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July 9, 2010

What to know about traveling in Spain

Filed under: Flights to Madrid — Tags: , , , , , — audrey @ 8:42 pm

The image of Spain as a country of sun, sea, flamenco and bullfighting is only really true of Andalucia. Madrid and Barcelona are bustling metropolises, and the north is quite European in style and climate.

Out of Barcelona and Madrid, Barcelona is the more famous, and more cosmopolitan of the two. But people from Barcelona would argue that it isn’t really Spain! It is also tucked away in the north-east corner. Madrid is a better base to get around the rest of Spain. It also has the beautiful Toledo and Segovia nearby, which make great day trips.

For alternative, young nightlife, Madrid has the Camden-like Malasaña, while Barcelona has the world famous Razzmatazz.

Sevilla is beautiful, with Easter the best time of year. The Easter Carnival is a joy, while the temperature is far more bearable than in the summer.

Staying in the south, Cádiz is a beautiful windswept peninsula with nice beaches. For surfing, Tarifa is the clear winner.

When travelling, be sure to compare prices and travel times. Often a bus is just as quick as a train, and considerably cheaper. At other times the express train makes the difference between flying and taking the train quite little.

Note that the south coast is badly connected by train (Marbella shockingly doesnt have a train station) so a coach may be a better choice.

Some useful websites: An expat guide to life there, with a very popular forum Trains Planes More planes!

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