(Closed) Madrid…and where else?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I am planning a trip to Spain too, in August! (as part as our “we need to travel as much as possible before we try for babies” plan, which will be taking us in Spain this Summer, Costa Rica next winter and then Japan as soon as possible after)

We’re thinking of renting a car from France, head to Barcelona, then Madrid and then Costa del Sol! So your honeymoon plans really interest me as we’re also trying to figure out what is interesting to visit.

Please keep me posted!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

PLEASE go to Valencia.  It is beautiful.  April may still be a bit chilly with the wind at the beach, but there are tons of shops and restaurants to stroll around.  The City of Arts and Sciences is pretty to just go see and the park just outside is nice to walk through (dried up river bed that runs through the city).  Also, they have the largest outdoor market in Europe I think.  Regardless of the statistic, its still really cool.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I spent a semester in Spain (Madrid) a couple of years ago, and I loved it – you’re going to have an amazing time. Like you said, April isn’t necessarily going to be beach weather, but Andalucia is definitely one of the top areas to see in Spain along with Madrid and Barcelona. I would definitely recommend Sevilla and Granada – they are both gorgeous, gorgeous cities. The architecture, food, and culture are very different from Madrid and Barcelona due to the Moorish influence. I have a ton of recommendations for the area – for example, the Arab baths in Granada were amazing and would be super-romantic to do with your new husband. So PM me if you have any questions at all. 

 

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Too fun – we’ll be in Spain at the same time!  We’re doing Madrid and then heading south to Seville and Cordoba.  You’re right – that time of year the beach towns are a little chilly and kind of dead.  Everyone told us how lovley Seville is and how much there is to do/see there!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

@egb: Just as a heads up, August is REALLY REALLY hot in Spain. Like everything- closes-and-people-leave-for-the-country hot. Not to say that you can’t have a great time, just plan to be inside in airconditioned places during most of the day and take it slow ๐Ÿ™‚ 

@caszos: Valencia is beautiful, but I think Andalucia is more of a must-see: the Alhambra, Seville’s Cathedral, and plenty of beautiful parks and markets as well. Weather also will be better in Andalucia around that time.

 

@AprilBride: Any reason you’re not going to Granada? I loved Cordoba, but I would recommend Granada over it (unless you’ve been already?) …though it is a close call ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I spent a few weeks in Spain and LOVED the south coast more than anything. Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Malaga are a must see in my book. We took a bus but if you are on a time crunch, a train might be a good bet.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Andalucia is pretty and probably does have a bit more history.  I do not like the tourist aspect though of a lot of european cities.  Valencia is still very true to its spanish roots.  Many shops owners do not speak english becuase there aren’t many tourists coming through there.  It would be a fabulous place to sit and relax. 

Right outside of Madrid is Toledo and that is very pretty as well.  Nice for an afernoon drive or day trip.

I loved San Sebastian and its another great place to just go relax on the beach. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@GirlWithaRing: thanks for the heads-up! I know it’s really hot; however we don’t have much choice for dates as it coincides with the end of a cycling tour for my hubby – he finishes in France, near Spain border at the end of August so it’s our chance to extend the trip… I’m hoping it will start to cool off since it’s the end of August/beginning of September…

I’m reading all your suggestions to beach01 with great interest!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I LOVE Spain!!! 

Do not miss San Sebastian!!!  It is my fav city!!  Also Salamanca is beautiful!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

Here are my two cents on some of the other areas that have been mentioned (I am always excited to share my Spain experiences because I loved it there so much!)

San Sebastian is in the north, and mostly known for beautiful nature and scenery, though not as many “sights” per se. It’s nicest to visit in the summer since it’s going to be pleasantly cool while other areas are searing hot. In the Spring it tends to be colder and rainy. 

Day trips from Madrid: (Toledo, Salamanca, etc) – These are fun and manageable in a day trip from Madrid. Toledo I think is just over an hour away and Salamanca was 2.5 hours. They both have this amazing old world vibe and winding cobblestone streets that you can wander for hours. If you have an extra day in Madrid, I would probably do Toledo as the day trip – closer and more to see. I remember when I went I loved seeing all the marzipan sculptures in the stores (castles, life-size replica of Don Quijote, etc) Both of these are popular tourist destinations at any time, so don’t expect to have them all to yourself ๐Ÿ™‚ 

@egb – I figured you had some kind of time constraints, but I think you’ll still have an amazing time if you’re ok with heat. Actually, one benefit of the weather is that it’s much less crowded in the cities ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

How fun!  We are leaving for our Spanish honeymoon at the end of March (we did a quick minimoon right after the wedding due to DH’s schedule).  We will be flying into Madrid and spending a couple of days, taking the AVE down to Sevilla for a couple of days, renting a car and then hitting Ronda, Nerja and Granada and then taking the train back to Madrid.  We have two friends who lived in Spain for 13 years and highly recommended doing southern Spain.  I know it won’t be warm enough to hit the beach, but it will still be in the 60s and should be beautiful. 

I would be happy to pass along any information on our planning (or post trip comments, we will be back April 5th) if you want to PM me.  We pre-booked our Madrid-Sevilla train tickets through renfe.com and saved a BUNDLE. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

 

I spent a semester in Sevilla, and I’m a little biased but I would highly recommend it and Granada.  If you’re going in April you may want to look into the spring festivals….they may be going on around that time too.

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

i want to go to Spain but take some days to cross to Morocco and some days in Spain…

your so lucky u will spent a week in spain… 

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