15 days in Madrid, Barcelona & Sao Paulo Itinerary

15 days in Madrid, Barcelona & Sao Paulo Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alcazar of Segovia and Catedral de Segovia. Visit The Walls of Avila and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Avila (Casco Historico de Avila, Cathedral of Avila, &more) and Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo & Catedral Primada). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, stroll around Parque del Retiro, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and take a stroll through Gran Via.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid visit planner.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Madrid is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Belo Horizonte to Madrid, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Belo Horizonte in July: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 40°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Avila, Toledo, Segovia
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vila Vella (Old Town) and Anfiteatro de Tarragona. Venture out of the city with trips to Plaza de Sant Antoni (in Altafulla), Art Gallery Blanco Grane - Tossa de Mar (in Tossa de Mar) and Fenals Beach (in Lloret de Mar). Spend the 24th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Pineda, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, and wander the streets of Passeig de Gracia.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for slightly colder days in Barcelona, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tossa de Mar, Plaza de Sant Antoni, Anfiteatro de Tarragona, Playa de la Pineda, Fenals Beach
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Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Fenals Beach ©
Fenals Beach
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
You'll explore and learn at Museu do Futebol and Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo. Shop till you drop at The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo and Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Liberdade, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, explore the engaging exhibits at Ceres Art, and explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil.

For more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Sao Paulo takes 15.5 hours. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Barcelona to Sao Paulo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in July: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento
Museu do Futebol ©
Museu do Futebol
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil ©
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

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