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4 Italian guys in Spain..

by Poetadipraga

Hola! to everybody, I need some advices for a summer trip I planned to make with 3 friends of mine. We would like to see a bit of Andalusia and then head to Madrid and Lisbona.
So, the plan is to fly to Siville, visit it, rent a car, go to the seaside near marbella, find a hotel and from there enjoy the sea and visit cities like Granada, and Malaga. I know they're not so close but we're used to drive.
After this, we'd head to Madrid and spend there a few days, and take the car back to the car rental.
My doubt is how to get to Lisbona, is it easy to go there by train? How much does it cost? Is should be done in the middle of august.

Gracias!

Re: 4 Italian guys in Spain..

by puerto_lover

Hi ! Flying to Seville is great because you don't need a car in the city. In August it will be very hot - certainly over 30 maybe over 40 - but nobody can predict weather these days. Hotels have cheaper rooms in the hot days and of course the nights are very warm and people will be outside ! or in Air Conditioned places !

So I would suggest getting to the coast and join all the many many others who will be on the 'playas' ! You could decide to research other places along the coast as well as Marbella. It will be busy on the Costa del Sol in August. Don't forget that south of Seville you have some great beaches on the Atlantic along the Cadiz to Tarifa coast called Costa de la Luz. The sand is great.

I would consider renting a car in Andalucia AND leaving it in Andalucia. The rental will be cheaper because you use only local Andalucia company. Rental companies put up prices when it is busy and last summer had a car shortage.
Getting to Madrid is easy on train. Or even bus from Granada (for example) - a frequent service. www.alsa.es

getting from Madrid to Lisbon is either train or plane. Some cheap budget flights from people like VUELING and EASYJET .
Train cost can be found using www.renfe.es
Its an overnight train so look at buying a couchette as well.

Re: 4 Italian guys in Spain..

by Windsailor

If you choose going by train with Renfe, spanish train company, remember that ticket are available by internet only 120 days before your departure from Madrid to Lisboa. You can check it out at www.renfe.com, the Spanish railway company. Renfe has Trenhotel Lusitania service from Madrid to Lisboa too where you can choose between a wagon with berths and a normal tourist class seat only ticket.

Re: 4 Italian guys in Spain..

by Roadquill

Personally I enjoy the trains and avoid the parking issues. The train to Sevilla to Granada is about 3 hours, but there are not a lot during the day. You won't need a car in Madrid or Sevilla, but maybe for some day trips. There was a good suggestion on just renting in Andalusia and then taking the train to Madrid. Have a great time, Karl

Re: 4 Italian guys in Spain..

by grandmaR

I also agree that you should rent a car in Andalusia and turn it in there and take the train to Madrid and then to Lisboa. Just be aware that everyone is on vacation in August so the trains etc. may be crowded and difficult to get tickets/places.

Re: 4 Italian guys in Spain..

by nomad7890

Madrid to Lisboa - check Vueling (www.vueling.com) or the TAP airlines for fares - we flew Vueling a while back.

Travel Tips for Madrid

1. The Sofia Reina Museum and...

by si04530

1. The Sofia Reina Museum and see 'Guernica'
2. The Prado Museum
3. The Plaza Mayor
4. The Royal Palace
5. Take a day trip to Toledo
6. Take a day trip to Valle de Caidos to see Franco's monument to himself
7. Take a day trip to El Escoreal
8. Try to go to a Real Madrid futbol game This is too tough to call but for similar reasons seeing Picasso's Guernica in the Sofia Reina and then visiting Franco's grave were the two most profound highlights. The beauty of the painting which depicts the fascists destruction of the town of Guernica and the juxtaposition of Franco's grave was amazing. Every one else at his grave was Spanish and I could not believe the emotions at that site. Some spit on his grave, some danced, but no one paid their respects. An incredible experience. The picture is of the monument, built with the lives of 16,000 republican prisoners of war.

Statues of Miguel de Cervantes y Don Quixote

by Krystynn

Grab your digital camera, quick!

Pose! Say 'cheese'....

Yes, pose in front of this stone obelisk and the statue of Miguel de Cervantes (a famed Spanish author) and Don Quixote (riding on his donkey).

This famed monument is located at Plaza de Espana, located along one of the city's busiest traffic intersections.

You won't miss it. Trust me.

Real Madrid

by jose_4586

If you only go one football stadium make it the Bernabéu. The unique atmosphere and the quality of Real Madrid makes it an unforgetable experience. Everyone should experience this at least once. I lucky enough to be going to Madrid next year for my year abroad and I'm going to see every home game.

For tickets go to the Taquilla. Go for Grada Alta, Tribuna or 1er Anfiteatro as you get a view from these althoug Tribuna is rather pricey. Reckon on about 25 - 40 Euros for ticket.

Real might have not won anything recently but they're the best club in the history of football with 9 European Cups and 29 Spanish League titles.

In addition to watching a match here do the tour where you can visit the VIP box, the changing room, the museum, the presidential box and even walk round the pitch.

Puerta de Toledo

by andal13

"Puerta de Toledo" (Gate of Toledo) is an arch of triumph that José Bonaparte thought to homage his brother Napoleón, but it was actually built later, by King Fernando the 7th.

La Puerta de Toledo es un arco de triunfo que José Bonaparte ("Pepe Botella") pensó para homenajear a su hermano Napolón, pero en realidad fue contstruido después por el rey Fernando VII.

NIGHTLIFE

by Aang about General

Madrid nightlife does not start until 11-12:00.
The streets surrounding Cheuca subway, made famous by the movies of Pedro Almodovar, are full of life. The working class district of Cheuca, north of Gran Via, has Tapas bars, restaurants, discos and bars. Plaza de Cheuca, the centre of the gay community in Madrid, has fire-eaters and musicians. The LL Bar, at midnight may have a flamenco drag queen.

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