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Old 07-10-2007, 04:46 AM   #1
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its finally getting close to my trip and i cant help but realise how completly unorganised i am... SO.. please help me out??

Im going to arrive in barcelona on the 13th of august, meet the guy im travelling wif on the 15th and need to be in bunol (near valencia) for la tomatina by the 28th (planning to party that nite and sleep on the grass) then leave valencia to probably paris either late on the 29th or the 30th.
my real question is in regard to a good itinerary from the 13th to the 28th?
What do you guys think?
Id like to visit madrid, malaga, the alhambra (in grenada) ibiza sounds fun but possibly out of our price range.
any thoughts on how to do this, or what to do skip etc would be much appreciated
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Heya!

Well, I don't how helpful to be but I guess you have around 12 days. You could start with about 4 days in Madrid, there are heaps of things to do there, sightseeing and for me - shopping. Day trips to Toledo/Segovia very easily done from here too.

Then move downwards to Granada. I spent 3 days there- visited the Alhambra [this could take half a day]. You could just do this in 2 days but I was relaxing and I preferrd Granada because it wasn't as chaotic as Madrid.

South of Spain is great! I was in Algeciras for most of it but Malaga is known for its beaches. If you want sun, sun, sun head here. For me, there's no actual limit to the time i can spend on the beach- maybe 3//4days.

Keep in mind travelling time on the train as well- if you're taking the train.
On flights: you could probably get a cheap flight direct to Paris from Malaga instead of travelling by train/bus all the way back.

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Spain is such a great country, you could literally spend two months there and still not see it all.

Your itinerary depends how much you want to see and how much you want to travel.

The relaxing version

13-15 Barcelona (Night train on the 15th)
16-19 Malaga (I stayed in Marbella for a month or so and loved it, I also recommend a daytrip to Gibraltar)
20-22 Granada
23-27 Madrid and surrounding area

For a more hectic version...

13-15 Barcelona
16-18 Madrid (daytrips to Toledo, Segovia)
19-20 Avila/Salamanca
21-22 Seville
23-24 Malaga
25-26 Granada
27-? Valencia/Bunol

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you guys are awsum! i'll run this ideas by the guy im travelling wif and have a squiz at the travel times but def appreciate the help!
we've been offered free accomodation in Malaga and i've heard its a neat place to visit so thats why we think we'll head there over the dozens of other great sounding places in southern spain.is there anything you think im missing? are we crazy to skip ibiza?
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The fact that you have free accomodation makes Malaga a must visit. Not only to save the money (you can get a hostel for 15 euros a night) but to experience a home in another country. You'll get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of another culture

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yeh no im really looking forward to it, from what i understand we are staying with an english ex pat and an illegal morrocan imigrant lol so wether or not that will show us the 'real' spain i dunno but that should be interesting enough on its own. looking into car rental at the mo but dot really know if it worth it or even possible given that im under 25
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^that seems about like "real Spain" for Malaga

Personally, I would skip the car. You have to drive on the right/correct side of the road and all...

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lol actually driving on the righthand side would definately throw me. i have a problem: most of the accomodation in valencia that i can afford is already gone on the evening of the 29th (La tomatina) is there anywhere anyone can suggest with in reasonable distance of bunol/valencia? or is catching a night train to probably paris likely to be doable?
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On the 29th you can take a train to Barcelona and from their travel to Paris.

I would strongly suggest reservations though

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Malaga is key. I used nearby Marbella as my "base of operations" to explore Andalucia, and the central location and proximity to the beach (even in the middle of winter) made it IDEAL. From there I was able to hit up Granada, Ronda, Sevilla, Gibraltar, Ronda, and even Morocco for a super-quick spell.
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