If I were to plan a trip in August, what would be the right places to go and to stay? Or the right books to buy to figure it out?
Start in Madrid. Purchase, at once, hot chocolate and churros. See the Parque del Recreo where one of two statues of Lucifer in the world lives. Photograph it extensively, for he is beautiful.
The Alahambra in Granada is a must. A bus trip will make it possible. And then head to Cordoba, and go into this magnificent structure: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral–Mosque_of_Córdoba.
I found Rick Steves quite helpful, travel-book-wise.
Have a fantastic time, and come back with a mantilla!Source: rachelfershleiser
- emchughes said:Barcelona! Beaches! Mountains! Amazingness! I stayed in an aptmt share through AirBnB and it was great.
- ceeinthecity said:Jealous! Barcelona for the food markets, Gaudi, and beaches. Granada for historic sites, but it does get touristy. Or rent a car, drive up to Provence, and eat unpasteurized cheese until you puke. I like Lonely Planet guide books for planning.
- liannakristine said:Also, in case you’re not sold on Barcelona from the beach and the Gaudi art alone, there is a chocolate museum. Chocolate Museum.
- jaimealyse said:Have you been to Barcelona? If not, I’d say: Barcelona. I have a friend who spent a year there and another who’s been there twice, so I can get you specifics from them if you want. I really like Lonely Planet’s books, as does my world-traveler friend
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- christinefriar said:BARCA, santander, salamanca. madrid is throwaway.
- mehan said:barcelona, obvs
- perzadook said:The Tomatina festival is Valencia is August 29 this year and if you can make it to that, then that’s all that matters. There are a lot options for day trips from Valencia too. A very romantic place. Madrid can get a little nuts.
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- berezina said:I know nothing, sorry. I’ve always kind of wanted to go to the Canary Islands.
- lilitmarcus said:Summers in Spain are pretty brutal, so stay north. Bilbao and San Sebastian are both amazing - the former has the Guggenheim Museum and the latter has gorgeous beaches and good food.
- braiker said:Portugal would be the right place to go
- laughterkey said:If you’re up for it, Granada is stunning, but not worth more than a day, maybe two.
- handmade-moon said:Frommer’s Spain day by day. Stay in Madrid, though it will be rather dry then. Barcelona is nice in the late summer, not as hot as it is now.
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