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Barcelona
Links to Trip Reports: @Yehuda, Yehoshua
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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Other Tips: Jewish Community of Barcelona (Orthodox): http://www.cibonline.org

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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Other Tips: Jewish Community of Madrid (Orthodox), http://www.cjmadrid.org

Malaga
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Other Tips: Comunidad Israelita de Malaga (Orthodox), http://www.cimalaga.es

Seville
Links to Trip Reports: @Yehuda, Yehoshua
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Activities: Jewish Tours in Sevilla/Cordoba, http://www.jewishsevilla.com
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Other Tips: Comunidad Judia de Sevilla, synagoguesevilla@gmail.com

Gibraltar
Links to Trip Reports: Yehoshua
Kosher Restaurants: Amar's Bakery and Coffee shop, http://www.amarsbakery.com/
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Other Tips: Jewish Community of Gibraltar, http://www.jewishgibraltar.com

Mallorca
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Kosher Restaurants: Their is not - one restaurant serve felafel it's own by an israeli but no hechsher
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Shabbos Tips: The Shul its open on Friday night
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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 Master Thread
« Reply #615 on: June 25, 2015, 02:47:29 AM »
I arrive in Malaga on Monday  morning driving down to marbeia should I drive to Gibraltar on Tuesday? Wednesday morning were flying back to jfk or should we just enjoy are self in marbeia and leave Gibraltar out?
depends on how much you like beaches

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #616 on: June 25, 2015, 08:05:33 AM »
This article talks about the differences between the A-7 (free) and the AP-7 (toll) when driving the western Costa del Sol.

We'll be driving from Gibraltar to Malaga, and I wanted to know if anyone has taken either of these highways and which one you'd recommend. I'm thinking of taking the A-7, not so much to avoid tolls, but because it seems to have better views. Does this make sense?

The A7 goes through the coastal towns, so you could run into slow traffic there. Also because of the higher volume of vehicles, you will be driving at a slower pace. The AP-7 was more or less empty both during the day and night when I used it and you can drive as fast as you feel comfortable going.

If you want to stop in the towns etc. you're best off going with the A7 as the AP7 can veer quite far away from those.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #617 on: June 25, 2015, 09:45:03 AM »
The A7 goes through the coastal towns, so you could run into slow traffic there. Also because of the higher volume of vehicles, you will be driving at a slower pace. The AP-7 was more or less empty both during the day and night when I used it and you can drive as fast as you feel comfortable going.

If you want to stop in the towns etc. you're best off going with the A7 as the AP7 can veer quite far away from those.
Thanks for the info! I guess we'll see how much time we have, but with extra time I'd love to go on the A-7. Gmaps says it's only an extra 20 minutes without traffic.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #618 on: July 29, 2015, 06:30:10 PM »
Going to Israel for Sukkos. On the way home I can either fly to Barcelona for 2 days (early October) or just stay longer in Israel and get a direct flight home. I have a 6 month old and a 2.5 year old in tow... I am obviously torn between my desire to see Barcelona vs. the convenience of a direct flight home due to the kids.

Is Barcelona nice enough to make it worth it? Is it silly to go to Barcelona for just 2 days when really I should be spending more time in Spain and therefore I should just go a different time?

Thank you!

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #619 on: July 29, 2015, 06:38:46 PM »
Going to Israel for Sukkos. On the way home I can either fly to Barcelona for 2 days (early October) or just stay longer in Israel and get a direct flight home. I have a 6 month old and a 2.5 year old in tow... I am obviously torn between my desire to see Barcelona vs. the convenience of a direct flight home due to the kids.

Is Barcelona nice enough to make it worth it? Is it silly to go to Barcelona for just 2 days when really I should be spending more time in Spain and therefore I should just go a different time?

Thank you!
You don't need more than 2 days in BCN IMO. Whether you should save it for another trip with MAD and elsewhere. I don't know how your kids travel to know if the stop for 2 days would bother them, though I wouldn't view it as a stop, more of a small trip since a stop that affects kids is usually an in-airport or quick overnight stop.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #620 on: July 29, 2015, 09:16:24 PM »
You don't need more than 2 days in BCN IMO. Whether you should save it for another trip with MAD and elsewhere. I don't know how your kids travel to know if the stop for 2 days would bother them, though I wouldn't view it as a stop, more of a small trip since a stop that affects kids is usually an in-airport or quick overnight stop.
+1
And BCN and MAD arent that close to each other so its not like your gonna HAVE to go again if you end up in MAD again.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #621 on: July 30, 2015, 01:50:46 AM »
+1
And BCN and MAD arent that close to each other so its not like your gonna HAVE to go again if you end up in MAD again.
You don't need more than 2 days in BCN IMO. Whether you should save it for another trip with MAD and elsewhere. I don't know how your kids travel to know if the stop for 2 days would bother them, though I wouldn't view it as a stop, more of a small trip since a stop that affects kids is usually an in-airport or quick overnight stop.
Thanks for the helpful replies! I am going to try to pull this off...

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #622 on: August 03, 2015, 01:34:07 PM »
Does anyone recommend a good half day tour in Seville? Is there anything to do there the evenings?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #623 on: August 03, 2015, 01:37:28 PM »
Does anyone recommend a good half day tour in Seville? Is there anything to do there the evenings?
Most half day tours start in the morning, so I couldn't do any of them. Not much to do in the evenings besides walking around.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #624 on: August 03, 2015, 01:57:14 PM »
Does anyone recommend a good half day tour in Seville? Is there anything to do there the evenings?
You can go to a flamenco show if that's your kind of  thing. We went to one in a bar, just needed to buy drinks. There are fancier, more professional ones that require tickets.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #625 on: August 04, 2015, 11:09:35 AM »
Any recommendations for food in Madrid? I'll be there on Sunday and Monday (leaving from GIB early Sunday morning on train to MAD via Malaga).

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #626 on: August 04, 2015, 11:44:28 AM »
Any recommendations for food in Madrid? I'll be there on Sunday and Monday (leaving from GIB early Sunday morning on train to MAD via Malaga).
I'll be there Tuesday! There's a restaurant there http://jewisheurope.org/detail.asp?ID=1051

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #627 on: August 24, 2015, 05:35:15 PM »
Hey guys - I have six days in Spain. What do u guys recommend?
What is the best way to fly inside of Europe? Kayak shows me ways to get places for cheap, but are these flights going to nickel and dime me? Carry on, no printed tickets, etc? Avios went way up in the devaluation, or am I missing something? Can I just go with AA or UAL miles for 5K a pop or is it far more?

Personally, we will want to go to Barcelona for 2 days, Madrid for a day or two, Gibraltar for shabbos, Seville for a day or so and then on to UK. I have seen folks ask, but is there a way to get food for take out in Gibraltar for shabbos and not eat at folks places? Athens has the restaurant for Shabbos, which allows for a bit or privacy, does Gil have that as well?

TIA!

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #628 on: August 24, 2015, 05:46:04 PM »
Hey guys - I have six days in Spain. What do u guys recommend?
What is the best way to fly inside of Europe? Kayak shows me ways to get places for cheap, but are these flights going to nickel and dime me? Carry on, no printed tickets, etc? Avios went way up in the devaluation, or am I missing something? Can I just go with AA or UAL miles for 5K a pop or is it far more?

Personally, we will want to go to Barcelona for 2 days, Madrid for a day or two, Gibraltar for shabbos, Seville for a day or so and then on to UK. I have seen folks ask, but is there a way to get food for take out in Gibraltar for shabbos and not eat at folks places? Athens has the restaurant for Shabbos, which allows for a bit or privacy, does Gil have that as well?

TIA!
Read the Spain part of my TR for answers to all your questions.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #629 on: August 24, 2015, 11:47:39 PM »
Thanks @Yehoshua - but the rules and all around luggage and flights were a bit vague in Europe. I would prefer not to check luggage, so can you do carry on like in the US? Or can u pay for that or no way? Can you buy Biz or are points better? Will biz allow for carry on?

I liked the biz I saw on AirEuropa - they actually have biz seats, Belgian Air just had an empty middle seat the last time I went to Israel via Belgium.

TIA!