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Trip to Spain: Madrid, Barcelona & Malaga

Trip to Spain: Madrid, Barcelona & Malaga

Aug 16th, 2014, 11:59 AM
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There are two direct AVEs from Barcelona to Malaga, city center to city center. The trip takes around 6 hours, depending on the day of the week.

Duracion del trayecto entre BARCELONA-SANTS y MALAGA MARIA ZAMBRANO: 5 h. y 50 min.
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Aug 17th, 2014, 08:01 AM
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I believe there is also an overnight train Barcelona to Malaga or at least to a station near Malaga - there is one to Granada I have taken.
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Aug 17th, 2014, 08:28 AM
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There is no overnight train from Barcelona to Malaga. The Trenhotel still runs from Barcelona to Granada (11-1/2 hours), but it doesn't have a dining car.
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Aug 17th, 2014, 09:50 AM
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Thanks to all, really ! But while the debate from contributors about cities other than Madrid, Barcelona or Malaga is somewhat interesting, my post was requesting information in particular about those cities and the connections between.

I do appreciate the wealth of information the Malaga topic has generated (Robert, kimhe, chapla). As I said before, it does indeed now look like a worthwhile place to spend some time. And, ah yes, Christina, you confirm what I initially anticipated - that Malaga is a great discount airline connection point both to places within Spain as well as to others such as Paris or London.

Now, respectfully, I would appreciate more info about Madrid and Barcelona (see my second post above). I know, I could always look at the Fodors suggested itinerary, but I turned to the forum precisely to get responses from you on-the-ground travelers.

Many thanks again. Z
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Aug 17th, 2014, 11:53 AM
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Have posted these suggestions earlier about Madrid:

Have breakfast or lunch at Café del Círculo de Bellas Artes in down town Calle Alcalá, 42. One of the city's most emblematic cafés. Grab a window table and watch Madrid life on bustling Calle Alcalá. Take the lift up to the roof topp terrace (the azotea) for great views of the city. http://www.esmadrid.com/en/cargarApl...ntificador=179

Watch the sunset over the Guadarrama mountains from the terrace at El Ventorrillo in the Vistillas park. Great pollo al ajillo (garlic chicken), some say the best in town. Map, video and some pictures: http://11870.com/pro/restaurante-ventorrillo

Have lunch or some tapas at Casa Granada, on the 6th floor of an apartment building just off Plaza Tirso de Molina. Hard to find and an excellent terrace. http://www.tripfilms.com/Travel_Vide...ada-Video.html

Café Central, just off bustling Plaza Santa Ana, is a fabulous jazz venue with live performances from the best artists every night at 10. Artists shift every week. Entrance 15€. Good food also. Populart, a little further down the street, is also a great place. http://www.cafecentralmadrid.com/

Experience world class flamenco at one of the best tablaos. Madrid is arguably the flamenco capital of the world. Although the art form comes from the South (Andalucía), everybody has to conquer Madrid to get to the top. On their way there, or as an opportunity to try out new things and get an up close audience, many of them work the top tablaos. I recommend Casa Patas and Cardamomo, both close to Plaza Santa Ana.

A stroll in the beautiful Retiro Park. http://www.aviewoncities.com/madrid/parquedelretiro.htm

Asturian Casa Mingo for the best grilled chicken and cider: http://www.casamingo.es/
Watch the video, and you're sold:

Txirimiri in Calle del Humilladero, 6 gives you an idea of why the Basque kitchen is considered among the best in the world. In the midst of one of the best tapas/restaurant districts in town, in and around Calle Cava Baja in La Latina.

I never leave Madrid without having had the squid in its own ink and the famous cod at Casa Revuelta, also in the same district.

The Reina Sofia contemporary art museum. The second floor with Picasso, Dalí, lots of other painitings, posters, films, photos etc., dealing with a couple of the greatest civilizational breakdowns of the 20th century, the Spanish Civil War and WWII, completely blew my mind off a couple of years ago.
(And of course Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums)

This is the best Madrid guide, always updatede info on theaters, concerts and virually everything: http://www.esmadrid.com/en/portal.do


Some Barcelona tips besides the most obvious.

- The vibe and local atmosphere in the bars, cafes and restaurants in the Barceloneta area, just inland from the beach with the same name: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/20...taurants-spain

- Tapas bars hopping in Poble Sec at the foot of wonderful Montjuic: http://www.partyearth.com/barcelona/...-5/tapas-bars/

- La Perla, on the way up from Poble Sec to Montjuic, is as genuine as it gets. Only open for lunch: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...Catalonia.html

- Ca'l Estevet is one of those timeless family-owned places with excellent, traditional Catalan food: http://www.restaurantestevet.com/wpre/

- See flamenco in Tablao de Carmen. In memory of the greatest flamenco dancer ever, the barcelonesa Carmen Amaya (1918-1963). Only top class artists perform here: http://www.tablaodecarmen.com/

Great general info about Barcelona: http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/
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Aug 17th, 2014, 03:00 PM
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I found this website super helpful for Barcelona, extensive detailed instructions on airport transportation, how to do day trips, etc.

And for Madrid, I love Madridman http://www.madridman.com/
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A Fodor's thread anyone going to Madrid or Barcelona should read and then take proper precautions you will not be victimized as
SO SO many have in what seems to be by far Europe;s two most street-crime prone cities (outside the Ukraine that is!)
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Aug 18th, 2014, 07:00 AM
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Ther seems to be but one daily direct train Barcelona to Malaga - leaving Barcelona Sants at 8:30, taking six hours - there may be some later in the day I did not check but if taking a day train that is the optimal link.
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Aug 18th, 2014, 07:16 AM
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I would definitely take the train or the bus between these cities. They can be cheaper even than the discounted flights and they will also allow you to discover the beautiful Spain. Personally, I would go for the train. You will have a much greater experience. The train between Madrid and Barcelona is about 45 euros and between Barcelona and Malaga is 90 euros. Enjoy your trip!
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Aug 18th, 2014, 09:17 AM
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Wow! Kimhe you have overwhelmed me. You responded to my request with lots of information including personal suggestions as well as other references which will provide a good basis planning my trip. Muchas Gracias!

Have you run into too much rain from, say, mid-October to mid-November in Barcelona and/or Madrid (I have checked the averages on more than one weather website, but wondered what personal experiences have been.)

PalenQ and Lucy: OK
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