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SPAIN ITINERARY Summer 2013

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1. Posted by nachs (Budding Member, 9 posts) 20 Sep '12 20:35

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We're planning a trip to Tomorrowland 2013 and then Spain next summer. Our flight is arriving Wednesday, the 24th in Brussels. We'll sleep in Brussels the first night so that we could have a few hours to eat frites and drink beer in the and then wake up in the morning to do a DIY walking tour of Brussels central. We'll then take the train to Boom and camp at Dreamville.

To counter jetlag, we plan to sleep the entire flight going to Brussels and then stock up on red bull in case we get drowsy during the day. ;)

We plan to get 2 rooms for 2 in Dreamville (how are the reservations? we plan to start 'hanging out' on the website 3 hours before sales/ticketing open) and leave Boom on Monday at 6am.

While in Tomorrowland, do some people hang out/explore Antwerp in the morning? I checked the line up and most end at 1am (does it really end at 1am?). Maybe we can get enough rest to wake up at 8am to check Antwerp or is this wishful thinking?

From Antwerp, we'll be taking the train (2 hours) to Paris and then arriving in Paris at 5pm. We know it's not much, but all we know we could do is take the Seine cruise at 8:30pm and walk back to the hotel.

If we wake up early, we'll check the Louvre at 9am. If not, c'est la vie! We'll just check out the patisseries before our flight. We'll take a Vueling flight from Paris to Barcelona leaving at 9:55pm.

Since Barcelona never sleeps, we plan to have a few drinks from 11pm to 2am once we get there.

Here's where our itinerary becomes a bit more tiring. We plan to stay in Barcelona from July 30 (evening) to August 2. Non-negotiav

August 2, at noon, we plan to take another Vueling flight to Granada. (Another question, are Vueling ticket prices for real? We plan to book as early as we can but I think they only open ticketing for itineraries 6 months in advance. We tried to book for next July but dates weren't available. Is it really 40-70 euros for a flight? Or does price triple after tax?).

We plan to sleep for a night in Granada and see the Alhambra for a morning tour on August 3. After the Alhambra, we plan to take the afternoon bus to Seville. It takes 2.5 hours by bus, and I read it's faster than the train. Is the scenery nice from Granada to Seville?

Once in Seville, we plan to make reservations to watch a show/performance of Flamenco. Where's the best place to watch? :)

We're sleeping in Seville from August 3 to August 5. We plan to take day trips to Cadiz or Ronda while in Seville, should we run out of things to do, which might not be the case, I know.

We plan to take the morning train on August 6, from Seville to Cordoba. We'll day we'll just walk around and see the architecture of Cordoba.

August 7, we plan to take the train from Cordoba from Madrid, which I heard takes less than 2 hours. We'll do an afternoon Tapas crawl in Madrid and have drinks in the evening. Then in the morning of August 8, we'll just walk around Madrid and see some museums. We'll try our best to have a quiet night in Madrid as we are leaving at noon the next day, August 9.

Can we do this? We're friends in our late 20s and we're hoping we'd have a lot of energy during our 16-day trip.

Anyone who's done a similar itinerary? Appreciate any feedback I can get!

2. Posted by krystenj08 (Budding Member, 6 posts) 28 Sep '12 09:36

A great place to go in Sevilla is La Carboneria, they often have Flamenco shows with a more authentic, local feel to them. There will be lots of locals there but also some other tourists as well. If you're up for giving it a try, they serve the Agua de Sevilla which, although kinda pricey, can pack quite a punch. The recipe has cava, whiskey, and cointreau.

For a professional Flamenco show, you could go someplace like El Palacio Andaluz. They have shows scheduled most nights of the week, if not all.

You could try both places, of course :p.

3. Posted by Arenton (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 29 Sep '12 09:06

I'm travelling around Spain and should be around the south (similar places to you) around august. I'm going from almeria round the coast to Cadiz and then Seville and cordoba. Very excited!

4. Posted by nachs (Budding Member, 9 posts) 4 Oct '12 19:26

Quoting krystenj08

A great place to go in Sevilla is La Carboneria, they often have Flamenco shows with a more authentic, local feel to them. There will be lots of locals there but also some other tourists as well. If you're up for giving it a try, they serve the Agua de Sevilla which, although kinda pricey, can pack quite a punch. The recipe has cava, whiskey, and cointreau.

For a professional Flamenco show, you could go someplace like El Palacio Andaluz. They have shows scheduled most nights of the week, if not all.

You could try both places, of course :p.

Thank you for the tip! :-) How's Hostal Museo in Seville? Is it good to stay there? :-)

5. Posted by nachs (Budding Member, 9 posts) 4 Oct '12 19:27

Quoting Arenton

I'm travelling around Spain and should be around the south (similar places to you) around august. I'm going from almeria round the coast to Cadiz and then Seville and cordoba. Very excited!

Great! Are you flying in via Madrid or Barcelona?

6. Posted by greenbottle (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 11 Oct '12 05:12

Hello,
Usually the ticket prices for Vueling Flights are correct, but you must keep a eye on your baggages weight, it cost you a lot if it's heavier than alowed.
Granada is fantastic, the Alhambre is so a beatyfull places, but i suffured a lot while being there on summer last year, it´s so damm hot in summer :s

I really hope you enjoy your stay in spain ;)

7. Posted by alterEgo111 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 12 Oct '12 02:01

I am also planning a trip to Spain, but I won't have much time there. Since I am a huge fan of Gaudi I'll be flying to Barcelona and will have a week or so there. Can anyone recommend me a good budget hostel? I looked through some hostels but I still can't choose anything. I want it to be cheap and in good location.

And I'm also interested are there any places near Barcelona that are worth visiting?

I will appreciate any help :) Thanks :)

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

8. Posted by nachs (Budding Member, 9 posts) 21 Oct '12 23:01

Quoting greenbottle

Hello,
Usually the ticket prices for Vueling Flights are correct, but you must keep a eye on your baggages weight, it cost you a lot if it's heavier than alowed.
Granada is fantastic, the Alhambre is so a beatyfull places, but i suffured a lot while being there on summer last year, it´s so damm hot in summer :s

I really hope you enjoy your stay in spain ;)

Hello! :-) That's great, we'll just have to watch what we buy as we plan to bring the standard largest possible carry-on luggage. I think it's 20 or 22 inches. We don't wanna have to wait so much for our luggage every time. :-)

Oh! Where are you from? I'm sure we won't find it too hot since we live in the Philippines. Today, it's 33 C and it's supposed to be our "cold season" since it's October. Summertime it reaches 40 Cs.

9. Posted by nachs (Budding Member, 9 posts) 21 Oct '12 23:02

Quoting alterEgo111

I am also planning a trip to Spain, but I won't have much time there. Since I am a huge fan of Gaudi I'll be flying to Barcelona and will have a week or so there. Can anyone recommend me a good budget hostel? I looked through some hostels but I still can't choose anything. I want it to be cheap and in good location.

And I'm also interested are there any places near Barcelona that are worth visiting?

I will appreciate any help :) Thanks :)

Been looking through booking.com and the hotels there are pretty cheap! :-)