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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
Kosher Restaurants:
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 #795 on: August 16, 2016, 11:41:10 AM »
Hi, I have read Yehoshua's and Yuey's and @yehuda's TRs several times, and much of this thread, but I can't find and can't remember:
For Madrid, is it advisable to purchase tickets in advance for Prado and Sofia Museums and Royal Palace?  Someone went to the museums in the evening for free; Rick Steves says to get tickets in advance, even free, but website doesn't seem to like that approach.  Guidance?  TIA.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #796 on: August 16, 2016, 11:44:32 AM »
Hi, I have read Yehoshua's and Yuey's and @yehuda's TRs several times, and much of this thread, but I can't find and can't remember:
For Madrid, is it advisable to purchase tickets in advance for Prado and Sofia Museums and Royal Palace?  Someone went to the museums in the evening for free; Rick Steves says to get tickets in advance, even free, but website doesn't seem to like that approach.  Guidance?  TIA.
We just bought tix for the Royal Palace when we wanted to go. There were no lines whatsoever. We didn't visit the Prado or Sofia Museums, but didn't see lines outside like at the Louvre in Paris.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #797 on: August 16, 2016, 11:46:55 AM »
We just bought tix for the Royal Palace when we wanted to go. There were no lines whatsoever. We didn't visit the Prado or Sofia Museums, but didn't see lines outside like at the Louvre in Paris.
Thanks, Yehoshua.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #798 on: August 16, 2016, 11:55:28 AM »
Only went to Palace. Had a 5-10 minute wait for the line. I don't recall seeing an entrance for those who already had tickets, not sure if that exists.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #799 on: August 16, 2016, 12:21:43 PM »
Only went to Palace. Had a 5-10 minute wait for the line. I don't recall seeing an entrance for those who already had tickets, not sure if that exists.
Thanks, @yehuda.

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Spain Master Thread
« Reply #800 on: August 17, 2016, 06:20:24 AM »
Our wait at the Palace is about 30 minutes. Wish we had bought tix last night. No line for folks w tix. Can't buy same day. Will go to Prado and Sofia later. Also no same day tix.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #801 on: August 17, 2016, 10:35:57 AM »
:-(

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #802 on: August 17, 2016, 01:13:19 PM »
:-(
The sadness continued at the Prada. But first, I will say that we enjoyed the Palace immensely. When we got out, after touring for about 90min, there was no line!

At the Prada, line was about 30 minutes. Kids under 18 and students would have been half price with id, but of course we didn't have them with us and the CSR was inflexible.

Happily, at the Reina Sofia, our luck improved. We lined up 10th in line at 6:30. By 7pm, for free entry , the line was a few hundred people long, stretching almost across the street to Atocha Stn. Not sure if you can see how long it goes in the pic. Once inside, really enjoyed seeing Guernica and other modern and post-modern works.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #803 on: August 17, 2016, 01:27:08 PM »
Sorry to hear about the wait, though as you can tell there's not always a line so we just got lucky I guess.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #804 on: August 19, 2016, 03:26:02 AM »
Finishing up our short stay in Seville and driving to GIB in about an hour. FWIW, I see there is a Costco about one km from the HGI where we stayed. It was a nice property, nice pool, and they gave diamond breakfast for both rooms (but nothing I could eat). Flamenco show last night at La Casa del Flamenco was very good. I enjoyed going to La Carboneria afterwards even more... Kind of divey with cheap drinks and spontaneous informal singing and flamenco erupting. We also did Rick steves self guided tour through what was the Jewish ghetto. That was great. We also poked our head in a Jewish Seville museum -- small -- didn't have time to tour it.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #805 on: October 19, 2016, 04:25:32 PM »
Any Jewish cemeteries in Madrid? old historical remnants of Jewish life here- the expulsion - auto de fe etc etc?
Here is what i got so far for tomorrow:
10:45 Walking tour (2.5 hrs)
Royal Palace
Museum De prado

I kind of feel like im missing anything remotely jewish.....
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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #806 on: November 15, 2016, 06:17:30 PM »
Any recommendations for a hotel in Madrid?
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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #807 on: November 15, 2016, 06:21:16 PM »
Any recommendations for a hotel in Madrid?
I stayed here: AC Santo Mauro, Autograph Collection. Check out my TR here.

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« Reply #808 on: November 15, 2016, 06:23:00 PM »
I stayed here: AC Santo Mauro, Autograph Collection. Check out my TR here.
Thanks. Will definitely read it! Any nice points options for hotels though?
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« Reply #809 on: November 15, 2016, 06:37:32 PM »
Thanks. Will definitely read it! Any nice points options for hotels though?
It is a points hotel. Marriott.