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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 #510 on: February 18, 2015, 02:22:23 AM »
Do you differentiate between pareve/dairy/meat places?
Really depends where, in Israel there could be problems with everything but lower caliber when it comes to dairy/parve in America there's much less to be worried about and there are more restaurants with good hashgachos

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #511 on: February 18, 2015, 11:02:30 AM »
Still not sure how to get MAD-BCN.
Option 1-Train,  costs $50-70, takes 3 hours, doesn't cost must to get to/from train stations, tickets won't be on sale until end of April (for my dates at end of June)
Option 2a-paid flight, costs $74, takes 1 hour, add 1.5 hours for check-in, costs more to get to/from airports, tickets are on sale now
Option 2b-Avios flight, costs 4.5k avios +$25, but given a rate of 1.2-1.5cpp that's $54-67.50+$25 making it more expensive. The only benefit is it comes with a free bag I believe.

Any thoughts/ideas? Also FWIW, I for motion sick on the train in Italy.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #512 on: February 18, 2015, 01:35:56 PM »
i took the train and enjoyed it

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #513 on: February 18, 2015, 02:46:59 PM »
i took the train and enjoyed it
How much was it?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #514 on: February 18, 2015, 03:20:16 PM »
How much was it?
was in 2009 so probably irrelevant

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #515 on: February 18, 2015, 03:21:29 PM »
was in 2009 so probably irrelevant
Definitely, but do you recall it being a lot cheaper than flying?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #516 on: February 18, 2015, 03:31:29 PM »
Definitely, but do you recall it being a lot cheaper than flying?
i dont recall that

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #517 on: February 18, 2015, 04:00:02 PM »
Still not sure how to get MAD-BCN.
Option 1-Train,  costs $50-70, takes 3 hours, doesn't cost must to get to/from train stations, tickets won't be on sale until end of April (for my dates at end of June)
Option 2a-paid flight, costs $74, takes 1 hour, add 1.5 hours for check-in, costs more to get to/from airports, tickets are on sale now
Option 2b-Avios flight, costs 4.5k avios +$25, but given a rate of 1.2-1.5cpp that's $54-67.50+$25 making it more expensive. The only benefit is it comes with a free bag I believe.

Any thoughts/ideas? Also FWIW, I for motion sick on the train in Italy.
If you were motion sick on the train in Italy the trains aren't a whole lot different.
If that's not something you're concerned about then take the train all in it's a more comfortable enjoyable experience in my opinion plus door to door it will probably be faster then flying.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #518 on: February 18, 2015, 04:15:42 PM »
If you were motion sick on the train in Italy the trains aren't a whole lot different.
If that's not something you're concerned about then take the train all in it's a more comfortable enjoyable experience in my opinion plus door to door it will probably be faster then flying.
The thing I wasn't sure about was the two different types of train service. One seems more express than the other, despite both being AVE service. Some trains take 2h30m while others take 3h10m. Since I hadn't been on such a high speed train before Italy (and I never got sick from a train before) I assume that slower trains are better. Do you know the difference between the two speeds? Is it really one speed with one making more stops?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #519 on: February 19, 2015, 06:56:42 PM »
@ yehoshua did you decide were you're staying at in bcn yet? Am planning a trip there mid april and looking at all possibilities as well

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #520 on: February 19, 2015, 07:00:01 PM »
@ yehoshua did you decide were you're staying at in bcn yet? Am planning a trip there mid april and looking at all possibilities as well
Looks like Airbnb/VRBO/HomeAway most likely. I found a few places in the Ramblas area for around $100/night ($250 total for 2 nights after you add in service and cleaning fees). The hotels are around the same price but don't look as nice. NYOP on Priceline is too risky for me.

Where did you want to stay?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #521 on: February 19, 2015, 07:27:35 PM »
not sure thinking about vrbo.. especially since its gonna be with 2 kids

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #522 on: February 21, 2015, 05:39:43 PM »
The thing I wasn't sure about was the two different types of train service. One seems more express than the other, despite both being AVE service. Some trains take 2h30m while others take 3h10m. Since I hadn't been on such a high speed train before Italy (and I never got sick from a train before) I assume that slower trains are better. Do you know the difference between the two speeds? Is it really one speed with one making more stops?

The difference between the 2h30m and 3h10m is the latter has a few more stops in between to take a little bit longer. the former is going to be more expensive since it has fewer stops.  I'm traveling that route in a few weeks and ended up booking a flight, which came out cheaper for me, for the same amount of travel time (but will probably take longer in total to deal with the airports though). 

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #523 on: February 21, 2015, 09:49:14 PM »
If you want a nice hotel in Madrid: the AC Santo Mauro is where it's at

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #524 on: February 21, 2015, 10:43:12 PM »
The difference between the 2h30m and 3h10m is the latter has a few more stops in between to take a little bit longer. the former is going to be more expensive since it has fewer stops.  I'm traveling that route in a few weeks and ended up booking a flight, which came out cheaper for me, for the same amount of travel time (but will probably take longer in total to deal with the airports though).
We'll probably just end up flying, too. I forgot about $30 in Orbucks I have to use towards the flights making them cheaper than taking the train.

If you want a nice hotel in Madrid: the AC Santo Mauro is where it's at
Why that hotel specifically?  I was thinking of AC Palacio de Retiro?