I'm planning a trip for the first time to Spain (my first time backpacking as well), any suggestions where to go? I was thinking of Madrid and travelling to Barcelona. Planning to leave for Spain late May, and will stay for about 2 weeks.
What kind of budget should I plan? Are the hostels there safe? Or would budget hotels be better?
Thank you so much
Madrid and Barcelona are the two main cities in Spain.
If you have 15 days you have enougth time to visit another places, unless you want to visit these two cities in certain depth.
Alternatives? A lot of them. What do you prefer: cities, nature, culture, monuments, beaches...? What period of the year?
You can visit many places in 15 days. You can start in Madrid, visit the city (it can take you as many time as you want, museums, art galleryes, parks, nice buildings....) From Madrid you can do one day excursions by bus to some other cityes like Avila, Toledo, Segovia... which are not far away. If you prefer the countryside, you can also go to small villages at La Sierra which are really nice, go to El Escorial.
From Madrid it is not difficout to go to Barcelona and you can stop at some places on your way, take it easy, take 3 or 4 day for the trip. That way you can see another part of Spain.
In Barcelona there is EL FORUM BARCELONA 2004 which is a forum where all the countries take part, it seems to be something like an International Expo. I have heard that is really nice to see.
Enjoy your time...
I LOVE Barcelona! You definitly should go there. I haven't been but I've been told that San
Sabatian is alot of fun.
I created a public folder with tips, links to hostels I've stayed at, passport and visa docs,
pictures, and just stuff I like to share from my experieneces. Please feel free to check it
[ Edit: sorry, no promotional posts in the forum please. ]
I see nearly nothing in that webpage you propose... maybe a normal website would be better to share information.
About the previous post about San Sebastian, you can ask me about it or visit http://w3.to/sansebastian for some information. Overall speaking, San Sebastian it is more than some fun, a lot to do in and around it not being a big city.