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Barcelona
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Kosher Restaurants: http://www.restaurantmacabi.com, https://shaqshuq.com/, https://www.ilansburgerbar.com/ (Under R' Daniel Ashkenazi of Communidad Israelita de Barcelona)
Activities: Jewish Tours in Barcelona, http://www.urbancultours.com
http://www.barcelonadreaming.com/package/barcelona-jewish-tour/
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Madrid
Links to Trip Reports: @Yehuda, @Yehuda pics, Yehoshua
Kosher Restaurants: http://www.restaurantelaescudilla.com  https://www.pinatimadrid.com/  https://www.pizzeriarimmon.com/(teuda)
Activities: Toledo - a day trip from Madrid to see 2 old Shuls. Can hire a tour guide (his contact info is somewhere in the thread), which is not cheap, or can take a train on your own. 1 of the Shuls (El Transito) is closed on Mondays. @Yehuda went on a day when that Shul was closed, and the other Shul was really just an empty room and seemed like a Christian organization now runs the center. Without a tour guide, it was hard to get anything Jewish out of our trip (other than an antique store that had some Judaica). But, people who have taken the tour (discussed in the thread) have said it was great! Recommended to go with a tour or not go at all (and ensure to go on a day when both are open!). Report in the thread that the sometimes-closed Shul has audio headsets for use, so that would help.
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Malaga
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Seville
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Gibraltar
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Mallorca
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4500 IB Avios from anywhere to anywhere in the country
Best way to get around anywhere in this country is by scooter. It is safer driving them there since they outnumber cars by great proportions.
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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #210 on: March 26, 2014, 01:07:29 PM »
Why wouldn't they  ???
Obviously DROPR, but they once told me BA Avios don't equal IB Avios. Although, I guess both statements can be true. They're not the same currency, but BA could still work to book IB.

I was just curious, but either way, I would go AGP-MAD as part of my OWE. Problem is my recent AA rep was having problems ticketing the OWE, saying her supervisor told her they don't do those awards anymore, but I should call back tomorrow. Either that's bad news for my trip or we're back to DROPR...

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #211 on: April 23, 2014, 11:54:48 PM »
Have my dates booked for Spain!
Read through the thread once again and want to run a basic itinerary by you guys. All advice welcome :)

I'm in:
MAD for 1 day
BCN for 2 days
SVQ for 1/2 day
Friday split between SVQ and driving to GIB
Shabbos in GIB

So, here are my plans and some questions...

In MAD, I want to go to Toledo. Seems like I can either pay 200-400 for a tour or 10 pax for the train ride and go find the 2 Shuls myself. Feeling a pull towards the latter. Now, my Q is, if I'm waking up in MAD (I already have a hotel) and have to catch an 8PM flight, (1) can I see Toledo and also get to see something in MAD like the Royal Palace? If yes, (2) will the Palace be open in the afternoon/evening or should I do it first in the morning and then go to Toledo? (I also can take a 9:45PM flight instead, but it's not ideal as it will get me to my next stop pretty late.)

For BCN, seems like La Rambla (+nearby restaurants), Park Guell, and Casa Milla are popular things to do, and they all seem to be in the same category or attraction. (3) Can they all be done in 1 day? I'd also like to do the walking tour of the old Jewish quarter. Perhaps that can be day 2, but I doubt it would fill up the day. Summarizing everyone's TRs the other interesting things to do are: beaches, Gothic quarter, Montjuic, Sagrada Familia (seeing, not entering). (4) Do any of those things make sense to do with the Jewish quarter/does this 2-day breakdown make sense? (5) Where do I want to stay location-wise? Forget the type of hotel, where do I want to be located? Near the airport, La Ramblas, Jewish quarter, etc.?

I arrive in SVQ in the early afternoon. Seems like the things to do there are the Alcazar, maybe a river cruise. (6) Can I get to Alcazar in the afternoon? I plan on renting a car the next morning (Friday) and driving to GIB. If you suggest doing something in Seville I may be missing, I can do it in the morning and then go to GIB in the late morning. (7) Where do I want to stay? Near airport, Alcazar?

In GIB, I want to see The Rock and perhaps the dolphin boat tour or the caves, depending on how much time there is till Shabbos. On Shabbos, I would visit the different Shuls. I should hopefully have a place to stay by someone I know who lives there. Motzai Shabbos, I'd drive back to SVQ, find a hotel near the airport to catch my ex-Spain flight out in the morning.

Feel free to answer the specific Q's or just give your thoughts in general. That would rock! Thanks.

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #212 on: April 24, 2014, 12:42:59 AM »
In bcn if you have the points if stay at the w simply fantastic or on the ramblas rent mopeds/scooters best and easiest way to get around and everyone is driving them. What about picaso museum?

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #213 on: April 24, 2014, 08:16:47 AM »
In bcn if you have the points if stay at the w simply fantastic or on the ramblas rent mopeds/scooters best and easiest way to get around and everyone is driving them. What about picaso museum?
Don't have the points. I decided to split up my SPG to get more nights out of them rather than use em up a fancy place. Is it easy to pick up how to drive a scooter? Neither of us are really artsy. I took a look at some pics of it on Google and I don't think we would enjoy it much.

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #214 on: April 24, 2014, 08:33:59 AM »
Don't know the answer to any of your questions but your itinerary seems very rushed to me. Sit back and relax a little bit
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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #215 on: April 24, 2014, 08:47:30 AM »
Don't know the answer to any of your questions but your itinerary seems very rushed to me. Sit back and relax a little bit

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #216 on: April 24, 2014, 09:21:13 AM »
Don't know the answer to any of your questions but your itinerary seems very rushed to me. Sit back and relax a little bit
I'll admit I've never booked a trip before, but you really think it's rushed?

1 day in MAD - see the Palace in the morning and then visit Toledo (a 1/2 hour train ride) and catch the late evening flight out.
2 days in BCN - La Rambla, Casa Mila, and Park Guell are all within 20 minutes of each other. 2-3 hours per each and it's still not 5 o'clock. Day 2, Tour the Jewish city and do 1 other attraction doesn't seem like a lot either.
1/2 day in SVQ - Alcazar is just 1 attraction.
1/2 day in GIB - The Rock and if there's time, do 1 more attraction.

Really doesn't seem like a lot here.

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #217 on: April 24, 2014, 09:34:05 AM »
Everyone travels differently. I love getting to spend time in cities and really getting a feel for the place. Don't you want time to just be? Get lost? Find places that weren't on your itinerary?
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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #218 on: April 24, 2014, 09:47:26 AM »
Everyone travels differently. I love getting to spend time in cities and really getting a feel for the place. Don't you want time to just be? Get lost? Find places that weren't on your itinerary?
I can tell we're different lol. I'm kinda an OCD guy and need a plan. I would be afraid that if I just showed up in BCN for 2 days, we would slouch at the hotel till noon and then walk outside and perhaps not get to see any of the "touristy" things. People may not always be fans of touristy things, but that's kinda what I want to see. Sure I can walk around and watch the culture, but if I was visiting NYC for the first and probably only time, I think I would want to ensure seeing the Empire State Building and Lady Liberty. I'll catch the crazy atmosphere just travelling to my stops.

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #219 on: April 24, 2014, 09:57:16 AM »
I can tell we're different lol. I'm kinda an OCD guy and need a plan. I would be afraid that if I just showed up in BCN for 2 days, we would slouch at the hotel till noon and then walk outside and perhaps not get to see any of the "touristy" things. People may not always be fans of touristy things, but that's kinda what I want to see. Sure I can walk around and watch the culture, but if I was visiting NYC for the first and probably only time, I think I would want to ensure seeing the Empire State Building and Lady Liberty. I'll catch the crazy atmosphere just travelling to my stops.

That's fine. Def makes sense.  But it still doesn't seem to be giving you much time. Especially when you're going on a long adventure. It seems like you'll just be running from one place to the next.  And I am generally a planner as well. Nothing wrong with planning but doesn't mean you have to rush.
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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #220 on: April 24, 2014, 10:03:59 AM »
That's fine. Def makes sense.  But it still doesn't seem to be giving you much time. Especially when you're going on a long adventure. It seems like you'll just be running from one place to the next.  And I am generally a planner as well. Nothing wrong with planning but doesn't mean you have to rush.
Right I understand. I also just realized as I looked over my travel dates that Spain is really the only place I was stingy on time. Spain was not at the top of my list, so when I did decide to include it, I wanted to really just hit the basics. As opposed to other cities like Venice, Rome, Paris and London where I am staying longer than most people suggested. In those cities (my top cities), I'll have time for plenty of strolling/chilling. It's really mostly Spain that will be rushed.

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #221 on: April 24, 2014, 01:16:06 PM »
I can tell we're different lol. I'm kinda an OCD guy and need a plan. I would be afraid that if I just showed up in BCN for 2 days, we would slouch at the hotel till noon and then walk outside and perhaps not get to see any of the "touristy" things. People may not always be fans of touristy things, but that's kinda what I want to see. Sure I can walk around and watch the culture, but if I was visiting NYC for the first and probably only time, I think I would want to ensure seeing the Empire State Building and Lady Liberty. I'll catch the crazy atmosphere just travelling to my stops.
Not really. My itinerary in the UK was
London (thursday night to saturday night)
Lake district (sunday)
Isle of Skye (Monday)
Highlands (tuesday-wednesday)
Edinburgh (wednesday night (the fringe) and thursday)

Here's the map https://goo.gl/maps/ArrsK

Just that I traveled at night and had whole days at each place. Traveling on a friday means it's a travel day and nothing else. Taking a flight at 6 PM means you have to start heading to the airport at 3:30/4 and have to start heading back to your hotel earlier than that.
It's about managing your travel and desire to see different things with not being constantly traveling
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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #222 on: April 24, 2014, 01:20:08 PM »
Not really. My itinerary in the UK was
London (thursday night to saturday night)
Lake district (sunday)
Isle of Skye (Monday)
Highlands (tuesday-wednesday)
Edinburgh (wednesday night (the fringe) and thursday)

Just that I traveled at night and had whole days at each place. Traveling on a friday means it's a travel day and nothing else. Taking a flight at 6 PM means you have to start heading to the airport at 3:30/4 and have to start heading back to your hotel earlier than that.
It's about managing your travel and desire to see different things with not being constantly traveling
Not sure what exactly you're responding to...? (even though you quoted me)
European Fridays in the summer are so long that I think I can travel in the morning + do something at the destination. And yes, for the early evening flights, I counted those days as only 1/2 a day. I understand and again, for some locations, the goal was not to relax but to see what there is to see and move on. For the more exciting locations, the plan is to chill a bit more.

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #223 on: April 24, 2014, 01:31:16 PM »
Not sure what exactly you're responding to...? (even though you quoted me)
European Fridays in the summer are so long that I think I can travel in the morning + do something at the destination. And yes, for the early evening flights, I counted those days as only 1/2 a day. I understand and again, for some locations, the goal was not to relax but to see what there is to see and move on. For the more exciting locations, the plan is to chill a bit more.
My bad. I thought the quote I quoted was a response to me.
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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #224 on: April 24, 2014, 01:33:30 PM »
My bad. I thought the quote I quoted was a response to me.
Oh well I guess it was aimed at both of you. You both suggested I was rushing things, which I guess it does seem like that. Although as I explained here
I also just realized as I looked over my travel dates that Spain is really the only place I was stingy on time. Spain was not at the top of my list, so when I did decide to include it, I wanted to really just hit the basics. As opposed to other cities like Venice, Rome, Paris and London where I am staying longer than most people suggested. In those cities (my top cities), I'll have time for plenty of strolling/chilling. It's really mostly Spain that will be rushed.
I think it's okay to be "rushing" Spain. Additionally, doing 2-3 things a day doesn't seem to be too rushing to me.