Trip Plan Details
- San Fermin Travel CentralCalle de la Estafeta, 57, 31001 Pamplona, Españarecommended San Fermin Travel Centraldue to the high volume of visitors during the festival & trhe shortage of hotel beds prices are 4/5 more expensiveRecommended for:.Comment.about 1 year ago. Reportrecommended San Fermin Travel CentralWe got a 3 night all-inclusive package in the very centre of the Old Town of Pamplona from PamplonaMan (the owner) 3 nights accom. + Balcony + Bullfight Ticket for 585 each! ...Well worth it as it ... read moresorted out a long of headaches as we dont speak spanish!! :)Recommended for:
- The Prado MuseumCalle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, Madrid 28014 Spain
- Girona CathedralPlaza de la Catedral, 17004, Girona, Spain
- Mezquita-CatedralCalle del Cardenal Herrero, 1, Córdoba, Spain
- Calleja de las FloresCordoba, Spain
- Parte ViejaC/ Esterlines / Esterlines Kalea, 12, 20003 San Sebastián, Spain
- Plaza de la ConstituciónPlaza de la Constitución, 20003 San Sebastián, Spain
- Monte UrgullC/ Euskalerria / Euskal Herria Kalea, 8, 20003 San Sebastián, Spain
- Playa de la ConchaPlaya de la Concha, Paseo de la Concha, 20007 San Sebastián, Spain
- El Club AllardC/ Ferraz, 2, 28008 Madrid, Spain
- Cerveceria Catalana Carrer de Mallorca 236, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
- Cal PepPlaça de les Olles 8, Barcelona 08003, Spain
- Cinc SentitsCarrer d'Aribau 58, Barcelona 08011, Spain
- Paco MeralgoCarrer de Muntaner 171, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
- Dos CielosC/ Pere IV, 272-286, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
- PlaCarrer de Bellafila, 5, Barcelona, CT 08002 Spain
- Ciudad CondalRambla de Cataluña, 18, 08007 Barcelona, España
recommended Restaurante B & BGayle and I just happend to wander past Restaurante B&B during our 1 evening in Cascais. No, the B&B in the name doesn't stand for bed and breakfast -- rather for bom and baratoa, meaning good and ... read morecheap in Portuguese. The little eatery lives up to its namesake. But like other places in Portugal, this is a cash only establishment. And what a find! It's small, romantic, and Gayle's octopus was excellent. It's slowly cooked in the oven for about 2 hours before it's lightly grilled in olive oil and fresh herbs. I had some sort of "Arentinian" steak dish which was equally delicious. And of course there was their nice choices of Portuguese wine to go with it all. We also enjoyed watching the cook put is all together and spending a long Honeymoon weekend together.Recommended for:Eric Brink
Gayle and I had a nice dinner here.
- TABERNA TÍPICA 4ª FEIRAR. do Inverno 18, 7000 Evora, Portugalrecommended TABERNA TÍPICA 4ª FEIRAThe gruff owner with a warm heart told you what you were going to eat for Lunch, and Gayle and I are still raving about the experience. The Cheese and the Black Pork was amazing.Recommended for:Eric Brink
This was our BEST meal in Portugal
- Taylor Fladgate & Yeathman-VinhosRua do Choupelo 250, 4430 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugalrecommended Taylor Fladgate & Yeathman-VinhosGayle and I climbed up the hill from the River Douro to the Taylor Port House. We enjoyed our Port within their reception centre and then went to Lunch at their fabulous restaurant. After that, we ... read moretook a tour and then stopped in their shop for multiple gift bottles. Wine and food always seem to taste better at the source and our credit cards are proof! There are lots of Port House opportunities here and in our opinion, this was one of the best.Recommended for:Eric Brink
Don't forget Portugal!
- Parador de los Reis Catolicos de Santiago de CompostelaPlaza do Obradoiro 1, 15705 Santiago de Compostela, Spainrecommended Parador de los Reis Catolicos de Santiago de CompostelaLuxury and History come together in what may be our best Hotel stay ever. At over $400 a night, this place is a splurge that is worth every penny. This is the beautifully restored site of a Catholic ... read moreHospital/Hostel for Pilgrims and even has its own map and guide to help you walk around and see it all. And of course the Cathedral (and the remains of St. James) is a short walk out the front door and across the Plaza. When we were there last October, the Pope was coming soon and the place was full of energy and preparations. But don't stop at the Cathedral. There's all sorts of historical and cultural discoveries (plus the local University) within an easy walk. There's a nice lounge and bar area on the Ground Floor that also includes outdoor seating. A nice breakfast is offered upstairs, plus we enjoyed a Galacian Lunch in the "Pub" downstairs. The only downside is that Internet access is limited and you really do need the Hotel's help for parking. The room was luxurious, the sway was plentiful, and the service was impeccable. Gayle literally felt like a Princess. All I could do was wander around and say Wow! a lot.Recommended for:History BuffsEric Brink
There's a nice Galician place downstairs.
- Casa RúaC/ Ciudad Rodrigo, 3, 28012 Madrid, Spainrecommended Casa RúaCafe Rua is a fun (and small) local place right off the Plaza Mayor. Well, I'm not too sure how local, as it's featured in the Rick Steves Spain 2011 book. It has been around since 1940, and the ... read morespecialty is their bocadillo de calamares and washed down with a cold beer. Cafe Rua is a very casual and mostly stand up, although limited seating is available at the bar, at a small table in back, or upstairs. Its also a nice alternative to the pricey patio noshing on the Plaza Mayor (of which we did too). Gayle and I enjoyed our quickly served sandwiches and with our cold cerveces, the bill came out to a reasonable 7.8 Euros (including free post cards). That was also just the added food-fueled energy we needed to go out into a crowded evening with happy folks on the evening before Día de la Hispanidad. And did I mention that it was already way past our bed time?Recommended for:Eric Brink
Fun little hole in the wall place off the Plaza Mayor in Madrid
- Pastelería Limón Y MentaC/ Infanta Isabel, 2, 40001 Segovia, Spainrecommended Pastelería Limón Y MentaIn Segovia there are three typical dishes: Suckling pig, La Granja beans and Segovia ponche. This is a rich lemon-infused sponge cake coated with marzipan and topped in icing sugar with a distinctive ... read morecriss-cross pattern. And right at the edge of the Plaza Mayor, you'll find this yummy little Pasteleria that serves this and other tempting choices. Gayle and I stopped here at Limón y Menta during a recent day trip to Segovia. It was late in the morning on Día de Hispania, and things were still quiet. We ordered or delicious pastries and took a seat at the rear coffee shop for or Solo and Con Leche choices. The selection up front was rich, our time together was soothing, and it was a smart first stop for what turned out to be an enjoyable Segovia Día.Recommended for:Eric Brink
Nice Bakery in Segovia
- Convento de San Antonio de PaduaC/ Santo Tomé, 37, 45002 Toledo, Spainrecommended Convento de San Antonio de PaduaNUN BAKED GOODNESS Toledo's famous almond-fruity-sweet mazapan is sold all over Town. As we wandered, we kept a lookout for Convents advertising their Artesano version. Our first opportunity was at ... read moreConvento de San Antonio de Padua and for only 5 Euros, we bought a box that came in really handy as a snack when we were later driving through Northern Spain. The good (and elderly) Sisters were friendly, kind, and a pleasure to support.Recommended for:Eric Brink
- Casa Cayoc/ Cantabra no. 6, 39570 Potes, Spainrecommended Casa CayoGayle and I were returning from Fuente De that included a ride up the gondola and a gorgeous hike around a small slice of the Picos de Europa. Our big regret was not completing the 4+ hour hike down, ... read morebut in fairness we hadn't packed enough water, snacks, and layers. If we ever come back, we'll stay at the Parador and this area a little more justice. It was now 3 PM and in Spain that means that it was Lunch time. We were now in Potes and one Tour book (Northern Spain Handbook by Footprint) recommended Casa Cayo. It was a fine choice. We were seated by the window and the views of the river and the nearby peaks were very pretty. The place very lively, cheerful, sunny, and a great place to hang out and soak up the local ambiance. We also had a great server who took very good care of us. We both enjoyed one of the local stews and shared over a bottle of nice wine. Flan and coffee (solo for me, con leche for Gayle) finished off a nice meal and a fun hiking portion of our day.Recommended for:Eric Brink
Gayle and I had a nice Lunch here.
- Hotel Convento Las Claras - SpaPlaza Adolfo Munoz Alonso s/n, 47300 Penafiel, Spainrecommended Hotel Convento Las Claras - SpaGayle and I knew we were in good hands at check-in, when the nice woman at the front desk offered us each a glass of wine during the process. It was a very good Bodegas Y Vinedos Vega Real Red. We ... read morewere after all in the middle of the Ribera del Duero Wine Country. That welcome took the edge off our frustration and the extra time it took to find this place. Certain blocked off streets and my choice not to rent a GPS complicated our arrival. The Hotel Convento Las Claras is actually in the center of Penafiel, by the river, and with a signature hillside view the Castle, that looked more like an Ark above the surrounding countryside. It was also mid-afternoon and we were hungry. Instead of getting in the car again and looking for the right restaurant, we opted to eat at the Hotel. It was a fabulous choice and perhaps one of the best Hotel meals that Gayle and I had enjoyed for a long long time. In fact, Gayle is still raving about the salad, the service, the wine, and the rest of our dining experience. Later that day, and after walking all around the Town, we discovered that the Hotel had their own Patio (on the other side). We spent a full couple hours just hanging out, reading, talking, and watching 3 elderly couples play cards. The Hotel is also a very successful Convent conversion and better than most Parador experiences (of which I am a fan). Our very spacious and comfortable room was situated around a pretty and relaxing Courtyard of which we spent some late night time. I think we lingered that long at both the Patio and Courtyard because we really didn't want our stay to end. An excellent Breakfast was also included in the room rate.Recommended for:Eric Brink
The Hotel restaurant is Amazing!
- Taller de Tapas - Carrer de ArgenteriaCarrer de l'Argenteria 51, Barcelona 08003, Spainrecommended Taller de Tapas - Carrer de ArgenteriaThis is the Taller de Tapas that's located down the old silversmith's street in the Born district. The Building containing this modern, comfortable and office worker-friendly Tapas place dates from ... read morethe 16th Century and was once a Nun's Convent. It's a fun place to eat and an interesting place to watch people. In our case, there was a table full of boisterous British Lads at the next table. They were either in Town as Tourists or maybe to catch the FC Barcelona/Seville match that night? Gayle and I remember Taller de Tapas 3 different ways: - Sometimes slow service. - A time in our trip when we had both gotten on each others nerves and we took the opportunity to be honest about our feelings, talk it out, and move forward. - Various delicious dishes, of which every one struck a special note. Our tasty choices included: - Salad w/ Nuri's Goats' Cheese, Quince Jelly, and Toasted Almonds - Grilled Squid - Sauteed Spinach, Iberian Pancetta, and Chickpeas - Grilled Green Asparagus With Virgin Olive Oil - Sizzling Chorizos Braised in Asturian Cider - Patates Braves (Potatoes w/ Garlic Mayo & Spicy Smoked Paprika Sauce - Catalan Creme Brulee (Dessert) - Almond Tart With Sweet "Meus Amores" Wine (Dessert) The last 2 experiences together made our Saturday Lunch a treasured 5 Star memory.Recommended for:Eric Brink
Very nice tapas place in Barcelona.
- Parador De VielhaCtra de Tunel s/n, 25530 Vielha, Spainrecommended Parador De VielhaOur stay at the Hotel Parador Vielha was a 5 Star experience all around. Gayle and I loved the Room, the Service, the Lower Lounge, the Views, and Dinner at the Restaurant. Our only quibbles are that ... read morethe Spa is overpriced (except for maybe the package massage/spa deal for couples) and there's a bit of traffic noise from the road leading up the hill to the Tunnel. Our big regret is not being able to stay here longer and take advantage of all the hiking opportunities. As such, we settled for a pleasant stroll to the nearby Village of Casau and back. The Hotel Vielha is a modern granite Parador, with a semicircular salon with huge windows and spectacular views over the Maladeta peaks of the Val d'Aran. Rooms are furnished with traditional carved-wood furniture, comfortable beds, the right amenities, and killer views of Vielha and the surrounding countryside). This was the stunning scenic Mountain Ying to our later Parador de Aiguablava Costa Brava Yang. In hindsight, we should have skipped our next night's stay in Andorra and hung our here for another day. Then there was the Restaurant, which was easily our best Dinner during our Spain Vacation. We feasted on all local Cuisine including: - A Vermouth-based Aperitif - A full bottle of an excellent Spanish Red. - Aranaise Style Soup - Catalan Style Cannelloni with Mushrooms Bechamel and Cream - Sirloin Iberian Pork with Cheese Style Sauce - Grilled Duck Magret with Bittersweet Style Sauce And for Dessert: Crema Catalana - Orange dessert Chocolate Tarte Cafe Solo for me and Con Leche for Gayle And like me, aren't you hungry right now?Recommended for:Eric Brink
Gayle and I had a very nice regional dinner here.
- Bar Txalupa RestauranteCalle Fermin Calbeton, 3, 20003 San Sebastián, Spainrecommended Bar Txalupa RestauranteSan Sebastian is famous for its many bars offering a dazzling array of tapas, called Pinxos in Basque. Basically you belly up to the bar, point to what you like, and munch away (with a Zurito (small ... read moreBeer) to wash it down). Don't worry, they'll keep track of what you eat and drink. Bars present their Pintxos mid day and again in the early evening. Txalupa wasn't our first choice, but it was certainly a favourite during our recent trip to Spain. When we arrived in San Sebastian, we consulted Rick Steves' Spain 2011 and other Tour Book information, but unfortunately (and repeatedly) discovered that all the favourites were closed on Monday. So after observing another rolled down metal door, we walked around a bit, saw a place that looked interesting (and busy), and chose. Txalupa was causal, friendly, and the Pinxos were excellent. We chose a wide variety and really didn't know half of what we were ordering. But it sure was tasty fun!Recommended for:Eric Brink
If you're going to enjoy Pinxos, do it in the Basque Country.
- Hotel Restaurant Galena Mas ComangauCarrer Ramon Llull, 1, Begur, Spainrecommended Hotel Restaurant Galena Mas ComangauSet in the tranquil village of Begur in the heart of Costa Brava is the Galena Mas Comangau Hotel and Restaurant.. It's a converted Farm House dating from the 18th Century and was highly recommended ... read moreby the folks at the Parador where we were staying. It was a spot on choice. This Restaurante was easily a 5-Star experience for the food, the service, the views, pride of ownership, the overall comfort, and the "ruach" or spirit of this place. Unfortunately, I didn't take good enough notes during our long and lingering afternoon meal, but I do remember that I had Paella (freshly prepared) as part of the Menu del Dia, and Gayle ordered off the Menu. My pictures also tell a savory story. It was all very delicious and the bonus was taking our dessert (Flan) out on the Terrace for the valley view. We also enjoyed listening to the French group at the next table enjoying their meal. Gayle loves these kind of visual and personal experiences, and its especially memorable when these things combine into something very special and memorable.Recommended for:Eric Brink
This was our 2nd Best Meal...
- Moli dels FanalsAvinguda del Jovell, AD400 la Massana, Andorrarecommended Moli dels FanalsMoli del Fanals was the best meal that Gayle and I had during our recent trip to Spain (including 1 day in Andorra). It's actually located in Sispony and is a fine restaurant of traditional cooking ... read morerun buy the family Bellsolà. And I'm pretty sure that the slight woman (Dolors Abad) who greeted us at the door and came to our table after the meal was the Owner and Chef. The Restaurant is located in a typical Andorran house (with a separate parking lot) and offers wonderful Mountain views to the outside and a warm wood-accented home on the inside. The dishes were simply exquisite and beautifully presented. Gayle had the Conill Cassola (Catalan Style Rabbit with Rissoto Mushrooms), while I swooned over the Pollastre Escamarians (Farm Chicken Stew with Prawns). All this was accented with a nice bottle of Rioja wine, a shared chocolate pie dessert, and coffee. Service was formal, friendly, and attentive. And the room was so comfortable and welcoming that we lingered as long as we could. As Gayle and I were leaving, we agreed that this was truly a "Kick Ass" dining experience. P.S. - A Moli dels Fanals recipe book is also available, but only in Catalan.Recommended for:Eric Brink
This is a Catalan restaurant that was our BEST meal during our trip to Northern Spain.
recommended BarcelonaEnjoyed every moment of my two months in this amazing city! The food, the people, the weather, the culture, everything is lovely! Before arriving I read about the pick pockets in the city but I've got ... read moreto say I have been ALL OVER this city and I have felt completely safe here. As with any city it is important to have your wits about you especially in packed touristy areas. But there was a decent amount of police patrol up and down the Ramblas on the look out for shady activity. Important to note, I was in Barcelona was during October and November. I was told repeatedly during my time in the city that the shoulder seasons, spring and autumn, are the best times to visit Barcelona. Summer is hot, packed with tourists and the prices sky rocket and winter it can get rather cold whereas the weather in spring and autumn is quite pleasant. If you can make it during the shoulder seasons April/May or September/October, even June or November are your best bet for enjoying the city. As an aside, I don't know if this is true of all of Spain but in Barcelona almost every cafe/restaurant/bar (almost everywhere serves coffee, food and liquor) there is also an orange juice machine that makes fresh orange juice upon order. It was nice to have fresh juice everywhere we went, especially to help rehydrate from the copious amounts of coffee and wine! Wonderful experience! I'm so glad I decided to come for a more extended stay and I'll definitely plan to come back to visit again in the future!Yogic Traveler
If you are looking for yummy food essentially everything I ate in Barcelona was incredibly delicious!
- Il Mercante di VeneziaCarrer de Josep Anselm Clavé, 11, 08002 Barcelona, Spainrecommended Il Mercante di VeneziaWhile in Barcelona, we passed by this restaurant many a time on our way to another destination. We finally made it in one night and had some of the best Italian food in ages. Spain is really close to ... read moreItaly, so it stands to think that the Italian food is pretty darn good. We were given free garlicky olives and bread to start. I ordered the beef lasagna and my cousin ordered the gnocchi in beef ragu. We also ordered red wine to drink. The beef lasagna was delicious! The mozzarella was really mild, perfectly melted and the lasagna was some of the best I've ever had. My cousin loved her gnocchi. I had a bite and it was the perfect texture. We also ordered a mini Carolina dessert and I had a coffee with milk. The service is top notch here. The waiter and host were both so amicable. We had a wonderful meal and left feeling full & happy. If you're sick of tapas and want something else, try Il Mercante.Recommended for:
- ZONA D'OMBRACarrer de Sant Domènec del Call, 12, 08002 Barcelona, Spainrecommended ZONA D'OMBRAOur first night in Barcelona, we decided to check out a wine bar and have tapas. Sharon E. was nice enough to suggest it to us. Quick Tip: if you're traveling to a city and need some suggestions, ... read morecontact a local. They'll steer you in the right direction. We ordered a few glasses of wine and were given some sliced salami and crunchy breadsticks. We ordered cheese crochettes, jamon iberico, and had the chocolate ice cream with olive oil & sea salt for dessert. Yum! Not a bad start to our trip to Spain. The service was top notch and the decor was modern. The only weird thing was that there was a lady with her poodle at a nearby table. We were inside! Is this normal? I suspect that she was a good friend of the owners but for me, I know it's not sanitary to bring your dog into a restaurant, the patio perhaps, but not the restaurant. Otherwise, the food was delicious but the place is tucked away along some alleys. There aren't street signs on posts, rather they are located on buildings so keep a lookout for the correct street. Zona d'Ombra is located near a steakhouse if that helps.
- Los PergaminosCarrer Ample, 17, 08002 Barcelona, Spainrecommended Los PergaminosLos Pergaminos means 'the scrolls' in Spanish. We passed this restaurant many a time in our wanderings around Barcelona. One night we were craving paella but then it was too late to eat it since most ... read moreplaces serve it at certain times. So we tried again the following night for a different place and found out that it was closed on Sundays. Just our luck. Enter Los Pergaminos. We had passed by previously and noted the menu board outside. They had paella until 10:30pm. We walked in. The decor is dark and dusty like pirate scrolls. We ordered sangria, duck foie gras stuffed figs, shrimp in garlic butter, and mixed paella. Let me just tell you, the duck foie stuffed figs are AMAZING. I want to retire somewhere and pop those little babies all day long. Yes, please. The shrimp in garlic butter was good too. We had to ask for bread just to dip it into the garlic butter sauce. So good. The paella is for a minimum of 2 people. They won't make it for one. Well they might if you just happen to be two strangers in a restaurant wanting the same thing. But then you'd have to sit together and I digress. The paella was really good. There was a decent amount of crunchiness and softness to the rice. The mussels were actually not fishy! The chicken was cut into large chunks. The shrimp was perfectly cooked. The calamari rings were tender. I'm not sure there was any rabbit involved but if it was there, I couldn't tell. I was a happy girl. All I wanted to eat in Spain was paella and I got my wish. Ok, I know paella is from Valencia, but don't ruin this for me! I loved it. That said, I would venture back to Valencia anytime if you want to show me your favorite paella place. We had excellent service. The host and servers spoke a decent amount of English, albeit with a sexy accent. If anything, come for the duck foie stuffed figs, but stay for the paella. *drool*
- A la TurcaCarrer Nou de la Rambla, 3, 08001 Barcelona, Spainrecommended A la TurcaGood food, served with a smile. We wandered from our hostel after dropping off our luggage and happened to pass by A La Turca. The guy behind the counter had a big smile and welcomed us in. For a ... read morecombo meal, you get an entree and choice of beer, wine, or soda. We both ordered wine! I ordered the kebab combo plate which came with hummus, rice-a-roni, salad and a mixed gyro meat (chicken & lamb). So good! I was ravenous and enjoyed every morsel. Well, the rice-a-roni wasn't my fave though. The wine was ok. The service was excellent. We paid before leaving and they take credit cards too.Recommended for:
- MORRISONC/ GIRONA, 162, 08037 Barcelona, Spainrecommended MORRISONPopular with the late-night locals and native families, Morrison is the most Barcelonian tapas experience in Barcelona. This small restaurant is always bustling-- you'll be overwhelmed by the people, ... read morethe constant motion, and the wonderful smells. If you find yourself here (which is not easy to do by accident-- it's not exactly conspicuous) without a native Catalan speaker, you may want to have some useful phrases prepared such as: I want [this]; Bottled water, please; Wow, that's really cheap; This is fantastic; Are you hitting on me?; One more order of everything! I particularly liked their meat and cheese plate, the chicken, the paella, and their patatas bravas, not that anything I tried was subpar-- and for how cheap it all was, I did end up trying everything.Recommended for:Jason Flegel
Come here for the gritty, local experience. Definitely have the chicken wings and the patatas bravas. Yum!
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beautiful city, different, people are very friendly and joyful i love the flamenco dolls i bought and lace handmade hand fans
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