Spain for the first time

Old Jan 11th, 2008, 03:43 PM
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Spain for the first time

I"m sure everyone has their favorites but we are going in july for my first time. I'm into art,people watching, good food and wine, small villages tucked away, historical buildings. We have two weeks. Any suggestions on places, hotels etc would be greatly appreciated. We speak spanish.
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Old Jan 11th, 2008, 04:20 PM
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I went alone to Spain this past May, Sevilla was hands down my favorite. Hotel Londres (not sure what street) was awesome. Clean, not too pricey (58 Euros a night).

the best meal I had (no lie) was a ham and cheese sandwich at a bar during lunchtime...LOL

As far as sights, etc The Alcazar was awesome. I got there too late to see the bullfighting (which I had a morbid fascination to see), but guess what if you are not into seeing it, you can see the Bullfighting museum.

And don't forget Triana, across the river.

But that is just Sevilla...Granada you have the Alhambra Castle (the last Muslim stronghold before the Catholics took over). Breathtaking.

Madrid you have the Prado, Sofia Reina (with the Guernica).

I did something a little different as well, I took the ferry boat across the Morocco. fun, and got to meet plenty of other foreign travellers.

Whatever you do, you will have a blast.
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I prefer andalusia to other parts of Spain (Madrid is my least favorite) since it is the most different from what you see in other parts of europe - due to it's history of multiple conquests and reconquests by so many different groups.

Seville is fantastic, as are Granada and Cordoba. The White town are charming and the seaside is good for a couple of days relaxing (we prefer near Puerto Banus).

BUT, this part of spain is incredibly hot in the summer - like 100 every day. So make sure your car and hotels have good AC and the hotels have pools.
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I looooove Seville and Andalucia as well and we winter ( for the last 2 winters) in a small white village in southern Spain which is amazing. is REALLY hot in July and I have to agree with the natives here who laugh at tourist trying to see the sites in the heat. It is crazy.

Many Spaniards ( most of Madrid even... where it is also unbearable hot in the summer, but cold in the winter) go to Northern Spain in the late summer. I think that is a smarter choice for July.

Save Andalucia for the spring, fall or winter.
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Famfar...In September I spent the month in Spain and because of the time of year would suggest the Green Country of the Basques, specifically San Sebastian. Food is always a priority when I travel and there were more three stars than any other city in Europe...but, the little fishing villages were fantastic. Maribel's Guides offers the best suggestions on places to see and stay. Book early.
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