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    Dec 29, 2011 11:16 PM GMT
    I'm going in March! icon_biggrin.gif
    With my mom dad and sister...

    But it'll be fun. Right?!

    Anyway, we're flying into Barcelona, arriving 3/23. We are departing out of Madrid on 4/3. Aside from that it's a pretty blank slate.

    Any suggestions as to getting around? Which of the 3 we should nix between Cordoba, Granada, and Seville? Or could we have time for all 3 spending only 2 full days in Barcelona, as is the plan?

    Very early drawing board, so all suggestions welcome.

    Thanks
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    Dec 29, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    There is a Barcelona thread just posted that might help you...icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 29, 2011 11:20 PM GMT
    well, i SAW that... icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 30, 2011 12:55 AM GMT
    icon_neutral.gif I'd cut the list down to maybe two cities, if you only have a week. Or just one. (Are you also planning to spend time in Madrid?) You could keep very busy trying to see Barcelona and surrounding attractions in a week.

    Haven't really spent any time in Cordoba, except the train station. Between Sevilla / Granada, I'd go with Sevilla. You'd miss the Alhambra (which would take at least a day for a quick walk-through) but Alcazar Palace has much of the same architecture and better gardens, (but not the mountaintop views) right in downtown Sevilla. If that's the sort of thing you might do, that is.

    Also, you can quickly see a lot of countryside by taking the high-speed rail between Sevilla and Madrid.
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    Dec 30, 2011 5:12 AM GMT
    Spain is a wonderful country to visit, and perhaps my favorite of all the countries I've been so far, if you only go for a week, Barcelona is the shit, all the architecture , the museums, the sea, the history, the food , the people , the Barca soccer games and the night clubs at night, and I won't even speak of the men, among the hottest if not the hottest of the world :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOidDDP1uzE

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    Dec 30, 2011 5:14 AM GMT
    You will need more than just one day in Barcelona. I lived there for a while, and there is a gay hotel called Axel (link below), which has an awesome rooftop terrace with bar that is in the gay'er side of Barca called the Eixample Izquierda. Plenty of gay bars for night time, but if you want to be cultural you will need more than a day. Hit up the double-decker tourist buses that have the eyeball on them (the blue ones because they are the better of the two companies) and get a 2-day ticket that will cart your ass around Barca. They have stands that sell tickets in the main plaza near El Corte Ingles on Las Ramblas. It is about 40 euro (from what I remember).

    As far as your other cities - try to hit them all up. Rent a car because the roads around Spain are very easy to navigate and it is fun to not be limited. You can apply for an international drivers license, but most car rental companies don't even ask for that if you are from the US and present a passport.

    Feel free to email me if you have any questions. You'll have a blast in Spain.


    http://www.axelhotels.com/portal/index.php
  • kew1

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    Dec 30, 2011 10:29 AM GMT
    ]If you go to Seville from Cordoba look at the train rather than driving - I drove a couple of years ago but the trains quicker (45min).
    http://gospain.about.com/od/traintravelinspain/qt/ave_routes.htm
    Both cities were beautiful. Mosque/cathedral in Cordoba
    Mezquita-de-Cordoba.jpg

    Be careful parking in Seville,people use their bumpers (fenders) to move cars so they can park, Cordoba seemed to have bigger roads, though that may have just been where we were.

    Googling gave this advice
    http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=57268
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    Dec 30, 2011 11:03 AM GMT
    Use the AVE, the high speed train when possible because it is incredibly fast. The trip from Malaga to Madrid only takes 2.5 hours and almost 5 by car. You see what I mean. If you can travel in the evening or a night with a sleeper car, you will only need one day each in Granada, Sevilla or Cordoba as the trains drop you close to the center in each of these places. Granada is my favourite. The Alhambra is spectacular, much more so than the old mosque in Cordoba or any of the architecture which is very heavy in Sevilla. The view of the Sierras from the hill where the Alhambra is located is excellent and at that time of year there will still be plenty of snow up there in case you would like to ski. They are the highest mountains in Spain, not counting Teide on Tenerife Island.

    I will admit that I am biased, but if you have a chance come to Malaga, the port city of Andalucia. The city was recently competing for the cultural capital of Europe for 2016 so it is much improved over the last 10 years and recently won an award for Europes most 24 hour city. Malaga is the second oldest city in Spain and has a very visual history, including a Roman theatre, Mudejar castle and fort above the city, all of which you can tour, has the largest Picaso museum in the world, and many other museums. It is alive with pedestrians throughout the day and night, with an active cafe and tapas culture. And it is the only place you have mentioned visiting where you can swim in the Mediterranean even at that time of year.

    Your welcome to email me if you have any specific questions. I have lived here for 10 years.
  • Rock222

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    Dec 30, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    I lived in Seville for 6 months while in school. It was the most wonderful experience ever. I only made it as far north as Madrid but enjoyed every minute. I did get robbed in the Costa Del Sol, so keep your eyes peeled all the time. Someone stole my back pack when I wasn't looking. The countryside of southern Spain is really beautiful. You'll enjoy it, March is a great time to go too, If your there during easter you have to go to Seville for Holy Week. Its amazing!
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    Dec 30, 2011 7:24 PM GMT
    Er, yeah, don't even try to park on the street in central Sevilla. For one thing, in the evening (around midnight) when the kids hit the clubs, they will quadruple park on your ass, and you won't get out until tomorrow. Also, there is a huge underground parking facility at the bus station that's central to everything and easy to get in and out.
  • Jockwannabe

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    Dec 30, 2011 7:24 PM GMT
    Barcelona is fun!! But beware of con artists on the streets who ask you to make bets (betting games). Also dont stand near the subway doors.. there was once I witnessed a guy robbed in the subway during the day. The robber rushed in and pointed a knife at a guy near the doors, took his camera, wallet and escaped. In my defense, i could have helped but it was quite a distance away and the doors closed momentarily after the robber ran off.... Just be careful...
  • kew1

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    Dec 30, 2011 7:40 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidEr, yeah, don't even try to park on the street in central Sevilla. For one thing, in the evening (around midnight) when the kids hit the clubs, they will quadruple park on your ass, and you won't get out until tomorrow. Also, there is a huge underground parking facility at the bus station that's central to everything and easy to get in and out.


    There's an underground car park by Puente de Isabel 2 (in Triana) as well.
  • Rock222

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    Dec 30, 2011 8:38 PM GMT
    I lived in Triana... I never needed a car, I either walked everywhere or the bus. But it was a long time ago during the World Expo of 92, the Parque Maria Luisa is beautiful and the archetecture is very cool dating hundreds of years
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    Dec 30, 2011 8:45 PM GMT
    Rock222 saidI lived in Triana... I never needed a car, I either walked everywhere or the bus. But it was a long time ago during the World Expo of 92, the Parque Maria Luisa is beautiful and the archetecture is very cool dating hundreds of years


    Yes, or even longer than that, if you count the part that was "Naboo" in Star Wars
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    Dec 30, 2011 8:45 PM GMT
    There is a lot to do and see in parts of Spain. Some of my favorite places there are Mallorca; Sotogrande; Tarragona; Pampalona; Bilbao and Madrid, in addition to Barcelona (I mentioned in the other thread).
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    Dec 30, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
    GRINDR saves my ass on family vacations.
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    Dec 30, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    Axel hotel? Lol didn't you guys read the post? It says he is going with his family I don't think they'll want to stay in axel... Hehe

    I say give Barcelona at least two days...

    And op just to let you know us spaniards don't go out until after midnight and clubs don't open until 1 or 2 so if you're thinking about going out to gay bars while you have stuff planned with your family the next day you might piss then off for not wanting to get up the next day!! Haha

    Have fun though. I'll be there visiting my family for 3 months this summer!
  • briggscar

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    Jan 01, 2012 6:29 PM GMT
    I spent a whole month over the summer in Barcelona and it was a great experience. I would say 4-5 days would be good to really see and enjoy the city. There is just so much to see and if you're like me, who likes to spend a little more time at each place i visit, then that would be great. What I would suggest doing next is to fly to Sevilla, where you can spend probably 2 days. Then take the bus to Granda, which will take probably 3 hours. Spend another two days there and then fly to Madrid. That's what I would suggest but that's just me. I didn't get a chance to go to Cordoba so maybe you can just insert it somewhere, in between Seville and Granda since it's in between those two cities.

    have fun!
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    Mar 19, 2012 3:19 AM GMT
    leaving thursday! last minute help?

    3/23-26 Barc
    26-27 Madrid for sights, to
    27-29 Granada, leave AM to
    29-30 Seville, leave night of the 30th back to
    31-4/3 Madrid. Segovia day trip in there.
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    Mar 19, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    Tengo cellos, pero desfruta lo guapo!
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    Mar 19, 2012 3:25 AM GMT
    extrabutter saidleaving thursday! last minute help?

    3/23-26 Barc
    26-27 Madrid for sights, to
    27-29 Granada, leave AM to
    29-30 Seville, leave night of the 30th back to
    31-4/3 Madrid. Segovia day trip in there.


    Tío pero pa q quieres ayuda?? Q te apetece cuando viajáis?