Spain Tour in Summer

Old Jan 20th, 2020, 05:31 AM
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Spain Tour in Summer

Hi, I am planning to visit Spain with 2 kids (11 and 13yr) from Toronto for 7-8 days. Should I go to Madrid or Barcelona?
How should i split/Manage my trip of 7-8 days? We love to see scenic places. We visited Switzerland last year and loved it. It's worth if I visit neighbor country and will be less expensive? Please help and advise for Spain tour.
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Old Jan 20th, 2020, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by kenny_Gua View Post
Hi, I am planning to visit Spain with 2 kids (11 and 13yr) from Toronto for 7-8 days. Should I go to Madrid or Barcelona?
How should i split/Manage my trip of 7-8 days? We love to see scenic places. We visited Switzerland last year and loved it. It's worth if I visit neighbor country and will be less expensive? Please help and advise for Spain tour.
what attracts you to Spain ?
Spain is like any country. Different according to regions.
A bit like Vancouver is not the same as Montreal.
When do you come ? Been to Madrid several times. Always got my fingers frozen so that I had to increase the number of stops in cafes to get something warm. been hearing I would suffocate in august - would also need to stop in cafes to get something refreshing.
Happily there are lots of cafes in Spain.
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Old Jan 20th, 2020, 07:46 AM
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Old Jan 20th, 2020, 02:48 PM
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It's just a guess, but I think kids would like Barcelona better than Madrid. Lots for kids to do there. There is even a beach right there in town, more or less. Also, I think it might be a little less hot than Madrid. Did you check the weather at all when you thought of this idea? Now I have been to Barcelona in summer, actually, and it was really hot but not different from where I live or southern France, for example. It's not as bad because it is on the coast. Of course, anything can happen but Barcelona might be about 28C avg in afternoon but Madrid about 32C.

So I would definitely choose Barcelona. I'm not sure what you mean about the split, yiou could just stay in Barcelona and do day trips. You can visit Mont Serrat up in the mountains and that should be fun for the kids due to the funicular or gondola you take to get there.
https://www.montserrat-tourist-guide...rat-train.html
Barcelona itself has the beach, the Magic Fountain at Montjuic
https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide....uic/index.html


Parc Guell, the beach as noted, and they have a good aquarium, also. That website is a good tourist website for them, lots of good info.

If you really want to do another day trip, here are some ideas. I would not do a major expedition to a city far away when you only have 7 days and Barcelona is a bit of an outlier in Spain. The only logical one would be Madrid, and you could do that as the train between them doesn't take all that long, but that would give you only about 3 days in each, and as I said, Barcelona has some assets for summer and kids, I think.

I do not know what you mean about a less expensive neighboring country, you only have 7 days, I'd forget that idea. The only one close is obviously France anyway, and I don't see how that could be less expensive to go to Barcelona then France. Also, I know there are nonstop flights to/from Toronto and BCN.
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Old Jan 20th, 2020, 06:43 PM
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Spain is hot , hot in the summer...
If you are looking for something scenic, it want be in
big , crowded places like Barcelona and Madrid .Both are great cites , though, full of
museum, beautiful buildings and art.
I agree that Barcelona may be a bit cooler and the beach is a bonus.
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Old Jan 20th, 2020, 06:44 PM
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Old Jan 21st, 2020, 03:31 AM
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I'd look hit up Bracelona - Madrid has no beach and a day sipping cocktails while they play in the sea and build sand castles... Don't go to the main beach though, when you hit the sand head left and walk up a bit, much less busy and cleaner
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Old Jan 21st, 2020, 12:27 PM
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How I can split 7-8 days trip in Spain on paper if we travel from Toronto to Barcelona?
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Old Jan 21st, 2020, 02:29 PM
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After 3-4 days in Barcelona....somewhere by the sea again
might be good.
..it the height of travel time for school age kid and families from all over
Valencia is a nice spot with spectacular beaches...and things to see, 3 hours by train from Barcelona.
There are some other places closer..Sitges (a party town), we liked Tarragona ( an hour by train) for a day.
I am not familiar with other parts of the coast near Barcelona.
Just keep in mind , Spain is very , very hot .
( speaking as someone from TO). Madrid is a huge city with wonderful museums and parks ,even hotter than Barcelona.
Hope you get advice from someone who traveled with children

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Old Jan 21st, 2020, 04:52 PM
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We love Roses which is north of Barcelona and about 2 hours by bus. It is a lovely walking town with mostly pedestrian streets and a really nice shallow "mother and child's" beach for swimming. We stayed at a pretty inexpensive hotel there called the Marina which has sea view rooms and is very well located-quieter than right in the think of all the restaurants. They have rooms with A/C which I think you will want in June and they have a lift and also family rooms which might be nice for you-they might even have a room with a kitchenette-can't quite remember. Roses is lovely and easier to get to without a car than some of the other villages around there. It has a wide walking Promenade area between the beach and restaurants and shops. And if you are tired of the beach you can go visit the Dali Museum in Figueres which is only about 1/2 hour ride.

If you want to stay even closer to Barcelona we also like the little "suburban" beach town of Castelldefels, which is only about 30 minutes on the city train from Barcelona and it is even near the airport which would be handy for your departure. We haven't stayed overnight there but we did have a lovely lunch seafront at a restaurant called Fosbury Cafe-which is really right on the beach

https://www.hotelmarina-roses.com/

https://fosburycafe.es/en/


Roses-the Promenade looking toward town center

The Marina hotel and the main walking area for restaurants and shopping

Looking toward the beach in Castelldefels


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Old Jan 21st, 2020, 04:54 PM
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Absolutely.
Madrid and Barcelona are among the most beatiful cities in Spain and also not too much expensive.
I love PSain and these 2 cities.
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Old Jan 21st, 2020, 08:07 PM
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Personally, I would not try to visit both Madrid and Barcelona on the same trip of only 7 or 8 days. Maybe Barcelona and Tarragona or Girona or Figueres or the Costa Brava or Monserrat. Or maybe Madrid and Toledo and Segovia and maybe Avila. But you know your family and your interests, and a good guidebook or two should help you decide which works better for your purposes
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Old Jan 22nd, 2020, 07:54 AM
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If i visit to Barcelona and then visit how I can visit to Tarragona / Girona / Figueres / Costa Brava / Monserrat without a Car or should i rent a car and travel from Barcelona to these places. Should i stay all days in Barcelone or should i change to stay if i will travel to one of these places. How I can manage with rent a car or without a car? Which one is the best way to travel? How I can distribute my 7-8 days to spend time in Spain if travelling to Barcelone. Please advise.
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Old Jan 22nd, 2020, 09:14 AM
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All of the places you mention are pretty easy by train or bus from Barcelona. As a start you can just use google maps with the transit option to look at times. For instance from Barcelona to Tarragona is 1 hour on the express bus. You can also use rome2rio.com which will give you a way to look at all sorts of transport easily.
https://www.rome2rio.com/

Coming from Toronto you will likely have some jet lag so I would probably start my trip by spending 4-6 nights in Barcelona itself. We prefer to stay in condo/hotels to have a kitchenette for at least coffee and snacks. We prefer the Eixample and Gracia neighborhoods because of the lovely architecture and also the fact that it is a bit more away from the really "tourist central" noisy areas but still feels close to the sites most people want to see. In Gracia we stayed here. Really nice apartment in a very "local" feeling neighborhood with a small supermarket right nearby:

Espais Blaus Apartments

Espais Blaus

In Eixample we like the area near the Passeig de Gracia. We stayed at a property called BCN Apartments41 which was wonderful. Both that property and the other on in Gracia have A/C which you will want in the summer. If you don't want an apartment, both area have great hotels as well-but you can use the properties as an indication of nice neighborhoods to at least start your search. And lots of folks on this forum will have good hotel suggestions I am sure.

https://www.bcnapartments41.com/home

After Barcelona for the remainder of your time you might think about dividing your time between someplace like Roses to explore Figueres and Girona and then finishing up the trip in someplace southwest of Barcelona like Castelldefels where you could explore down to Tarragona and still be near the airport for you departure. If three bases seem like too much, then you could spend 4-6 nights in Barcelona and then 4-5 nights at one beach base. Really only you know how your family likes to travel and how much you time you want in a city versus a beach location.



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Old Jan 22nd, 2020, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by kenny_Gua View Post
If i visit to Barcelona and then visit how I can visit to Tarragona / Girona / Figueres / Costa Brava / Monserrat without a Car or should i rent a car and travel from Barcelona to these places. Should i stay all days in Barcelone or should i change to stay if i will travel to one of these places. How I can manage with rent a car or without a car? Which one is the best way to travel? How I can distribute my 7-8 days to spend time in Spain if travelling to Barcelone. Please advise.
You can visit most of these places by public transportation -- no need for a rental car unless that's your preference. As jpie has already noted, check google maps and rome2rio.com

How to divide your time is totally up to you and your family -- YOU need to decide what you want to see and experience. Just know that you can NOT see everything in this area in the time you have. As a starting point, you might consider 5 full days (6 nights) for Barcelona; work from there.
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Old Jan 24th, 2020, 02:51 PM
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No, do not rent a car. I gave you directions on how to get to Montserrat in my first post. These are very explicit.

https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide....ontserrat.html
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