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Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sat Oct 21, 2006 10:26 pm

I am thinking of taking a Februry city break to either Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona or Prague.

I've been to Dubai a few times before and It's great.

I can find cheap flights to all of the cities mentioned, I just don't know which one to go to  Wink

Can anyone reccomend me a city above, or even another city (preferably in N. Africa and Europe, excluding Marrakesh).

I would be realy grateful If you could reccomend some places to go, thanks in advance,

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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sat Oct 21, 2006 10:28 pm

I suggest Orlando, Florida; but I'm slightly biased  Wink
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sat Oct 21, 2006 10:38 pm

What about New York, or even San Francisco. I did some searching, and fares are coming back at around £260 for a return to New York from the major UK airports, and around £300 to San Francisco.

Fly on American carriers and your more likely to get 100% air miles for the distance travelled too!

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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sat Oct 21, 2006 10:47 pm

Against the background you plan to visit one of the above mentioned cities in February, I would rule out Prague (too cold). And since you alredy know Dubai, I - if I were you - would opt for a different city for a change.

As for the remaining cities, Rome has more to offer when it comes to beauty and typical tourist places, but Barcelona has the better night life (and is a very beautiful city as well). Let's just say you can't go wrong with either of the cities, but my list would be the following:

Rome
Barcelona
Madrid

Maybe I'm biased as well: I just spent a couple of days in Rome again.
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sat Oct 21, 2006 10:49 pm

Rob, among the cities you've mentioned in the topic I would go for BCN. A wonderful place ! My second choice would be ROM. The weather should be o.k. in these cities, unlike PRG in this part of the year.
 
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sat Oct 21, 2006 11:06 pm

come to prague, the inversion, cold weather etc cant overrule the cheap stay here (oh yeah, Im biased and social as well Big grin)
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sat Oct 21, 2006 11:48 pm

Of the ones you've listed, I've only been to Rome and Barcelona. Of the two, I'd definitely recommend Rome. Lots to do and see and very fast paced. Barcelona IMO was not quite as nice.
 
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sun Oct 22, 2006 3:34 am

Go for BCN or a combination of BCN&MAD.
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sun Oct 22, 2006 3:59 am

Definitely Barcelona!
If you want to enjoy one of the most impressive combinations of the European way(s) of life then visit BCN.
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sun Oct 22, 2006 4:32 am

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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sun Oct 22, 2006 4:40 am

Quoting B742 (Thread starter):
I am thinking of taking a Februry city break to either Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona or Prague.

Everyone must see Rome once in their lives. The city has 2700 years of history on display, and Feb is nice and cool and relatively no tourists.
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:11 am

If I was you I would go to a tour of Madrid and Barcelona, both great cities with lots of things to do. Rome is also a excellent option. Weather in February in Madrid is quite cold...Plus if you live in Qatar you have now a direct flight to MAD
Anyway enjoy your break.

Quoting StrasserB (Reply 8):
(and don't expect to be in Spain)

Well actually Barcelona is Spain, even if some don't think...So he can expect to be in Spain.
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sun Oct 22, 2006 9:52 pm

I would suggest any place between Cyprus and Greece.............Nice weather amazing people and excellent food
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sun Oct 22, 2006 10:03 pm

Rome is a no-brainer...
1st on the list for me -you'll find all you'd expect from a superb get-away-vaccation.Great food,nice people,history,the typical Italian "unexpected issues",good looking women,great shopping,a classy latin atmosphére - hey,what more do you want !
Barcelona second on my list with Prague and Madrid third on a tie..
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sun Oct 22, 2006 10:08 pm

Quoting Cedars747 (Reply 12):
between Cyprus and Greece

Hmmm...the Med. Sea ?
 
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sun Oct 22, 2006 10:20 pm

Quoting 7474ever (Reply 14):
Hmmm...the Med. Sea ?

Maybe a Club Med would be nice  Wink
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sun Oct 22, 2006 10:31 pm

I would say Barcelona beats everything else. But then again I might be a little biased too...  Wink

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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sun Oct 22, 2006 10:41 pm

Quoting Bcngro (Reply 16):
I would say Barcelona beats everything else. But then again I might be a little biased too...

 Wow! Why not Andorra  scratchchin 
That's it ,I vote for Andorra for a ski break and shopping
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sun Oct 22, 2006 10:52 pm

Of the 5 you mention I have been to Dubai, Barcelona and Prague. Barcelona was the most recent, I was there less than a month ago and had a great time, it was a business trip and from the little I saw of the city I was very impressed.

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Prague is just beautiful but as others have said in February it will be unpleasantly cold.

Dubai.... well it depends what you like, I was impressed by the excess in Dubai, some of the buildings are beyond belief but when you compare the history to almost any city in Europe, well, there is no comparison.

Personally I would recommend Cape Town, it is the middle of summer in February, the exchange rate makes it cheap for tourists, we have winelands, mountains, two oceans... I know it's not North Africa as stipulated but it is my personal favourite!

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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sun Oct 22, 2006 11:13 pm

Give Barcelona a go. I went there in July and had a fantastic time and if you have some time on your hands you can take the train north to Figueres and visit the Salvador Dali museum all in all a great trip.
 
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Sun Oct 22, 2006 11:46 pm

Im taking my Wife to Barcelona on October 31st (next Tuesday), looking forward to the trip (our Honeymoon).
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:05 am

Quoting Cedars747 (Reply 17):
Why not Andorra
That's it ,I vote for Andorra for a ski break and shopping

Well Andorra is great! The only problem is that it's so small that you can get to do/see almost everything in just one or two days. So I think it makes for a perfect one or two-day excursion from BCN. Great for skiing and tax-free shopping  thumbsup 

Ski resorts are usually open from early December until late March-early April.
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:46 am

Thanks everyone for the great help!

Thanks Andz for the pics  Smile

I've narrowed it down to Rome or Barcelona.

I will give South Africa a miss as I will be visiting South Africa later in the year  Smile

Can someone tell me if it is worth paying the extra £100 to fly to BCN on IB/BA/EZY rather than flying to Reus on FR?

Also how is CIA airport?

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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Mon Oct 23, 2006 1:34 am

Hi! Glad you narrowed it down to Barcelona or Rome! Good choice.  

Quoting B742 (Reply 22):
Can someone tell me if it is worth paying the extra £100 to fly to BCN on IB/BA/EZY rather than flying to Reus on FR?

BCN is very convenient. It is just 10km away from the city centre and you can get there by train for just 1.20€. REU is some 100km south of the city and your only choice would be bus or taxi. Well, It depends on your budget but I'd say BCN is worth the £100, not only because it is more convenient but also because you would have to spend some money to get from REU to Barcelona.

There is also GRO. Did you check FR to GRO? Frequency is much higher than to REU and then there are also much more buses to Barcelona. GRO is 100km north of the city.

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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Mon Oct 23, 2006 1:37 am

Quoting B742 (Reply 22):
Can someone tell me if it is worth paying the extra £100 to fly to BCN on IB/BA/EZY rather than flying to Reus on FR?

It may be cheaper to fly to Reus with Ryanair, and there is a special bus service to/from Barcelona timed especially for the FR flights.

This is schedule for the bus service, it takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to the centre of Barcelona (you need Acrobat Reader):

http://www.hispanoigualadina.net/pdfs/REUS%20AIRPORT.pdf

You can take Ryanair flights as well to Girona Airport. It takes 1 hour and 10 minutes to Barcelona and the bus service is more frequent:

http://195.214.44.143/cgi-bin/horaris.pl?2155
 
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Mon Oct 23, 2006 1:37 am

Quoting Zruda (Reply 5):
come to prague,

Is that an invite? Big grin

Seriously, back to the question, I suggest Madrid. Great weather and culture too  Smile


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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Mon Oct 23, 2006 2:27 am

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 25):
I suggest Madrid. Great weather

Weather will most likely not be that great in February - not bad, but not really good either and probably a tad worse than in Rome or Barcelona.

Quoting B742 (Reply 22):
Also how is CIA airport?

Bugged.  Smile

Seriously, I have never been to Ciampino, but as far as I know there is no train to Termini Station. Instead, take the Cotral bus service for Anagnina underground station in Rome.
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Mon Oct 23, 2006 3:19 am

If it were my money, and my time, I would choose this order:
1. Madrid
2. Prague
3. Dubai
4. Barcelona
5. Rome

But I personally think none of those cities are absolutely fantastic, having been to them all. Personally, I'd take the cheap flight to Prague and then hop on the IC train up to Berlin...
 
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Mon Oct 23, 2006 4:15 am

Quoting SW733 (Reply 27):
Personally, I'd take the cheap flight to Prague and then hop on the IC train up to Berlin

Living in Berlin, I can only stress that November and February are the two worst months imaginable to visit this city. Better come between May and September.
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:56 pm

Quoting BCNGRO (Reply 23):
BCN is very convenient. It is just 10km away from the city centre and you can get there by train for just 1.20€. REU is some 100km south of the city and your only choice would be bus or taxi. Well, It depends on your budget but I'd say BCN is worth the £100, not only because it is more convenient but also because you would have to spend some money to get from REU to Barcelona.

There is also GRO. Did you check FR to GRO? Frequency is much higher than to REU and then there are also much more buses to Barcelona. GRO is 100km north of the city.

Thanks, I've decided if I'm going to Barcelona then I will fly to BCN rather than REU or GRO  Smile

The rest of my family are now set on going to Spain, so it looks like it will either be MAD or BCN  Smile

I am thinking of going to both Madrid and Barcelona. I have found cheap fares on EasyJet between LGW-BCN and MAD-LGW. I have also found a cheap flight on AirEuropa between BCN and MAD but I would prefer to try something different.

I see that Air Madrid flies the A330 on certain days between BCN and MAD, where could I book this flight (the NM website is currently down when I search for flights)? Do any other widebodies operate this route, I can remember that the 747 did one time, I think it was Air Plus Comet?

I also realy want to go to the Nou Camp stadium. Can you visit the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid also?

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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:32 pm

Quoting B742 (Reply 29):
Thanks, I've decided if I'm going to Barcelona

Good!  Smile

Quoting B742 (Reply 29):
I have also found a cheap flight on AirEuropa between BCN and MAD but I would prefer to try something different.

Try Vueling. One way fares are 20 or 40€ all inclusive.  thumbsup 
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Quoting B742 (Reply 29):
Do any other widebodies operate this route, I can remember that the 747 did one time, I think it was Air Plus Comet?

I think IB used to send an A340 sometimes, at least on the MAD-BCN leg. I think it was a segment of a flight to the USA (?). I don't know if they still send it.

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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:26 am

My advice would be Madrid, which in my opinion is unfortunately the most under-rated European capital city. I lived there for 10 years, and all the people who visited me made the above comment.
It's a great city, lots of cultural activities, great night-life, fantastic shopping, and lots of culturally rich and historic cities nearby (Toledo, Avila, Segovia, Salamanca a little further but beautiful). The people are very open and friendly and the food is great.
Or maybe as some have suggested do a combined MAD/BCN (between Iberia's Puente aereo, and the other airlines on the route, you can get very cehap fares).
Barcelona is also a great city, but personnally prefer Madrid.
That said, in February you could get any type of weather, it could be warm enough, or it could be very cold. I'd imagine Barcelona might be wetter, yet most probably milder.
I don't know Prague yet, but would love to go.
Rome is also a great city, yet uverrun with tourists.
You already know Dubai, so try one of the above.
I'm sure you'll love Madrid.
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Tue Oct 24, 2006 2:26 am

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 28):
Living in Berlin, I can only stress that November and February are the two worst months imaginable to visit this city. Better come between May and September.

Oh come on, it's beautiful! I've been to Berlin in almost every month, except April and August, and I've loved it every time. The city is gorgeous covered in snow.
 
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:16 am

You can't go wrong with any of the cities you've listed. I haven't been to Dubai, but have been to the rest. I'd probably choose Barcelona first, and Rome as second choice personally.
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Tue Oct 24, 2006 5:15 am

Quoting B742 (Reply 29):
Can you visit the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid also?

Of course you can. There's a visitor tour where you can visit the field, and many others things. Plus there are opening a new adidas shop.The Bernabeu is a great stadium of a great team: don't miss it! Enjoy your stay in MAD and BCN!
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RE: Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona Or Prague?

Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:45 am

You can do Barcelona and Rome too. It's very cheap if you go by ship. It costs only 29€ on Grimaldi Ferries. You just have to make you don't suffer from seasickness as the cruise takes 16 hours...
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