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10 day Spain trip advice

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10 day Spain trip advice


My girl friends and I are going to be in Spain for 10 days in July and looking for advice on itinerary! I fly in and out of Barcelona and one of my friends leaves out of Majorca back to the US after the first 5 days, so that’s the only other set location we have. We will want to spend at least two or three days in Majorca before she leaves.

For the first two or three days - looking for advice on where to go before Majorca. We have discussed Madrid, Ibiza, Seville, (or open to other!). Also discussed just spending the full five days in Majorca. (The only non option for the first few days is Barcelona - my friend has been numerous times and has no interest seeing it again, so I plan to do Barcelona at the end of my trip with my other friend before flying home. Also this location for the first few days needs to have a direct flight or easy way to get to Majorca).

Also looking for advice for what my other friend and I should do for two to three days after Majorca when the other friend leaves.

I plan to spend the last day or two of the trip in Barcelona - I have been before and have seen the Gaudí sites and all that but would like to see a more fun view of the city before flying home.

I have only been to Barcelona before so tempted to see as much as possible but don’t want to over extend ourselves. We are 31, and enjoy tapas, good wine, good atmosphere and beautiful views. We will want to enjoy the beach, see some cute shops, do some sight seeing although not overly interested in seeing museums or churches necessarily. We will want to go out at night but nothing crazy - not interested in long lines, cover charges, over priced drinks, etc. we would love to do a (not super crowded) boat tour in Majorca (or somewhere else) to get some sun and see the sights!

For these additional cities, we want to be in a central location for activities and restaurants (don’t want to spend a ton of time traveling within the city given timing). Also we don’t want to rent a car anywhere - my friends live in New York City and abroad and haven’t driven in many years and I am not interested in driving in a foreign country.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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1. Re: 10 day Spain trip advice

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For Madrid:

Downtown Madrid is the Gran Via, which has many hotels, restaurants and stores. Most of the biggest attractions are all within a 2 km radius of each other. You can use Booking.com to screen hotels or apartments in this area (Madrid City Center). The most upscale area is the Barrio Salamanca (the safest barrio) and Calle Serrano is the 5th Avenue of Madrid. It is suggested to stay in Madrid for at least 4 days. One can do day trips to Toledo, Segovia and El Escorial. Read about these day trips in the top questions of the Madrid forum.

Must see places are the Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Thyssen Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Sorolla Museum, Cerralbo Museum, Plaza Mayor, El Retiro Park, Basilica of San Francisco El Grande.

Good Restaurants:

1. Botin (Calle Cuchilleros 17-19; Tel. 913-664-217) is the oldest restaurant in the world, since 1725 and has good Castilian food. Roast suckling pig is the specialty. There are many other traditional dishes such as lamb. This was Hemingway’s favorite restaurant.

2. Casa Lucio (Calle Cava Baja, 35; Tel. 913-653-252) is famous for its "huevos rotos" (broken eggs).

There are many good tapas bars at Calle Cava Baja. Do your own tapas tour here.

3. Platea (Calle Goya, 5-7) is a new gastronomic site with about 20 restaurants that are open every day, where one can eat tapas and different types of food in the food courts.

Shopping in the Barrio Salamanca: Calle Serrano, Claudio Coello, Ortega y Gassett, Calle Goya.

Shopping downtown: Gran Via, Calle Preciados, Calle Fuencarral.

Shopping in the Barrio Chueca: Calle del Barquillo has many good small boutiques.

El Corte Ingles is a large department store chain with branches at Calle Preciados, 3; Calle Serrano, 70.

For Seville:

Seville is one of the cities in Spain with the most charm. A very good hotel in Seville is the Hotel Becquer (which has a garage), walkable to most sights. Use Booking.com to look at other hotels.

Must see places in Seville:

1. Church of El Salvador - One of the most beautiful Baroque churches. The ticket from this church allows one to also see the Cathedral and one can skip the queue there.

2. Cathedral/Giralda Tower - The Cathedral is the third biggest church in Europe.

3. Alcazar - The palace rivals the Alhambra. See the King’s apartments.

4. Plaza de España - The most beautiful plaza in Spain.

5. Palacio de las Dueñas - This palace is beautiful and has just opened up for the public. This is the residence of the Duke of Alba. A wonderful place to see.

6. Casa de Pilatos - Beautiful palace with wonderful gardens. See the upstairs apartment.

7. Museo de Bellas Artes - One of the most important art museums in Spain.

8. Museum-Palace of the Countess of Lebrija - Has some of the best Roman mosaics in Spain. See the upstairs apartment.

A good flamenco place is Los Gallos (Plaza de Santa Cruz, 11). The main shopping streets are Calle Tetuan and Calle Sierpes. There is a large El Corte Ingles Department store at Plaza del Duque de la Victoria.

Good restaurants:

1. Cuna 2 (Calle Cuna, 2;Tel 954-211-107) - A large, elegant restaurant with traditional Andalusian decoration and with beautiful ceramic tiles lining the walls of the dining rooms. There is a beautiful bar at the top of the building.

2. Casa Robles (Calle Alvarez Quintero, 58; Tel: 954-213-150) - An elegant restaurant near the Cathedral.

3. For tapas, go to Mercado Lonja del Baranco (Calle Arjona, 24; Tel. 917-582-420).

For Barcelona:

Downtown Barcelona is the Plaza de Catalunya. Use Booking.com to screen hotels or apartments in Downtown Barcelona. A good place to stay is the Eixample, the modern barrio of the city built in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a square grid of streets. The Passeig de Gracia is the most elegant avenue, with upscale stores. Good shopping streets downtown are Portal de l’Angel, Portaferrisa and Pelayo.

El Corte Ingles is a large department store located at Plaza de Catalunya. Maremagnum is located by the port and is a mall that is open also on Sunday, when most shops are closed.

The most important sights are the Modernist sites, which are the Gaudi sites and the Lluis Domenech sites. Prebook the Sagrada Familia Basilica, the Palau de la Musica Catalana, Park Guell and the Picasso Museum. A day trip to Montserrat is suggested. Other must see sights: La Pedrera (Casa Mila), Casa Batllo, Palau Guell, Torre Bellesguard, Cathedral.

Good restaurants in the Eixample:

1. El Nacional (Passeig de Gracia, 24; Tel: 935-185-053) - A big building with a very beautiful and original interior design, with 5 restaurants and one long bar. Moderately priced.

2. La Palmera (Enric Granados, 57; Tel. 934-532-338) - A small family run restaurant with a very good tasting menu.

3. La Rita (Arago, 279; Tel: 934-872-376) - An attractive restaurant with an inexpensive menu of the day. Great food.

4. Cerveseria Catalana (Mallorca, 236; Tel: 932-160-368) - Very good tapas place.

Have a great trip!

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2. Re: 10 day Spain trip advice

They are not interested in seeing churches and museums.

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3. Re: 10 day Spain trip advice

I would suggest heading straight to Mallorca.

You could go somewhere else but you are going to lose a good part of the first day travelling.

From Mallorca you can fly direct to your choice of Sevilla, or Madrid.

Easy enough to find central accommodation - just look at the relevant city forum top questions (full site not the app)

Or you could look at Valencia, or even Barcelona & do some day trips.

Mallorca will be busy in July so you need to get your accomodation booked.

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