I'm new to this forum, and thought I'd give it a try. I am planning to travel to Spain in Oct/Nov, as part of a trip from Australia to the US and South East Asia. I will only have limited time and funds, and will fly in to a main city, so where and what do you recommend?
For instance, do you prefer Barcelona or Madrid?
Is travelling from Madrid to Granada easy and worthwhile?
IMHO Barcelona is much more interesting than Madrid. Specially if you are planing a short trip I would recommend you visiting Barcelona.
There are many interesting places to visit there -I suggest you to visit the Gaudi park... that's awesome!- and you can easily move to close towns which are also very interesting.
Travelling from Madrid to Granada? Yes, that's easy and worthwhile.
EASY: You can travel by bus or train. Both are affordable.
WORTHWHILE: Granada is one of the prettiest towns in Spain. La Alhambra is worth to visit (if you travel with your couple, visit it during the night You'd love it) and people there is really nice!
If you look for something different, try visiting the North of Spain. There are lots of places where you would love to get lost
But if you are gonna make a short trip I suggest you to visit the South. Typical but very interesting if that's your first time to Spain.
Btw I have made this suggestions because you said you are planning to travel in October or November.
If you finally decide to travel during the summer, stay away from Madrid and the South -too hot wheather!!!
It depends on what do you like! Madrid is great big, with lots of museums and history. Nice to walk arround the Madrid de los Austrias.
Barcelona is beautiful, nice to walk arround, nice buldings and at that time will be the Barcelona Forum which seems to be a great Cultural International Activity.
It is difficoult to choize, about the weather Barcelona is coldest during summer and hotest in winter....
Where to go is on you
Have a nice time
Barcelona is possibly my favourite city (so far) on the planet. Madrid is a decent place as well, and you can also do day trips to places like Toledo and Avila. You can get to Granada relatively easily, and could also do Cordoba and Sevilla on the same trip if you have a week/10 days. All 3 are definitely worthwhile
Large chunks of the North coast are worth some time - Bilbao and San Sebastien stand out.
Other than that, depends what you like - more of a city or countryside/scenery person etc., and also, depends on what you mean about limited time. A couple of days, couple of weeks or the full 2 months?
Wherever you go, have a great time.
Barcelona is one of my favorite cities. It is fun and lively and full of things to enjoy and see. If you would like, I created a public folder with links to hotels and passport info and so forth. My first backbpacking trip was a totally new experience so I compiled helpful tips for people who would like them
hostel I stayed at
I'd agree that the southern cities in Spain are well worth it. I never made it to Granada last year while we were there, but loved Seville!! The Real Alcazar was probably the single most incredible thing we saw on holiday (I guess the Alahambra is even better though!!). Add to that a tour of the bullring, some flamengo dancing, great food and beautiful old cobbled streets and it was really a great city to spend time in. Barcelona was also brilliant, like all the others suggest - really great Gaudi architecture, if you're at all interested in such things. The old quarters and gothic cathedral are also well worth a visit. I'd love to get back to Barcelona some time
Barcelona and Granada are wonderful cities, nevertheless during the summer season I would recommend Barcelona...
You can stay at these great apartments
I am staying near Barcelona for the summer (working) and am taking weekend and day trips from there when I can. If you have specific questions about that area I would love to help.
I have found that traveling by bus (and others have agreed) is often about the same amount of time as a train but slightly cheaper and often gives you a better selection of departure and arrival times. I have been using night busses and if you´re on a tight time schedule that saves a lot of time not to mention money becuase then you aren´t paying for lodging as well.
Here are some bus websites so you can look at prices and distances.
Barcelona is fabulous with TONS to see and do! San Sebastian was also a gorgeous city.
Barcelona is a cool city.
If u get a chance, go check out the bay of roses which is about an hour north of the city near Catalonia.
It has beautiful beaches and in figures there is the Salvidor Dali museum which is weird and interesting.
At Ampuriabrava there is a cheap centre where u can do a tandem skydive and have a good night out on the ale.
Go have a look
As you have read.. Barcelona is the best choice. I really like it, ..the weather is better than Madrid, you can go to the beach (although in oct-nov will be cold), the mountains..
So.. If you are going to Barcelona, you have to visit:
1. La Sagrada Familia
2. La catedral (in the Barrio Gótico)
3. Las Ramblas
4. The Born Barrio (neighbourhood)
5. Mont Juic
6. Parc Guell
9. La Barceloneta…
Hope u enjoy your trip.
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