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Best Spain Tours Starting from Madrid

Visit Andalusia, Barcelona and other Cities in Spain from the Capital


Whether you have time for just a day trip or if you have a little longer to venture out of Madrid, you'll find something of interest on this page. These Spain tours from Madrid are the best guided trips you can do from the capital, with tours going to all corners of the country and beyond to Portugal and Morocco.

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1. Spain Tours from Madrid: Day Trips

Puerto de Alcala, Madrid, Spain
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If you've only got time for a day trip from Madrid, you're probably going to want to visit one of Madrid's satellite cities: either Toledo to the south or a couple of the cities to the west: Segovia, Avila, Valle de los Caidos or El Escorial.

Alternatively, you could always venture as far as Barcelona or Seville, trips only made possible by the high-speed AVE train.

Not found what you're looking for? There are more day trips here: Madrid Day Trips

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2. Spain Tours from Madrid: Short Tours of Andalusia

Andalusia is Spain's most popular region, with several cities that are vital for any Spain trip situated just a couple of hours apart.

Seville is the spiritual home of flamenco and bullfighting and Andalusia's most visited city. Cordoba is not far from Seville and is home to the Mezquita, the grand mosque that was once the biggest in the world (and has now been converted into the city's cathedral), so adding this to your trip to Seville is a great way to get more out of your time.

For a slightly longer trip, you can add Ronda, the pueblo blanco that is perched over a steep ravine, the UNESCO-protected Caceres or Granada, home to the Alhambra.

Which would I recommend? The four-day Seville, Toledo, Cordoba and Granada tour. The organizers of this tour have proportioned the four days perfectly, with half a day in Cordoba, a day and a half in Seville and a day in Granada. Then, on the way back to Madrid, stop off in Toledo for a brief look around there.

See also: Andalusia Tours from Madrid

3. Spain Tours from Madrid: Four-Day Tour of Lisbon and Central Portugal

Praca do Commercio Lisbon
Praca do Commercio in Lisbon. Image: (c) Damian Corrigan

Travel from the capital of Spain to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, on this three-nights-and-four days tour. The best thing about this trip (apart from the sights themselves) is that all of the accommodation is at the same place - in Lisbon.

Visit Trujillo in Spain on the way to Lisbon. Settle into your hotel and then have a guided tour of the Portuguese capital and some free time on your second day. On the third day you will go on a day trip to Fatima, finishing up on the last day with a visit to Caceres on the way back to Madrid.

A perfect introduction to some of the highlights of Portugal with some lesser-visited sights in Spain without having to move your cases every evening.

This tour doesn't reach Porto, one of Portugal's real highlights, which is unsurprising considering the length of the tour. For a longer tour of Portugal, check out: Portugal Tours from Madrid.

4. Spain Tours from Madrid: Four-Day Tour of Barcelona and Valencia

La Pedrera Barcelona
La Pedrera in Barcelona. Image: (c) Damian Corrigan

Visit Spain's most popular city, Barcelona, as well as Valencia (the home of paella) on this four-day tour from Madrid. You'll spend a night in Valencia and two nights in Barcelona, before returning to Madrid via Zaragoza.

This tour of eastern Spain misses out Andalusia. For a longer tour that takes in Barcelona and other sights in Spain, check out Tours from Madrid to Barcelona.

5. Spain Tours from Madrid: Seven-Day Tour of Barcelona, Andalusia and More

Spain tours from Madrid to Barcelona
Image: (c) Damian Corrigan

Visit the best of Spain's cities - Barcelona, Seville and Granada as well as Cordoba, Valencia and Zaragoza in this mammoth tour of the country.

This seven-day (six-night) tour includes combines whistle-stop tours of the smaller cities with slightly longer stops in both Seville and Barcelona (where you'll spend two nights in each). If you only have a week in Spain in your life and need to see its highlights, this is the tour for you.

Accommodation is at luxury hotels and many meals are included.

  • Barcelona, Seville, Granada, Cordoba, Valencia and Zaragoza
  • Seven-Day Tour

See also: 100 Things to Do in Barcelona

6. Spain Tours from Madrid: Nine-Day Tour of Spain and Portugal

Lisbon's skyline at sunset. Image: (c) Damian Corrigan

There are a few tours that include Spain and Portugal but this one is one of the most compact and diverse that I've found.

This tour starts with Avila and Salamanca (where you'll stay the night) followed by a night in Coimbra. You then visit Fatima on the way to Lisbon, where you'll stay two nights.

After leaving Lisbon, you'll make a stop in Caceres before arriving in Seville, where you'll also stay two nights. Then your bus will take you to Ronda on the way to the Costa del Sol. After that, visit Granada and the Alhambra. From Granada you'll travel north to Madrid, stopping in Toledo on the way.

  • Lisbon, Seville, Ronda, Granada, Toledo, Coimbra, Fatima, Avila, Salamanca, Caceres, Costa del Sol
  • Nine-Day Tour

See also: Portugal and Morocco Tours from Madrid

7. Spain Tours from Madrid: Ten-Day Tour of Spain and Morocco

Bazaar in Morocco. Picture: Moise Levi (Some Rights Reserved/Creative Commons)

There are plenty of tours from Spain that go on to Morocco, but not so many that leave from Madrid. But if you're traveling around the south of Spain, it makes sense to go on to Morocco as well - there are just 14km between the two countries!

This tour visits all of the important sights of Andalusia, including Cordoba, Seville and Granada, while including five days in Morocco along the way. On the way back to Madrid, the tour stops in Toledo.

  • Cordoba, Seville, Casablanca, Marrakech, Meknes, Fes, Rabat, Costa del Sol, Granada and Toledo
  • Ten-Day Tour

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