Post # 1
I am planning my honeymoon in Spain in january for 7 days and need some advise from you guys. We are going in January- i know it will be cold but we are ok with weather in range from 5-16C. From my research i found that Barcelona, Seville, Marbella, Madrid etc are few places that fit our weather criteria. We like to explore the place, like city life, love food, shopping, culture(but not in overdose) but also do not want to spend whole day and night sight seeing. We would like if we could do some of that but also relax and spend some cozy time with each other,. It would be better if we could fit in a beach resort too to have some relaxing time and enjoy what conventional honeymoon is all about. What would you suggest we should cover in 7-8 days. I was thinking Barcelona (for city feel), Seville and Marbella after reading the posts. But i am open to suggestions as we have never been to europe before. Also if you think there can be a better place than Spain (Cote d’ azur may be?) anywhere in Europe considering above mentioned criteria then please let me know.
Post # 3
@rahul_sabnani: I have been to Barcelona many times (at least 3 times in November) I absolutely loved it here and because it’s a coastal city so you can combine some beach as well. There is plenty to see in Barcelona, but it’s always just a great place to meander along and just soak up the atmosphere. For beach time though I would aim for the most Southern tip of Spain, or even one of the Canary Islands, which is Spanish Territory, but off the coast of Africa, so the weather is generally better.
Other options to look at would be Portugal (My aunt and uncle go to Lisbon every January), and Malta – they seem to have milder weather than the rest of Europe at this time of the year.
Post # 4
We spent a long weekend at this hotel in Conil de la Frontera: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g652101-d231573-Reviews-Hipotels_Hotel_Flamenco_Conil-Conil_de_la_Frontera_Costa_de_la_Luz_Andalucia.html and are already planning to return this spring.
What an amazing beach. It reminded me a lot of the Carribean but then you could walk into town and take in Spanish food and architecture. We rented a car although we didn’t go very far there would have been the option to do a few day trips in Spain had we stayed longer. I would suggest starting out in Barcelona or Madrid then flying to the coast for your last 3 -4 days or vice versa. The one day trip we did was to Gibralter which was really cool. It’s a part of the UK and really feels more English than Spainsh (complete with the red phone booths) which is so odd since it is surronded by Spain.
ETA: As far as temperature, we were there for Easter and it was about 20C so you should be in your desired range in Jan.
Post # 5
I love Barcelona! We found it a relaxing city to visit because you can wander around and see all the history and take that in, but also relax by the beach. There are the beach front restaurants (touristy yes) that are great for people watching. Not sure about the weather at that time of year though!
If you want to see the city in a shorter time and catch the main attractions, try the Fat Tyre bike tour… we did their tour in Berlin and realised after that they are in Barcelona too. Its an easy way to get around and see things, given your short time there.
With 7 days, I would do 3 nights somewhere, 4 elsewhere… you dont want to be rushing everywhere!
Post # 6
We are thinking of traveling to Spain for our honeymoon too. Glad I found this post, as I have no idea where to start planning
Post # 7
Barcelona is amazing!!! Make sure you go tapas-bar-hopping (tapas are very small plates, so instead of eating a big dinner you eat a small portion at each tapas bar!) and have some sangria. The beach is beautiful. And the Picasso museum was totally worth the wait when I went there in August, I bet there wouldn’t even be a line in the winter so you shouldn’t miss it!
Post # 8
I love Spain, really EVERY part of Spain has it’s unique regional appeal. If you only have 7 days and you want to see more of the country, I would pick Madrid OR Marbella over Barcelona because with either option you could drive to other areas like Toledo, Seville, Valencia. BUT, having said that, 7 days in Barcelona alone is also enough time to really explore that city and even possibly take a trip to Girona or Monserrat. I tend to think that Madrid has more of an old-world european city feel to it, whereas Barcelona to me, has a younger/more youthful energy to it. Personally, I like the food/tapas more in Madrid than Barcelona, as I’m not too into some of the seafood specialties from that area, but I’m not saying it’s bad in any way, just different.
The South of Spain does have really lovely beaches, but you are not getting warm weather there by any means in the middle of winter.
I just got back from our Honeymoon in Europe- we did four days in Barcelona followed by Italy and France. The weather was like SUMMER. I got back to NYC and it was raining and 45 degrees, talk about shock to the system…