Fodor’s Choice: Barcelona and Madrid

Both cities are home to some of the world’s oldest and grandest architecture, both are steeped in history (of recent and late vintage), and the number of artistic masterpieces residing in each city’s museums combined is staggering.

But that’s just scratching the surface. Underneath the ages-old stuff you’ll find the beat of the urban metropolis at every turn. Indeed, dining in Barcelona and Madrid can be as avant-garde as the fashions and architecture. The nightlife will leave you breathless, and shopping opportunities are, as you’d expect, limitless.

If Barcelona and Madrid are in your future, check out Fodor’s Choice Spain, our editor’s picks for the best things to see and do in Barcelona and Madrid, the best hotels and finest restaurants.