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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
Hotels:
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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/
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
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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 #975 on: May 08, 2018, 09:28:08 AM »
I think they have on weekends, not sure about during the week

We used to holiday regularly in Mallorca.

Services are every Friday night 7.30pm and occasional Shabbat mornings. No midweek services aside from chagim.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #976 on: May 08, 2018, 03:55:50 PM »
Mini-Trip Report: We visited Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Gibraltar, Granada and Barcelona; and then Israel.
In Madrid, I recommend Pinati Restaurant, where we ate both nights that we were there. It opens for dinner at 7 pm, and the other restaurant, which did not seem to get great reviews, only opens at 8:30 pm. They are a few blocks from each other and close to the heavily guarded shul, where you will need a passport to enter. The Prado Museum is amazing if you appreciate art. Shlomo Hanoka gave us a great day tour from Madrid to Toledo, highlighting the Jewish history in a very meaningful way, and I highly recommend him as well.
They served us a nice kosher meal on board the Renfe train from Madrid to Seville, order in advance, on Preferente class, dining car.
Seville tour guide Moises Hassan was excellent, as was our stay there in the Hotel La Casas de la Juderia, in a junior suite. We happened to be there for the Seville Spring Fair, which was very festive and colorful. Tour guide and driver Abby Suissa (see Gibraltar thread) drove us from Seville to Gibraltar, gave us a tour of Gibraltar, where we spent Shabbos in the Sunborn Hotel. Afterwards, he drove us to Granada. The Alhambra Palace there is beautiful; I recommend a guided tour. We flew from Granada to Barcelona,where we visited Gaudi's colorful Parc Guell as well as La Pedera, a/k/a Casa Mila. The latter was very interesting, I recommend you take the audio tour which starts with an elevator ride to the roof, one of the main attractions, and then walks you down. We enjoyed walking around Barcelona, not so much La Rambla, which is a bit too Times Square touristy, but rather the Passieg de Garcia and nearby streets. We stayed at the Le Meridien right off La Rambla, which was very nice, and we ate at the nearby Restaurant Maccabi, an excellent restaurant with great food, and also took out from Shaq Shuq a few blocks away.         

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #977 on: May 10, 2018, 08:58:12 AM »
Can anyone recommend a good Airbnb in Barcelona and one in MAdrid close to shul for shabbos. Thanks

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #978 on: May 10, 2018, 09:27:30 AM »
Can anyone recommend a good Airbnb in Barcelona and one in MAdrid close to shul for shabbos. Thanks
I stayed at a grest Airbnb in Barcelona, right near Maccabi. See my TR.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #979 on: May 22, 2018, 06:41:30 PM »
How do I avoid getting pickpocketed? Backpack locks work?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #980 on: May 22, 2018, 06:55:32 PM »
How do I avoid getting pickpocketed? Backpack locks work?
Same way you'd avoid it in NYC or any other major city. Be conscious of your surroundings, and try to keep valuables in places that can't be easily picked.
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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #981 on: May 23, 2018, 11:46:13 AM »
How do I avoid getting pickpocketed? Backpack locks work?
never carry valuables in your pocket! wee always find creative places to put things... think stroller etc..

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #982 on: May 23, 2018, 12:37:35 PM »
Same way you'd avoid it in NYC or any other major city. Be conscious of your surroundings, and try to keep valuables in places that can't be easily picked.
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For example, when traveling, I like to wear a jacket with an inside zippered pocket for my wallet (and passports when not in the hotel safe). 
Back home, on the NYC subways or crowded streets, I have always just kept my wallet in my regular front pocket, staying aware, but without much concern. If I was a tourist, I would probably be more careful to heed travel guide warnings. After my recent visit to Spain, I felt that those warnings were way overdone, although it probably depends where and when you go.       
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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #983 on: May 23, 2018, 01:50:41 PM »
never carry valuables in your pocket! wee always find creative places to put things... think stroller etc..
Stroller doesnt sound like a great idea to me for a place to keep valuables

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #984 on: May 23, 2018, 02:45:00 PM »
Stroller doesnt sound like a great idea to me for a place to keep valuables
Why not? Who's going to steal your stroller?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #985 on: May 23, 2018, 02:48:55 PM »
Why not? Who's going to steal your stroller?
they wont steal the stroller, but they can steal what is in the stroller

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #986 on: May 28, 2018, 03:55:17 AM »
Any issues with yarmulke and tzitzis in Barcelona? I see @Yaalili mentioned no issues.
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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #987 on: May 28, 2018, 04:05:53 AM »
Anything to see on the Barcelona coast? 

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #988 on: May 28, 2018, 06:55:33 AM »
Anything to see on the Barcelona coast? 

If youíve covered bcn and looking for a day trip, you can do Girona or Andorra from bcn.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #989 on: May 28, 2018, 08:55:40 AM »
Any issues with yarmulke and tzitzis in Barcelona? I see @Yaalili mentioned no issues.
You should not have a problem. Itís the same as Manhattan or Miami. Some people may be antisemitic but most are tolerant and hardly take notice. And only  the Jews and Israeli tourists will have any idea what the tzittis are, or even care less.