ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6114 times:
In Barcelona there is a cathedral - still under construction, and has been for hundreds of years - it is an awesome sight to see. I forget the name, it's been 5 years, but anyone there will know . . . and all the tourist brochures will certainly have a picture.
In Lisbon there's a castle worth visiting. Again, I'm not much help, I forget what it's called, it is in the city proper though. Loooks out over the city and is a great visit.
Haven't done the tourist thing in Madrid . . .
Both Barcelona and Lisbon are great cities. I was fortunate to have two days (one night) in each. I usually avoid the "guided tour" scene and go out on my own. You see more that way I think. Stop for tapas somewhere in Barcelona. Walk the water front. Can't go wrong.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6108 times:
The Ramblas - thanks Levent . . . I had forgotten that. That's a definite must see also. Stop and get food and drink along the way, prosciutto ham and fresh fruit - can't beat that. What a wonderful place, Barcelona!
Salso From Slovenia, joined Dec 2004, 205 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6090 times:
In BCN it's the Rambla promenade, Parc Guell, the Sagrada Familia cathedral, the Monjuic hill (where the so-called Spanish Village and the Olympic complex are located. Accessible with a cable lift, the view is awesome!!!!)
DETA737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 640 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6086 times:
In Lisbon head down to the Baixa which is an area constructed in the late 18th century with lots of shops. Nearby is the São Jorge castle which overlooks the whole city so you'll get great views on a sunny day. The castle is located in the Alfama area which dates back the Moorish period and is very hilly with winding narrow roads. There are some interesting churches there like São Vicente de Fora where Portuguese royalty is buried. Also in the area is the Sé or cathedral which is quite old. On the other side of the Baixa is the Chiado which is the shopping area and this has lots of nice shops. Go down to the Belém area where you can see the Torre de Belém from where Portuguese explorers departed in the 15th and 16th centuries (don't bother going inside though, there's nothing interesting). Nearby is the Jeronimos monastery also built during the same period. Beside that there's the Presidential Palace which has a really interesting coach museum with the world's largest collection of gilded royal carriages.
If you have time go to Sintra, it's a pituresque town set in the hills and was the summer retreat for Portuguese royalty and the nobility. There are tons of palaces and manor houses. You can get there by taking the train from the railway station in the Rossio square. There's the old palace with two conical shaped chimneys in the lower town (it's hard to miss) and you can take a bus or walk to the top where you'll first encounter a Moorish castle and finally the Palácio da Pena which is a 19th century palace built in an ecclectic mix of styles by Queen Maria II's German consort Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg Gotha. It's really worth seeing since it's like travelling back in time to 1900.
EZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4973 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 6035 times:
If you have the time and you feel like having a good party, go to Salamanca (200 km from Madrid). It's a small city with a huge University population. You have several trains and buses that will take you there, and finding cheap hotels is not a problem.
PhotoLPPT From Portugal, joined Jul 2004, 563 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 6015 times:
DETA737 is quite right about what to see here.
The old parts of Lisbon and Sintra are not to be missed (Sintra is a world heritage site) and access is very good by public transportation.
I can recommend a couple of things though:
- In Sintra, there's a cheap shuttle bus from the train station to the moorish castle and the Palácio da Pena. Much better than taking a cab.
- Also from the station, you can catch a bus to Cascais via Cabo da Roca, the westernmost tip of continental europe and quite a spectacular sight. Don't go by taxi because it is about 20km. After Cabo da Roca, continue on the same direction into Cascais. The bus traverses the mountains of Sintra and the goes by the sea until Cascais. It is one of our prettier sights. From Cascais, you can then catch a train back to Lisbon, making your trip a triangle (Lisboa-Sintra-Cabo da Roca-Cascais-Lisboa).
- In Lisbon there is also the 'Parque das Nações' (subway: Oriente), the part of the city that was rebuilt for the Expo 98 world fair. Atractions there are the arquitecture of the buildings, and one of the biggest aquariums in Europe.
Beware that because of the closure of the tunnel of Rossio, trains to Sintra now leave from Sete Rios/Zoo. From downtown get on the subway to the zoo station, and if animals are your thing, make sure you visit it as well.
Feel free to contact me if you need further info.
Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5988 times:
Well, although not in your planned itinerary route, the 5 star Hotel Real in Santander is astonishing! It looks like a palace sitting on top of a hill, overlooking Santander´s bay, has excellent rooms and wonderful features.
I was lucky enough to be able to sleep there on company expense, because it´s way out of the line for me humble human being...
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11454 posts, RR: 72
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5976 times:
Ronda to see the oldest bullring in Spain. There is a very nice restaurant in Ronda on the city side of the old bridge. They still serve a very nice roast suckling pig. Be prepared for a three hour lunch.
Algeciras to take the ferry to Tangiers...adventure
...I believe it is possible now to go across the border to Gibralter as well. Thats worth a side trip.