Hi, I'm going to Paris on Oct 1. I have 9 days between Paris (3 days) and Madrid. Madrid is my last stop before flying home. Still trying to figure out how best and where I should be spending my time besides Paris and Madrid. Also, have to keep my cost down. Any info or suggestions are welcome.
Welcome to Travellerspoint ajchew! If you ask me, Barcelona is a must see on any trip to Spain. If you take any interest in architecture, the heritage of Gaudi is unmissable. The gothic quarters are charming to visit as well and there is a generally nice 'vibe' about the whole city From Madrid, you could also consider a day trip maybe to Toledo, which is a charming place to visit. We stayed there three days this summer and although we enjoyed it, I think you could probably get a pretty good sense just on a day trip - it's about 40 minutes out of Madrid by train.
Let us know what you end up doing.
you could check lodging rates and availability here, there are some small hostels :