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Old 01-22-2007, 09:36 AM   #1
 
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so my solo trip to italy went so well last summer that now i have the travel bug and my boyfriend and i are planning our first trip together!

we have about 3 weeks of travel time and originally planned on just going to spain, but of course, our trip is growing in size. so right now, we are looking at flying into amsterdamn and leaving from spain.

for 23 days

amsterdamn
4 days
brussels
1 day
(train to paris--get off, have lunch, wander a bit and get back on same day)
paris
4 days
barc
4 days
malaga
2 days
tarifa
3 days
madrid
4 days

i'm a little unsure about malaga AND tarifa...maybe valencia and tarifa or tarifa and sevilla?
also, how about the amount of time spent in each place? it's nice to have some chill time but also do want to be able to see as much as possible, museums and beach time included.

any suggestions on this one?
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Your timeline looks SWEET! Last summer, the wife and I were in Amsterdam 4 days, Paris 4 days, belgium 4 days. I felt like we had plenty of time. We will be back in Amsterdam twice June/July, whats your travel dates?
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Your timeline looks SWEET! Last summer, the wife and I were in Amsterdam 4 days, Paris 4 days, belgium 4 days. I felt like we had plenty of time. We will be back in Amsterdam twice June/July, whats your travel dates?
we'll be there sometime between july 21 and july 28-ish...don't have the dates set yet. and you?
thinking about staying at an apartment rental...any ideas of places you guys have stayed before that were reasonabley price AND clean?!
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That trip sounds amazing, im actually flying into amsterdam July 21st then heading to belgium for a lil, back to amsterdam to meet up with some friends flying in, london, paris, italy, then greece. we'll be there like 25 days. Hopefully this summer will be good and you and i will have gr8 trips.
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Yeah, we fly into A dam June 10 for 4 days again then flying out to the greek isles for a little over 2 weeks, then back into A dam and Haarlem, staying there 2 nights in the Groht Market area. Finally leaving July 3.

As for A dam, we really liked "The Quentin" in the Leidseplien. Sooooo relaxed, the front desk guys are the coolest. 50 euro a night for a double.
This time we are staying in a B&B in Amsterdam South. Its called the Garden View bed and breakfast. Private room with breakfast served in your room. A little more 75 euro a night. Why not, I found us oceanfront rooms in Santorini for 30 euro a night. If you go to the B&B, request the west room, there are only 2 rooms. Its literally in the owners back yard overlooking a canal. I've heard shes very nice, so we will see.

Where you going in Belgium Tony? Last year we stayed in Brugge and soooooooooo love that place.

Did I mention the FINE beer in Belgium
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Definitely go to Malaga. I lived there for a month in April, and I absolutely loved it. it serves as a great place for day trips to nerja, Seville, Ronda, Granada ect ect ect, I found the bus routes really easy to master. I think you're spending too long in Madrid. It's a nifty city, but I think two days is enough to see all of the major sights.
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If you are trying to do the beach bit, I would skip Malaga and just stay in Tarifa.

Also I would trim a day off Madrid and maybe a day off Amsterdam in order to hit Granada and see the Alhambra. You still would have a day or so extra so you can hit Seville. Andalucia (actually, Spain in general) just has so much to offer it is tough to prioritize.

Spain is probably worth a month to itself

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Wow, that sort of almost sounds like the trip I just took, only in a different order.

What's your attraction to Tarifa, if I may ask? It's a great place for kitesurfing and windsurfing, and the beach is pretty nice, but otherwise there isn't much there. Although you could always do a daytrip to Tangiers if you get bored (€56 incl. lunch), which is cheesy but cool.

I would tag a day on to Malaga, if possible, and use that as a base to explore Andalucia via daytrips if you're so inclined. I stayed nearby in Marbella (British tourist trap hell) but it made for a great hub for road-tripping to Ronda, Tarifa, Sevilla, Gibraltar, etc.
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Omid is right about Marbella for being convenient (you can see Morocco and Gibraltar from the main boardwalk paseo maritimo on a clear day). If it is "hell" then he must go to some awfully nice places ;-)

I have fond memories of the town and the family I stayed with. Cool place to just relax though obviously very unrepresentative of Spain. I looked it up for another thread, that Malaga to Granada is only an hour by train. Not too shabby. It is abotu 3 hours by bus. Have a great time!

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Hahah.. well, I meant it's hellish in its tourist trappiness, but Marbella is damn beautiful, I'll give it that
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so after a bit more research, i've done some revisions....

23 days

amsterdamn
5 days
brussels
1 day
(train to paris--get off, have lunch, wander a bit and get back on same day)
paris
5 days
barc
5 days
granada
3 days
madrid
4 days

i have kept 5 days in adam, paris and barc with hopes of day trips...4 days in madrid because we are unsure as to where we're flying out of...may leave on the 3th day and fly home from paris, etc.

also we are not set on tarifa, but i love the idea of going over to morocco for the day...i've heard tangiers is the tiajuana of morocco...yes, no?
i can't really get a handle on spain just yet...
decisions decisions!!!
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so after a bit more research, i've done some revisions....

23 days

amsterdamn
5 days
brussels
1 day
(train to paris--get off, have lunch, wander a bit and get back on same day)
paris
5 days
barc
5 days
granada
3 days
madrid
4 days

i have kept 5 days in adam, paris and barc with hopes of day trips...4 days in madrid because we are unsure as to where we're flying out of...may leave on the 3th day and fly home from paris, etc.

also we are not set on tarifa, but i love the idea of going over to morocco for the day...i've heard tangiers is the tiajuana of morocco...yes, no?
i can't really get a handle on spain just yet...
decisions decisions!!!
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sure if you'll pay for the trip for me too!
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