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1. Posted by JOKEKIMA (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

My husband and I are from Toronto and are visiting Spain in July for our 1 year Anniversary for 1 week only. We would really appreciate any advice on where we should stay and visit? We want to shop for souvenirs and do excursions. We also love night life so maybe if any bars or clubs could be recommended.

So far I have seen flight’s available from Toronto to Madrid and almost booked to stay in Madrid but wanted to hear any input about Madrid or anywhere else before we booked.

Can anyone also let me know what the weather is like in July?

Thanks for any info you can help me with!!!

I apologize for the spelling error in my post but I don’t know how to fix it.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 17, 2007, at 7:02 AM by JOKEKIMA ]

2. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 9y

Spain in July will be very hot, especially in Madrid. I haven't travelled extensively round Spain but I can tell you that Barcelona is a great place and by what you have said you are looking for I would think it would be perfect. I have just come back from the north west of spain in a place called Santiago De Compostela and I loved it. It is an old walled city and it is just stunning. There are none of the typical stag do tourists there - yet - so it hasnt been ruined by tourism, although a lot of tourists go there as it is a trail for christians to head for as St James is thought to be buried there (I think!). I am not religious but still found the place beautiful.

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

Normaly I would give all credits to Madrid, but in your case I don't, unless you tell me you are originaly from Arizona, and you like high temperatures. As you state that you are from Toronto, that wouldn't seem to be logical. If you ever have the chance, visit Madrid in May or September/October, you will have a bliss (nightlife is great, and the towns you can see a daytrips like Toledo and Segovia are absolute gems)

If I were you I would see if I could get a connecting flight to Barcelona, and stay there for a couple of days, then transfer to San Sebastian and also stay there for a couple of days. I presume you have to transfer back to Madrid for the flight home.

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

Madrid in july... the weather will be great, but the temperature can get a bit too high, I'd say around 35 degrees and occasionally 37-38. And it won't get much better in any place of the mediterranean shore, you won't get 35 degrees perhaps, but 32 and some high humidity will make it even worse.

Anyway I agree with Herr Bert, Barcelona and/or San Sebastian would be really good choice for a 2 or 3 days trip, as well as Valencia. I guess it wouldn't be as hot in San Sebastian, or at least it shouldn't be.

However, bear in mind that "visiting" my lovely and loved city in july, Barcelona, is saying something. If I were you I'd stick to some other places. Barcelona is way too crowded from june to mid september, lots of tourists visiting.

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

Go to Barcelona!
From what you've said i think you'll have a blast there! It's a buzzing city, full of culture. NIce size for a city.
If you want the typical Paella/Flamenco/Picasso/Sangria/Gaudi, then fine, if you also want the beach party(Marbella Beach)/Rock clubs(Sidecar, Fellini)/Techno (Moog)/Abundance of hot or cute bars in Gotico/shopping(Passeig de Gracia) then also in BCN.

Barcelona is a cooler better option than Madrid because:
Its less expensive
Its on the beach!
It was voted no.1 cultural city in the world by times or something
Its a crazy city from mountains down to the mediterranean, with cable cars, fantastic architecture by gaudi (Google Gaudi if you dont know)
They speak spanish, catalan and now a lot of english.
Have a look at the info at www.way2stay.com, to find out what i'm talking about. They've a lot of pics, area info and offer holiday apartments (with discounts if you book a week i think)
As for Madrid, you could take a day and a half trip there to see the capital. If you can get there just for a Sunday there's the biggest famous outdoor market which is a must-do.
I know what I'm saying!

6. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 9y

Hi!

There are lots of beautiful places to go in Spain apart from Madrid and Barcelona, but if you only have a week, you are probably a bit limited in where to go... Both great places, but I would recommend Barcelona, im sure you'll love it!

Have fun!

;)

x x Miromar x x

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

Quoting locura

Go to Barcelona!
Barcelona is a cooler better option than Madrid because:
Its less expensive
Its on the beach!
It was voted no.1 cultural city in the world by times or something
Its a crazy city from mountains down to the mediterranean, with cable cars, fantastic architecture by gaudi (Google Gaudi if you dont know)
They speak spanish, catalan and now a lot of english.
Have a look at the info at www.way2stay.com, to find out what i'm talking about. They've a lot of pics, area info and offer holiday apartments (with discounts if you book a week i think)
As for Madrid, you could take a day and a half trip there to see the capital. If you can get there just for a Sunday there's the biggest famous outdoor market which is a must-do.
I know what I'm saying!

Both cities have a lot to offer, and what lacks in one, you can find in the other. I think for Canadians, it's just a little bit better to be at the see, and to have a little bit of cooling (S Deisler is right, really cool it will be nowhere in Spain, unless you climb Mulhacen). Compared to eachother I don't think Madrid is more expensive.

One and a half day for Madrid is an outrage. If you go to Madrid as a tourist, you should always take the time to also see Toledo, and if possible Segovia (at least that's my pick from 4-5 possible daytrips). It's the combination of possibilities that makes Madrid my number 1 choice in Spain. (and it helps if you know some people.)

I love Madrid. (back in a month)

Never seem to make it to El Rastro. (nightlife is too good in Madrid ;))

8. Posted by JOKEKIMA (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Thank you so much for all the helpful information!!! I’m really interested in Barcelona now as well as Madrid. The weather sound’s good. I was in Greece last July and it was about 40 degrees. I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t to cool during that month.

Can anyone suggest any hotels in Madrid or Barcelona? We don’t need too much. We just need a place to sleep and we love to swim so if there are any hotel’s with a pool that would be great.

Thanks once again!

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10. Posted by JOKEKIMA (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Quoting cecildesig

Hie there !

I see you ve made your choice now ! I am living in Barcelona since January 2007 and I m having suh great times over here. My parents went to visit me last week and they rent a flat by a a really good company called desigbarcelona. It was an apartment located close to the beach, all furnished with the last design trends and....so cheapppp !!! I think it is better than a classic hotel and its all exclusive !

here is the link of their web site if you are interested : -snip-

Hope you ll have great time !
Can´t wait the summer over here, I think it will be awesome!

bye !

OMG thank you sooooo much! That’s and amazing website! That’s exactly what we are looking for and all we really need!

[ Edit: web link removed, because it was posted by a spammer. ]