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11. Posted by aitor (Full Member 102 posts) 12y

Answer to Sarah,

To give an idea about distances and time between places in Spain or Europe in overall try http://www.viamichelin.com website (it is excelente).

Overall speaking the Spanish roads are in good condition, no problem.

For Morocco, you can go it from different places, but the most cheaper and most common is to cross from Algeciras to: Tanger (Morocco) or Ceuta/Sebta (small Spanish possession in Africa).

To cross to Ceuta is a bit cheaper than Tanger. Crossing to Tanger has the avantage to cross the "border" (or some of the formalities) during the ferry time and you enter in Morocco. Ceuta has an avantage if you go with your own car: fuel, for instance, diesel cost about 0.40 euros per liter, or if you want to go on shopping (there are no taxes in Ceuta).

Regards,

Aitor

12. Posted by girgola (Inactive 15 posts) 12y

Hi all,
you can do many things travelling 2 or 3 weeks, because Spain is not a very big country and you can reach any city by train or by car easily. Maybe you should decide if you want to visit big cities or capitals (as Madrid, Barcelona, San Sebastián, Santiago de Compostela and so) or if you prefer visiting regions. Here are some examples:

- planning a stay in Madrid you can visit Salamanca, Avila and Segovia, which are very beautiful cities close to Madrid, not very crowded and all of them included in the World Heritage list. You can take 3 or 4 days in Madrid and a week for the other cities (you can go from one to another by bus; it's cheaper).

- if you come to the coast and stay in Barcelona, you can go to small villages in Costa Brava, up to France, you can go to Girona, Cadaqués and Figueres; down to Valencia, you can go to Tarragona, Sitges or Delta de l'Ebre. You would need 3 or 4 days in Barcelona and one more day in any other city, reckoning how much time you need to get there).

- in the north, Cantabria and Asturias are easy to visit, if you like lanscapes, this is your place. You can also find good nature resorts in Galicia and the Basque Country (don't miss San Sebastián and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, both cities can be visited in one day, as they are small). You can take 2 weeks and visit many places by car.

- in the south, Andalucia is worth a visit, but be aware that weather can be very hot in summer and extremely crowded during Easter time and its famous "Feria de Abril". Córdoba, Sevilla and Granada are a must. Also, 2 weeks would be fine.

- other places in Spain are as well interesting; I was surprised by the diversity of Extremadura (incredible roman cities as Mérida are really close to beautiful villages as Trujillo and Cáceres). It took me 5 days to visit these cities.

If you go by car, maybe you should consider to visit only parts of the country; if you take the train, you can be anywhere easily, but it will be more expensive if you take the high velocity train. Another option is to take a night train ticket, while you sleep you can be in Bilbao or Madrid from Barcelona and other cities.

was it too long?

if you need more information, I'll be glad to help you.

good luck!

eva

13. Posted by dlo (Budding Member 8 posts) 12y

Just a quick reply for now... but Sevilla and Andalucia is a must. If you can do the major cities like madrid, barca, and sevilla, go for it... savour and enjoy... www.renfe.es will help you plan train journeys/ times etc and www.alsa.es the same but for bus/ coaches... there are more but i'm out of time and hopefully will come back with more if you like!

ps... despite Costa Del Sol having serious tourist areas, it is still part of Andalucia, one of the best places on the planet! (apart from the tourist spots of course, )

14. Posted by sbhandal (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

Hi, Why is that we should aviold Malaga and the Costa de Sol. We are planning 2 days there - can someone please give advice?

thanks,

15. Posted by rhonda141 (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

we spent 2 1/2 weeks in spain a couple of years ago. Your age, how you plan to travel, will determine where you can go.

We rented a condo in a lovely town called Estepona, south of Malaga. We rented a car for the whole time and took day trips into the mountains, up and down the coast. Also took the Renfe (train) to Seville and stayed there for 3 days. A perfect, efficient, and economical way to travel. Spain is lovely, the people are friendly and there are loads of tourists everywhere - mostly British. Learn a little Spanish, but most people have some English. Actually, Costa del Sol is very English friendly. We found that Seville had the least English speaking people. So a few key words and phrases were very helpful with taxis, waiters, etc.

16. Posted by janzw (Full Member 39 posts) 12y

If you like cities Barcelona is worth a visit. Barcelona has a beautiful beach too. For more sun and beach you could go to Costa Brava allthough it can be crowded in places like Loret de Mar where are more tourists than native spanish.

To see the real Spain you can go by car deeper in Spain and see villages and countryside.

17. Posted by Puja Priya (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi,

Definitely! You have chosen a very good time to visit Spain and all their cities. I had also gone there in the same time last year and I enjoyed the places surrounding Barcelona the most.
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Enjoy! :)
Puja

[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]

18. Posted by Gusiluz (Full Member 77 posts) 10y

Quoting sbhandal

Hi, Why is that we should aviold Malaga and the Costa de Sol. We are planning 2 days there - can someone please give advice?

thanks,

The Costa del Sol has probably been overdeveloped with resorts, apartments and hotels during the last 25 years. A british tourist may have the impression that the place, although british friendly, is not exactly Spain. A spaniard may have the impression that it is a british colony at the coast and both may have the feeling that the place is sort of artificial and a bit too crowded in summer.

Apart from that it's ok for a couple of days of sun, palm trees and sand under your feet. But if you are looking for something more 'spanish' you better rent a car and explore a bit.

[ Edit: Edited at May 18, 2006 4:12 AM by Gusiluz ]

19. Posted by cgdm (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

i'm planning to go to spain then to portugal in august. i guess, i'll stay in spain for 5-5.5 days and in portugal for 2-2.5 days. where should i go? do you have any suggestion? (about the route)

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