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Hi - We are five Canadians travelling to Spain next week, 3 adults and two girls 20 and 17. This will be our first trip to Spain, we love to see and do it all when we travel, and we have a few questions. Our itinerary so far is:

Thurs Feb 13 - land in Madrid at about noon, stay in apartment close to Bilbao metro station

Fri Feb 14 - Madrid

Sat Feb 15 - 11:35 high speed train to Malaga, pick up rental car, drive to Estepona, one week timeshare in Estepona

Feb 15-22 - stay in Estepona, do day trips in the area, our only firm plan is to go to Granada on Tues when we have Alhambra tickets for the afternoon

Sat Feb 22 - fly from Malaga to Barcelona, stay in apartment in Barri Gotic

Sat Feb 22-Tues Feb 25 - Barcelona

Wed Feb 26 - depart in the morning

While we all love food, one of my daughters cannot eat dairy or grain - she does well eating grilled meat and seafood with vegetables and salads. Will we have trouble in Spain with this dietary restriction? From what I've read, It seems most tapas involves one or the other...are restaurants as accustomed to accommodating these types of things as they are in Canada?

For our time in Madrid, we will be jet-lagged the first day, but only have a day and a half there so I'm thinking we should spend the first afternoon going through the Palacio Real and then wandering the streets of Old Madrid with an early dinner of tapas and a good night's sleep. Any suggestions for a good tapas restaurant in the area?

Day 2 in Madrid, I am torn between maximizing what we see by taking a city tour of some sort and trying to see at least one of the wonderful museums - I am thinking the Prado. If the weather is good, we could walk in Retiro Park and perhaps picnic there for lunch. Although maybe Madrid will be too cold for that...I think we'd like to try to see some flamenco that evening - any suggestions for shows that night?

For our week in Estepona, we are hardy day trippers so I am thinking we'll spend some time in Malaga, visit at least some of the Pueblos Blancos (Ronda and Grazalema look close, Jerez de la Frontera is a little further away but sounds interesting - any suggestions?), and spend a long day in Granada, visiting the Alcazar and then the Alhambra. I know that the recommendation is to see the Alhambra both during the day and at night, but I think we will have a significant drive back to our apartment, so we may have to be content with a leisurely afternoon visit. While I would love to see Seville, I am worried that this is another very lengthy day trip and maybe too much to do 2 of those types of trips in one week. Is Seville a must-see, even if it is 3 hours away? I would have liked to have done the tour of the bullfighting ring and seen the Alcazar there...What do people think about Gibralter? I have heard very different views on this and can't really decide...

With 31/2 days in Barcelona, I am content that we will be able to see a lot - Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Montjuic and the Fundacio Miro, the Palau de la Musica Catalana and the Museu Picasso are all on our list. We'll shop at La Boqueria as soon as we arrive as we will do some cooking in our apartment. Are there any markets or shopping areas that would interest 17 and 20 year old girls? We were disappointed that there will not be a football game at Camp Nou while we are there...

Finally, we have a long-standing tradition of choosing a very special restaurant for our last dinner together - any suggestions for Tuesday night in Barcelona?

Thank you so much - all of our trips have been greatly enhanced by wonderful suggestions from fodorites!

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