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Old Jul 7th, 2007, 01:49 PM
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Madrid DayTrips or Overnights - Which side trips?

Hello- Just booked flights to & from Madrid; family of 4 including 2 teen-age girls for last week of March, 6 day Spring Break. Considering options of renting apartment in Madrid and doing day trips or else spending several nights in Madrid and then packing up and traveling to other destinations ending up in Madrid again for flight out. Need advice for which side trips and if we should make Madrid home base. Thinking it would be more relaxing not to be packing & unpacking.
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Hi

Madrid is an awesome city and you could easily spend 6 days there. Have a look at day trips to Toledo, Segovia, El Escorial, Avilia and Aranjuez. I think Salamanca might be doable too.

Don't forget to visit El Rastro flea market which is on every Sunday (morning is best). The kids will love it!
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Old Jul 7th, 2007, 07:00 PM
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Have you read Maribel Guides? http://maribelsguides.com/
 
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Thank you Comfy Shoes! Who is this awsome Maribel?
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Yeah, cheers luv...
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worldinabag writes: "Don't forget to visit El Rastro flea market which is on every Sunday (morning is best). The kids will love it!"

Sunday mornings and early afternoons I prefer Retiro Park: Street performers from Cantaoras de Flamenco to mimes to bands from Ecuador. If you go to el Rastro, watch your purse and tell the girls to be very careful.

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magrb, Maribel is a fodorite who hasn't posted for over a year, but I can only guess from her guides, one of the most organized people I know of Her guides are fantastic, actually better than almost all guides you can buy.
 
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I only visited Segovia as a day trip while I was in Madrid, but just loved it, so highly recommend that.

Maribel had wonderful information, but I believe she worked in the tourism/hospitality industry, and that was one reason she had such detail and had visited many places (and why she could focus on descriptions and important things to tourists). I think she worked in the Spanish hotel industry.
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Maribel's Guides.com Excellent information.
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If your teenage girls love shopping, Toledo would be a good daytrip. Better yet, spend the night. We stayed at Hotel Santa Isabel for 2 nights. We really like it, just a stone throw away from the cathedral. Rates are very reasonable, too.
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Shopping in Madrid, some ideas:
- Lladro at Gran Via, 46 and Serrano, 68
- Alpargatas (espadrilles) at Casa Hernanz, calle Toledo 18.
- Mantones (shawls) at Casa Jimenez, calle Preciados 42.
- Capas (cloak) at Capas Seseña, calle de La Cruz, 23
- Abanicos (hand-held fan) at Casa de Diego, Puerta del Sol 12.
- Botas de vino (wineskin) at Boteria Rodriguez, calle del Aguila 12.
- All about flamenco at Espacio Flamenco, Ribera de Curtidores 26.
- Turron (nougat) at Casa Mira, Carrera de San Jeronimo 30
- Candy at Caramelos Paco, calle Toledo 55.
- Artistic ceramics at El Arco de Cuchilleros, Plaza Mayor 9
- Joking T-shirts at Kukuxumusu (this word means flea kiss in basque), calle Mayor, 47.

My favourite day trips are:
Rating: 1. Segovia
2. Salamanca.
3. Toledo
4. Avila
5. El Escorial & Valle de los Caidos
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For a six-day overall visit, it may be too much hassle to stay in several places and move about. Check-out and check-in take away from your tourism time. So just do daytrips! My favorites are Toledo and Segovia. Avila and Salamanca are a bit far for a daytrip; and you should allow about 3-days for Madrid itself.
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Thanks to all for your great advice! Would appreciate any Madrid apartment tips.
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