I am planning a trip to Barcelona in early June and would like to do 4 full days in Barcelona and then 3 days somewhere else, ideally reachable by train but would also consider sea/air if not too expensive. I'm looking for recommendations for where I should go for those 3 days, how to best get there and what to see when there. Thanks in advance.
recommended San SebastianI spent four days in San Sebastian in June of 2005. Known to the Basques as Donostia, San Sebastian is the capital of Basque County and is one of the loveliest cities along the Bay of Biscay. San Seb ... read moreis most known for its beaches and for its night life, the highlight of which is the tapas bars in the old part of town.Rich Carriero
San Sebastian and Basque country at large is a jaunt across the face of the Pyrenees. Lovely country and you could stop in Andorra if you wanted.
recommended MarseilleIn 2005 I spent three lovely days in Marseille during which I visited Chateu D'If, climbed the hill to Notre Dame de la Gard Cathedral and made my way through the bars and cafes of Vieux Port.Rich Carriero
Marseille is actually closer than Granada and it's one of France's great cities.
- AlhambraCalle de Real de Alhambra, Granada, AN 18009 Spainrecommended AlhambraI credit visiting the Alhambra as one of the foremost reasons I decided to live in the Middle East for three years. The fact that the Alhambra survived its capture by the Spanish and the Inquisition ... read morespeaks volumes to how impressive this complex truly is. The Moorish Arches and stalactite ceilings are some of the finest Islamic art in the world.Rich Carriero
The last Moorish outpost in Spain that fell the year Columbus landed in the New World. The palace is breathtaking. Incidentally there's an overnight train to Granada from Barcelona. I took it in the opposite direction but it was comfortable with a restaurant car.
recommended GranadaGranada is the most signature example of Spain's Islamic heritage. Most people come to Granada to visit the Al Hambra, the fortress and palace that held out against Spanish attacks until 1492. The ... read moregardens and architecture are incredibly beautiful. Granada also has street bazaars that are fun to shop and a nightlife that literally goes on until dawn.Rich Carriero
Granada was one of the places in Spain about which I was most excited when planning my trip.
recommended MadridSome travelers skip over Madrid, Spain's cosmopolitan capital city, but I found it refreshingly real and down-to-earth after visiting some of the country's more touristy destinations like the Costa ... read moredel Sol and Barcelona. There are plenty of museums, art galleries and excellent traditional and modern restaurants to keep you busy for at least a few days, if not an entire week.Sara Benson
Madrid has a very different feel than Barcelona, and I found it much less touristy. So if you want to explore another city during your trip, try Madrid.recommended MadridThis city is super cosmopolitan, with easy peasy public transport. Definitely try to see some flamenco while you are there. The Prado is a world class art museum, not to be missed.Julia P
Hey E, hard to recommend something without knowing if you're looking for another city or a countryside experience, but you could certainly do a little more exploring in Spain. Madrid, for one, is gorgeous.
recommended SevilleSeville's fun, even more fun if you plan to go around Feria which occurs around mid-late April. During Feria the people of Seville dress in traditional clothing (so yes, flamenco dresses aplenty!) and ... read moreride around in horse/donkey drawn carriages. It takes you back to a whole other time!Katie Pierce
If you're looking for more Spain and more culture, I loved Seville! It is a beautiful city with a lot to offer. I bet it is even better in the summer (I only managed to go in the Spring).
- Park GüellD'Olot, s/n, Barcelona, CT 08024 Spainrecommended Park GüellPark Güell is a architectural park on top of the hill of El Carmel. If you are into arts, this is the perfect half day trip. The park ist designed by Antoni Gaudi and is UNESCO world heritage for ... read morereason. Beautiful mosaic buildings like a little wonderland. Don't miss the "litte dragon" that you will find on almost every postcard. At a nice day you additionally have a great view over Barcelona to the sea. You easily get there by subway and than its an extra 10 minutes walk to the entrance.
- Can PaixanoCarrer de la Reina Cristina, 7, Barcelona, CT 08003 Spainrecommended Can PaixanoThis may be my favorite dive bar in the world. Located close to the Wharf in Barcelona - this local haunt serves nothing but sausage and champaign (well Cava). Its cheap, cheerful and full of spanish ... read moreflavor. No trip to BCN is complete without a stop at this legendary cava bar near the sea. Go There Now.Shane aka Kau Kau Hotel
Make sure to check out Park Guel as well as Segrada Familia. I also love the view from the back of Vincon - a homeware store - which buttresses one of Gaudi's apartment blocks. Amazing city. Enjoy!
recommended SitgesThis is a beach resort area about 30 minutes by train from Barcelona. The many beaches are beautiful and clean, and there are an abundance of restaurants, many of which are quite good. The area is not ... read moreso blessed with good museums. It is very easy and pleasant to walk around.Laurel W
If you're looking for something more relaxed, Sitges is an easy trip from Barcelona.
- Puerta del SolPuerta del Sol, 28013 Madrid, Spainrecommended Puerta del SolBeyond being a historical place--it is the site of one of the original gates in the city wall surrounding Madrid--Puerta del Sol is a popular square for locals and tourists alike. There are tons of ... read morecafes and shops for day time fun (plus a street performer or two), and at night (like real night--1am or so), the clubs and bars around the square are alive--and hopping--with people.Liza Prado
Another recommendation for Madrid.....
- The Prado MuseumCalle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, Madrid 28014 Spainrecommended The Prado MuseumThe Prado Museum is definitely one of Madrid's most impressive museums. It holds some of Spain's--and the world's--most treasured works of European art, including works by Velazquez, Goya, Titian, and ... read moreRubens. Whether you have a couple days or just an afternoon to wander through the museum, don't miss 'Las Meninas' by Velazquez, argueably the most famous painting in the Prado's collection of greats.Liza Prado
If you go to Madrid....
recommended MontserratMontserrat Monastery is an easy day-trip from Barcelona. It’s located on the top of a mountain, so the view from below, from the funicular ride and the views all around once you get there are ... read morespectacular. Try to time your visit when the famous boys choir performs the Gregorian chants at the Basilica (at time of our visit it was at 1 pm; it’s free). If you have time, do a hike higher up the mountain (take a funicular up from the monastery to a starting point of several hikes) – you’ll be rewarded with more stunning views. Also, you can take a hike down from the monastery to the sacred cave where the statue of the Black Virgin (Catalonia’s favorite saint) was found. The path along the way is lined with the statues depicting various religious scenes, some are quite interesting (one is done by Gaudi). (Btw, the views from the path are also amazing.)
recommended GironaSadly, Girona is often remembered for the presence of the RyanAir Girona Airport, which is supposed to serve Barcelona, but is actually two hours away. It should be known in its own right for its ... read morelovely cathedral, historic architecture, and generally relaxed, Italianate vibe. Worth a visit all on its own.Julia P
Another idea would be to do the Costa Brava - Girona is actually a sweet little town, then you can pot around the coast and if you feel like splashing out, see if you can get reservations at El Celler de Can Roca.