Madrid and Barcelona

Unravel the twin treats of Spain in this dream Madrid and Barcelona trip with Flying Squirrel Holidays! Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561, is a modern cosmopolitan center – a place of great art, music, and food. The city’s medieval alleys, grand museums, beautiful parks and quaint intimate streets are a treat. It’s a city for art lovers with music in their souls. Here you will feel the hot Latin vibe and experience the pulsating nightlife, siestas, and the culture of tapas and the flamenco dancers. There are boutique and luxe accommodations for you to choose from and it’s easy to zip around thanks to convenient transportation.

Madrid tourism is the home of the great Goya and Velázquez, but you will be able to see impressions of the great Flemish and Italian art masters here as well. Catch their masterpieces and those of others like Picasso, Dalí, and Miró in this arty city. Food is also an experience in Madrid; traditional cuisine has survived for centuries and epicurean creativity makes Madrid another kind of paradise. A traditional Spanish lunch served in an old bread factory is a highlight of the food trip in Madrid.

After the arty headiness of Madrid, we take you to the Catalan capital of Barcelona lying between the Mediterranean in the East and the Collserola Mountains in the West. Barcelona is a mesmerizing mix of the ancient and modern architecture. Its grand 19th-century boulevards of Art Nouveau buildings, miles of Mediterranean beaches outside the Barcelonés homes, markets, restaurants, regional wines, tapas bars and museums makes Barcelona what it is. While you are here walk down La Rambla and shop for little knick knacks, stand in awe before Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and visit the Picasso Museum, the Montjuic Mountain, the Montserrat monastery and basilica with the Black Virgin.

Madrid has a mix of many culinary traditions. Here, there are variations of tapas, paella, gambas (prawns), beef-and-vegetable stews. Leave it to us to recommend the best flamenco restaurants, traditional Catalan cooking and much more. Barcelona kitchens are dominated by the Catalan cooking style –vegetables, wheat, sausage, poultry, lamb, nuts, and herbs! Popular Catalan dishes are Escudella, a stew, Coques, a kind of pizza, seafood casseroles, Ollada (meat and vegetable stew) tomato, nut and olive oil based sauces

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