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1. Posted by mike2519 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I am a 35 year old teacher and want to visit Spain during Christmas week for 7 days. I have never been there and wanted to know the best cities to stay in. I heard Barcelona, Madrid, or Seville. What do you all recommend. I plan on staying at a hotel. Thanks.

2. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 9y

Hey Mike...hows it going??

I have heard much about Barcelona and Madrid, but have yet to visit them, hopefully this summer...

I was in Andalucia last summer and I visited Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Malaga. I did it in, I think, 10/11 days, but we took some time off during our visit to just rest...so there is no reason why you could not do all the whole lot in 7/8 days...

There was so much to see. All the places we easily accessible by coach or train and were reasonably priced too... food was nice, hotels were great...I would definitely recommend itIf you are interested I could give you some more details of what we did...

Hope it helps...

3. Posted by Cpt_Smooth (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

Hi Mike,

I would recommend going to Madrid and doing some day trips to surrounding towns such as Toledo, Cuenca, Segovia and Salamanca.

Have fun whatever you do though :)

4. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

I don't know, what you would be interested to see/do in those seven days. If you are looking for sun, then out of the three I would reckon Barcelona, as inland Spain, can be pretty cold in December/January. If you are looking for history, I would recommend:

option 1: Sevilla in combination with Granada and if you have time Cordoba.
option 2: Madrid, with daytrip to Toledo and Segovia, and also spending some days in Salamanca. (2 days for Madrid itself, 1 for Toledo, 1 for Segovia, and 3 for Salamanca)

and the wild card, if you are looking for sun, would be one of the Canary Islands.

5. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

I agree with Herr Bert on the combination between madrid, segovia and toledo. Toledo is an amazing city from my point of view, and on the way to it you can stop in Aranjuez and see its Royal Palace.

However, there's much to do in Barcelona and its surroundings in winter as well, and the advantage is there are barely tourists ( or not too many ).
If you go, check out all the architecture by Antoni Gaudi: Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, Park Güell.
Take a look at "Catalan's Music Palace and " St. Pau Hospital", both declared UNESCO world heritage. montjuïc Palace is amazing with its fountains, or if you want a eprfect postcard of Barcelona get lost in gothic quarter streets. There are plenty of other places to visit but let me get to where I was going..

If you have time, go to Tarragona, there are some amazing Roman ruins, probably the best preserved ones in Spain and whole Europe. From Tarragona you also have the chance to visit Poblet's monastry, declared world heritage by UNESCO as well.

If you go a bit northern than Barcelona, visit Girona. I personally like it better than Barcelona. Its old town is amazing: a wonderful cathedral, some very nice churches, peaceful streets...and don't forget to visit the jewish quarter of the city.
From girona you can go to Costa Brava. This zone is full of amazing middle ages little towns, some of them are pictured on my gallery if you'd like to see what they look like.

6. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

If you go a bit northern than Barcelona, visit Girona. I personally like it better than Barcelona. Its old town is amazing: a wonderful cathedral, some very nice churches, peaceful streets...and don't forget to visit the jewish quarter of the city.
From girona you can go to Costa Brava. This zone is full of amazing middle ages little towns,

I love Barcelona (and Madrid, and actually come to think of it, most of spain ), but as S_Deisler has suggested, Girona is amazing. The region around here has some very interesting towns, some great architechure and is definately worth checking out.

7. Posted by ldytherese (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Quoting mike2519

I am a 35 year old teacher and want to visit Spain during Christmas week for 7 days. I have never been there and wanted to know the best cities to stay in. I heard Barcelona, Madrid, or Seville. What do you all recommend. I plan on staying at a hotel. Thanks.

Tenerife is very promising too. We have affordable hotels and restaurants with comparable beaches to the ones you have mentioned. For other destinations and leisure activities in Tenerife, check this Tenerife travel guide.

8. Posted by ester.c (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

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Quoting mike2519

I am a 35 year old teacher and want to visit Spain during Christmas week for 7 days. I have never been there and wanted to know the best cities to stay in. I heard Barcelona, Madrid, or Seville. What do you all recommend. I plan on staying at a hotel. Thanks.

All these citys your are saying are completelly different ,and whit only a week you don´t have to much time to see .In Madrid and Sevilla Christmas stars on 24th afternoon ,and 25 so the previous days you will find a lot of atmosphere of shopping everywhere. But 24 afternoon and 25 will be quite cause people likes to be at home with the family. In Barcelona we start on 25 and 26 ,that everything is close.
The most important citys are Madrid and Barcelona and if you know them you could apreciate the difference between the interior Spain ( Castilla ) and the coast ( Catalunya ) more close in some aspects to France. Sevilla is worth , more typical ,but you should know Madrid or Barcelona first .Is my opinion Enjoy your stay .Best regards Ester