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

anyone specially from turkey visited spain before,

need some tips before travelling to madrid and barcelona.

thanks

goksel

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

I think going with a tour is absolutely un-necessary, mainly because you'll be told to move on all the time.

There are plenty of things to do in Barcelona and Madrid. As a city I personally prefere Barcelona, but i'm mediterranean so...

Anyway, what are your doubts about the whole event?
do you need any help on places to go, etc... ?

3. Posted by jaxstar (Full Member 74 posts) 9y

i went to madrid on my own for 4 days and was fine as a single female traveller. you dont need to go on a tour, they take your money and you cant always just do what you want... i bought a little book with a map in it from one of the tourist stands a nd that was enough for me. it gave me walking routes, and explained all the things that i saw...

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

Spain is perfect for traveling on your own. If you are only sticking with Barcelona and Madrid, than a tour is of not much use. By yourself a good guidebook for both cities, and you will be alright. In Spain you have the option to go by Plane, and Train, but also the busconnections are very good (take more time, but save money).

If you have time, I recommend to make daytrips from Madrid to Toledo and Segovia, this way you will see something more, than just the big cities, and both are within easy reach, and full of things to see.

5. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 9y

I just got back from 2 months in Spain and Morocco; the Spain leg I did almost wholly by myself and I had a ball.

The cities are relatively safe (as safe as any big cities - just use common sense) and there's heaps to do. Check out the amazing contemporary art galleries, if that's your scene - I was really impressed.

But a big warning (to all going to Spain); en route back from Morocco through Madrid, my sister was ripped off by a gypsy. She was being extremely vigilant but friendly and they managed to make off with a not-inconsiderable amount of euros. Whatever you do, fob off the gypsies quickly but politely and don't let them ANYWHERE near your bag.

That aside, Spain was fantastic.

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

Hi
How long are you going for? Do you just want to go to Madrid and Barcellona? Independent travel is great but tours, wheather long or short serve a purpose too. It depends on the person and their needs and objectives. The classic one week in Spain means doing Madrid two days, Barcelona two days and Andalusia three days. Though, this is a bit much for a week, so it really depends on how long you have, the longer the better, of course. For Madrid the most popular day or overnight trips are to Toldedo, Segovia and Avila. For Barcelona you have the monastery at Montserrat, Figueres, Girona and the coast and much more. Here are some links to information, tours and itineraries which can help in planning or while traveling:

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