Post # 1
I’m considering taking a solo trip to southern Spain next month because I have some time off between jobs. Recent changes in airline charges have impacted my budget for the trip, so I’m trying to see if I can cut down my original plan from 2 weeks to 10 days to save costs. My question is – for those that have been to Spain, how long do you feel is adequate? I mostly like walking around small cities and towns, wandering around neighborhoods, popping into cafes and stores, etc. when I travel and am not that interested in museums or nightlife. Beaches are nice, but they’re not must-dos for me if it will be too out of the way. I’d ideally like to do Barcelona, but tickets to Madrid are a little cheaper and Madrid is also easier to get to other cities I’m interested in, like Cordoba, Granada, Sevilla, and Malaga. Would love to hear your thoughts! I’ve never been to Europe other than London and I’m planning this a little last minute so I’d really appreciate any insight or advice you could share on what I should keep an what I could cut from my itinerary.
PS – Another alternative to Spain that could cut days is Portugal, but it’s a bit more costly to get there. Would welcome any thoughts on this option as well!
Post # 2
From Madrid, there are simple bus trips you can take. Make sure you put Avila on your list. It is like entering a magic castle. If I remember correctly, there is a bus that takes you on Wednesday to Avila and Sevillle I believe and then brings you back to Madrid. Very inexpensive. The museums in Madrid were great and make sure you see a flamenco show in Madrid.
Post # 3
I would choose Seville or Granada as a base (ou could do both in 10 days) and make a day trip to Cordoba and maybe Ronda if you feel you have time. There is so much to see just by wandering around, its beautiful and its a great time of year for southern Spain too. Make sure to book in to see the Alhambra if you do go to Granada. Another great southern town is Cadiz, a port town with lots of history with a local beach too. I tend to prefer the smaller cities and towns to big cities like Madrid and Barcelona.
Post # 4
Porto, Potugal is nice, so is lagos and lisbon. Most parts of Spain I traveled to are beautiful! They have a lot of community friendly towns where the mediums on the roads are wide to fit tables and ppl eat their lunches there while servers come out to that medium for you. Families stay up til well oast 10pm bc most shops/restaurants close for a few few hours in the afternoon/late afternoon to reopen in the evenings.
plaza del toros. Go. 🙂 Spain is definitely a place you can walk around and get your cafe on and leizurely walk around. Lots of monuments/statues to see on random corners and allys. 🙂
10 days is enough. Barcelona, madrid (both big cities), and seville, granada, malaga, cordoba, palma..all amazing beautiful places.
Post # 5
Kate127 : ladama : Awesome than you both so much, this is super helpful! I don’t really care to see Madrid, but it would be nice to Barcelona. Maybe another time when I go with my husband I can do the bigger cities. For now, smaller ones sound nice! Will definitely check out day trip options.
ladama : That is so interesting about lunch on the medians! I’m an urban/transportatoin planner, so I hope I get to witness that 🙂
Mary Ellen1 : Thanks! I think I’ll stick to southern Spain though…too many places to see! Good to know about buses and flamenco show though.
Has anyone taken inter-city trains/buses in Spain? How did you find them?
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2018 - Location
No time will ever be enough in Spain.
I love Andalusia. Granada, Cordoba, Guadix.
Segovia outside of Madrid was one of my favourite sights in the whole country.
If you visit Barcelona check out Montserrat (cliffside monastery).
Post # 7
I spent two weeks traveling with Spanish friends in college. Madrid to Barcelona to Alicante with small stops along the way. To echo other posters, pretty much everywhere is great for what you’re looking for, even the beachier places. But I will say, Barcelona felt especially crowded. La Sagrada Familia blew my mind. Shopping was best in Madrid. But Alicante felt best overall. I had the luck of traveling with someone whose parents owned a summer home right on the beach so I’m not sure how expensive it is to vacation there. But it had a small town feel, enough shopping/market type places, cozy cute cafes, all along a beautiful beach. Acclimating to the schedule is a little challenging, but I love the excuse to take a nap every afternoon.
Post # 8
glutton : also, the public transportation is relatively easy to find and navigate, similar enough to NY subways. If I recall, I think there is a subway system actually attached or right next to the Madrid airport? But I do remember having an issue reaching my departing flight because the subway I needed to take was closed for a holiday or something, so just be aware of their schedules I guess.
Post # 9
- Wedding: December 2020 - New Orleans, LA
glutton : I actually got engaged in Seville so the city will always hold a special place in my heart. My FH and I took a full week overseas. First we went to Lisbon, Portugal. We stayed in the Alfama district for 3 days which is enough time to hit all the major spots. It’s beautiful! It’s super old and romantic…. lots of cobble stone streets and delish little cafes. (Im still dreaming about a piece of chocolate cake I had in October…)
The touristy things we did: St. Jorge Castle, the Jerimonos Monastary, Se Cathedral (stumbled upon a wedding which was amazing), the church of santa egracia. That was my absolute favorite part of the trip. You need to climb up liked 144 stairs or something redic to the top. but then you walk out to the most stunning view of the ocean. totally mind blowing.
Oh and the music!! Every corner you’ll hear beautiful Fado!!
It’s like an hour flight to Seville. And honestly Seville is STUNNING. I’ve had the fortune of being able to travel quite a lot, and Seville is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. We stayed in the Barrio Santa Cruz district which is a stones throw from the Real Alacazar. It’s like a fairytale over there.. palm trees and horse drawn carriages.
The touristy things we did: Metropol Parasol & Seville Cathedral. We’re really big Game of Thrones fans so we visited a lot of filming locations too. The food there will knock the taste buds right off your tongue and you won’t be able to get them back. Seriously I gained like a pound a day. I brought lots of flowy dresses.
You will absolutely love either city! Have fun!
Post # 10
Madrid is amazing. I’m in the UK and have visited various parts of Spain and Madrid is definitely up there with Barcelona, in fact I think I actually preferred it. Valencia is underrated and quite lovely.
Post # 11
Madrid is one of my most favourite cities ever and I have travelled extensively. I much prefer it over Barcelona. I’ve been 2 times now and I am dying to go back.
Post # 11
We were just in Spain in December. You should definitely visit Barcelona and Madrid, but honestly, our favorite towns were the small ones like Ronda, Seville, and Toledo. We spent two weeks in Spain, started in Madrid (day trips to Toledo, Segovia, and Avila – recommend skipping Avila), took a high speed train to Seville, rented a car and drove to Ronda, then to Grenada. We flew from Grenada to Barcelona.
Ronda is worth a day for sure because it’s so beautiful. We spent two nights there and loved it.
Seville had lots of cute restarurants and bars. We toured the bull fighting ring and saw a flamenco show. Charming place.
Toledo – I wouldn’t recommend STAYING there because it’s touristy and expensive, but I recommend going there for a day trip. We booked with a tour group and took a bus out there, very cool place.
Segovia was cool because of the aqueducts and we ate suckling pig there which was tasty.
Grenada had lots of shops and restaurants but so much history too. Definitely schedule a trip to Alhambra. This was one of the few things we booked ahead of time to do and it was really cool. While you’re in the city, make sure to do some tapas bar hopping and I would look at the free tours too.
And when you’re in Barcelona, you MUST see Sagrada Familia. So cool! Another item that needs to be pre-booked.
You’re going to have an amazing trip, Spain is a cool place to vacation!
Post # 13
Barcelonna is crowded , I went last fall with three friends , two of them were mugged on the subway ….Valencia is Beautiful , my favorite little city was Sitges , especially great for little boutiques and cafe.
Post # 14
We spent 6 days between just Ronda and Granada and loved every minute – Andalousie is definitely on our ‘must go back to’ list!
Post # 15
For me, being in Spain 7 days wasn’t enough, that’s why I am planning to spend my next vacation there. Actually, it’s possible to buy cheap flights, you just should keep track of hot deals. For example, check out these sites https://travelsites.com/cheap-flights/