(Closed) Barcelona or Madrid? Opinions needed! POLL

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Should I stay in Barcelona or Madrid?

    Barcelona

    Madrid

  • Post # 16
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    Helper bee

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    LovingLife89:  beware of all types of gypsies. Like literally. They will come right up to you. Don’t carry much on you. There are many pickpocketers there as well. When i vacationed, I stayed at a B&B right next to the metro (subway system) so it was very convenient to commute. Don’t forget to go to La Ramblas…sidewalk outdoor mall with many tourists. Also go to their cool food markets, I went here every single day during the week I stayed there because it was so much fun to try new foods and snacks. There are also many tappas (I think I spelt it right) restaurants literally on every corner. We rented bicycles to go by the beaches. Just don’t ride it where you’re not supposed to lol. Or act naiive. Haha. Enjoy every minute of it because I plan to go back.

    Post # 17
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    Buzzing bee

    Been to both, hands down Barcelona. There is a reason its so famous, it’s got everything– beaches, art, amazing archeticture, amazing food, parks, gothic quarter, and nicer weather becuase its near the water. Madrid is very hot in the summer and humid and while it’s got lots of culture, it’s less romantic and the art & archetecture isn’t at the same level of exciting. 

    Post # 18
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    Love love Barcelona! Actually Spain as a whole is amazing. Good choice! Have fun! 

    Post # 19
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Sorry if I come over as a travel snob (I don’t mean to!) I’ve been to both (Madrid once and Barcelona 3 times) and I’d strongly favour Madrid, but I know I’m in the minority. Madrid is very clean, has the most gorgeous park, grand history, great nightlife, fabulous everything really, and it’s essentially Spanish. From Madrid you can get to other classical cities like Toledo and Segovia.

    Barcelona will always win a popular vote because it’s…popular. I live in England and people who’ve only travelled abroad to one other European City always name Barcelona as that City. Do you like touristy places? Because Barcelona is one of the most touristy places I’ve ever been to. It attracts a lot of stag and hen parties (Bachelors if you’re American) and is crawling with non-Iberians. Madrid will be calmer, more romantic and much less crowded. Barcelona does have some heavenly architecture and I love Gaudi, but you’d be visiting anyway. If you don’t mind big crowds and you’re fine with lots of people around you speaking English, and if you’re young and looking for a party, Barcelona will be a lot of fun and easy to get around. I love many things about it and have had a lot of fun there, but I just don’t see it as a honeymoon type of place. Maybe being British, it’s just become a bit of a cliche of drunk nights out in my perception.

    Also, I don’t see why you need to stay in just one place. Barcelona is worth more than a day trip no matter what you decide- it needs at least 2 days. Spain has high speed trains that cross the country- look into a double destination honeymoon if you are coming from another continent- may as well maximise what you see and do.  

    Personally for a honeymoon, I’d avoid both and go to Seville, Cordoba and Granada. That part of Spain has all the romance and charm for me. People are more relaxed in the south- in Barcelona you are just another tourist (and don’t try speaking Spanish to them, they hate it, even if you’re fluent, so stick to English or Catalan (!!) ) and in Madrid people are too busy to take much time for you- that’s big cities for you. Seville is just breathtaking; a wonderful, wonderful City. I am told Granada is even better- I’m desperate to go.

    Post # 20
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    LovingLife89:  i think it depends on what you are into. I haven’t been to Madrid but its the opposite of Barcelona from what I gather. Barcelona is a more young crowd. You can walk places, its very lively. It reminded me of NY bc it was a city that never slept. People stayed out late, so I felt like it was home! I went there for part of my honeymoon, we were there a week and we loved it! Can’t wait to go back

    Post # 21
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    Barcelona! I went last year and had a great time in each but Barcelona was definitely our fave and had tons to do. We spent twice as much time there as Madrid and that was totally the right choice. Have fun!

    Post # 22
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I’ve only been to Madrid (for a couple days as part of a larger tour), but it’s lovely. I actually preferred other places we went though – Cordoba, Seville, and Granada. I consider La Alhambra (Granada) a must see. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

    Post # 23
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: February 2018

    Hey there, how was the honeymoon? Ours will be in spring but still haven’t decided between Madrid and Barcelona. I found a few interesting articles for and against each city (https://vesping.com/blog/what-to-do-in-barcelona/barcelona-day-tours/barcelona-5-days-tour/ https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel_Guide-g187514-Madrid.html) but still we haven’t made up our minds and none of our friends been to either

    Post # 24
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    Busy bee

    Barcelona for sure – it has everything, beach, moutains, food, culture, STUNNING!

    Post # 25
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    Blushing bee

     

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    ro9ers :  When are you thinking of going? I think that needs to be answered first. 

    Madrid is so hot in summer. People abandon the city in Juy and August and the city will be completely dead. I don’t advise going in one of these months. it is too hot to do anything and no one goes out. my favourite time to be in Madrid is September/early October or April/May/June. This is when the weather is perfect, you can still eat on the terraces, laze in the park (visit retiro park . voted the most beautifu park in Europe). You can also hire bikes and cycle along the river or in the park. I would recommend doing some tapas crawls during the day – Spanish love to eat tapas and drink cañas (a small beer) during the day. I would also recommend spending a day in one of the following places (which is a sort train/bus journey from madrid – look up photos of each place on google) Toledo – this is an old city (used to be the capital of Spain) with a wall around it. Segovia – a stunning city in the mountains in the north of madrid. There is a high speed train to get here. It has a beautiful Roman arqueduct. Rascafría – this is where I am getting married in August – in the moutains in madrid, a beautiful little sleepy town with walking trails. Chinchon – the main square is a bull ring. Really quirky little town with little cobbled streets. If you do happen to go in summer I recommend cercedilla – a town in the mountains which has an outdoor natural pool. Stunning. 

    Barcelona – The temperature isn’t as drastic as Madrid, so their summers are hot but not as hot as Madrid and their winters don’t get as cold. Beautiful city with a beach of course. You should definitely see La Sagrada Familia. There are also lots of champagne caves you can go and visit – I have been to Freixenet and it was good fun. It was a short train journey away. 

     You could also do both – fly into one of them, get the AVE (high speed train) to the other and then fly back from there. If you do this biy your high speed train tickets in advance!! They rocket in price!

    If you are set on Spain I also recommend you look at San Sebastian, Sevilla, Granada, Cadiz and Malaga. Other beautful parts of Spain 🙂 

    Post # 26
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: February 2018

    Thanks for the answers. We’re going in May and those towns around Madrid look like ineteresting places. Actually, when me and fiancee were talking about possible places for our honeymoon, we thought it would be cool also to visit mountains of Montserrat and if we could rent a small cabin in the mountains for a day or two, that’d be awesome. guess I’ll have to look into various hiking tours & stuff and check what might be worse a trip

     

    Post # 27
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    Blushing bee

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    ro9ers :  I live in Madrid so I am biased. If you decide to come here let me know. I have been here for 6 years and work for a tour company so know the city quite well 😉

    Post # 28
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    Sugar bee

    I’ve been to both, but I agree with pp – my favorite parts of Spain were Seville & Granada. The Alhambra is amazing, and if you like architecture or history at all I’d urge you to go. 

    Madrid is beautiful but had a more conservative/traditional big city feel — very formal & clean. The main thing I did there was the Prado Museum. 

    Barcelona is beautiful and I loved the Gaudi buildings especially. It’s known for its nightlife and food, but I did find it to be pretty touristy and geared toward partying. I was there in the off season too so I imagine it’s crazy in summer. If you’re looking for great bars and food you’ll be really happy, but if you’re looking for something quieter I might choose one of the other cities. 

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