My boyfriend and I will be travelling for the first time to Spain and plan to spend roughly 1 week there. I am looking for advice on an itineray - our goal is soak up as much of the Spain experience as possible. So far - I am told that Barcelona and Seville are must-sees and am thinking we could visit both cities as well as a few great spots in between. Does anyone have any suggestions? A combination of beaches (we'll be there in September), history, culture, and off-the-beaten-path experiences are what we are looking for. Any suggestions are appreciated!
i was in Spain for about 3 weeks last summer
came from portugal so i stopped in Seville - a def. must see! but hot! so be prepared. the Alcazar is a must!
from Seville i went to Salamanca - 7 hr busride - to a more temperate weather. very nice small college town.
Ide recommend it.
from there Madrid - Madrid was ok. Great musuems though.
Los Amigos is a good hostel - Near the Opera Stop.
Barcelona is also a great city. I heard San Sabastian was quite nice as well.
so much to see in Spain difficult to know where to start. My hubbie and I did the pilgrimage across spain to Santiago de Compostela last year, but that takes 30 days! However, if you fancied an off the beaten track experience you could do a couple of days of the route, say from Pamplona (always a great place to visit) to Estella via Punta La Reina (another nice, lesser known place) from where you can catch a bus/train.
I echo Jeff's comments, Barcelona (also in the north) is great. San Sebastian is a great place if you're interested in the Basque culture (far more interesting than portrayed in the media - there's more to it than ETA!) read The Basque History of the World by Mark Kurlansky. Sticking with the north theme, the Picos de Europa is great for scenery, hiking, biking etc and there are some lovely little resorts along the north coast from Santander - e.g. Santillana del Mar (heaving with tourists in high summer but should be quite nice in September).
With 'only' a week I would stick to either the north or south, otherwise you'll find yourself doing too much getting to and from.
In any case, whatever you decide to do have a great time and if you want to know more about the Camino mail me, It's a wonderful thing to do!!!