What are the best cities to visit in Spain? What are your favorite cities and why? What are some good small and less touristy cities?
My favorite in Spain is Madrid: with advance planning you can find inexpensive lodging and (midday) dining. It’s a good base City for visiting Toledo and/or Segovia and Madrid’s own Museo del Prado, Palacio Réal and many other Museums & Sites.
Barcelona is nice! But my pick for other Cities to visit would probably include Sevilla, Vigo (Pontevedra, Galicia) & Bilbao o Santander (north coast). The latter would be after 1 Jun.
Marseille and Naples …man are you going to be disappointed. Marseille is a big, dirty port city. Naples, despite finding a place to dump its garbage, is still an overcrowded, stinky, garbage and rat infested crime ridden dump. Go to sorrento/Isle of Capri instead
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”
Well, finnegan and I have had this debate before. The camorra (which gives the city a bad rep) are a big problem for Naples, and it is a gritty city (which adds to the negative aura, if unfairly so), but you’re highly unlikely to be the victim of violent crime (almost all of which targets camorra members), less likely than in London, for example. Italy’s “worst city” (Naples), is only as bad as the USA’s safest big cities; violent crime in Naples doesn’t come close to Detroit, or even Chicago and Los Angeles. The city’s crime rate (still moderate by European standards) has experienced a crime spike in recent years (which has sparked a nationwide debate on why and how this happened and how to control it), and the city does have a petty theft problem, so just be cautious.
Marseille is one of those cities that went through urban decay in the post-WWII era, and then major restorations and tranformations in recent years, and I disagree that it would be a disappointing place to visit.
Depending on the length of your itinerary, and where else you plan to visit, Marseille and Naples may or may not be good additions to an itinerary. I wouldn’t prioritize them, but I wouldn’t rule them out either. Marseille, in particular, has a renovated city centre, a charming old quarter, and some of France’s most magnificent churches.
For an itinerary only a month long (and given the amount of countries you plan to visit), I agree with finnegan to skip Naples in favour of either spending more time in Tuscany and Cinque Terre or Umbria or elswhere in the Campania region (Capri, Amalfi Coast), or make Naples just a daytrip from a 3- or 4-day stay on the Amalfi Coast, or just visit the Puglia region. Marseille can be a day trip from Arles, or stay in Antibes and explore the Côte d’Azur instead. The problem with the itinerary you chose is that you are only visiting big cities, and we usually advise against that. I don’t know why newbies often think that there’s a vast space of nothingness between the major cities, when there’s actually a lot to see. Not that you’ll get to see “everything”, nor should you aim for that, but a good balance of urban and provincial is what you should strive for.
Salamanca for sure Beautiful university city with lots to see and do with an unforgettable student life.
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