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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
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 #1095 on: December 29, 2019, 09:28:21 AM »
Hi,
My wife and daughter are doing a trip in May. What is a safe and enjoyable neighborhood for them to book a hotel?

How do i find more info on Bull fighting?

And any must see attractions? I read in this thread that one old shul is just an empty room. She has 3 days, and yes, one day will be with a guide( as it is expensive) so i am looking for other things for her to do that she can do on her own.

Which City? If Barcelona, which I assume from your reference to the old Shul, I recommend 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 #1096 on: December 29, 2019, 10:36:28 AM »
She is staying in Madrid.....but everything depends on a safe neighborhood.

If Barcelona is safer, she will stay there. She wants to be able to walk the streets without worry, go for kosher food and be able to do a walking tour.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1097 on: December 29, 2019, 12:21:28 PM »
In Madrid, there is Pinati Restaurant, and another nearby, 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.

Safety in any City may be a matter of common sense, there are good and bad neighborhoods everywhere, and obviously safer times of day to walk around. Nowadays, unfortunately, it would be safer not to flaunt Jewish identity in unfamiliar areas. Neither City is Boro Park or Yerushalyim. 

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1098 on: January 20, 2020, 02:14:31 PM »
i am flying to israel next week with a 7 hour stop in madrid.   have aa platinum so i assume that is oneworld sapphire.  i also have priority pass.  any recommendations on the best lounge to access during our stopover? any kosher snacks available?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1099 on: January 20, 2020, 09:00:32 PM »
Check out: https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=10590.735
MAD priority pass lounges usually have sandwiches and deserts upon request.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1100 on: January 25, 2020, 08:01:07 PM »
Flying TLV-MAD-JFK, do I pass through security in Madrid?

I want to buy duty-free in TLV and don't want to take the chance that they won't allow liquids.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1101 on: February 16, 2020, 04:38:25 PM »
Stopping over for 2 days in Madrid on my way to the US for Pesach. A few questions:
1. Not clear what kosher restaraunts there are in Madrid (if any). What are they and what are their hechsherim?
2. GoDaven did not return any results for shuls with minyanim - is that accurate? Or is there a shul?
3. Flight our of MAD on Tuesday at 4:20, would want to be at airport at 2:20...Is that enough time for a half day trip to Toledo or Segovia (I will be with kids, so probably couldn't do a full day trip anyways)? How much do the guides for Toledo/Segovia cost? Which do you recommend?
4. Recommendation for a hotel with a pool? Landing Sunday night 8:20 PM and if we take a day trip to Toledo/Segovia on Tuesday - may make sense just to stay near the airport...thoughts?
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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1102 on: February 16, 2020, 06:59:23 PM »