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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 And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #225 on: April 24, 2014, 01:46:24 PM »
Oh well I guess it was aimed at both of you. You both suggested I was rushing things, which I guess it does seem like that. Although as I explained hereI think it's okay to be "rushing" Spain. Additionally, doing 2-3 things a day doesn't seem to be too rushing to me.
Things take longer than you plan. It just seems to me you may be halfway through the week and realize you haven't done much other than travel from place to place
Life isn't about checking the boxes. Nobody cares.

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #226 on: April 24, 2014, 01:49:02 PM »
Things take longer than you plan. It just seems to me you may be halfway through the week and realize you haven't done much other than travel from place to place
Well, I knew the whole time that Spain was going to have a lot of travelling in it. It'll be a rough/busy week, but think should settle down a bit after.

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #227 on: April 24, 2014, 03:23:10 PM »
I took an overnight bus(about 6 hrs) from Madrid to la linea( adjacent to gibraltar ) for about 25-30 euro. The company was called daibus. It was very nice bus with outlets and all no bathroom but they stopped at some rest stops along the way. Was very cheap and definitely worth it. Although we were a couple of guys. Can't see anyone with children hacking it.

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #228 on: April 24, 2014, 07:21:28 PM »
Any ideas for a private beach/pool in Barcelona?

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #229 on: April 27, 2014, 04:06:00 PM »
Anybody have an idea how much time I should give myself to go I Toledo and back from Madrid? I have a short stop in madrid and I have already been there for a couple of days but I didn't do Toledo.
Also anybody have any updated info on restaurants in Madrid? Kashrus?

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #230 on: April 27, 2014, 04:11:07 PM »
Anybody have an idea how much time I should give myself to go I Toledo and back from Madrid? I have a short stop in madrid and I have already been there for a couple of days but I didn't do Toledo.
Also anybody have any updated info on restaurants in Madrid? Kashrus?
From my research, MAD-Atocha (the train station) is 15 minutes, and the train to Toledo is 33 minutes. The Jewish area is a few minutes cab ride from the train station. So, I would give 2 hours for the travelling. I would imagine to see the 2 Shuls and the (1?) museum (which is closed on Mondays, btw) would probably take 2-3 hours, for a total of a 4-5 hour trip.

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #231 on: May 07, 2014, 03:02:04 PM »
Thanks! Did you have a tour guide? Or just walked through it yourself?
Walked through ourselves

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #232 on: May 08, 2014, 04:25:19 PM »
Just booked train tickets RT Madrid-Toledo.
I found a report on TA how to book tickets directly from Spain's train company, Renfe.com. This report (which was a bit too verbose), as well as others I Googled, warned that booking tickets from Renfe.com is very hard, often gets declined on the payment page, but will come without the booking fee that other sites, like RailEurope, charge. (RailEurope had a 16 eur fee.)
It took me about 5 attempts to finally book. My main takeaways from this purchasing experience:
1) Spanish version of the site - the report said to stick with the Spanish site. When I tried English, it switched back to Spanish after the booking page anyway. Follow the steps of this report or others in Google to help navigate the Spanish forms. I used Google Translate to see what specific lines meant. You will need to enter your passport number, but I would imagine you could make it up. (I wasn't going to play any games with it, though.)
2) Internet Explorer  - the report said IE is the best for this site. Everything seemed to work just fine in Chrome, but the payment wouldn't go through. (Was that Chrome's fault, Renfe's fault, or the CC's fault? Who knows?)
3) MasterCard - the report said AMEX is known not to work, but I tried my Visa 3 times and a different Visa once without success - just got a Spanish error message. I called Chase to confirm that there was no charge even attempted. Finally, I was about to try a different computer, but then just figured I might as well use an MC... and it worked!!

I booked 2 RT tickets for 20.30 eur each, for a total of 40.60 eur = $56.
I think that's a good reference point in regards to countering this comment from upthread:
The major advantage is that he picks you up in a private car in Madrid and drops you back in Madrid. Depending on how many people you are, the train can cost you 100-200 euro.

Anyway, Jewish Toledo Tours wanted 360 euro = $500 and from the comments, it doesn't seem like I'll be missing much by going to the 2 Shuls myself (the museum is closed on Mondays, when I'll be going), so I think this is a much better alternative. :)

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #233 on: May 08, 2014, 04:55:00 PM »
Just booked train tickets RT Madrid-Toledo.
I found a report on TA how to book tickets directly from Spain's train company, Renfe.com. This report (which was a bit too verbose), as well as others I Googled, warned that booking tickets from Renfe.com is very hard, often gets declined on the payment page, but will come without the booking fee that other sites, like RailEurope, charge. (RailEurope had a 16 eur fee.)
It took me about 5 attempts to finally book. My main takeaways from this purchasing experience:
1) Spanish version of the site - the report said to stick with the Spanish site. When I tried English, it switched back to Spanish after the booking page anyway. Follow the steps of this report or others in Google to help navigate the Spanish forms. I used Google Translate to see what specific lines meant. You will need to enter your passport number, but I would imagine you could make it up. (I wasn't going to play any games with it, though.)
2) Internet Explorer  - the report said IE is the best for this site. Everything seemed to work just fine in Chrome, but the payment wouldn't go through. (Was that Chrome's fault, Renfe's fault, or the CC's fault? Who knows?)

From what I remember we just bought the train tickets the morning we wanted to go at the train station. It was a non-issue and seems to relieve alot of the hassle you just went through on the Renfe site.
3) MasterCard - the report said AMEX is known not to work, but I tried my Visa 3 times and a different Visa once without success - just got a Spanish error message. I called Chase to confirm that there was no charge even attempted. Finally, I was about to try a different computer, but then just figured I might as well use an MC... and it worked!!

I booked 2 RT tickets for 20.30 eur each, for a total of 40.60 eur = $56.
I think that's a good reference point in regards to countering this comment from upthread:
Anyway, Jewish Toledo Tours wanted 360 euro = $500 and from the comments, it doesn't seem like I'll be missing much by going to the 2 Shuls myself (the museum is closed on Mondays, when I'll be going), so I think this is a much better alternative. :)

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #234 on: May 08, 2014, 05:13:13 PM »
From what I remember we just bought the train tickets the morning we wanted to go at the train station. It was a non-issue and seems to relieve alot of the hassle you just went through on the Renfe site.
Correct, but from the TA reviews of MAD-TOL train travel, I saw enough people posting that they got to the station to find the train sold out. I didn't want to take that chance, I'm also super OCD, and I didn't want to pay extra fees. So, I went through the hassle. :)

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #235 on: May 09, 2014, 06:50:13 AM »
going to the 2 Shuls myself (the museum is closed on Mondays, when I'll be going), so I think this is a much better alternative. :)
when i was there in 2009. the Transito synagogue was closed on mondays, the museum is in the synagogue i believe

 

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #236 on: May 09, 2014, 06:53:06 AM »
when i was there in 2009. the Transito synagogue was closed on mondays, the museum is in the synagogue i believe
Thanks, do you remember what else there was to do? Is it just 1 other Shul?

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #237 on: May 09, 2014, 07:14:37 AM »
Thanks, do you remember what else there was to do? Is it just 1 other Shul?
theres the other one (Santa Marķa la Blanca) and theres a spot for great views

i didnt realize it was going to be closed on monday, so i went back tuesday morning (which caused me skip the palace in madrid)


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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #238 on: May 09, 2014, 07:22:47 AM »
theres the other one (Santa Marķa la Blanca) and theres a spot for great views

i didnt realize it was going to be closed on monday, so i went back tuesday morning (which caused me skip the palace in madrid)
Right, I land late Sunday night and leave Monday night, so that's not an option. Still think it's worth going for the 1 Shul/views?

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Re: Spain And Gibraltar Master Thread
« Reply #239 on: May 11, 2014, 02:24:05 PM »
Still think it's worth going for the 1 Shul/views?
youre asking the guy who spent a day in Girona