(Closed) Honeymooning in Spain

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Oh, that sounds wonderful. I traveled through Seville and Granada on the cheap when I was in college and I remember wanting to go back with more money. I ate at diner-style restaurants and bought orange juice from the grocery store. I’m sure you’ll have a great time and I hope you get some great recommendations!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Definitely go to Granada to see the Alhambra – it’s one of my favorite spots in Spain. I actually prefer Granada to Seville. Also in Andalucia, if you have time, is Cordoba – there’s a very famous mosque there (well, i think it was converted into a church, but it still looks like a mosque). If you want to take some day trips from Madrid, I also love Segovia – it has this fairytale looking medieval castle that’s been in a couple movies. And i don’t know how long you’re staying, but if you have time, make a trip to Barcelona! Awesome city and very different from Madrid – though I love Madrid too!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Oh and one thing I forgot – I don’t remember when in March this happens, but I’m pretty sure it happens some time in March. It’s called Las Fallas and it happens in the city of Valencia which is on the eastern side of the country. It’s this crazy event where they fill the city up with these huge floats/paper mache statues and then at night they burn them and set off huge fireworks. It’a a truly amazing experience though it gets really crowded and crazy, so it may not be a honeymoon type event : )

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I studied abroad in Valencia Spain.  It is the third largest city in Spain and a has a ton of culture.  It has the largest outdoor market in Europe which is open every day.  Beautiful plazas and is right on the mediteranian.  If you have other questions or want pictures PM me!  I can talk about Spain and Valencia ALL DAY (when I am not talking about weddings of course!)

Las Fallas is a great event in Valencia (usually around March 11) but it is very packed in the city.  It will be hard to get a hotel the actual night of Las Fallas.  But there each community in the city prepares their monument at least a week before.  They are very fun to go around and look at each of them.  There is also a Las Fallas museum set up just for that time of year which highlights the winners of the prior years and a bit of history.  Every afternoon and evening the night before the event they have HUGE fireworks events.  The afternoon event is just about how noisy they can make it since obviously it is day light out.  THe night time lights beat disney fireworks hands down 100 times over. 

Be prepared that especially in Valencia and or Norther Spain it can still be very chilly in March.

We did a 3 or 4 day weekend to Andalucia and it is very pretty.  I agree that Cordoba is a nice city to visit while you are there as well. 

SO excited for you!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Oh gosh, I am SO jealous!  I’ve lived in Spain a couple of times, but in Madrid and then in the north, in Leon.  I’ve actually not been to the south yet…guess I have to go back ๐Ÿ˜‰  You will have a fabulous time no matter what you do.  Check out the Prado Museum in Madrid, make sure to see the Plaza Mayor, and hit the Rastro (HUGE outdoor market on the weekend).  Be careful at the Rastro, prime pick-poketing place, but I never had a problem.  Eat lots of tortilla, ensalata mixta, paella, chocolate con churros, and chorizo frito for me! (Can you tell I love the food? haha.)  It’s a beautiful country with beautiful, warm and friendly people.  Have a wonderful time ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

OH!  Also, take some time to wander the parque Retiro in Madrid–it’s beautiful! 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2003

If you have time then take a day trip from Madrid to see Toledo – it’s only about 1 hour ride and the city is gorgeous. Make sure you drop by the old parador in Toledo to see the view of the city, it’s incomparable.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

It’s been a long time since I last visited Madrid.  I’d suggest taking in a flamenco show one night and follow it up with warm churros + hot chocolate.  If you’re into art at all, the Prado is well worth a visit!  You’ll have a great time in Spain!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’m a newbie here, but I just had to join in this conversation! I studied in Spain for 4 months in college and I am obsessed with the country.  One of the prettiest places in Spain I visited was the Picos de Europa National Park in the Cantabria region.  We stayed at the Parador de Fuente De and it was absolutely beautiful.  The view outside the window is amazing.  Honestly, it was one of the most breathtaking places I have seen in my lifetime.  And there are a TON of great hikes in the vicinity.  It might be cold in March, and you would probably have to rent a car to get there, but I think it would SO be worth it!

Some of my other favorite places were Salamanca (a university town–this is where I lived), Granada, Toledo and Barcelona.

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am soooo jealous!!! I too studied abroad, but in the North: Santander.  Picos de Europa was absolutely gorgeous.  We went in April, and there was still a little snow, but it was beautiful.  We also stopped at this gorgeous little church that supposedly has a piece of the cross that jesus died on.  

The most beautiful experience I had was the bus ride from Madrid to Santander.   It was about 4 hours one-way, the winding in and out of the mountains was incredible.  I would suggest Bilboa for the Guggenheim art museum.  I am not a huge art fan, but it was incredible.

I hope you enjoy churros con chocolate on a daily basis….they are pretty much heaven! 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

ooh…and don’t forget to sample every resturaunt’s secret Sangria recipe!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We got engaged in Barcelona!  We really loved Barcelona (lol just learn some Catalan because they don’t take so kindly to Spanish! ๐Ÿ™‚ ), and you can’t beat it for food/wine/culture/activities!  We also shared a train cabin for a few hours with a couple from Sevilla and it sounds so beautiful (especially in March–I imagine it’s warmer than the north!)–we can’t wait to make another trip, hitting the south as well as more time in the north.

The train (Renfe) was quite affordable and pleasant enough…I’ve heard if you book your Renfe ticket in Spanish (instead of using the English version of the site) the prices are lower, but I can’t confirm this! ๐Ÿ™‚

Honestly I’m just chiming in because I’m jealous and I’m sure your trip will be amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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