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Avinguda Francesc Cambo, 21, Barcelona, 8003, Spain
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Extra day in Madrid or Barcelona?

by jakelat

Hi fellow VT's. I will be visiting Spain this fall - 4 nights in Madrid and 3 nights in Barcelona. Arriving in Madrid late morning on Saturday, so will spend Saturday afternoon and evening, as well as all of Sunday seeing Madrid. Then on Monday and Tuesday planning day trips to Segovia and Toledo. Wednesday is the 3 hr AVE train to Barcelona - and flying home from BCN on Saturday.

Question is: do we take the early morning Madrid-Barcelona train and spend most of Wednesday in Barcelona (with a possible side trip to Montserrat)OR take the latest train and spend that day seeing more of Madrid??

Opinions??? Advice??? Thanks!!!

Re: Extra day in Madrid or Barcelona?

by Belsaita

I'm biased to Barcelona (even I love Madrid too). You will find people who clearly prefers Madrid. You will find people who hates Madrid. You will find people who hates Barcelona. You can easily spend 7 nights on each and feel you just scratched the surface, or you can get fed up after 2 days (I heard both experiences, for both cities).
Add this half day where *you* feel you fancy more, other's tastes may be opposite as yours.

Re: Extra day in Madrid or Barcelona?

by monicarc

We don't know where you are flying in from---so, if you are going to be jet lagged on Saturday, who knows if you will really enjoy seeing Madrid--I'd say spend your extra time in madrid, especially since you are also going to be taking day trips. FYI, almost all the shops are closed in Madrid on sunday, so if you happen to see something you wanted in a shop window on sunday, you might not have the chance to buy it.

Re: Extra day in Madrid or Barcelona?

by unaS

As Belsaita noted above, it depends on your personal tastes.

For me, Madrid is museums. Barcelona has much more to offer. Other than Montserrat - well worth visiting, there are marvelous walks around the Bari Gotic, Montjuic + cable car, Gaudi architecture, the Cathedral, a really good HopOn/HopOff tourist bus and so on.

Re: Extra day in Madrid or Barcelona?

by KakapoTheParrot

I reckon it comes down to how early in the year you'll be. Check the likely weather and if it's going to be dry, go for Barcelona. The tourist buses will get you round the top sites quickly and it's one of the best cities I've been to for spending time outside. Madrid has a reputation for being cooler and wetter than much of the rest of Spain (although that's maybe just locals having a dig at people who live in the capital).

Travel Tips for Barcelona

Brilliant Barcelona

by stevebossy

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia.
The 8'th wonder of the world.
Visit the unfinished church
Working progress. Lovely climate.
Lovely people.
Great eats.
Loads to do.
Safe for kids.
Great beaches.

Gothic Quarter

by SirRichard

This is the name of the oldest quarter here, the historical core of BCN, around the Cathedral and the Palau de la Generalitat.
Most of the streets here are pedestrian, narrow alleys full of charm and ancient atmosphere.

It goes from the Catalunya Sq. to the harbour, from Las Ramblas to Via Laietana...

How to make a catalan love you...

by blint

Speak some broken Catalan to them and not broken Spanish.

Ok so they all speak Spanish in Catalunya, but it's kind of like learning English to go to the Netherlands. I'm sure the Dutch would prefer you to try and speak their own language just as I'm sure a Catalan would prefer you to try and speak Catalan rather than Spanish. Although the are mostly bilingual it is true.

Catalan is a language in it's own right derived from Latin and is not a mere dialect of Castellano, although it is very similar (it's like a mix between Spanish and French).

I met a man (Xavier) while I was living in Barcelona who told me it saddened him that his son could speak Catalan better than him because he only started learning it when he was older after Franco the dictator died (1975). Though many still learned the language under Franco they could only practice in private as it was against the law to use it.

Tibidabo - getting up there

by FinnFrode

Take metro L7 to it's final station 'Av. Tibidabo'. Right across the street in Avinguda del Tibidabo you'll find the stop of the blue vintage tram 'Tramvia Blau'.
Ride the tram uphill to the station at 'Pla├ža Dr. Andreu', and from there go on a scenic funicular ride all the way up to the top of the Tibidabo mountain.
In case the tram doesn't run there will be a replacement bus service to where the funicular starts.

If you can, go to the...

by CvB

If you can, go to the Dali-museum in Figueras. It's about 1,5 hour from Barcelona, but it worth the trip. In this museum you can find the work of this genial artist and also his grave is in the museum.

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