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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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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 #1120 on: March 13, 2022, 09:25:29 PM »
We liked him. Member of the Madrid shul. Good personality, knowledgeable and had a good car (although it was about 5 years ago that we went). He even picked up some kosher food for us and brought for lunch. I think he mentioned a kosher (not sure exactly hechsher) manchego cheese farm somewhere in the area that we didnít do but may be of interest. Sorry- canít find his WhatsApp but he was responsive to email back then.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1121 on: March 13, 2022, 09:34:23 PM »
We liked him. Member of the Madrid shul. Good personality, knowledgeable and had a good car (although it was about 5 years ago that we went). He even picked up some kosher food for us and brought for lunch. I think he mentioned a kosher (not sure exactly hechsher) manchego cheese farm somewhere in the area that we didnít do but may be of interest. Sorry- canít find his WhatsApp but he was responsive to email back then.
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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1122 on: March 13, 2022, 09:36:28 PM »
Anyone have a favorite place for shabbos? Madrid, Barcelona? Toldeo?

Somewhere that you can walk around and explore preferably.

Stayed in Madrid for shabbos- was nice walking the city and relaxing in retiro park. Intercontinental is pretty nice and not far from the shul. Ordered our own food for shabbos which turned out to be the right move (other travelers complained about the shul accommodations- not sure if theyíve improved). Stopped at a small free (maybe not anymore) art museum (Sorolla) near the hotel. Wasnít in Barcelona or Toledo for shabbos but based on weekdays there, both should also have nice walking for shabbos. All are pretty hot in summer and no eruv, so keep that in mind (didnít really hamper us in Madrid- walked later afternoon and ended up at shul for mincha where we rehydrated).

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1123 on: July 03, 2022, 02:34:57 PM »
Have his whatsapp number by chance?

Was he good?

It's a shame because Shlomo Hanoka seems to really know his stuff, and the area.

Do you have direct contact info for either of them?
The websites only have contact forms, those are often unreliable.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1124 on: July 05, 2022, 12:39:11 PM »
https://jewishsegovia.com/about-us/

Asher Bentolila does Toledo tours. Used him in Segovia
Rumor has it that Asher got married and moved away.
He recommended a non-Jewish tour guide, for Toledo, but it was really bad.

If you canít get Hanoka you are better off reading Wikipedia

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1125 on: July 15, 2022, 02:16:16 PM »
In Paris for work next week and have from Friday - Tuesday to travel freely (need to return to cdg for outbound flight). Was thinking Spain/Portugal. Any recs for where to stay for shabbat and then travel around after? Would be fine with training or taking short flights to see other parts of Spain/Portugal!

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1126 on: July 15, 2022, 02:49:02 PM »
In Paris for work next week and have from Friday - Tuesday to travel freely (need to return to cdg for outbound flight). Was thinking Spain/Portugal. Any recs for where to stay for shabbat and then travel around after? Would be fine with training or taking short flights to see other parts of Spain/Portugal!
I know we had a great time in Gibraltar for shabbos, but I'm sure Madrid or Barcelona as good as well. You'd need to fly to Malaga and just drive to Gibraltar though.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1127 on: July 17, 2022, 07:18:54 AM »
I know we had a great time in Gibraltar for shabbos, but I'm sure Madrid or Barcelona as good as well. You'd need to fly to Malaga and just drive to Gibraltar though.

thanks for the tip! Can I ask what you liked about Gibraltar?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1128 on: July 17, 2022, 10:22:23 AM »
thanks for the tip! Can I ask what you liked about Gibraltar?
Small community, super friendly, you can see Africa, and just good vibes overall. Perfect for shabbos.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1132 on: August 01, 2022, 09:39:28 AM »
Has anyone been to Madrid since covid. Have a 10 hour stopover iyh. Wanted some info on Minyan / Kosher food ( Kashrus standard) as well as touring information. Thanks

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« Reply #1133 on: August 01, 2022, 12:53:24 PM »
Has anyone been to Madrid since covid. Have a 10 hour stopover iyh. Wanted some info on Minyan / Kosher food ( Kashrus standard) as well as touring information. Thanks

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Doesn't look like it. What don't you contact the restaurants that existed before COVID and ask them?

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« Reply #1135 on: August 02, 2022, 12:15:45 AM »
Has anyone been to Madrid since covid. Have a 10 hour stopover iyh. Wanted some info on Minyan / Kosher food ( Kashrus standard) as well as touring information. Thanks
I was there for a 1 day stopover recently.

All 3 restaurants listed on the chabad website are still open as is the kosher store.

The pizza shop has the best hechsher, and the food is good.
The other 2 only have a local hechsher while the pizza also has French Beis Din (see attached)

Donít know about the minyan, but the chabad site lists it.

If you donít care for art or museums, Retiro Park is really cool, especially the Peacock Garden.

Uber works great to get around.


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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1137 on: August 02, 2022, 06:58:05 PM »
I was there for a 1 day stopover recently.

All 3 restaurants listed on the chabad website are still open as is the kosher store.

The pizza shop has the best hechsher, and the food is good.
The other 2 only have a local hechsher while the pizza also has French Beis Din (see attached)

Donít know about the minyan, but the chabad site lists it.

If you donít care for art or museums, Retiro Park is really cool, especially the Peacock Garden.

Uber works great to get around.



Thanks so much.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1138 on: August 04, 2022, 11:41:46 PM »
Can anyone help me locate the number/email to tour guide in Toledo/Madrid? Thanks.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #1139 on: August 05, 2022, 07:36:01 AM »
Can anyone help me locate the number/email to tour guide in Toledo/Madrid? Thanks.
Do you have direct contact info for either of them?
The websites only have contact forms, those are often unreliable.
Irene +34 667 71 92 73

This is who Asher Bentolila reccomends now as he moved to Africa. But maybe he'll move back one day?

Asher +34 609 65 22 45

For Madrid he recommended Hanna +34 604 23 76 91
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