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Old 10-11-2007, 08:17 PM   #1
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I wan to spent a holiday and travel in Spain? Any recommendations?
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Moving to Western Europe forum for more direct advice

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Hi lancemaria,

When are you going?

I guess the usual spots to hit are: Madrid, Barcelona, San Sabastian, Valencia, Ibiza (if you have the money)

Personally I have only been to Madrid, Barcelona and Pamplona (which is apparently a quiet little town during ordinary time, ie. not san fermin)

Madrid is a small, clean town - not too much to see, but it is nice to chill here and relax, and party at night.

Barcelona is a massive, sprawling city - lots to see and do both day and night.

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Madrid has a lot to see if you are an art lover. Otherwise it is just a nice city to roam around in and to leave (close proximity to nice smaller towns)

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I absolutely loooved Alhambra in Granada! It's like a complex of many Arabic palaces, built each on top of another for years and years. Granada is the last spot with an Arabic reign until 1492, when they were defeated and kicked out. The architecture is mindblowing.. And Granada itself is beautiful. Just try to get your ticket reservations well in advance cause everyone goes there. If you cant do this, get to the ticket center early in the morning!
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San Sebastian is an amazing city that you really should not miss, it's a small tawn full of culture, and it's great if you want to do a little surfing. As for Madrid I was sick the whole time I was there so it's doesn't hold the best place in my heart I would love to go back sometime soon and experience it in a different light,

Barcelona was one of my favorite cities, night lif is great and the art in the city is amazing, Good Luck with your travels.
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barca was one of my fav cities on my trip through europe, you can easily spend a lot of time there and not get bored. was much cooler than madrid i thought but madrid is still worth a visit and if u do, stay at st. jordi puerta del sol cos the people running it are awsum and will make sure u enjoy ur stay.
I also really enjoyed seville but thought malaga was crap.
A lot of prople i met also highly recommended portugal but unfortunately did not have the time to visit myself, although it would be worth considering given how easy it is to get to.
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I also really enjoyed seville but thought malaga was crap.
Interesting that you say that because while I never stayed in Malaga for any length of time (just the train/bus station), I never got a really good vibe from it. I would think Fuengirola, Torremolinos or Marbella (<-where I stayed for a month) would be a lot better.

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sorry yeh way jetlagged at the mo (it takes like 3days to get back to NZ) but shouldve explained better. we stayed in malaga (or really just out of it in benalmaldena)with my friends cousin but i just wouldnt recommend it, you could tell that once it wouldve been a very beautiful place but now it is just overcrowded with holiday condos and british expats. not a very spanish experience at all!
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Sevilla, Granada, Madrid, San Sebastian, Barcelona. Also depends on when you want to go. Malaga during the summer would be very very very busy. Sevilla and Granada are both very hot during the summer. San Sebastian is beautiful though the weather can be a bit unpredictable.
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Hi there, I'm newie and I love Spain, I lived in Barcelona and it's one of my favourite city I love it!!! Siviglia and Granada are really nice, Siviglia during la feria de abril (one of the most famous events in the city) is amazing!!!
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Hi welcome to the boards !

That's great that you lived in Barcelona. Give us some of the insider tips

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