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Muslim Friendly Spain Itinerary: 7D8N in Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon

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Historic landmarks with spectacular architecture, vibrant art scene, impressive culture and amazing culinary! Both Spain and Portugal have so much to offer to those who are keen to explore. From centuries-old UNESCO-worthy ruins to award-winning savvy museums, here’s a rough Muslim friendly Spain itinerary for an unforgettable 7 days, 8 nights adventure in Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon.

Barcelona (1.5 Days)

Where To Go in Barcelona, Spain?

BasĂ­lica de la Sagrada FamĂ­lia is a must visit in your Spain itinerary
BasĂ­lica de la Sagrada FamĂ­lia | credit: @morton1905

1. BasĂ­lica de la Sagrada FamĂ­lia

The Basílica de la Sagrada Família is an unfinished Roman Catholic minor basilica in Barcelona and designed by Spanish/Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. The construction of this cathedral began in 1882. Multiple complications including the Spanish Civil War cause the project to be ongoing to this day and is expected to be completed by 2026. Although the building’s design has mixed reviews by art historians and critics, La Sagrada Familia draws approximately 2.5 million visitors annually and is one of Barcelona’s most prominent symbols.

Drop by the beautiful Gothic Quarter and La Boqueria Market in Barcelona Spain
La Boqueria | credit: @rebecaanchondo

2. Gothic Quarter

Beautiful and mystifying, the Gothic Quarter in the Old City of Barcelona is a fusion of historic buildings dating from Roman settlements to the 20th century. There’s a lot to explore and experience in this neighbourhood! The list includes the Jewish Quarter and Pablo Picasso’s Old Stomping Grounds. Join the bustling at La Boqueria, one of Europe’s oldest markets, and marvel at the jaw-droppingly stunning Gothic Cathedral which took two centuries to build.

Must Visit Places in Barcelona Spain MontjuĂŻc
MontjuĂŻc | credit: @aarsoph

3. MontjuĂŻc

Located near the centre of Barcelona, Montjuïc is a scenic wooded hill that features some of the city’s best museums, attractions and gardens. One of the museums is the Joan Miró Foundation. It houses a large collection of works by Catalan artist Joan Miró. Montjuïc is also home to the Olympic Stadium of Barcelona, where most of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games took place.

Add Casa BatllĂł in your Spain itinerary
Casa BatllĂł | credit: @blair-39

4. Casa BatllĂł

Casa Batlló is another building designed by Antoni Gaudi for a wealthy Barcelona aristocrat, Josep Batlló, and considered as one of Gaudi’s masterpieces. Señor Batlló lived in the lower two floors with his family while the upper floors were rented out as apartments. Like everything else that Gaudi designed, the house is only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. Casa Batlló was opened to the public as a museum in 2002.

Parc de la Ciutadella in Madrid is a must go in your Spain travel
Parc de la Ciutadella | credit: @modesrodriguez

5. Parc de la Ciutadella

Built on former military grounds of the 18th-century Fortress of Barcelona, Parc de la Ciutadella was the city’s only green space for decades following its creation. The spectacular 70-acre grounds include the Barcelona Zoo (once home to the only known albino gorilla in the world, Snowflake, before its death in 2004), Museum of Zoology and Geology which features a full whale skeleton, the Cascada Fountain, and a lake.

Also don’t forget to check out other Instagramable locations to visit in Barcelona, Spain listed here!

What To Do in Barcelona, Spain?

Liceu Opera Barcelona
Performance at Liceu Opera Barcelona | credit: @premsasantcugat

1. Catch a Performance at Liceu Opera Barcelona

The Gran Teatre del Liceu, or simply the Liceu, is an opera house established in 1847 and the epicentre of Barcelona’s artistic, social and political life. As one of Europe’s leading opera houses, the Liceu has helped many internationally renowned Catalan composers and singers begin their careers. Occasionally, the Liceu also hosts ballet performances and concerts, so keep your eyes peeled for the show that interests you.

Take a Breather at The L’umbracle
Take a breather at the L’umbracle | credit: @danielarbos

2. Take a Breather at The L’umbracle

f you wish to be outdoors and indoors at the same time, Umbracle is the place for you. The Umbracle is a 128 years old modernist building designed by Josep Fontserè. It houses numerous plant species originating from 20 different countries. With an impressive cage-like iron exterior and towering brick columns, the Umbracle is a greenhouse just like no other! Take a break from the city for a stroll in the lush nature.

Study Picasso’s Early Works in Madrid
Study Picasso’s early works | credit: @eunchae__k_

3. Study Picasso’s Early Works

A fan of Pablo Picasso? The Picasso Museum is home to one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the 20th-century Spanish artist who’s known for co-founding the Cubist movement. With over 4,000 works, you can examine his works and how his style evolved throughout the years.

Madrid (2 Days)

Where To Go in Madrid, Spain?

Add Royal Palace of Madrid in Your Spain Itinerary
Royal Palace of Madrid | credit: @just_lightshots

1. Royal Palace of Madrid

Start your trip with a touch of opulence by visiting the official residence of Spain’s royal family. Don’t worry about bumping into one of them, because the palace now is only used for receptions, state ceremonies and official acts. Don’t miss the changing of guards ceremony which takes place at 11 am every Wednesday between October and July.

Plaza Mayor | credit: @spain.info

2. Plaza Mayor

Situated in the heart of the city, Plaza Mayor is a major public space and one of Madrid’s most popular squares. There’s plenty of nice outdoor cafes to sit at, enjoy a lazy afternoon and people-watch. If you’re here during the Christmas season, you’re in for a treat because that’s when Plaza Mayor truly comes to life. Besides the Christmas decorations, there’ll be market stalls selling all sorts of holiday treats and trinkets.

Make sure to add museum visit in your Madrid Spain Itinerary
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofĂ­a | credit: @nathaninsandiego

3. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofĂ­a

If the name is quite a mouthful for you, it actually translates to Reina Sofia National Art Centre Museum and it’s fondly known as El Reina. Dedicated to Spanish art, El Reina was established in 1992 and is now one of the most prominent modern and contemporary art museums in the world. The museum displays some of the finest art collections, including masterpieces by the world-famous Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

Almudena Cathedral Madrid is the grandest church there.
Almudena Cathedral | credit: @joanbrebo

4. Almudena Cathedral

Locally known as Catedral de la Almudena, this Catholic church is the grandest church and the most important religious building in Madrid. The construction of Almudena Cathedral began way back in 1883 but suffered so many hiccups along the way that it wasn’t completed until 1993. Admission to the cathedral is free even though a donation is encouraged. If you’re interested in learning about the long history of the cathedral and archdiocese of Madrid, there’s also a museum which costs €5 per entry.

Temple of Debod | credit: @jeremyknight9

5. Temple of Debod

Believe it or not, you can find an Egyptian temple in Madrid. Temple of Debod dates back to 2nd century BC and was originally built in southern Egypt close to the Nile River. However, due to the threat possessed by the construction of Aswan High Dam, the Egyptian state donated Temple of Debod to Spain, who previously helped to restore other ancient temples. The temple now draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year and makes a fascinating sight in Madrid!

What To Do in Madrid, Spain?

Make sure to try churros dipped in chocolate in Spain
Churros Con Chocolate | credit: @euniceermita_eats

1. Indulge in The World-Famous Churros Con Chocolate

If you find yourself in Madrid, you absolutely can’t miss the chance to try the most famous place to get churros with chocolate in the city. For over a hundred years, Chocolateria San Ginés has been serving Spanish style thick and dark hot chocolate and light and crispy churros. The best thing about the cafe is that it’s open 24 hours, so you can go literally at any time during your trip!

Make sure watching a Real Madrid match is listed in your Spain itinerary
Watch Real Madrid match! credit: @viennachanges

2. Watch a Real Madrid Match

Even if you’re not a football fan, this golden opportunity to watch a football match at Real Madrid’s home stadium is too good to pass up. Home to the Real Madrid F.C., Paseo de la Castellana Stadium is situated in the heart of the city and holds the capacity of 80,000 spectators. Another must-visit when you’re there is the museum, where their extensive trophy collection is on display.

Madrid City Tour
Take the Madrid City Tour | credit: @rutaemilija

3. Ride the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus

Have a tight schedule but still wish to see all of Madrid’s attractions? Hop on this double-decker bus that lets you discover the city’s best sights and landmarks. What makes Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus great is that you can literally hop on and off as many times as you please with the pass. There’s also a multilingual audio guide that tells you more about Madrid’s rich history.

Lisbon (2.5 Days)

Where To Go in Lisbon, Spain?

Belém Tower Lisbon should be in your Spain itinerary
Belém Tower | credit: @alexpaganelli

1. Belém Tower

Sitting on the northern bank of the Tagus River between 1514 and 1520, Belém Tower is Lisbon’s most famous landmark. The tower, built in Manueline style by the Portuguese architect and sculptor Francisco de Arruda. It acted as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s harbour and protect the city, and later was transformed into a lighthouse.

Drop by the 500 years old JerĂłnimos Monastery during your visit in Spain
JerĂłnimos Monastery | credit: @alexdrop

2. JerĂłnimos Monastery

Situated near the Tagus River, this 500 years old monastery is the most impressive symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. The JerĂłnimos Monastery (also called Hieronymites Monastery) was designed by Portuguese architect Diogo de Boitaca in commemoration of explorer Vasco Da Gama’s voyage. To reflect that, each column of the building is beautifully carved with coils of rope, sea monsters, coral, and other sea motifs.

Add SĂŁo Jorge Castle in your itinerary
SĂŁo Jorge Castle | credit: @shadowgate

3. SĂŁo Jorge Castle

São Jorge Castle, located on the peak of the hill bearing the same name, can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. This historic castle is deeply entwined in Lisbon’s early history. There’s a number of sights inside, including the museum where you can get to know Lisboa’s history, the castle’s battlements, and the viewpoints where you can see the entire city.

Bairro Alto | credit: @robensongassant

4. Bairro Alto

If you think Lisbon is all about historic sites, here’s a place that proves you wrong. Bairro Alto is a trendy quarter in the central district of Lisbon, also dubbed as the bohemian neighbourhood for the hip young generation. The best way to enjoy the quarter is either to stroll down the picturesque cobbled alleyways, or simply sit down at one of the cafes. Be sure to take the iconic cable car tram, Ascensor da Glória to get to Bairro Alto!

Praça do Comércio Lisbon Spain
Praça do Comércio | credit: @yey_eye

5. Praça do Comércio

The magnificent Praça do Comércio is the grandest of all Lisbon plazas. Situated near the Tagus River, this waterfront plaza (which translates to Commercial Square) is where the royal palace stood for over two centuries until it was destroyed by the Great Earthquake in 1755. The highlight of this plaza now is the Rua Augusta Arch, designed by Portuguese architect Santos de Carvalho to celebrate the reconstruction of Lisbon.

What To Do in Lisbon, Spain?

Take a Coffee Break in Lisbon
Take a coffee break | credit: @venrox

1. Take a Coffee Break On a Bus

Ever thought of sipping a warm cup of latte while sitting on a bus? In Lisbon, there’s been a trend of converting and repurposing double-decker buses as workspace and studio, and among them, there’s also one that doubles as a cafe. Located in the city’s creative space, Village Underground, Buzz Lisboeta is a cosy cafe that serves great coffee and delicious brunch food with vegetarian options.

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology Lisbon is a must go in your Spain itinerary
Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon | credit: ©Francisco Nogueira

2. Explore Contemporary Culture in Lisbon’s Youngest Museum

It’s impossible to miss this building when you’re at the Tagus River. The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, or MAAT is a spunky new museum that combines three fields in an innovative space where everyone regardless of age can explore and learn together. It is currently closed for renovation works until March 2020, but keep your eyes peeled for new announcements!

Try the World-Famous Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon
World-famous Pastéis de Belém | credit: @chefkoos

3. Sink Your Teeth Into The World-Famous Pastéis de Belém

When you think of Portugal, one of the first things that come to mind would be the Portuguese tarts. Believe it or not, the original Pastéis de Belém was created in 1837 by the monks of the Jerónimos Monastery. The only place where you can find this tart is Fábrica Pastéis de Belém. The family has been making it with the original recipe for more than 100 years. Our tip, don’t confuse it with Pastéis de Nata! It is another version of the tart that look similar and sold in other places.

From incredible landscapes to world-famous cuisine, there’s almost nothing that these three cities lack. Pack up for an epic trip that you will never forget and let Tripfez take you there!

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Shahida Ab Rahman

Shahida's dreams include conquering the world, one language at a time (sometimes all at once). When she doesn't have coffee on her mind, she's busy crafting stories and thinking about fictional characters.

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