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Side Trip to Madrid or Barcelona?

Lansing, Michigan
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Side Trip to Madrid or Barcelona?

I am spending 3 weeks in Portugal this September, and I have enough time for a 3 day side trip to fly to either Madrid or Barcelona.

I'm wondering which I should choose. I have found relatively cheap flights to either one, so that is not an issue. I am a 30 year old single gay man looking to dance and maybe find a little trouble. Any recommendations on which city to visit, and some suggestions on where to find said trouble would be much appreciated! Also, a reccommendation on affordable hotels that aren't gross would be nice as well. Thanks!

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1. Re: Side Trip to Madrid or Barcelona?

Daniel S:

I would choose Madrid because there is so much to see there. Look for a hotel near the Plaza Santa Ana, walking distance to many sights. The Chueca Barrio is where many gays congregate.

When I studied at the U of M, I went to Lansing and saw the GM plant there.

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2. Re: Side Trip to Madrid or Barcelona?

Barcelona is gay friendly city www.gaybarcelona.com/home.html www.barcelonaturisme.com www.timeout.com/barcelona

Near to Barcelona is the beach town of Sitges, a popular gay destination www.patroc.com/sitges www.sitgestur.cat

Barcelona airport bus to Barcelona www.aerobusbcn.com and bus Barcelona airport to Sitges www.monbus.cat

Trains between Sitges and Barcelona renfe.com/EN/…index.html

Accommodation www.venere.com

Flights Lisbon to Barcelona www.vueling.com www.easyjet.com www.flytap.com

Edited: 27 July 2013, 08:09
Lansing, Michigan
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3. Re: Side Trip to Madrid or Barcelona?

Hmmm... These are all excellent choices. Too bad I will only have 3 days. Now I feel I have 4 choices - Madrid, Barcelona, Sitges or Ibiza.

Would you say I could just wait to book the flight on a cheap airline when I arrive in Portugal? Or would it be better to do it beforehand?

BennyMalaga - That is interesting that you were in Lansing to see the GM plant. Which year was that? The large plant is now closed :-(

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4. Re: Side Trip to Madrid or Barcelona?

Haha your "little trouble" comment was great.

Both cities are gay friendly!

Anyways, Madrid being the capital, there is a bit more to see. Now in both you have a few gay bars, so to find a place to dance and find trouble shouldn't be an issue in either. I would recommend Barcelona though, night-life is better than Madrid (my opinion), and Madrid for three days is better to wake up early and visit the city! If you do chose to come to Barcelona, I can offer you this:


Good Luck!

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5. Re: Side Trip to Madrid or Barcelona?

Thanks for the tips! This is really becoming a difficult decision, albeit a good problem to have.

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