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Spain in August

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Xericx, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Xericx

    Xericx Senior member

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    I'm thinking Ibiza only because I'm still relatively young (or young thinking) and would have fun clubbing and getting sloppy drunk or something. Don't think I would enjoy it in the future, where chillin' on yachts with models will be more my "steez" versus giving roofies to drunk australian chicks. [​IMG]
     
  2. SpallaCamiccia

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    Forget Ibiza!

    Only Douches and Pimps (and drunk and stoned germans/english, hard to differentiate because they' re all red like cooked lobsters) especially in august.

    I second Andalucia and San Sebastian.



    Prepare for 50 euros for a Pacha entrance and 20 for each drink surrounded by all the megadouches of the world.

    Go to Andalucia or Madrid that is great as is empty on August.
     
  3. Xericx

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    ok...looking at this schedule: Thursday-Monday- LAX to Madrid: includes one travel day from Los Angeles and 1/2 travel day from Madrid to Barcelona on Monday (via Train). Monday-Thursday: Barcelona Leave on Thursday to Ibiza Friday-Sunday: Ibiza. Leave Sunday back to US (from Barcelona?) Going from Barcelona to Ibiza, better to take ferry or a plane. Looking online it appears to take 8 hours or so? Checking online for a random weekend for ferries, look to be about 100 euro roundtrip on a boat? Is that about right? I'd rather fly, but how's the cost of flights like? How are the trains in Spain like? Are they pretty efficient?
     
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    San Sebastian?

    + 1 million
     
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  6. Xericx

    Xericx Senior member

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    flights booked. trying to figure out plans.

    Going to Madrid-Barcelona-????-Valencia (La Tomatina).

    I might skip ibiza due to the crowds and douche factor.

    any recommendations or a beach city/resort between Barcelona (or outside Barcelona) and Valencia or anything interesting I can burn 3-4 days?
     
  7. Kent Wang

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    Any of the islands worth doing? Either Balearic or Canary Islands. I'm going in July and have about 5 days to choose between Seville, Cordoba, and Grenada where it looks like it'll be 90F, or 80F in Canary Islands.

    I'm not interested in clubbing, just nature, food, and modern architecture.
     
  8. mrap

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    Last summer I spent 2 weeks (early Aug) between San Sebastian, Barcelona, and Ibiza (San Antoni). Here are my thoughts:

    1) I found San Sebastian to be like Disney Land. A lot of families, and a wealthy ring to it. The beach was nice, as you can see from the photo posted earlier, but the novelty quickly wore off. Partying was ok, if you like small clubs where you can't move and which are packed with Brits who chain smoke. Getting a bus out of this town was difficult, the schedule isn't frequent, so I would plan ahead. During my trip I enjoyed this leg the least. Good tapas though.

    2) I enjoyed Barcelona the most, it is a fantastic city. I should mention I did not spend much time seeing tourist sights, my days consisted of beach, walking the city/groceries, dinner & drinks, party; rinse and repeat. Stayed in both a hostel and an apartment; hostel is great if you need an easy avenue to meet people, we also rented an apartment 4 minutes from Las Ramblas and it was amazing. Cooking fresh food everyday was fun, and the rooftop terrace was spectacular. Cost was 400 euros for the week, 2 double beds. I highly recommend making a day trip to Sitges, its about 30 min south on the train and a return ticket is...11 euros? Being from Ontario, Canada where liquor isn't the cheapest I thoroughly enjoyed buying what would be considered here expensive wine for cheap - find a good liquor store right away.

    3) Ibiza had all the douches people here referred to but it was still cool to see. You made the point that you are young, and this is key - I'm glad I did it when I did, because I would have trouble keeping up when I'm older. What a poster said about the costs of clubbing is true - expect 60+ euros cover and 12 euro+ drinks. You can have a great time in Ibiza without blowing all your money at the clubs though; many of the smaller clubs/bars in the towns are not nearly as expensive; sunset at Cafe del Mar is a must; and though I was unable to get there, I hear Formentera has some of the nicest beaches on the Med. Its a day trip, and it is a regret I did not go. I think staying in Plaja del Bossa is a better option, and you can rent a scooter/car to tour the island - there are many fantastic hidden beaches to be found. But beware - the stereotypes about Brit tourists being the worst are true. I didn't feel unsafe in Ibiza but was more mindful than usual. Drunk Brits are aggressive and like to fight.

    All in all Spain was great, I found the locals to be friendly and make an effort to play along with my poor Spanish, the food excellent, always felt safe, and would go back in a heartbeat.

    Hope this helps, have a great trip.
     
  9. Xericx

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    6 days sounds like an eternity. Will I get bored of Barcelona that quickly if I just forego Ibiza?

    I'd probably end up doing the same...try to find an apartment with a kitchen and some cookware, hit up La Boceria and cook some fresh food. drink and hang at the beach and do some shopping and slow paced life.
     
  10. dmash

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    mrap was pretty spot on with his Ibiza description. i was in Ibiza last year in August......a lot of dudes.......A LOT of dudes......THERES A LOT OF DUDES Ok, so now that you're aware of that, I mean it was still a fun time. I was with my girl so I didn't have to worry about chasing tail, but a lot of 'wannabe ravers' if you ask me.....people that knew nothing about music but just wanted to get sloppy drunk and go crazy. definitely stay in playa del bossa if you can, it's relaxing to wake up and just go to the beach all day. also, big +1 to finding smaller club/bar one night....there's where locals/spanish girls will be. definitely hit up pacha and amnesia just to say you've been though. Armin at Amnesia was the best show I've ever been to......absolutely phenomenal. Also, just like mrap said, everything is SUPER expensive.....a total tourist trap, but it is what it is. You want a REAL party clubbing experience, you gotta hit up Berlin [​IMG] BTW, throw me a PM if you have any questions about Ibiza. EDIT......doesn't easyjet fly barcelona to Ibiza? You wanna do that for sure over a ferry homie. also....you're spending like 3 days in each city....that's a bad idea. how much have you traveled? you're not adequately incorporating airport time, travel time to and from airports, your tiredness factor after all this.....seriously. 3 days sounds nice on paper but in reality thats NOTHING in real life travel time.
     
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    the plan was to fly to Ibiza but then take the ferry to Valencia for the Tomato festival. I am leaning towards 86'ing Ibiza...I go to Vegas frequently so the costs of going out for a night won't be very shocking (I hope). All the big DJs go to Vegas now anyways. The thing I'm thinking about Ibiza is I'll get hosed on housing since its peak travel season and it'll be too crowded to really do much.

    I'll be looking up Barcelona area beaches and other day trips I can take..maybe spend a week there and chill out.

    I travel frequently. I'm used to a fast schedule and short trips....and 3-4 days in a city usually is pretty good for me. shit, i was considering hopping over to Rome for 4 days between madrid and barcelona....probably not though.

    I have the Monocle Spain guide...Girona looks interesting.
     
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    I'm planning on doing that because Santiago Calatrava did the whole complex, if you care about that kind of thing.
     
  14. mrap

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    If you decide to go to Ibiza, do not waste your time with ferries - they sound cool, and I bet they are, but given the amount of time you have to spend - go for the 1 hour flight. I flew with Spanair, it was super cheap and, well, maximizes your time on the island. Pack a day bag and leave your heavy luggage in a locker in Barcelona.
     
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    Any recommendations on places to stay in Barcelona? looking at these apartments. would like a kitchen for cooking and laundry since we'll be there 5 days. mainly in the born or barri gothic areas. Option 1: 650 Euro http://www.habitatapartments.com/en/...price&pagina=1 It would be nice to have a terrace/deck and view. The apartment includes the following amenities and services: 1 bedroom with double bed, wardrobe & en-suite bathroom A living room / dining room, with a sofa bed (140x200 cm and table with four chairs. 1 bathroom with bath/shower and toilet (en-suite off bedroom) Kitchen washing-machine, microwave, toaster, coffee maker. Terrace with view over Sots Tinent Street (a pedestrianised street) Air conditioning / Electric heating Internet wifi connection TV with satellite Hairdryer Iron and ironing board Towels and linen provided A baby travel cot and baby´s high chair ( upon request ) Maid service for more 8 + nights stay Option 2: 650 euro http://www.habitatapartments.com/en/...price&pagina=1 2 bedrooms. However there is only AC in one of the bedrooms. The apartment offers the following amenities and services: 1 bedroom with a queen-size bed 1 bedroom, on mezzanine floor with stairs leading up, with a hard futon style bed. Dining room with a dining table for 4 people. 1 bathroom with shower and wash-hand, the toilet is in another room with a sink as well. A well-equipped kitchen with fridge, freezer, oven, coffee maker and microwave TV with local channels 1 CD- Player and DVD Player Washing Machine/Tumble dryer Hairdryer Air Conditioning in the main bedroom. Gas heating Iron and ironing board Towels and linen provided Maid service for more than 7 days staying A baby travel cot and baby’s folding high chair Internet WI-FI Option 3: 700 euro http://www.habitatapartments.com/en/...price&pagina=1 This seems clean. the entire building is apartment rentals so it might be run a little nicer. The apartment includes the following amenities and services: 1 bedroom with double size bed. A living room / dining room, with sofa bed (140x200 cm). Bathroom with bath/shower and toilet A well-equipped kitchen (fridge, freezer, toaster, coffee machine, microwave) with washing machine Air conditioning / Electric heating Satellite TV Internet WI-FI DVD Hairdryer Iron and ironing board Towels and linen provided A baby travel cot and baby’s folding high chair Maid service for more than 7 days staying
     
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    also, should i pack a light windbreaker? does it get cool at night?
     
  17. ErnestoG.

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    it cools down about 10 degrees from the midday heat until about 10 or 11pm... if you are lucky.
     
  18. Xericx

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    Is the Dali Museum worth a day trip from Barcelona?
     
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    Hey dude,

    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!
     
  20. Kent Wang

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    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.
     

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