Hi guys, I have 2 question regarding traveling from Spain to lisbon. I'm going to lisbon for a week this September and I will have 3 days before I get to lisbon so I'm thinking about visiting 1 city in Spain.
1st questions-- between Madrid and Barcelona, which one will be more worth going? ( I'd love to go to both cities but I only have 3 days in Spain)
2nd question-- if I go to Madrid, I'm thinking either flying from from Madrid to Lison or taking the over night train, if I take the over night train I can save on 1 night of Hotel. So does it worth to save the $$$ on the hotel to take the train or I should just fly to Lisbon?
Thank you all in advance!
I prefer Barcelona as a city, but if you have 3 days is more convenient Madrid, that has also plenty of things to do and to see. About the train, is not cheap, check www.renfe.es, and sometimes there are very cheap flight tickets between both cities, check http://www.travelprice.es/ or any other interner travel agency
Of the 2 cities you have chosen I would definitely say Madrid - much more history than Barcelona with great nightlife too. Personally I would have suggested that Seville was a better option - one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities in Spain - to either Madrid or Barca - and much nearer the Portugese border.
Long journey from Madrid to Lisbon by train - OK if you can sleep when travelling and you would probably meet interesting people. Flying would be much simpler, but less adventurous, choice.
I don't want to preach but I think people should always choose train over plane when they can for environmental reasons. Every flight we take releases huge amounts of greenhouse gases and uses huge amounts of fuel. On a less depressing note I also think taking the train can be more fun - or at least more interesting.
On the question of which city - it depends what you want. Both cities have great bars, restaurants, nightlife, culture, architecture etc. What are the differences - well, Barcelona is in Catalunya, so if you're looking for a 'Spanish' experience (whatever that may be) go to Madrid. If you prefer smaller cities, choose Barcelona where pretty much everything you want to see is in walking distance. But Madrid, being bigger (and being the capital) can offer more choice in everything. If you're a Gaudi fan, or you want a beach, choose Barcelona. Foodwise - Madrid has some of the best restaurants in the country and gets the best and freshest fish shipped in every day, but Barcelona is in the centre of the new Catalan cuisine revolution and new, great, accessible restaurants are opening almost every day. Plus it has the fantastic Boqueria food market.
Perhaps one way to decide would be to check out what's on at each city for the period you want to visit - perhaps there's a music festival or special art exhibition that will sway you one way or the other. For instance, in Barcelona around the 24 September, there's the Merce festival, with loads of concerts, fireworks, processions etc.
Hope this helps!
[ Edit: Edited at May 13, 2006 1:55 AM by saborosa ]
thank you all so much for the reply! I'm wondering if I take the train over night from Madrid to Lisbon, there is 2 kind of class with bed where you can sleep on, 1 is 50 dollars more than the other one. Does any of you know the difference? Also do i have to change any trains on the way from Madrid to Lisbon? Thanks!