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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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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 Master Thread
« Reply #360 on: November 10, 2014, 01:23:30 AM »
We'll have two nights in BCN (getting in late the first night).

What is better for sightseeing and getting to/from the airport?

1) Staying at Le Meridien in Las Ramblas for 16k/night
2) Staying at 4 Points for 7k/night.

General Question: Is it better to stay closer to "town" in BCN and SVQ or is taking a bus in not really that bad?

When we were in Rome and Venice we stayed at the Westin and found it to be a bit of a walk to the Ghetto but a good location overall.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #361 on: November 10, 2014, 06:56:23 AM »
We'll have two nights in BCN (getting in late the first night).

What is better for sightseeing and getting to/from the airport?

1) Staying at Le Meridien in Las Ramblas for 16k/night
2) Staying at 4 Points for 7k/night.

General Question: Is it better to stay closer to "town" in BCN and SVQ or is taking a bus in not really that bad?

When we were in Rome and Venice we stayed at the Westin and found it to be a bit of a walk to the Ghetto but a good location overall.
Jewish tour is near La Ramblas, Park Guell is a train ride from either hotel. Shul and (terrible) grocery are really far from 4P (and no good bus/train) but may not be too bad from La Ramblas with a train.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #362 on: November 10, 2014, 11:18:44 AM »
Jewish tour is near La Ramblas, Park Guell is a train ride from either hotel. Shul and (terrible) grocery are really far from 4P (and no good bus/train) but may not be too bad from La Ramblas with a train.
Thanks. I don't think we'll end up buying anything from the grocery store there. If the shul is a train ride away either way I doubt I'd end up going.  Sounds like it's probably not worth the extra 9k/night for the Le Meridien (even though it's a nicer hotel and technically a better "deal" points wise).  :-\

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #363 on: November 10, 2014, 12:02:30 PM »
Now the question is the 4Points for 7k/night or
Silken Diagonal for AED275 (~$75)/night with the MS deal.

Hmmm.... :-\

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #364 on: November 11, 2014, 01:39:24 PM »
We'll be arriving in BCN on Tue night.

Does it make sense to fly BCN-SVQ on Wed night 9:35-11:25pm or Thu morning 9:15-11:05am? I'm thinking more in terms of ease of getting to the airport in BCN and to the hotel in SVQ. Any suggestions?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #365 on: November 11, 2014, 02:32:26 PM »
We'll be arriving in BCN on Tue night.

Does it make sense to fly BCN-SVQ on Wed night 9:35-11:25pm or Thu morning 9:15-11:05am? I'm thinking more in terms of ease of getting to the airport in BCN and to the hotel in SVQ. Any suggestions?
Thursday morning will be early, but doable. You're probably going to cab from SVQ-hotel so arriving in the middle of the day shouldn't have too much traffic. Leaving Wednesday night doesn't really give you a full day in BCN, which may be annoying.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #366 on: November 11, 2014, 02:33:45 PM »
Thursday morning will be early, but doable. You're probably going to cab from SVQ-hotel so arriving in the middle of the day shouldn't have too much traffic. Leaving Wednesday night doesn't really give you a full day in BCN, which may be annoying.
Thanks. I just wanted to make sure it was doable leaving BCN that early. Was the metro hard to the airport from the 4points?

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« Reply #367 on: November 11, 2014, 02:35:52 PM »
Thanks. I just wanted to make sure it was doable leaving BCN that early. Was the metro hard to the airport from the 4points?
Was about 15 minute walk which was okay with just the backpack and wheely carryon. I believe (see my TR) that it only goes to 1 terminal, so we had to take a shuttle at the airport to the right terminal, but I thought it was worth saving the taxi money.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #368 on: November 11, 2014, 02:38:06 PM »
Was about 15 minute walk which was okay with just the backpack and wheely carryon. I believe (see my TR) that it only goes to 1 terminal, so we had to take a shuttle at the airport to the right terminal, but I thought it was worth saving the taxi money.
Right. I remember. It looks like it takes an hour, so if we need to be at the airport 2 hours before it looks like leaving at 6:00am. Yikes!

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #369 on: November 11, 2014, 02:51:08 PM »
Right. I remember. It looks like it takes an hour, so if we need to be at the airport 2 hours before it looks like leaving at 6:00am. Yikes!
Right. Or taxi...

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #370 on: November 11, 2014, 03:14:38 PM »
Right. Or taxi...
Urgh, maybe we'll have to, although I generally don't mind waking up early DW may not be too pleased.

Also, I just noticed UberPop is available in MAD & BCN for 1 base fare, 0.15/min + 0.65/km, min fare 3, making the trip only 16-23, better than a taxi.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #371 on: November 12, 2014, 12:00:08 AM »
I didn't use the metro at all I was scared of getting pick-pocketed my friend had $100 stolen walking down la ramblas

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« Reply #372 on: November 12, 2014, 12:02:02 AM »
I didn't use the metro at all I was scared of getting pick-pocketed my friend had $100 stolen walking down la ramblas
What did you do? Walk and taxi? How long ago were you there?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #373 on: November 12, 2014, 09:11:12 AM »
What did you do? Walk and taxi? How long ago were you there?
The best way to get around is definitely scooters. We were there for I believe 4 days only had scooters for one took the bus from the airport walked and taxi-ed the rest. There are tour buses with day passes that you can get on and off at any time and they cover the whole city

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« Reply #374 on: November 12, 2014, 09:30:42 AM »
The best way to get around is definitely scooters. We were there for I believe 4 days only had scooters for one took the bus from the airport walked and taxi-ed the rest. There are tour buses with day passes that you can get on and off at any time and they cover the whole city
You can rent a scooter? Seems dangerous.