I'll be spending a month in Barcelona this June. Since I'll have so much time to see the local sights (including Rick's recommended day trips in Catalonia) I was thinking about doing a day trip (or maybe two days) to Madrid just to see more of Spain, since this will be my first time in the country. I already have paid for my apartment for the month in Barcelona through Airbnb so I'm trying to be as economical as possible.
I'm looking at flying because it seems to be cheaper than even the AVE train. I'm seeing tickets on Iberia for $38 each way. They seem to be cheapest late at night, so I could take the last flight (after dinner in Barcelona), spend one or two days in Madrid and then return late at night back to my apartment in Barcelona.
Any thoughts? Other cities in Spain that could be visited rather economically from my home base in Barcelona? I don't want to break the bank but if it doesn't cost that much I'd be open to seeing more of Spain.
Thanks for your comments!!