Barcelona is a city where there are far more tourists than Madrid. So that the arrival of tourists brings prices up. Not that Barcelona doesn’t have cheap things to do or buy, it’s just that in Madrid it’s all cheaper
In Madrid, you can get tapas cod 30 seconds from Sol (Madrid’s main square) at Casa Labra for euros or a big meal for 10 euros not far from Gran Via (the main street of Madrid) on Con Dos Fogones. A commensurate restaurant in Barcelona is too busy doing paella and sangria ‘offers’ to offer real value for money.
Meanwhile, two of Madrid’s best museums (Reina Sofia and Prado) have free entrance tickets every night of the week, something you will never see in Barcelona.
Have you ever heard of Toledo and Segovia? They are both near Madrid. Satellite cities around Madrid are some of the most interesting and diverse in Spain. Barcelona also has several good day trips, including Figueres (for the Dali museum) and Sitges (for the beach), but Madrid’s day trip is no less fun
When it comes to exploring the rest of Spain, Madrid’s central location makes it far superior to northwest Barcelona. AVE trains can take you to many Spanish cities very quickly, while normal trains and buses will take you to other places.
The architecture of the building is the main reason tourists visit Barcelona. Most of Gaudi’s extraordinary modernist buildings are in Barcelona and in this design the city’s reputation is centralized. Madrid has several interesting buildings, especially along Gran Via, but cannot compete with Barcelona.
Madrid vs Barcelona: Which city would you choose? … both the city and its beaches during your stay in one of our Barcelona vacation rentals. Madrid is, of course, Spain’s capital city and as well as being more or less geographically at the centre of the country, it is also the centre. For a tourist, I will recommend Barcelona over Madrid. There are more things for tourism and they have the beach. It is slightly more international and tourist