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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.
Hotels:
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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
Hotels:
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Public Transport options:
Guidebooks:
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/
Activities:
Hotels:
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Other Tips: Jewish Community of Gibraltar, http://www.jewishgibraltar.com

Mallorca
Links to Trip Reports:
Kosher Restaurants: Their is not - one restaurant serve felafel it's own by an israeli but no hechsher
Activities:
Hotels:
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 #855 on: March 22, 2017, 01:21:57 PM »
20 hours in madrid, have 1 stopover the way to israel, get there 12pm, leave 8am booked ihg holiday in allcala what would you suggest I do by day? the way back I arrive 8pm and leave 3:25pm so i'd have an early morning.

can i just uber around there or rent ?
Public transport there is quick and efficient.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #856 on: March 22, 2017, 01:34:02 PM »
Public transport there is quick and efficient.
+1, and lots of things are walkable from one another.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #857 on: March 22, 2017, 02:53:56 PM »
20 hours in madrid, have 1 stopover the way to israel, get there 12pm, leave 8am booked ihg holiday in allcala what would you suggest I do by day? the way back I arrive 8pm and leave 3:25pm so i'd have an early morning.

can i just uber around there or rent ?
Check out the trip reports in the wiki for ideas.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #858 on: March 23, 2017, 12:54:52 PM »
How do i pay for the bus in madrid ?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #859 on: April 06, 2017, 06:42:42 AM »
Just landed in Madrid, should I go to Toledo?  I'm thinking first to hotel to see if I can get room early, drop bags and shower etc.

Is Toledo worth the hour bus ride and what's to do there

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #860 on: April 06, 2017, 06:47:40 AM »
Also any concern of anti Semitsm is Madrid or Toledo?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #861 on: April 06, 2017, 09:17:23 AM »
I have mixed feelings about Toledo - I went on a day when 1 out of the 2 Shuls was closed (I think it's closed every Tuesday or something like that), and the open was Shul was really just an empty room. Without a tour guide, it was hard to get anything out of our trip. Then again, people who have taken the tour from Madrid to Toledo (I believe Moish did that), say it was great! So I think Toledo might be one of the things that you need to do with a tour Guide to get a worthwhile experience out of it.

I didn't feel uncomfortable at all in Spain (in 2014). I wore a cap, but yeah, didn't notice anything.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #862 on: April 06, 2017, 09:56:44 AM »
I've been to Spain numerous times with cap & yarmulka, never had an issue.

I took the Jewish tour guide to Toledo and he wanted me to wear a cap. I didn't have one at the time. I asked him if they even know what a Jew is. He said probably not and think you a galach.

Anyway, Toledo was very interesting (my first very old town in Europe) but the guide was necessary. Expensive but necessary.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #863 on: April 06, 2017, 10:41:05 AM »
Also any concern of anti Semitsm is Madrid or Toledo?
Was in Madrid last week and decided not to wear a cap over my kippa. I kept getting stared at all over the place but no one said anything to me...
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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #864 on: April 06, 2017, 11:45:02 PM »
I have mixed feelings about Toledo - I went on a day when 1 out of the 2 Shuls was closed (I think it's closed every Tuesday or something like that), and the open was Shul was really just an empty room. Without a tour guide, it was hard to get anything out of our trip. Then again, people who have taken the tour from Madrid to Toledo (I believe Moish did that), say it was great! So I think Toledo might be one of the things that you need to do with a tour Guide to get a worthwhile experience out of it.

I didn't feel uncomfortable at all in Spain (in 2014). I wore a cap, but yeah, didn't notice anything.

Been to Toledo, the fact that you can see Hebrew letters inscribed on the walls from the inquisition times is fascinating, plus I believe there was head sets that explained many things about the shul.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #865 on: April 07, 2017, 08:49:19 AM »
Been to Toledo, the fact that you can see Hebrew letters inscribed on the walls from the inquisition times is fascinating, plus I believe there was head sets that explained many things about the shul.
That must have been in the other Shul that was closed when I went. The one I was in was just an empty room. You couldn't even tell where the Aron had been.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #866 on: April 09, 2017, 05:34:34 AM »
Toledo was amazing, Will go back. Just took the bus tour thing and used a guide book etc didn't see everything or nearly so but will go back.

The restaurant was OK but quite expensive :/ I'm spoiled I guess, if I can cook the same or better at home for 20% of the price.. And this hardly was convinent as they didn't deliver so it was an extra 30 min.

Next trip I'm taking all my own food, lunch was my home cured gravlax on zak bread I had brought

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #867 on: April 09, 2017, 08:49:02 AM »
Toledo was amazing, Will go back. Just took the bus tour thing and used a guide book etc didn't see everything or nearly so but will go back.

The restaurant was OK but quite expensive :/ I'm spoiled I guess, if I can cook the same or better at home for 20% of the price.. And this hardly was convinent as they didn't deliver so it was an extra 30 min.

Next trip I'm taking all my own food, lunch was my home cured gravlax on zak bread I had brought
Did you see the Shuls?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #868 on: April 10, 2017, 08:34:36 AM »
Did you see the Shuls?

No,
Maybe on the way back if I wake early

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #869 on: April 10, 2017, 11:21:14 AM »
No,
Maybe on the way back if I wake early
You stayed in Toledo overnight? You went to Toledo for something other than the Shuls?