It is been a long time since i last subscribed to the forums and i can honestly say that i really missed the experience.
I am travelling to Spain with my wife for 10 days in June.
We are arriving in Madrid and departing from Barcelona.
Appart from Madrid and Barcelona we plan to visit the region of Andalousia.
Please answer me the following questions based on your personal experience:
1. What are your suggestions regarding transportation from Madrid to Andalousia and from Andalousia to Barcelona? ( car or train or bus)
2. Where to you suggest i should stay in Andalousia?( Cordova, Sevilla, Granada etc)
2. Which hostels do you recomend for our accomodation in all cities of Spain we are visiting, and why?( we are looking for private clean rooms, double bed,aircondition, elevator, cheapest possible, in the center)
3. What are the best places ( not touristic places) to see nature, eat traditional food and watch flamenco dancing?
I am sorry if i ask too much but since the trip is only 3 weeks away i really need some input so that i can gain the best experience i can get.
Thenk you very much !!
can i have some feedback please?
have you alerted the Spain travel helpers??
One thing I will say is that Granada is a wonderful place to visit in Andalusia, I also recommend driving into the mountains and spending a few days there, somewhere like Orgiva for scenery etc...
I'm sorry I haven't spent much time at all in Spain so thats all I can say but as I say keep trying I'm in no doubt someone will have some suggestions for you!
hey mim thanks for replying!
how to i alert the travel helpers?
sorry it has taken me so long to reply, but here you go.
From Madrid you can easily take a bus to Cordoba (check http://www.socibus.es for details, unfortunately the website is only in Spanish but hopefully easy enough to understand). A train from Atocha station would be quicker, but also much more expensive.
Maybe stay in Cordoba for one day and night and the next morning take another bus to Seville which only takes an hour.
There I would stay for two days before heading to Granada by bus or train for another two days. I know visiting three cities in 5/6 days seems a lot but their all so unique and beautiful that I couldn't tell you which one to skip.
Getting from Andalucía to Barcelona is another story. It would be quite a long way (and possibly waste of time) to go by train or bus so I suggest catching a plan from Seville. Check http://www.vueling.es for offers, they usually start about 40 Euro one way.
Concerning accomodation I unfortunately can't help much as I was staying with friends most of the time, though I've heard Hostal Granada in Cordoba (a bit confusing but correct ) is supposed to be nice.
And finally, for nature I can only agree with mim the mountain ranges around Granada are stunning and the bus trip from Seville to Granada is also very pretty. Concerning traditional food I would just walk around the cities and you're likely to find a nice, quiet restaurant. For Flamenco dancing the local Tourist information might give you advice.
Hope this helps and enjoy your holiday in Spain,
I will try to answer your questions, although they depend a lot on your budget... Anyway, here it goes:
1. Between Madrid and Andalusia... You get to go from Madrid to Seville in 2h30m on the AVE (high speed train). And although it is quite expensive (look up in www.renfe.es, spanish railways site), it is really worth the money, because on the bus or in a regular train it will be like 5 or 6 hours.
From Seville or Granada to Barcelona, there are usually quite cheap flights, with Iberia (www.iberia.com) or Vueling, a local low cost company (www.vueling.com).
2. Cordoba you can see in a day. You can stop on your way to Seville for one day. See the Alhambra, the patios, eat something, and wander around. Sevilla and Granada are a must. At least 2 days in Sevilla, and another 2 in Granada, as per my opinion.
3. As far as accommodation.... hard questions to answer in few minutes. Try some hostels, here there are what we call HOSTALES or PENSIONES, which are normally centrally located, usually clean, but of an avarage standard (rather nothing to impress you).
4. If you are coming to see a flamenco dancing, that is going to be touristic, because spanish we don't go usually to flamenco dancing shows just to have fun, that's only something travellers do most of the times. In Seville you can go to Flamenco El Arenal, which is probably one of the bests. The Alhambra in Granada is also very visited, but really worth half a day or more, it is absolutely fantastic. For traditional food just go to anywhere where you see locals, where you don't see a lot of signs outside the stablishments... Just go where you wouldn't go as a tourist... That's the only thing I can say that can help you.
Do not worry... you will find your way. Wandering around,just enjoying the places you go to, that's the trick... Just enjoy yourself... YOu will be on holidays!!!
Steff and Yolanda thank u very much for the input. I have found a hostel in Madrid that i booked for 2 nights it is called Tijcal II.
I think i will bus it to Toledo and then Cordova and from there to Granada and finally Sevilla. Then i will try to find a flight to Barcelona so that i can stay there for 2 nights.
I tried to book flights online from vueling or iberia but that was not possible for some reason.
Anyway if i dont find flights i will catch a train or bus.
thank u again for your help!
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)