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Spain trip in June - Madrid & Barcelona - need advice!

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atlanta
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Spain trip in June - Madrid & Barcelona - need advice!

My mother, 17-year old daughter and I will be going to Spain at the beginning of June. We'll probably have 8 nights. I was originally thinking of spending 4 nights in Barcelona, flying to Madrid, spending 4nights there, and flying home from Madrid. We really want to see Toledo and Cordoba as daytrips from Madrid. Is this doable? Do you think we should spend 5 nights in Madrid in order to do the day trips and still have time to see Madrid? I'd love any advice anyone can give as to travel between the cities, train to Cordoba, good locations for hotels in the cities, specific hotels if you have recommendations, etc. We love to shop, I'm an adventurous eater, but the others are not. Thank you!!

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David,

My daughter did a report on La Mezquita mosque in Cordoba and so specifially would like to go there. We could go and spend a night there, but I didn't want to have to drag our luggage all around. That's why I thought maybe we could go to Cordoba for the day. It does seem like kind of a long way to go (2 hours by AVE), but do you think it would be too much? Thanks!

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David,

My daughter did a report on La Mezquita mosque in Cordoba and so specifially would like to go there. We could go and spend a night there, but I didn't want to have to drag our luggage all around. That's why I thought maybe we could go to Cordoba for the day. It does seem like kind of a long way to go (2 hours by AVE), but do you think it would be too much? Thanks!

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My daughter particularly wants to go to Cordoba - she studied the Mezquita mosque. We didn't want to drag our luggage all around, so we thought it would be nice if we could stay in our hotel in Madrid and just go to Cordoba for the day. I know it will be a long day, but I'm not sure if it is a bad idea. Feedback? Thank you!!

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Sorry for posting twice - I didn't see my first one show up!

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Sorry about the gap in replying - I have not logged on to the site recently.

The Cordoba Mezquita is certainly worth a visit or several. Cordoba itself is not as grand as Sevilla but again worth a visit and there are plenty places to stay if you want to overnight.

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If your daughter did report on the mosque, she will be thrilled when she actually sees it. For its 1000th anniversary a few years ago, they (don't know who) had the oil lamps wired to simulate the oil lamp effect of 1000 years ago. Wonderful. If anyone hasn't seen the Mosque since that happened (about 10 years ago), it is simply wonderful. In my opinion, this restored Muslim jewel beats the Alhambra.

The AVE to Cordoba should be another good experience. Sorry I don't have specific recommendations of hotels in Cordoba. Is this doable as a daytrip? Yes, and your ticket is discounted for doing RT in one day as well.

Regarding Sevilla, that is one city where you could see the main "events" in one day. That is, the Cathedral with its magnificent bett tower, former minarete that would certainly interest your daughter, nearby Alcazar where Columbus presented his plans for the trip to the New World to Isabel, and the old Jewish district, Barrio de Santa Cruz. I know people will be upset with my saying so, but these are the key sights. You can also see, Parque de Maria Luisa, recently restored with ceramic tiles of each province in Spain (need to take taxi or bus there), shopping area of Calle Sierpes (within walking distance of Cathedral), flamenco, bullright, river area, etc.

If you plan to do Sevilla, you should probably cut one day from Barcelona. Barcelona is more sprawled than Madrid, and if you want to see Gaudi's works, they are not in the central area although there is transportation to them.

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Whats the hurry? Your daughter has to see the Mezquita, go to Cordoba! The (modern) parador is outside the city, has a nice swimming pool and gives you time to relax. You can take the train to Sevilla for one day, make a reservation for the Alhambra in Granada (the parador will help you) for another day (your daughter willl be thrilled) and finish your trip in Madrid to do the shopping and maybe have the El Greco-trip to Toledo. The best place to buy a hamburger at MacDonalds. Have fun.

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My husband and I are interested in a 10 day escorted tour to Spain for next June. I came upon a Club ABC tour, Jewish Highlights of Spain. It includes, Madrid, Barcelona and Granada, and side day trips to Cordoba,Segovia, Toledo and Girona. Sounds very interesting. Anyone familiar with this tour?

Also I have been told in Spain you eat dinner quite late. Is it possible to dine at an earlier time like 7PM.? I am a diabetic and should eat around 7.

Thanks for a response.

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Re:- Original post

I agree with the previous comments that Seville is a "must see". You could use the AVE and break your journey in Cordoba (ie morning train to Cordoba, 2 hours, evening train to Seville 45 mins).

Re: Cocoa - the Spanish like nothing better than sitting in cafes & restaurants all day ... there will be plenty of places open by 7pm, particularly in tourist areas. The only thing I would be careful of is whether your "guided tour" allows this - you may find yourself travelling to/from destinations in the early evening with an assumption that you will eat at 9pm. Worth checking before you book.

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