Spain in August - Page 3
Sorry I didn't see this thread before! Your overall trip sounds good. It seems like you're thinking about Valencia--I'd say it's worth maybe a day to see some of the Calatrava architecture, including the oceanographic, but the oceanographic itself is hardly worth going out of your way for. It's not as nice as, say, the Monterey Aquarium, but it's OK. I would definitely hit up Girona if you want to get an idea of Catalonia outside of Barcelona, and definitely go see the Dali house/museum in Figueres. There's tons of nice beach towns around Barcelona, but they are totally packed in August. I mean, three hours of stop-and-go traffic just to get to the beach-type traffic. Sounds like you like Vegas--I would go to Ibiza. It's not my favorite place, but I'm 40 years old and married...yes, the douchebaggery will be high, but I don't think it's be any more crowded than the Costa Brava beaches. I think if you want to have fun and meet some girls, Ibiza is worth checking out. You don't have to party every minute you're there--there are nice beaches and lots of places to chill out on the island, too. Consider one of the other islands, too. Menorca and Formentera have some nice beaches and are a lot more mellow than Ibiza. If you're going to go to the islands, try getting a flight instead of a ferry (the ferries are so much slower, they really only make sense if you're bringing a car or motorcycle).
On the other hand, I honestly don't think you'll get bored of Barcelona in 6 days. There's tons to do there both during the day and night, and if you take little day trips to beaches (try St. Pol de Mar), you'll fill up the week quickly.
Don't specifically know the places you're mentioning to stay in BCN, but the areas are good. You better have AC in both bedrooms though. And I don't think you'll need a windbreaker. It doesn't get that cool at night compared to, say, L.A.
Let me know if you have any other questions. I'd suggest meeting up, but we have a newborn baby to take care of and my social time is basically zero. Anyway, have fun!
I just got back from the Canary Islands and it was awesome. Way better than doing a week in Andalucia to see castles and cathedrals, which is what I had originally planned. Haven't been to the Balearic Islands, but it seems like they're better for partying while Canaries has more natural sights, which is more my kind of thing.
madrid - 4 days
barcelona - 5 days
valencia - 2 days
la tomatina - 1 day
As far as I can tell...Madrid is good for bullfights and tapas crawls and valencia is where I should try Paella?
trains, should i just buy individual tickets or should i get a railpass for 3 days of travel? I was thinking of taking the AVE from Madrid to Barcelona and one from Barcelona to Valencia....then we have a day pass maybe take a train to the Dali museum or another town with it....is that how the passes work there?
are the beaches near barcelona...are there other transport methods like a private van hire / tour company /etc that are any good. or is the beach in barcelona good enough?
Also, what is the nighlife scene like in the big cities? Like bars/clubs/etc? want to interact with some attractive women, hopefully some that speak some english....
Sounds good. Remember a good paella place will only serve paella at lunch and will have a minimum order of two people. They should bring out the paella in the pan for you to look at before portioning it out onto your plates.
First, there is no AVE from Barcelona to Valencia. Second, I don't think a pass will work out well for you, if I understand your timing correctly...IMO makes more sense to just buy the tickets individually.
Yeah, there's some good beaches that are accessible from barcelona on the "suburban" trains, called Cercanias...that's what most people who live in the city would use to get out of town on the weekend. The beach in Barcelona is good for meeting girls and getting your wallet stolen (srsly), but going in the water in August is kinda
It's awesome. Really. Madrid and Barcelona are two of my favorite cities in the world for nightlife. The one thing I have to say is that IME Spanish women can be very attractive and very interested in American guys but closing the deal is much, much harder than with other nationalities. Total generalization, but if you're really looking to take a girl home I'd focus on other tourists.
Good god these posts look long in the new system.
nice! I get in on the 19th. not sure what the schedule is, staying at the http://www.hotelh10villadelareina.com/ hotel on Gran Via, hopefully should be good. would love to get in a match down there.