3 Nights Barcelona, 3 Nights Madrid & 3 Nights Lisbon(DBL)

Fado—the traditional music popular in Lisbon—is characterized by its melancholy and mournful nature. But while you may enjoy being like the locals and listening to the music, your trip to Lisbon will not be melancholy. That’s because Monograms has made traveling to Lisbon, as well as Barcelona and Madrid, easy and hassle-free. To ensure your happiness throughout your vacation, we’ve even arranged for you to have a friend in each city—a Monograms Local Host®—who will be there to help your vacation run smoothly and answer your questions. In addition to the Local Hosts, on this 10-day vacation package, we’ve also arranged your hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, sightseeing with local experts, transportation between cities, and intra-vacation transfers.

Your vacation begins in Barcelona, where your Local Host will present you with a destination guide to acquaint you with the city and will be on hand to answer your questions. The next morning, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with a local expert. You’ll hear the insider secrets as you visit the must-see attractions, such as Casa Batlló, architect Gaudi’s masterpiece of modernism. In each city, we’ll take you to the sights you can’t miss, such as the famous Prado Museum in Madrid, with a collection of masterpieces of European art; the Alfama in Lisbon, the ancient Moorish quarter characterized by narrow streets and cobblestone alleys; and Lisbon’s Jeronimos Monastery, dating back over 500 years and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plus, Monograms gives you VIP access, which is why you’ll get to skip the lines at Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona and spend your time inside this amazing, still-unfinished cathedral rather than outside waiting in line!

You’ll have a full day in Barcelona, Madrid, and Lisbon to explore on your own (with help from your Local Hosts of course). In Barcelona, you may want to take a guided tour of the Picasso Museum, sample tapas on a walking tour, enjoy one of Barcelona’s beaches, or take an excursion to Montserrat, with its 1,000-year-old Benedictine monastery and paintings by El Greco, Dali, and Picasso. In Madrid, how about taking an excursion to Toledo, one of the oldest towns in Europe; relaxing at the Arab baths; enjoying a Flamenco show; or strolling through El Retiro Park, one of Madrid’s largest parks? Be sure to listen to fado music in Lisbon and perhaps climb to the Castle of São Jorge, the highest point in the city; taste a pastel de Belém, a sweet pastry; or visit one of the many museums. Your Local Host in each city will have plenty of suggestions and can help arrange activities to ensure your vacation is all you want it to be.

And did we mention we’ve included transportation and transfers in your vacation package? We’ll pick you up at your Barcelona hotel and take you to the train station, where you’ll travel first-class via high-speed train to Madrid. In Madrid, we’ll pick you up at the train station and take you to your hotel. When it’s time to travel to Lisbon, we’ll take you to the Madrid airport, where we’ve arranged for you to catch a flight to Lisbon, where we’ll pick you up at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Add the sightseeing and guides we’ve arranged, the hotels we’ve reserved, and the breakfasts we’ve included, and it’s a vacation of a lifetime!


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

Barcelona
Madrid
Lisbon

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily

Sightseeing & Activities

Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

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FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your vacation package includes VIP access to Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Basilica. You won’t have to wait hours in lines like all the other tourists or deal with the stress of trying to get online tickets, which sell out quickly! Instead, you’ll be inside the cathedral enjoying it thoroughly.

DAY
1
BARCELONA, SPAIN

Bienvenido—welcome to sunny Spain! Your Local Host is on hand to help you create lasting memories in the enchanting capital of Catalonia.

DAY
2
BARCELONA

Starting from Plaza Catalunya, morning guided sightseeing includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of La Pedrera and to visit Gaudí’s CASA BATLLÓ. Passing through the central Eixample district, reach the extraordinary but still unfinished SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. Your included entrance fees contribute to its completion.

DAY
3
BARCELONA

Your Local Host has many recommendations for your day—perhaps a visit to whimsical Tibidabo amusement park or Sardanes folk dancing performance.

DAY
4
BARCELONA–MADRID

Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Madrid.

DAY
5
MADRID

Morning guided sightseeing features a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM to admire one of the world’s finest collections of European art. Also see Plaza de España, Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, Orient Square with the ornate Royal Palace, Parque del Buen Retiro, and the Neoclassical Puerta de Alcalá monument.

DAY
6
MADRID

Today, you may wish to visit the church of San Francisco El Grande with the largest dome in Madrid or enjoy a Zarzuela operetta. Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day.

DAY
7
MADRID–LISBON, PORTUGAL

Travel by AIR on selected flights to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

DAY
8
LISBON

Morning guided sightseeing features the Baixa city center, and a walk through the cobblestone alleys of ALFAMA, the ancient Moorish quarter. Drive to the Belém district, known for its seafaring past, and visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See Belém Tower and the Monument of the Discoveries from one of the best panoramic viewpoints, and pass by Edward VII Park located near Pombal Square.

DAY
9
LISBON

Your Local Host will have many options for your day at leisure, such as a visit to Berardo Museum with its modern art collection.

DAY
10
LISBON

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Transportation

Travel by high-speed AVE train (first class) Barcelona-Madrid; transfers to/from train stations; by air on selected flights from Madrid to Lisbon with transfers

Included Hotels

Barcelona
Madrid
Lisbon

NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderon

Check-in Time: 15:00
Check-out Time: 12:00

Address:
Rambla Catalunya, 26
Barcelona, Spain

An elegant 253-room hotel with a prestigious location just off Passeig de Gràcia Boulevard in central Barcelona and is only one block away from Gaudi's famous Casa Batlló, Plaça de Catalunya, the Gothic Quarter, luxury brand shops with many restaurants and tapas bars within walking distance. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel. The gourmet restaurant offers an exclusive selection of local produce and Catalan specialities whilst the 11th floor indoor-outdoor bar serves World class cocktails complete with 360º views. The hotel has a large rooftop swimming pool and terrace with panoramic views of the city and a gym.

Location & Highlights

An unbeatable location right in the middle of the Eixample district of Barcelona. Built on the site of the former Teatro Calderón, it's just a 10-minute walk to Las Ramblas, while Passeig de Gràcia, the city's nicest shopping street, is easily reached on foot. Emblematic buildings and sights such as Casa Batlló, Casa Milà (La Pedrera), La Sagrada Familia, and the Picasso museum are also nearby.

Room Amenities

Each air-conditioned guestroom is decorated in neutral colors with wooden floors and feature a Nespresso coffee machine, minibar, safe and flat-screen TV with International channels.

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Pool

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Barcelona
Madrid
Lisbon

Tryp Apolo

Check-in Time: 15:00
Check-out Time: 12:00

Address:
Av.Paralelo 57-59
Barcelona, Spain

A modern 314 room hotel located in the heart of Barcelona with Free Wi-Fi internet access in all rooms and public areas. Delicious snacks can be enjoyed at the Tapas Bar whilst the lobby bar serves refreshing drinks and cocktails.

Location & Highlights

Located at the foot of Montjuïc, just a few minutes' walk from Barcelona's Ramblas, the buzzing main street packed with pavement cafes and markets. Restaurants, theatres, museums and tapas bars can all be easily found in close proximity to the hotel.

Room Amenities

Spacious, bright, guestrooms are welcoming with air-conditioning.

  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Phone
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi

Catalonia Ramblas

Check-in Time: 14:00
Check-out Time: 12:00

Address:
Calle Pelayo 28
Barcelona, Spain

This 221 room hotel is set in a wonderful 19th century building, formerly the head office of Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with terrace and a spa with exercise equipment, sauna, and Jacuzzi. The hotel restaurant serves Catalan and Mediterranean style food and the welcoming lobby bar offers a selection of snacks and beverages.

Location & Highlights

An unbeatable location, just a few steps away from La Rambla and Plaza Catalunya offering convenient access to the metro and bus routes. Designer boutiques, tapas bars, and excellent restaurants are all in close proximity.

Room Amenities

Modern guestrooms are designed with elegant class and offer maximum comfort including coffee/tea making facilities.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool

Activities & Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following activities & excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Activities and Excursions are available for purchase on our MyMonograms site as soon as initial deposit or payment is received.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Barcelona
Madrid
Lisbon

Barcelona

Flamenco

Experience the passion and spirit of Spain's most traditional music and dance at this delightful evening of traditional Spanish Flamenco entertainment.

Price Range: $

Barcelona Hop-On/Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour

Explore Barcelona the fun and easy way! This hop-on/hop-off bus tour includes three different routes, 44 stops, and an all-day pass, so you can experience the city exactly the way you want!

Price Range: $

Under the Sea Adventure at Aquarium Barcelona

Come face to face with the underwater kingdom's most fascinating creatures at Aquarium Barcelona, one of the world's best exhibits of Mediterranean sealife!

Price Range: $

Dinner in Barcelona

Ascend 246 feet (75 meters) above the sea for a fantastic dining experience featuring gourmet cuisine, excellent Spanish wines, and magical 360-degree views of Barcelona.

Price Range: $$$

Private Barcelona Discovery Tour

Explore Barcelona in your own way and at your own pace on this private tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your certified Local Guide the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Tapas-Tasting in a Real Basque Tavern

You simply cannot go to Spain without trying its world-famous tapas, and you'll sample some of the very best specialties on this fun tapas-tasting outing to an authentic Basque tavern.

Price Range: $

Barcelona Spectacular Waterfront & Montjuïc Discovery

Visit two of Barcelona's most beautiful areas: the magnificent waterfront and Montjuïc hill with its recreated Iberian village, sports stadiums from the 1992 Olympics, and spectacular panoramic views of the city below.

Price Range: $

Barcelona Half-Day Private Shopping & Lifestyle Tour

If you love to shop `til you drop, then this private half-day Barcelona shopping tour with a personal shopper is for you!

Price Range: $$$$

Spanish Tapas Walking Tour for Foodies

Explore and taste your way in some of Barcelona's most lively tapas bars on this fun guided foodie walking tour!

Price Range: $$

Private Barcelona Photo Tour

Join an photography enthusiastic local guide for an interactive walking photo safari that shows you the best ways and places to photograph this incredible city!

Price Range: $$$$

Discover Montserrat

Experience the magical beauty surrounding Barcelona on this memorable guided excursion to the soaring mountains of Montserrat.

Price Range: $$

Authentic Spanish Lunch at the Marina

Enjoy a delightful lunch at one of the most popular restaurants at the former Olympic Port. This place offers his guests the opportunity to taste Mediterranean cuisine prepared with special care and expertise.

Price Range: $

Blue Side of Barcelona Boat Excursion

Sail along the magnificent eastern coast of Spain for a unique view of Barcelona and some of its most incredible sights.

Price Range: $

Barcelona by Land, Air & Sea

Barcelona's magic comes to life by land, air, and sea as you travel by electric bike, cable car, and boat to discover the city's most iconic sights!

Price Range: $$

Medieval Girona and the Dalí Theatre & Museum

From the ridiculous to the sublime, this tour shows you the collection of unusual curiosities and weird optical illusions at the quirky Salvador Dalí Museum in Figueres, before introducing you to Girona, a cobblestoned showcase of medieval treasures.

Price Range: $$$$

Dalí Theatre & Museum Tour

See a bathtub suspended from the ceiling, weird optical illusions, and other unusual curiosities when you visit the quirky, interactive Dalí Museum in Figueres, dedicated to the life, imagination, and works of Salvador Dalí.

Price Range: $$$

Walking Tour Picasso and Gothic Quarter

Roman emperors and Pablo Picasso are just two of the influential characters you' ll encounter on this captivating guided walking tour through Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and Picasso Museum.

Price Range: $

Barcelona on Two Wheels: City Highlights

Explore some of Barcelona's greatest wonders on this exhilarating guided bike tour.

Price Range: $

Spanish Chef for a Day

Hands-on cooking experience consisting in the preparation of a Spanish meal.

Price Range: $$

Barcelona Markets Tour with Tastings

Learn all about Catalan cuisine and Spanish gastronomy on this exciting foodie market tour with a professional chef! Taste and sample your way through two of Barcelona¿s most famous markets, and visit traditional grocers selected by the chef.

Price Range: $

Magical Montserrat with Monastery, Funicular & Nature Hike

Experience the magic of Montserrat on this engaging day trip featuring the thousand-year-old Benedictine monastery, a scenic funicular ride, and a guided nature trek through Montserrat Natural Park!

Price Range: $$

PortAventura Amusement Park

If you are looking for adrenaline, adventures and lot of fun, we offer you a different visit to Barcelona.

Price Range: $$

Barcelona Guided Seaside Run

Enjoy the beauty of Barcelona while burning off a few calories on this fun guided running tour along the charming seaside

Price Range: $$$$

Barcelona Sailboat Brunch Cruise

This memorable excursion has it all-a relaxing sailboat cruise past Barcelona¿s most famous sights, a delicious brunch at sea, and even time for a refreshing plunge into the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean!

Price Range: $$

Barcelona Private Yoga Class

Become one with Barcelona on this uplifting excursion featuring round-trip transportation to a beautiful park, garden, beach, or home; a private yoga class customized to your skill level; and a refreshing drink at a local café afterward!

Price Range: $$$$

Barcelona eBike Ride with Winery Visit

Enjoy a half-day devoted to wine and the great outdoors on this exceptional guided electric bike tour featuring a ride along the Mediterranean coast, and a stop in the Serralada de Marina Natural Park for a tasting and tour at an organic winery

Price Range: $$

Madrid

Hop-On/Hop-Off Madrid Sightseeing

Explore Madrid the fun and easy way! This hop-on/hop-off bus tour includes two different routes and an all-day pass, so you can experience the city exactly the way you want!

Price Range: $

Las Ventas Bullring

Step behind the scenes at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, the largest bullfighting ring in Spain! Explore the ring, bull-holding areas, Bullfighting Museum, and more at your own pace.

Price Range: $

Flamenco Evening

Experience the passion and spirit of Spain's most traditional music and dance at this authentic evening of live Flamenco entertainment.

Price Range: $

Spanish Dinner in Madrid

Enjoy a typical Spanish cocido madrileño (chickpea and meat stew) dinner on this delightful outing in the heart of Madrid.

Price Range: $

Real Madrid Stadium Tour

If you are a football (soccer) fan, you won't want to miss this unforgettable, behind-the-scenes tour of Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of the Real Madrid Football Club since 1947!

Price Range: $

Wanda Museum and Stadium Tour

Whether you are a die-hard Atlético de Madrid football fan or are just interested in Spain's soccer culture, this guided tour of Vicente Calderón Stadium and the Atlético Museum is a must

Price Range: $

Spanish Cooking Class

Learn to cook paella or tapas and more-just like a real Spanish chef-at this fun and interactive cooking class cook.

Price Range: $$

Private Guided Tour of Madrid

Explore Madrid the way you want on this private guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your expert guide-the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Spanish Wines & Iberian Ham Tasting

Discover Madrid's unique culture and quintessential tastes on this enriching (and delicious) excursion focusing on Spanish wines and Iberian ham!

Price Range: $$

Madrid Market Tour

Dive into the local food culture as you sample and taste your way through one of Spain's largest traditional fresh markets!

Price Range: $$

Madrid Chocolate & Churros

From stone-ground chocolate and Spanish nougat to fruit liqueur and churros dipped in thick drinking chocolate, this is one sweet experience you¿ll never forget!

Price Range: $

Lights & Shadows of Toledo with Tapas & Wine

Discover the dark and mysterious side of Toledo on this night tour featuring the ancient Jewish Quarter, the underground city, an Inquisition dungeon, and a tasting of wine and tapas!

Price Range: $$

Madrid Bike Tour

Pedal your way around Madrid on this guided bike tour that gives you a fun and proper introduction to an incredible city!

Price Range: $

Zarzuela Show

Experience a magical evening of traditional Spanish music during an unforgettable show at Madrid's famous El Rincón de la Rodríguez.

Price Range: $$

Avila & Segovia with Alcázar

Discover two of Spain's hidden gems on this wonderful guided day trip to Ávila and Segovia, featuring a visit of the iconic Alcázar, the country's most spectacular castle fortress!

Price Range: $$$$

El Escorial & the Valley of the Fallen

Visit two of Spain's most iconic attractions El Escorial, the historical residence of the King of Spain; and the impressive Valley of the Fallen, honoring those who died in the Spanish Civil War

Price Range: $$$$

Segovia & Pedraza

Escape the hustle and bustle of Madrid and experience the peaceful provincial charm of historical Pedraza and Segovia in the beautiful Spanish countryside.

Price Range: $$$$

Wonders of Toledo with 4WD Farm Adventure

Experience the wonders of Toledo on this full-day guided adventure featuring the Cathedral, panoramic views from the bell tower of Los Jeronimos Church, a 4-wheel-drive tour at a country farm, and a tasting of the delicious wine and food products produced there!

Price Range: $$$

Royal Site of Aranjuez

Discover the wonders of the Aranjuez, converted into a royal site by Ferdinand and Isabelle in the 12th century and famous for its luxurious palace and stunning gardens.

Price Range: $$$$

Segovia, Ávila & Toledo

Discover three of Spain¿s most treasured UNESCO World Heritage Site cities on this fantastic full-day excursion to Segovia, Ávila, and Toledo.

Price Range: $$$

Wonders of Segovia: Alcázar & 4WD Farm Adventure

Experience the wonders of Segovia on this full-day guided adventure featuring breakfast and a 4-wheel-drive tour at a country farm, a visit of the gothic cathedral, and time to explore the legendary clifftop Alcázar.

Price Range: $$$

Wonders of Segovia: Aqueduct, Alcázar & Horseback Adventure

Experience the wonders of Segovia on this full-day guided excursion featuring the iconic Roman aqueduct, gothic cathedral, legendary Alcázar, and a fun, 1.5-hour horseback ride!

Price Range: $$

Wonders of Segovia: Aqueduct, Alcázar & eBike Adventure

Experience the wonders of Segovia on this guided walk featuring the iconic Roman aqueduct, gothic cathedral, and legendary Alcázar, followed by a fun and easy ride on an electric bicycle!

Price Range: $$

Discover Toledo

Discover majestic Toledo, an incredible melting pot of Jewish, Islamic, and Christian influence over the centuries, making it one of Europe's most interesting and unique walled medieval cities!

Price Range: $$

Lisbon

Fado Music and Dinner

Treat yourself to an unforgettable evening of classic Fado music and a delectable 3-course dinner at a local Casa de Fado (Fado restaurant).

Price Range: $$

Lisbon Yellow Boat Sightseeing Tour

Experience Portugal's beautiful capital from the waters of the Tagus River on this enjoyable Yellow Boat sightseeing cruise featuring the best of the City of Seven Hills.

Price Range: $

Tagus River Yacht Cruise

The wonders of Lisbon come to life in a remarkable way-from the deck of a yacht-during this fantastic 2-hour cruise along the Tagus River.

Price Range: $

Discover Lisbon

Join an expert guide for a nostalgic ride through Old Lisbon on a vintage tram, a walking tour, and an included tasting of Ginjinha cherry liqueur.

Price Range: $$

Discover Lisbon by eBike

Pedal your way through some of the city's most elegant squares and historic areas on this fun guided eBike tour through Lisbon.

Price Range: $

Cape Espichel Hike

A day of fresh air and adventure await on this exciting half-day hike around Cape Espichel, home to two of Portugal's best-preserved dinosaur fossil sites!

Price Range: $$$

Sintra, Cape Roca, Cascais & Estoril

Discover some of Portugal's most magical areas on this day trip featuring Estoril, Cascais, Sintra, and the cliffs of Cape Roca, the westernmost point on the continent.

Price Range: $$$$

Cooking class

Learn the secrets behind some of the most mouthwatering Portuguese dishes during this fun hands-on cooking class.

Price Range: $

Discover Sintra

Discover one of Portugal's most magical areas on this half-day trip featuring Sintra¿s remarkable Quinta da Regaleira palace, and Cape Roca, continental Europe¿s westernmost point!

Price Range: $$$

25 de Abril Bridge Experience

Get unique views of Lisbon and its soaring Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge on this exhilarating experience featuring an elevator ride up to the bridge¿s panoramic viewing platform!

Price Range: $

Insider

Barcelona
Madrid
Lisbon

Barcelona

Barcelona Must See SightsMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Barcelona and Spain. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Barcelona and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Barcelona insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Barcelona

Hello, my name is Francesca and I am a Monograms Local Host in Barcelona. I would like all Monograms visitors to enjoy this amazing city as much as possible; my goal is that they depart loving Barcelona as much as I do.

Casa Vicens

This is the first house, first important work, and one of the key pieces of Antoni Gaudí’s artistic career. It is the work that marked his point of Departure, an architectural gem which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005.

Park Güell

Visit the only park designed by Gaudí in Barcelona, with it sinuous and organic shapes, integration with nature and broken mosaics. Opened to the public in 1922, the park was declared World’s Heritage by Unesco in 1984.

La Pedrera Secreta

Antoni Gaudí's last residential building, and one of his most innovative landmarks, is a work of art in its own right. The Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera (Catalan for quarry), was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. “Secret Pedrera” will allow you to discover the secrets hidden inside the building when night falls.

Catalan National Art Museum

Housed in the National Palace, the Catalan National Art Museum includes one of the most important Romanesque painting collections in the world.

Tibidabo Amusement Park

Take a short train ride from the center of Barcelona, then catch a funicular train from the half-way point, to reach the top of the mountain and Tibidabo Amusement Park. It was built in 1889 and many of its 25 rides date back to this time, giving the park a whimsical feel.

Magic Fountain

Enjoy this spectacular show of water, lights, and music held in an area which stretches from the National Palace to Plaza de España. Ask your Local Host for details about days and times of this entertaining attraction.

Football Club Barcelona Stadium (Camp Nou)

If you're a football (soccer) fan, ask your Local Host for directions to view the stadium of the world-famous team. Maybe even see a match!

Cosmo Caixa Science Museum

A museum, for people of all ages, designed to stimulate knowledge and opinion of science through exhibitions and a wide variety of activities.

Sardanes Folk Dancing

La Sardana, sometimes also called the "sardanes" dance, is the traditional group folk dance of Catalonia. The music is provided by a "cobla" woodwind band. Ask your Local Host for more information.

Miró Foundation

Contemporary art lovers should visit the Miró Foundation to view the permanent collection of Joan Miró.

Port Olimpic

Barcelona's Port Olimpic was built to coincide with the 1992 Olympic Games, and its appearance on the city landscape is perhaps the most notable of the building projects the sporting event left behind; one of the most attractive areas of the city to visit, full of bars, restaurants, leisure facilities and modern sculptures.

Catalan Cuisine

Among the most typical dishes, you will find Escudella i carn d'olla (a delicious soup of pork, beef, & chicken with vegetables, rice, noodles, & potatoes); Butifarra (Catalan sausage); and Arroz a la cazuela (similar to paella). Seafood specialties include La zarzuela (a mixture of halibut, monkfish, prawns, squid & mussels); or Suquet de peix, (cod fish soup). Two of the most popular dishes of the region are Escalivada (grilled eggplant & red peppers in an olive oil & garlic sauce); and Esqueixada de bacalao (a cold codfish salad). For dessert, taste the famous Crema catalana (custard); Mel i mato (cottage cheese with honey); and Postre de músico (the traditional Catalan “musician's dessert” nuts). In Barcelona, you can also enjoy a fine selection of wines from the nearby Penedès region.

Traditional Souvenirs

Take home Cava, a local sparkling wine similar to champagne. It can be white or rosé - both are delicious; Anís del mono, an anise-based liqueur is also popular. Spanish sausages such as Fuet or Chorizo; Carquinyolis, artisan crunchy almond biscuits; a handcrafted Gaudí keepsake; a souvenir of the legendary FC Barça football team; or the traditional porrón, a Catalan glass wine pitcher.

Barcelona Beaches

Barcelona's coastline is over 4 km. long and offers a wide variety of excellent beaches. Barceloneta beach, nearest to the city center, is located in the traditional fishing district “La Barceloneta” and is one of the city's best-loved beaches due to its sandy beach and many restaurants and nightclubs along the boardwalk.

Madrid

Madrid Must See SightsMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Madrid and Spain. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Madrid and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Madrid insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Madrid

Hola! My name is Nieves. I was born and raised in Madrid, and I am in love with this city! It is full of beautiful things, and I will be happy to help you discover them. Also, conveniently nearby are several UNESCO World Heritage sites including Toledo and El Escorial.

Habsburg Period Walking Route

Ask your Local Host about this walking route to see architecture of the Habsburg Period. Start from Plaza Mayor to Plaza de la Villa and Mayor Street; stop by the old Arabic wall, return to Puerta del Sol, discovering along the way the old convents, churches and narrow lanes of the city that was the capital of a world empire in the 16th century. A stop at a café, a pub, or an old market turned into gourmet center, makes a charming stroll, ending at the Plaza de Oriente, next to the Royal Palace.

Bourbon Period “Age of Enlightenment” Walking Route

When Phillip of Anjou was chosen as the new Spanish King, with the name of Felipe V, in 1700, he became the first Bourbon king of Spain. With the support of his famous grandfather, French King Louis XIV, he brought new spaces, modern infrastructures, splendid arches, monuments, and fountains to the city. Puerta del Sol is a good starting point to see what the Age of Enlightenment gave to Madrid. Walk along Calle de Alcalá to Plaza de Cibeles, union of Recoletos and Prado Boulevards, then on to Plaza de la Lealtad and Cortes to Atocha. Your Local Host can point you in the right direction.

Literary Madrid Walking Route

Madrid has been the inspiration for some of Spain’s best literature. The literary district is a beautifully preserved 17th century area. Strolling along Huertas’ street brings to mind writers like Quevedo and Góngora. Cervantes lived in the area, and you can visit the beautifully preserved home of the great Lope de Vega nearby. Pass streets that bring memories of Echegaray and Moratín; and by Plaza de Jacinto Benavente in honor of the 1922 Nobel Prize winner for literature. Eventually reach Plaza Mayor, which has been immortalized in the novels of Benito Perez Galdós.

Green Madrid at El Retiro Park

Madrid is considered a "green city" with more than 617,000 acres of parks, and some beautiful historic gardens. One of the best options to enjoy Green Madrid is El Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat) which dates back to the 1600s. It is the one of the largest parks of the city and belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park. It features a lake, rose garden, statues, fountains, and museums. Around the lake, Retiro Pond, many puppet shows perform, and all manner of street performers. Rowboats can be rented and horse-drawn carriages are available.

Royal Palace

Built in the 18th century under Philip V, the Royal Palace of Madrid is a truly magnificent example of palatial architecture in Europe. The halls open to the public contain superb fresco paintings, tapestries, furniture, porcelain and all kind of sumptuous objects reviving the past. The Royal Armory and the Royal Pharmacy are also well worth a visit. Opening times: April 1st. to September 30th. 10:00-20:00 (19:00 ticket office); October 1st. to March 31st. 10:00-18:00 (17:00 ticket office); Closed occasionally due to official reception.

Church of San Francisco El Grande

A neoclassical masterpiece with the largest dome in Madrid, its walls and ceilings are decorated with superb frescoes. The church is designed with an unusual floor plan, the nave is circular and surrounded by chapels guarded by imposing marble statues of the 12 apostles; 12 prophets, rendered in wood, sit above them at the base of the dome. The San Bernardino chapel contains a fresco painted by Goya in the early stages of his career – unusually, Goya has painted himself into the scene (he’s the one in the yellow shirt on the right).

Reina Sofía Museum

Madrid's 18th century hospital was beautifully remodeled and converted into a museum in 1992, with two panoramic glass lifts standing out in the façade. Its official name is now the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and it's a treasure-house of contemporary and modern art. A highlight is the 20th century's most famous painting, Picasso's "Guernica". Another highlight is "Woman in Blue" also by Picasso. Miró and Dali are two other influential artists well represented in the collection. Mondays to Saturdays 10:00 - 21:00 Sundays 10:00 – 14:30 Closed on Tuesdays

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

An overview of art from the 13th century to the present day - in the nearly one thousand works on display, see first class works of international art created by two generations of the Thyssen-Bornemisza family, including the private collection of Baroness Thyssen. Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00-19:00 Closing day: Mondays

Shopping

Madrid is a shopper’s paradise. You can find everything from luxury goods and antiques to religious items. See its exclusive shops, boutiques, and art galleries. Your Local Host can suggest a walking route with specialty shops (some of them more than 100 year’s old), including a wonderful cake store which supplies the Spanish Royal Family. Typical souvenirs to take home include saffron, a bota bag (leather wine bottle), jamon Iberico (cured ham), a Flamenco music CD, olive oil, and hand-held fans.

Cuisine - Tapas, Cocido

There is a healthy pastime in Madrid: having your aperitif with a small side order of food, the tapa. This wonderful pursuit is one of the most important chapters in fully understanding and enjoying the pleasures of dining out in Madrid. Another traditional local food is Cocido madrileño, a chick-pea based stew, with a combination of different meats and vegetables - it is not a dish for the faint-hearted!

Local Wine & Sangria

Madrid boasts excellent local wines from the nearby regions of Arganda, Navalcarnero (historically famous for its’ rosé wines), and San Martin de Valdeiglesia. Sangria is a delightful and refreshing drink with origins that date back hundreds of years when the locals were searching for a flavorful drink that contained alcohol, so they set about making a fruit punch out of red wine.

El Botin Restaurant

The Guinness Book of Records calls this the world's oldest restaurant (est. 1725), and Hemingway was a frequent visitor. There are four floors of tile and wood-beam dining rooms. The specialties are cochinillo (roast pig) and cordero (roast lamb). It is rumored that Goya washed dishes here before he made it as a painter.

Opera, Zarzuela Operetta

Ask your Local Host for information about opera performances or the “Zarzuela” a type of Spanish musical play or operetta that started as a popular court entertainment in the mid 17th century.

Lisbon

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Lisbon. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Lisbon and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Lisbon insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Lisbon, Portugal

My name is José. I’m a Lisbon native and passionate about Portugal, especially the culture and amazing landscapes. After spending a few years traveling around the world, I decided to dedicate myself to my homeland and help guests discover the uniqueness of this fairy-tale city.

IGREJA DE SANTA ENGRACIA E PANTEAO NACIONAL (NATIONAL PANTHEON)

A Baroque marble church with pink and brown marble interiors, built over almost 300 years (1681 to 1966). Since the beginning of the 20th century, many rulers and national heroes have been buried there. Entry is free, but you can pay a small fee to climb 181 shallow steps to the inside of the great dome and onto the roof for a 360-degree view.

CASTELO DE SAO JORGE (ST. GEORGE’S CASTLE)

From the millennium-old battlements of this castle you have a bird's-eye view of the city in the company of roaming peacocks. Inside is a small archaeological museum and down the hill are a couple of terraces with perfect postcard views over Alfama, the city's medieval village-like neighborhood.

PARQUE DAS NACOES (PARK OF THE NATIONS)

Contrasting with the city's oldest neighborhoods is this 21st-century district showcasing striking contemporary architecture with Europe's longest bridge as the backdrop. It includes a state-of-the-art aquarium, a casino, and a wonderful waterfront promenade.

BERARDO MUSEUM

A Portuguese millionaire has put together one of Europe's greatest modern art collections which includes works by Andy Warhol, Picasso, and Dali among others.

CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN MUSEUM

Treasures from the East and the West, collected by one man, are now one of the world's finest private art collections. It includes works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet and René Lalique.

MADRE DE DEUS CONVENT

The Madre de Deus Convent was built in 1509, at the orders of the Queen Dona Leonor, and nowadays houses the very interesting National Azulejo (Glazed Tile) Museum.

SOUVENIRS

Port, the fortified sweet wine for which Portugal is famous, makes for a marvelous souvenir to bring home. Hand-painted tiles and cotton embroidery are other classics. Another favorite is Portugal’s cork products -- which could include anything from shoes and belts to handbags and furniture.

SHOPPING

If you're looking for upscale boutiques, head to Chiado, where Rua do Carmo and Rua Garrett are lined with big international shops as well as a few local favorites -- such as Bertrand, the world's oldest bookstore (opened in 1732). The narrow streets of Bairro Alto are a good spot to browse antique stores (especially Rua Dom Pedro V) and fashion boutiques. The Baixa and Rossio districts are the central shopping and tourist areas. Several attractive parallel streets run between Rossio Square and Praca do Commercio, Some of the older storefronts are simply beautiful, with art nouveau facades. The enclosed Amoreiras Shopping Center has many nice shops and a great view of the city from the top.

PORTUGUESE CUISINE

Features lots of fish, soft-shell crabs, and meat and rice dishes. Some traditional dishes include Cozido a Portuguesa (stew for meat lovers!), Caldo Verde (Portuguese soup with onions, potatoes, kale), Bacalhau a Bras (shredded codfish), Bolinhos de Bacalhau (codfish fritters), Alheira de Mirandela (sausage dish), Arroz de Pato (duck rice). Ask your Local Host for more information.

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