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When I first ask you to do a Spain Itinerary I was hoping for some smallers town like you did in the Italy one with Siena and Cinque-terre!I was wondering how beautiful Granada was,I might take it a look since you suggest it
Is there a bus or train from seville to toledo or you have to go by Madrid?
Is there a Bus or train from barcelona to granada?Seem faster to go to Sevilla first?
I have to admit that it is quite a distance between Barcelona and Granada, although Granada is worth the detour. I’ve traveled through Europe dozens of times and Granada is still one of my favorite cities.
I’m not the authority here on the smaller towns of Spain, so hopefully someone else can chime in? Also, go ahead and post in the Favorite Places forum and people will be sure to help
We want to cover Spain and Italy in two weeks. Any suggestions? Though, our planning is at a very nascent stage we were broadly thinking of covering Madrid, Valencia/ Seville, Barcelona and then onto Italy maybe Milan, Rome or some other interesting city.
We are looking to cover cities where there is a mix of history and vibrant nightlife. Not interested in too much touristy stuff, just soak up the atmosphere these cities have to offer.
Would be great to get your input.
Abhinav266in, you won’t get much traffic here, so think about posting this in “favorite places” for more comments.
Why did you pick Milan? I’d go for Rome or Florence. If you’re into nightlife, I’d seriously look at staying in Spain and adding Ibiza or Costa del Sol
Two weeks in Spain & Italy is doable but will be a bit rushed. As OL says, skip Milan. Really no reason to go there. I would stick to Rome and Florence. Aim for four cities total. Thatw ill give you about 3 days in each city.
Thanks OL and Mim for your valuable feedback, having been to Florence once, I found the city to be no doubt an art lovers paradise but I am not sure if 5 guys will really be able to appreciate what Florence has to offer (please correct me if I am wrong).
We thought to include Milan thinking that the fashion capital of the world might have crazy party scene , any specific reason why both have recommended against Milan.
We are planning to travel in the months of Nov-Dec, will Ibiza make any sense in those months (my limited internet research tells me that parties wrap up in Ibiza by the end of October).
Otherwise we can do Spain spend more time in Barca/ Madrid and maybe throw in Rome?
Also may I request you to take a look at my published trip, any comments/ thoughts and suggestions will be appreciated.
Milan is a big, bustling, expensive, business center. Much more business than pleasure — guys in expensive business suits talking on cell phones. There’s nightlife in Milan, but not sure a tourist would find it and most of us backpackers couldn’t afford it. The Happy hour equivalent (around 6 PM) actually features more expensive drinks, not cheaper ones. Clubs are expensive and picky about admissions.
Don’t think I’d go for any European beach resort in Nov/Dec, though. Costa del Sol would probably be the best bet, but may be more retired Brits than young partyers.
Florence has the advantage of being an academic center — college kids means night life. The late night scene (after midnight) is very active. It also has a very lively fashion scene — a handful of the major designers like Gucci and a host of smaller fashion houses are based in Florence, not Milan.
Thanks OL I see where you are coming from! So what do the mods reckon?? what should be an ideal itinerary for two weeks in Spain and Italy (on a backpackers budget!)
A few days in Barcelona is definitely missing from these travel plans – the city is a wonderful place to visit regardless of the time of year
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