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Report 280: 10 days in Barcelona, Granada and Seville

By colleenk from MA, Spring 2003

Trip Description: 10 days in Barcelona, Granada and Seville.

Destinations: Countries - Spain; Regions/Cities - Andalusia, Barcelona

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Foodie Trip; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 3-4 people; Adults and Teens

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Page 1 of 5: Background

I took a whirlwind trip to Spain in June of 2001 to deliver my 17 year old daughter to a language immersion program in Malaga. We briefly experienced Madrid, Toledo and Seville before depositing her with her Spanish family for a month.

Being a teenager, she was too embarrassed to use her Spanish and neither my husband or myself speak anything other than high school French. We found this to be more of a challenge than not knowing much French in Paris or Italian in Italy. My daughter was also being a teenager and didn't want to do any Tapas crawls etc. with her parents. I was determined to go back to Spain with a fun-loving companion who also speaks Spanish and would be into the Spanish night life. That would be my younger, single sister.

On May 2, 2003, I boarded a plane for Barcelona through London on my FF miles with my best friend of 25 years. We would meet my sister in Barcelona as she was flying in from Dublin where she had just spent a week vacation with her boyfriend. And the girls' Spanish adventure begins:

Before I describe our experiences, I have a few general comments about Spain. We found the people to be extremely friendly and helpful. They were very pleased if you tried speaking Spanish and were most patient in helping you. We never felt unsafe. I had read stories about lots of bag snatching etc. but we never encountered any problems even on the sometimes crowded Ramblas in the evening. The taxi drivers were excellent and fair. They all had meters and never failed to know an address. Unlike Paris, bars and cafes were generous in allowing non-patrons to use their bathrooms (which were generally very clean and usually had toilet paper!) - this was of course very important to 3 females! In none of the 3 cities did we feel a need to dress fashionably unlike Paris and Rome. And finally, early May seems a good time to go as we did not encounter any crowds (except for the Alhambra later in the day) and even that was manageable.

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