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nancy Feb 21st, 2002 08:53 AM

Madrid or Barcelona
I have two nights to spend as a layover in either city. Anyone have a recommendation?

Henry Feb 21st, 2002 09:11 AM

Nancy: Both cities are wonderful however we did prefer Barcelona.Two days would not do either city justice but you could certainly see many of the principal sites.Feel free to contact me for additional info.<BR>Enjoy.

Gregory Feb 21st, 2002 09:50 AM

Hi Nancy,<BR><BR>I agree with Henry. Both are wonderful cities but would probably pick Barcelona.

nancy Feb 21st, 2002 09:55 AM

Thanks for the advice, with so little time, what should I not miss? I'm not afraid to hit the ground running !

clara Feb 21st, 2002 09:56 AM

Definitely Barcelona. There is no doubt. I've been to both cities several times and it remains my favorite of the two.

clara Feb 21st, 2002 09:59 AM

Do not miss long walks down Las Ramblas, the large municipal market (one of the most renowned in Europe- Saveur magazine did a great write up on it four or five months ago), wandering through the Bari Gotic, and the Picasso Museum. And the Gaudi everywhere.

Gregory Feb 21st, 2002 11:21 AM

Do not miss thec Sargada Familia ( Gaudi's unfinished cathedral)

james Feb 21st, 2002 11:26 AM

I think the answer has two views. I absolutely love Barcelona for it's buzzy day and night life, Gaudi everything (especially his very odd Cathederal), but Madrid has history oozing everywhere and a particularly good art scene. Generally, I would say if you're young, go for B, if you are a little older(!) you might enjoy Madrid more. Put it this way, to enjoy Barcelona to the full, you need to be able to stay awake until at least 2/3am. Both places are fabulous, so whatever you choose, have a great time!

Elwood Feb 21st, 2002 12:04 PM

James, is Madrid not even more famous than Barcelona for it's nightlife? I keep reading that is the best in Europe. I just bought a ticket to Madrid for early May, mainly for a weeks vacation in Andalucia, and hope that I enjoy just wandering the city and taking in the finer things in life. Perhaps Barcelona will be next.

yikes Feb 21st, 2002 02:37 PM

MADRID no discussion 1 I always feel uncomfortable in Barcelona-lots of ? people,typical of a seaport-I get the same feeling in Marseille.<BR>Madrid has so much more substance-historically and culturally.Its nightlife can keep up if not surpass that of Barcelona

Angel Feb 21st, 2002 04:11 PM

I second "yikes" comments. Madrid has more flavor of the real Spain! Barcelona is more modern & the atmosphere similar to neighboring France.

Julie Feb 21st, 2002 04:48 PM

Plenty of nightlife in Madrid. Both fun with lots to see but Barcelona has both history and for lack of a better work futurey. It's what's happening now and will happen even more in the years ahead. It's vibrant, it's exciting. It's fun. You won't go wrong with either one but you'll hear a lot more of Barcelona in the years ahead. You can say you've been there.

wayne Feb 21st, 2002 09:59 PM

Madrid was a disappointment for me, maybe because I expected it to be much more. Barcelona, with its gorgeous buildings and buzz was much better.If I had to choose one city in Spain it would be Barcelona.

condorita Feb 22nd, 2002 05:52 AM

Definitively Madrid.<BR>We were there last May. You will love it. Barcelona is great, but don´t have the charm of Madrid.<BR>The night life is just wonderful!!!<BR>Have a nice trip.<BR>So jealous of you...

Jose Feb 22nd, 2002 07:32 AM

Nancy: is reallt a pitty you don't have time to see them both. They are VERY different. I am Spanish and have lived in both of them. If you want Marcha (nightlife), undoubtly you should go to Madrid. If you want arts, choose modern or classic arts... if you like sea, choose Barcelona... Both of them are very spanish cities, because as Spanish is "Castilian" spirit as "Catalan" spirit. Hope you enjoy your trip.

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