Saturday, August 30, 2014

I Pun Pergi Spain Uolss

Quoting Lao Tzu " A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving". That was what I did.

I back packed and toured Spain recently. Something that I did not believe myself. It was kinda last minute decision. Husband supposed to have a training in London for two days. Since I was on sabbatical, I thought why not I follow him and in the end we ended up extending the trip to Spain. Isn't that fantastic? Andalucia is a place in my wish list to visit and definitely as I step on bumi Spain, it was a dream came true.

To write my whole Spain experience would mean coming up with a travelog, which I intend to, but I don't know when I am able to do it. Suffice to pen down here the brief tour itinerary plus guide notes in Spain. Some friends have asked me to share it with them and here it is.

Day 1

Flight to Madrid depart from London Gatwick via easyJet

Arrive in Madrid

Take Metro (train) from Madrid airport to Tirso de Molino (change lines twice at Nuevos Ministerios and Tribunal). Metro ticket in Spain can be shared. It goes by number of trips and not personal to holder.

Check in at Eurostar Madrid (less than 5 minutes walking from Tirso de Molino)

Self- walk tour to Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel, Palacio Duques De Uceda Viaducto, Catedral De La Almudena and Palacio Real


Day 2

Madrid City Tour (hop on and hop off) Route 1 and Route 2 + museum visit + shopping + walking tour around Madrid city


Day 3

Check out from hotel

Take Metro from Tirso de Molino to Atocha Renfe to catch train to Cordoba (Renfe train tickets were purchased online earlier). Train journey takes about 2 and half hours from Madrid to Cordoba

Arrive in Cordoba.  Purchased bus ticket for two day Cordoba tour (hop on hop off). The same bus brings you to Hotel Maimonides Eurostar

Check in at Maimonides Eurostar (exactly in front of La Mezquita)

Tour of La Mezquita and the surrounding places of interest, including Calahorra Tower, Roman Bridge, Galeria de la Inquicion, Historic Centre of Cordoba and walk along the streets surrounding La Mezquita


Day 4

Check out from hotel

Visit Medina Al Zahra (tour of Medina al Zahra including watching the film would last about 4 hours)

Board bus to Granada (ticket can be purchased at bus station near the Renfe train station). Bus journey takes 2 hours.

Arrive in Granada

Check in at Best Western Hotel Dauro 11 in Navas, Granada, smack in the middle of the town.

Register at Play Granada for walking tour of Al Bayzin. There is a mosque here, and this is the only mosque in Granada. Tour lasts for 2 and half hours.


Day 5

Climb up to Al Hambra

Collect ticket to enter and visit Al Hambra (ticket to Al Hambra including Nasrid Palace should be purchased 2-3 months in advance as tickets tend to be sold out very fast). Visit to Al Hambra would last at least three hours.

(Recommendation is to spend at least 2 nights in Granada so that one can visit and explore more places in Granada)


Visit the street mercado in Granada. If you want to shop for souvenir, shop in Granada because the prices of these souvenir are a lot cheaper than in Barcelona or Madrid.

Check out from hotel

Board the bus to Seville. Journey to Seville takes 2 and half hours

Check in at Hotel Derby Seville (hotel located in front of El Corte de Ingles, famous store in Spain)

City tour of Seville on hop on and hop off bus


Day 6

Continue tour of Seville

Visit places of interest such as Seville Cathedral, Giralda and Guadulquivir River

Take the tramp back to hotel


Check out from hotel

Board train to Barcelona. Train journey from Seville to Barcelona takes 5 hours and half

Check in at NH Cornella hotel (nearest Metro station is Cornella Centre). NH Cornella hotel is a bit far from the city. It is about 20 minutes by train to La Rambla. The hotel rates of course is cheaper here plus the room is bigger and cosier. There is a shopping mall nearby the hotel and this is where I borong saffron.

Day 7

Tour places of interest in Barcelona. Metro ride from point to point

Visit Plaza de Espanya, then MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya) at Mont Juic (Metro stop Para-lel or Liceu)

Visit Parc Guell to see the park and Gaudi’s building (Metro stop at Lesseps). We walked to Parc Guell and it was very high indeed despite the escalators to the Parc. Some took cab. Ah well, why not exercise the legs :)

Visit Plaza Catalunya and La Rambla (Metro stop at Catalunya). Be watchful on pick pockets. La Rambla is the hot spot. The kebab restaurant in front of Plaza Catalunya is out of this world, although service was slow.

Visit Sagrada Familia (Metro stop at Sagrada Familia)


Day 8

 Visit Camp Nou (Metro stop at Collblanc)


Check out from hotel

Take Metro to Sants Estacio to go to airport

Check in at Barcelona airport to return home

If ever there is a next time to Spain, I would want to go to Toledo, Malaga, Cadiz and Gibraltar. Due to constraint in time, had to give these four places a miss.

To describe the experience ... quieralo ! It was worthwhile and I don't think I want to arrive yet.