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Spain and Portugal in a week?

Posted on 7/10/17 at 12:18 pm
Posted by Tiger022
Bozeman, Montana
Member since Jan 2010
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Posted on 7/10/17 at 12:18 pm
Have any of done Spain AND Portugal in one week? I would want to go to Madrid, Barcelona, and either Porto or Lisbon. If so, what did your itinerary look like?

Thanks in advance
Posted by Winston Cup
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Posted on 7/10/17 at 12:34 pm to
as far as i can tell, you are just supposed to sit around and drink like zappa
Posted by foreverLSU
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Posted on 7/10/17 at 12:36 pm to
Bold move cotton. I've been to Madrid, Barcelona, and Lisbon (not all in the same trip). You need a solid week to cover Barcelona and Madrid alone, I wouldn't push to do 3 cities unless you can extend your trip to 10-11 days total.
Posted by The Spleen
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Posted on 7/10/17 at 12:39 pm to
Sounds ambitious but I'm sure it can be done. Just might not to see as much as you'd like.
Posted by quail man
New York, NY
Member since May 2010
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Posted on 7/10/17 at 12:45 pm to
Did Madrid for 2 days and Lisbon for 4 in the same trip. from what I hear Barcelona is difficult to appropriately do in just a few days. I think 4 is plenty for Lisbon and 3 would be adequate for Madrid. But if you wanna do Barcelona, you'll need probably 3 more days minimum.
Posted by Zappas Stache
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Posted on 7/10/17 at 12:55 pm to
quote:

as far as i can tell, you are just supposed to sit around and drink like zappa


I post on here as well. We spent 4 days in Lisbon and 4 days in Barcelona this trip......also 4 days in Porto and.......well.....I'm still here.......so you could do 2 of your 3 in a week IMO but you won't see it all. I would say if seeing sites is your thing, do 3 days Lisbon and 4 Barcelona.
Posted by rintintin
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Posted on 7/10/17 at 2:29 pm to
That's jamming alot into a short time.

I just spent 3 weeks in Spain, including 4 nights in Madrid and 3 in Barcelona. I wouldn't try anymore than that if you want really enjoy yourself. Those are huge cities.

Maybe I'm a snob, but I think people put too much effort when they travel into "seeing sights" rather than actually enjoying the places for what they are.

Posted by RedStickBR
Member since Sep 2009
14577 posts
Posted on 7/10/17 at 3:24 pm to
We've got a trip in the works that is 3 nights in Barcelona, 2 nights in San Sebastián and 4 in Madrid. We've traveled across most of Western Europe but this is our first time to Spain. It seems there isn't nearly as much to see in Barcelona as there is in Rome/Florence/Paris/London, etc.

My favorite trips to Europe are the second and third times to see a city, after you've "checked all the boxes" and can just sit back and enjoy the city. It seems as if the pressure to "see everything" isn't as intense in Spain. Is that accurate?
Posted by Zappas Stache
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Posted on 7/10/17 at 3:38 pm to
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It seems there isn't nearly as much to see in Barcelona as there is in Rome/Florence/Paris/London, etc.


Depends on what you're interested in. We spent way more time seeing typical tourist stuff in Barcelona than we typically do. Gaudi stuff can fill a few days plus the Miro museum/ Mies Barcelona Pavillion......and then we took an overnight trip to Cadaques to see Dali's house.....Cadaques is a really nice Mediterranean costal town.
This post was edited on 7/10/17 at 4:22 pm
Posted by RedStickBR
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Posted on 7/10/17 at 4:17 pm to
All good to know, thank you
Posted by rintintin
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Posted on 7/10/17 at 4:35 pm to
quote:

seems there isn't nearly as much to see in Barcelona as there is in Rome/Florence/Paris/London, etc. 


I've never been to those places so I can't really compare. I guess it depends on what you like to do.

I'm more of a wander around kind of person. I walk and walk and walk and try to stumble upon cool stuff, with some of the main sights sprinkled in. So I guess if you had a more direct itinerary you could cover most stuff in a short amount of time. I'd rather the former.

For instance, the gothic cathedral in Barcelona. Sure you can "see it" in a matter of minutes. It's free. There's no line. Just walk in and walk out. But is that really the experience you're going for?

For me I sat at a nearby cafe/bar for hours, looking straight at the cathedral while the sun went down, drinking wine and sangria as the square filled and emptied with people, listening to and watching the street performers. The was a much more memorable experience for me rather than just checking it out and leaving.
Posted by Zappas Stache
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Posted on 7/10/17 at 4:36 pm to
Sangrada Familia is a must do. We also did Casa Mila and Casa Batillo which are residential projects he designed....both with funky roof top terraces. We like Casa Milo the best. We also did Parc Guell which as a landscape architect, the one I was most interested in. But I was a bit let down by this place. Part of the problem is it is over run by tourists. But it also isn't as great in person as it is in photos. For any of these sites , BUY YOUR Tix AHEAd of TIME on the net. Print out your Tix to take with you. Also, for the casa Milo and Battilo, even though you have a ticket you still have to wait in a line....unless you pay the 7 or 8 Euro more and get the VIP ticket (not what they call it). You get escorted straight in with no waiting.
Posted by RedStickBR
Member since Sep 2009
14577 posts
Posted on 7/10/17 at 5:15 pm to
Good notes, thanks. We are going at a severe off-peak time, so hoping the tourists aren't as plentiful.
Posted by AlceeFortier
Member since Dec 2016
1795 posts
Posted on 7/10/17 at 8:24 pm to
Agree. Barcelona and madrid need a week. If in madrid need to see toledo on day trip and segovia as well. Museums in madrid need a full day alone. I would pick two cities and make sure u absorb what they offer. Barcelona is a fantastic city. Too much to see to feel rushed.
Posted by GEAUXLPOST
Member since Sep 2012
1330 posts
Posted on 7/11/17 at 8:04 am to
Just got back from Lisbon-Madrid-Barcelona trip that was 16 days (2 travel/14 on ground). That was almost too short. I'm fairly young and in really good physical shape, but I was beat at the end of every day because we did so much. That, and the fact that I was there during a heat wave with every day in Madrid over 100*.

It really depends what you're into and what you want to do. What do you want to see, what do you not want to see? Will you hire guides or go at it by yourself?

I think one week is way too short. Either do Lisbon/Porto or Madrid/Barca. You can bullet train from Madrid to Barca in 2.5 hrs. I think my ticket was 100 euro.
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