Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2235 times:
Barcelona is a stunning city, especially at night. A few years ago I made a weekend trip to Barcelona and I was shown around by fellow A.net member Mighluss, we met at noon at the airport and went spotting (stunnig spots, especially the one at the beach), later we had dinner in "Thomas Tappas Bar" (probably the best tappas restaurant in Barcelona) and then we walked through the city at night and had a few drinks. Barcelona is perfect when you like nightlife, architecture and good food.
Actually I like every Spanish city/region on the main land. No matter if I was in Barcelona, Alicante, Valencia or Malaga, it is always a pleasure to be there.
One tip: Avoid the tourist spots like Playa de Palma (Majorca), Playa de Ingles (Gran Canaria), Playa den Bossa (Ibiza), etc. There you will meet more German, British and Dutch tourists than Spaniards.
RobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4532 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2230 times:
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1): One tip: Avoid the tourist spots like Playa de Palma (Majorca), Playa de Ingles (Gran Canaria), Playa den Bossa (Ibiza), etc. There you will meet more German, British and Dutch tourists than Spaniards.
Absolutely right there.
Barcelona is a must see. Madrid is also spectacular, as are many other cities and areas in Spain. My favourite is the hinterland of Andalucía - often called the frying pan of Europe. In Summer 115°F is not uncommon. Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada, Jaen - all wonderful cities.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2225 times:
I've only been to Barcelona myself. Great city and it's right on the Med. Lot's of history and great places to eat, drink and relax. It's a great place for night life and to unwind just as Patrick said in reply 1. The only thing that I found to be annoying after awhile was the constant Gaudi inspired architecture. It's interesting at first, but after a while it's just too much of the same thing. My fondest memory was sitting on the beach at 1AM, having a couple of beers and smokes. Pure heaven.
Gemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5629 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2214 times:
Depends on your intrests.
If you are really, really into Medival history then Cordoba and Granada are not to be missed! Gibralater & Sevilla are fabolouse too.
My favorite city was Salamanca, wonderful. Pity we there only for a day & a night.
You could also easialy spend a week in Madrid and sourronds, Toledo, El Estoriall, Valley of the Fallen etc.
Perhaps you should sort out an airfare first? I belive Madrid & Baecelona have non stops from US, but you might get a better deal via UK, France, even Portugal depending exactlywhere you are coming from. You could let that decide what part of Spain to visit, its probably as good a way as any, for a week.
Boeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1833 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2203 times:
I have been to Barcelona, and other places in Catalonia. Barcelona is a nice city, but there is not that much to do there, so I would not recommend staying for more than 2 days. Up farther north, there are some very nice towns and beaches. In Catalonia, I recommend going to Girona, Figueres and Roses. Girona was the best city I went to. I stayed in a very nice villa in a town called Blanes.
Depends on your perspective! I thought Gib was a highlight of our tour of Spain & Portugal this year. Particularly if you are into the whole history of long distance travel and not just aviation. I thought it was time very well spent.