I am planning to spend 7-8 days in Spain around the thanksgiving holiday November. My current plan is to spend 3 days in Barca and 3 days in Seville. Is there any other must see I should check out? Is november going to be a good time to visit? What is the best way of spending 7-8 days in Spain around that time of the year?
Your help is much appreciated!
It depends, if you already know you're going to Barcelona and Sevilla... Well, there are plenty of places, if you could be more specific on what you're looking for.
Tarragona has some amazing roman ruins, Girona has a really beautiful old town, both of them not far from Barceona (about an hour away by train), Some little villages on the coast, ...
First of all, Barcelona is not spain, is Catalunya, 3 days in Bcn (Catalunya) and 3 more in Sevilla (spain) is a good choice!!
Barcelona is agreat city , mainly apreciate its lifestyle and climate. u can have fun each day from january 1st to december 31st!!
Sevilla is also a great spot!! is nice with lovely people living in a permanent 'carpe diem'!
probably I'd choose the same cities for my first trip to Catalunya and spain. of course, tons of sights but with 6-7 days ...
forget Madrid and Valencia and focus on Barcelona and Sevilla.
close to Sevilla, in case u have time enough, consider Granada and Cordoba, cool historical cities!!
enjoy your trip!!
Sorre for having to read things that have little or nothing to do with leisure and tourism but... somebody should control this kind of posts talking crap like "Barcelona is not Spain, fortunately or unfortunately for you and me Barcelona IS Spain.
And now let's talk about what you want to know:
3 days are OK for Barcelona, beautiful city with a lot of things to see, but are a little too much for Sevilla.
I would recommend you do something like:
Barcelona (2/3 days), Tarragona, (half/1 day), Valencia (1 day), Madrid (just recommended if you are fond of art and museums but you have to go there anyway because is on your way to go to Sevilla) and then: decide yourself but one day is enough to see Sevilla and I would recommend you three other alternatives for the rest of the time:
- Toledo: On the way to Sevilla from Madrid. Really, really beautiful medieval town.
- Cordoba: Couple of hours from Sevilla, not as many things but very recommended.
- Granda: Nice town with the (for many) most beautiful building in Spain: La Alhambra.
Take a look at the Internet for more info but 3 days for Sevilla are just too much and it would be a pity come to Spain and visit just 2 cities.
Good luck!! Enjoy your stay!!
Let's keep out of the politica semantics about whether Cataluña is part of Spain or not. Evidently, it's a place that SFTourist wants to visit, whatever country you think it's in.
SF, you've only got 7 or 8 days in Spain. How much of it do you want to spend travelling? Remember the two cities you mentioned are in diagonally opposite corners of the country so you are going to lose at least half a day, probably much more, getting from one to the other.
Barcelona is the best city I have ever visited (I've got my enthusiasm for cities well under control) so I think it's a good plan. Three days is a minimum: you should be able to tick most of the boxes in that time, but it won't leave you much time for strolling around and soaking up the atmosphere. I'd recommend a 3 hour lunch in the Olympic port and dinner one night at Los Caracoles. Of course Sagrada Familia is a must, and so is Parc Guell. Then there are the other Gaudí buildings, Montjuich Park, the cathedral and gothic quarter, Pueblo Español..........
It's a bit harsh to say one day is enough in Sevilla. Once again, you need time to just sit in a bar and soak up the atmosphere (and whatever beverage takes your fancy) so I'd say two days is about right.
On your limited time though, I'd be inclined to skip Seville and stick to places within easy reach of Barcelona: Tarragona, Sitges, Girona, the Costa Brava coastline.......
Hey mate we just wrote the Barcelona TP travel guide last week, I think you should check it out
I second the combination of Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada. It is perfect for a visit to Spain in November, because from April to September it is way too hot to go there. I especially like the region for its muslim heritage, I find it very fascinating.
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Awesome! I was about to post the same topic. I, as well, will be going to Spain during Thanksgiving period. 20-26. When will you be going exactly?
Unfortunately, I don't know where I will be going in Spain, as of yet, hence I might as well tag along with this post for the information will be the same!
Where is the best place to fly in from the US? At least from a travelling standpoint? I'm thinking of even flying in at one city and then fly out at another. This way, we don't have to back track back to the airport.
Please include any cities that will be in-between for these 7 days.
In addition, weather wise, (haven't looked at the map yet), are we on the north or south of Spain.
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 19, 2007, at 9:58 AM by nutsnbolts ]
Barcelona is in the northeastern corner of Spain, Al-Andalus (Moorish Spain) is in the very south.
From the US it is best IMO to either fly in and out of Madrid (and take the train to get around in Spain) or to fly to any other city in Europe where you can first get a good deal from the US and second can connect to with budget flights. Almeria and Malaga are popular tourist destinations with charter flights to the rest of Europe, they are close enough to Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla to suit.
Example: you fly into Frankfurt (FRA), Germany from the US, catch a Ryanair flight from Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN) to Barcelona (ie Girona -GRO), train it down to the south of Spain and then fly back to Germany with a charter flight from Malaga or Almeria.
See http://www.skyscanner.net for some ideas. Looking at it I see 0,01 EUR ticket price plus 15 EUR taxes for end of October from HHN to GRO with Ryanair, and prices for less than 100 EUR from Granada, Sevilla, Malaga etc back to Frankfurt.
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 19, 2007, at 10:47 AM by t_maia ]