been used to a day or two in any one … Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Madrid. Madrid Travel Guide by Rick Steves For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel … Flip a coin and you will be pleased either way. And I do like art. We didn't realize that the Roman Empire extended into … According to this wiki page (scroll down to the table listing airlines) Iberia and RyanAir have "seasonal" flights between Madrid and Palermo and Vueling has regularly scheduled flights from Barcelona. Day trip from Barcelona to Montserrat is great but not with just a few days. But it's a much newer city than Barcelona with, to my mind, less varied sights. The shortest trip is 2-1/2 hours on the AVE. Have just completed the "Best of Barcelona and Madrid in 8 Days" tour. This was our third Rick Steves tour, and was very possibly the best. Enjoy! Edited to add: The Catania airport has more flights than Palermo. Rick Steves' Spain & Portugal: Including Barcelona, Madrid & Lisbon City Maps Rick Steves' Spain & Dec 29, 2006. First, you'll experience the pride and energy of Barcelona — tapping into … In June 2019, we decided to travel to Spain on a Rick Steves' Tour- Best of Barcelona & Madrid in 8 days. Both Barcelona and Madrid have rather large main stations, so you'd need to … Barcelona and Madrid. having said that. ... Here’s a quick peek at the ride from Madrid to Barcelona … Read all the airline's rules carefully to avoid really unpleasant surprises like baggage fees and departures from an airport that may be nowhere near the city you're in. Flying to Palermo from Barcelona? Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. Having done both i wholeheartedly advocate barcelona over madrid (which is the third largest city in europe). Our fellow travelers Prime Hello, Sign in Account & Lists Returns & Orders try Prime Hello Sign! 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