15 days in Ireland & Madrid Itinerary

15 days in Ireland & Madrid Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Doolin, Ireland
Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights


Dublin, Ireland — 4 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., take a stroll through Temple Bar, and contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

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If you are flying in from Bulgaria, the closest major aiport is Dublin Airport. In June, daytime highs in Dublin are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galway.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
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Galway, Ireland — 2 nights

City of the Tribes

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, then make a trip to Quay Street, and finally stroll around Eyre Square.

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You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Doolin.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Doolin, Ireland

A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
On the 2nd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher.

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You can drive from Galway to Doolin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Doolin, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
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Cork, Ireland — 3 nights

Rebel City

One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Fota Wildlife Park and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

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Drive from Doolin to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Madrid.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping
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Madrid, Spain — 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Balloon Rides (in Segovia) and Toledo (Church of Santo Tomé, Catedral Primada, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Parque del Retiro, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Madrid trip planner.

Getting from Cork to Madrid by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cork to Madrid. Traveling from Cork in July, you will find days in Madrid are warmer (40°C), and nights are a bit warmer (23°C).
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Side Trips

Ireland travel guide

Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

County Clare travel guide

Lookouts · Castles · Caves
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Situated just below County Galway on Ireland's west coast, County Clare serves as an amalgamation of stunning and unusual landscapes. Known for some of the most-visited sites in Ireland, County Clare draws visitors with its dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Formed by the pounding waves of the Atlantic below, the sheer cliffs bring together green earth, sheer drop-offs and blue sea. Meaning "a rocky place," the Burren landscape provides a stark contrast to the traditional green hills of Ireland, appearing as a moonscape of rocky crags and slabs. Beyond the natural splendor, the warmth of the residents in the county's small villages is a gem in its own right. Traditional Irish music and culture permeates this land and its people.