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User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4283 posts, RR: 52
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

After spending a wonderful week in Andalusia, I unfortunately had to return home. However, I get the chance to go back to Spain in May! This time, though, I'm looking to spend as much time as possible on the beach. However, I also want to go to Barcelona. After Barcelona, however, it would just seem like fun to go to one of the islands. What beaches around Barcelona can people suggest and which island should I visit: Ibiza, Mallorca, Minorca, or one of the Canary Islands? Someplace to grab some sun, get some culture (Phoenician and Carthaginian ruins maybe?), relax, have some alone time, and a place to party if absolutely necessary (not much of a partier, esp. when nobody else is around to push me to go).

What can y'all suggest?

Texan


"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
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User currently offlineGSM763 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2023 times:

If partying aint your thing then avoid Ibiza. Try Majorca there are gret beaches there and lots of culture. As far as Barcelona goes you will love it. It's got it all; beaches, culture, heat dining and much more. Plus there is some pretty good nightlife if you fancy that.

Enjoy your stay!


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11686 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

I would highly suggest going to Menorca. It's small enough for you to be able to cover the best beaches and the most beautiful sights in a short trip, we've been going every year for over 20 years now and still love it! If you want some more information about the island, and what might be best for you, then I'd suggest you try this website/forum (its free) www.menorca-net.co.uk.


Dan Smile



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineMighluss From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 955 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

The islands in short words... (AFAIK)

Majorca: Tourism, lots of visits to do, even mountains! and lots of Germans!

Menorca: relax, beaches... (cala Pregonda!!) maybe the only island still with Balearian majority population. (oh well... maybe I'm exagerating!) anyway, my favorite!

Ibiza: Party?!?!?!? really don't know very much, just the topic.

Formentera: (as I was told yesterday by a coworker): little paradisiac island, except for the hordes of fashion Italians... (his fashion is normally nude... Big grin )

I hope you like Barcelona! I keep waiting for your opinion!



Miquel.
User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4283 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1994 times:

Quoting GSM763 (Reply 1):



Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 2):



Quoting Mighluss (Reply 3):

Thank you for the help! What would be better that time of year, the Baelerics or the Canaries? And Mighluss, I cannot wait to see Barcelona! Let me know if you'd like to meet up for tapas and a drink.

Texan



"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

Quoting Texan (Reply 4):
And Mighluss, I cannot wait to see Barcelona! Let me know if you'd like to meet up for tapas and a drink.

Shoot me an eMail or PM when you know the exact dates when you are in Barcelona, maybe a friend and me come as well. Barcelona party nights with Miquel are legendary.  Wink

Patrick

PS: Maybe we can even watch FC Barcelona in the Camp Nou stadium, that is something I want to do since a long time!


User currently offlineMighluss From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 955 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1988 times:

Canary Islands are warmer at that time of the year, but Balearics should be fine too.

Quoting Texan (Reply 4):
tapas and a drink

My answer to this question is always: YES! Big grin Big grin, drop me a line when you want, and I will do my best.



Miquel.
User currently offlineMighluss From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 955 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1986 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 5):
Barcelona party nights with Miquel are legendary.

FESTIVAAAAAAL!



Miquel.
User currently offlineJJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1883 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

Quoting Mighluss (Reply 6):
Canary Islands are warmer at that time of the year, but Balearics should be fine too.

Canaries are OK for beach stuff year round, while you can get the odd cold/windy/rainy days on the Balearics even in May. Depending on where in Texas you hail from you may find them colder than home.

Not that you will find many culture related things to do on the Canaries, though, although the nature of Teide and the less visited islands can be striking if you're into hiking. Also bear in mind the Canaries are 3-plus hours of flight away while the Balearics are just a short hop. Depending on how long you're planning to stay, that may be an issue, too.

Have fun! (again)


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1979 times:

Quoting Mighluss (Reply 7):
FESTIVAAAAAAL!

DISCO, DISCO!  bigthumbsup 

Patrick

PS: This thread is sponsored by:



 Wink

Patrick


User currently offlineMighluss From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 955 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1972 times:

jejeje! had to appear!

Every place and every time is good for a Damm!

Big version: Width: 450 Height: 300 File size: 13kb


Now seriously, the first advertisment you will find leaving the airport by car, is a very big Welcome to Barcelona by Estrella Damm! we don't use to change very often...



Miquel.
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11686 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

Quoting Texan (Reply 4):
Thank you for the help! What would be better that time of year, the Baelerics or the Canaries?

You should be fine in the Balearics in May, last year the temperatures were already reaching well over 30, and whilst the odd cloudy spell is not uncommon, it doesn't last.


Dan Smile



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineJamesbaldwyn From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

I have been to both andulisa & Valencia / Barcolna :P Our family LOVES Spain lol

I would say that southern spain is better, we are actually going back there in 2 days time rofl

Eastern spain is full of people who have moved from britain to live in spain, the culture isn't the same and also the resturants we enjoyed in Nerja ( south ) was mainly burger bars in Valencia.


Anyways enjoy yourself and visit the temple by the bloke. Its over 100 years of building and its still not compleate Big grin


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11686 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

Quoting Jamesbaldwyn (Reply 12):
Anyways enjoy yourself and visit the temple by the bloke. Its over 100 years of building and its still not compleate

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

I have never heard him called that before Big grin I presume you mean the Sagrada Familia, by Antonio Gaudi - indeed it's well worth the entry fee, just be a little cautious about going right to the top if you're not a lover of heights - the views from the top though are outstanding!


Dan Smile



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineJamesbaldwyn From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 13):
I presume you mean the Sagrada Familia, by Antonio Gaudi

That's the one lol sorry Big grin


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1943 times:

Quoting Jamesbaldwyn (Reply 12):
visit the temple by the bloke. Its over 100 years of building and its still not compleate 

That would be La Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi ?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagrada_familia

Quoting Texan (Thread starter):
(Phoenician and Carthaginian ruins maybe?),

Hard to be found in the Balearic Islands as well as in the Canary Islands, even though a few ruins can be found (but these hardly are worth a special trip).
These best can be visted in Tunisia (and some more places), but that might be out of scope for this trip ?!

In case you want to stay on the Iberian peninsula, there are at least two options:
1. The area around Tarragona / Salou about 80 km south of Barcelona: Some ruins can be visited in Tarragona. In nearby Salou and Cambrils on Costa Dorada ( Costa Daurada you will find a full-scale seaside resort extending from one town to the other.
In Salou there is Funpark Port Aventura.
If you get a rental car, take a daytrip down into the River Ebro's delta; depending on time of the year, big swarms of birds can be seen here.
The nearby town of Amposta has some old buildings too and can serve a spot for dinner.

For personal reasons, I rule out recommending the beach resorts north of Barcelona to you (Lloret de Mar and the likes).

Second option would be to visit the Noth coast of Spain with Bilbao / Bilbo serving as a starting place.
However, this very interesting area definitely is too cold for a Texan to serve as a Beach vacation.
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11686 posts, RR: 60
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1935 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 15):
Hard to be found in the Balearic Islands as well as in the Canary Islands, even though a few ruins can be found (but these hardly are worth a special trip).

There are though some very impressive ruins in the Balearics, similar in nature to Stonehenge and many of equal size. Afriad hotlinking doesn't have a habit of working to my site, but here are a few links to pictures;

http://www.globetrotter2006.fotopic.net/p33727295.html
http://www.globetrotter2006.fotopic.net/p31484147.html
http://www.globetrotter2006.fotopic.net/p31484153.html
http://www.globetrotter2006.fotopic.net/p31492674.html

Those are from Menorca, but there are similar sites on Mallorca and Ibiza, maps are available with all the locations listed and they are all well signposted from roads. Menorca, which I know best, has about a hundred such sites - not bad for an island roughly 30 miles by 10!


Dan Smile



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1927 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 16):
Mallorca

That would be for example the Talaiod-ruiins where one (of the parallel running) bicycle route(s) from Lluchmajor to Cap Blanc hits route PM6014, about 5 km inland from Cala Pi ?

With all respect, but when I hear somebody flying in from the U.S. to see some ancient ruins, I spontaneously think of places like Carthage (okay, this one may be a bit disappointing in the end) and El Djem in Tunisia whose theatre is quite impressive. Or am I applying a wrong level of expectation here ?  Wink

Out of question for Texan's trip, but world-class alternatives could be found in Sicily or in Arles, France - and of course in numerous other places in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya etc.

Quoting Texan (Thread starter):
which island should I visit: Ibiza, Mallorca, Minorca, or one of the Canary Islands?

If time allows, why not combine two of the Balearic Islands like Mallorca & Menorca ? Keep in mind that in May the Summer holiday season starts (and add some Bank Holidays in some european countries to this) which can result in higher costs for accomodation.
Personally, I find Barcelona's hotels a bit overpriced - okay, it's a World Class destination, but hotel rates are about double than those in Lisbon.
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4533 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

Quoting Texan (Thread starter):
What beaches around Barcelona can people suggest

About 35 minutes by train down from Barcelona is the picturesque town of Sitges with splendid beaches. If you walk along the boulevard a little way from the church, you won't be bothered by the raucous gay crowd jammed in cheek by jowl like some sort of seal colony. Some of the larger ones do indeed look like sunburnt elephant seals.

However, if you want to see Barcelona, you'll really need a week to do it all. There is so much to see. Try:

http://www.timeout.com/barcelona/feature/2098/Introduction.html for a glimpse.

By the way, what did you think of Andalucía?

Robert  bouncy 



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User currently offlineMygind66 From Spain, joined May 2004, 1058 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1912 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 11):
You should be fine in the Balearics in May, last year the temperatures were already reaching well over 30, and whilst the odd cloudy spell is not uncommon, it doesn't last.

Not sure about this. Last year perhaps it was warm enough but summer season and good temperatures start mid june..
If you want to find a real typical island go for Menorca. Quiet enough and a feeling of autenticity the others ( Mallorca and Ibiza ) have lost long time ago..

Cheers

Enrique


User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4283 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1902 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 15):
However, this very interesting area definitely is too cold for a Texan to serve as a Beach vacation.

It's ok...the last couple beaches I went to were in Maine, and that was frigid water and 70 F air temps  Wink I live almost at the Canadian border now!

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 18):
By the way, what did you think of Andalucía?

Absolutely breathtaking! Looking out at the Sierra Nevada, walking around the Alhambra, and a 6 hour long, self guided walking tour of Granada...what a great way to start the trip! Went to Sevilla next and again, all I can say is WOW! We were staying in the Barrio de Santa Cruz, which put basically all the food and shopping one could want within really close walking distance, and the train station only a 25 minute walk away. There is a restaurant there with the best tiramisu I have ever tasted! On the opposite side of the Giralda from where we were staying, cross over Avenida de la Constitucion. There's a Starbucks or small ice cream shop (forget which one) on the corner. Keep taking that street, take a right at the fork, then follow it up and around to the left. About three blocks up. Great restaurant, impossible to find  Silly And finally found the (kinda) SLF the pink purse she wanted. Cadiz again was spectacular. Warm weather, cold water, sunny skies, more good food, and cheap suits. Can't ask for much more! The parts of Spain I got to see, including Madrid, were amazing. I absolutely love it there and cannot wait to get back!

Texan



"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1892 times:

Quoting Mighluss (Reply 10):
Now seriously, the first advertisment you will find leaving the airport by car, is a very big Welcome to Barcelona by Estrella Damm!

I noticed that, a very warm welcome IMO!  Wink

Just too bad that I don't get this stuff here, the only Spanish brands which are available in my local beverage store are San Miguel and Cruzcampo (only in 0.33l bottles).  grumpy 

Patrick


User currently offlineJJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1883 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 16 hours ago) and read 1876 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 17):
Personally, I find Barcelona's hotels a bit overpriced - okay, it's a World Class destination, but hotel rates are about double than those in Lisbon.

But that's because Lisbon is a bargain! Everyone please get there while it's still cheapo.


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