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    Default We goin to Barcelona need tips, especially re: Mallorca, Costa Brava, etc.

    Despite being, like, the fourth youngest Salonista, I have been married almost 10 years this year (we were babies). So we are going just the two of us (well, Zambenini Baby Numero Dos will be going along but not immanently present and only making its demands passively, if you take my meaning!!!) whilst our boy will be with Grandma in Ohio.

    So we are flying into Barcelona next month, and have one week. We will do the Church/art thing when we get there real quick and try to say a prayer in Sagrada Familia but will gawk instead, and we'll eat. But since it's 10 years and mi esposa is embarazada we won't go tromping all over creation like usual and plan to relax pool/beachside a good deal.

    Here's what we're thinking:

    --two or three days around Barcelona

    AND
    --several days in a nice town(s) along the Costa Brava region(which one(s)?)

    OR
    --my preference, several days on Mallorca (flights is cheap and short and would prevent me from having to rent a car if we just hang around Barcelona then fly to the island).

    OR
    --something else??? (We need similar options to the above if you know something better ... due to time and our family condition, we ruled out going down to the Alhambra, up to San Sebastian, other further flung options that would mean too much train time.). Relaxing.

    Edit: mods/boss people, I forgot, I'm not bringing a bike, so if you need to move it to the OT, be my guest.

    TIA,
    Johnny Z.
    Last edited by zambenini; 3 Weeks Ago at 03:16 PM.
     

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    Default Re: We goin to Barcelona need tips, especially re: Mallorca, Costa Brava, etc.

    The Costa Brava is not Mallorca.
    Having said that I would recommend Tamariu.
    Beautiful small beach and trails along the coast to the neighboring towns.
    Get up early, bring some cava and watch the sun rise. Beautiful.
     

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    Default Re: We goin to Barcelona need tips, especially re: Mallorca, Costa Brava, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by johnmdesigner View Post
    The Costa Brava is not Mallorca.
    Having said that I would recommend Tamariu.
    Beautiful small beach and trails along the coast to the neighboring towns.
    Get up early, bring some cava and watch the sun rise. Beautiful.
    Johnm thanks, taken under advisement. By "The Costa Brava is not Mallorca" I'm taking you to mean Costa Brava ain't in the same league. Worth steering my wife toward the island? 10th anniversary atmo. Namaste, JZ
     

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    Default Re: We goin to Barcelona need tips, especially re: Mallorca, Costa Brava, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by zambenini View Post
    Despite being, like, the fourth youngest Salonista, I have been married almost 10 years this year (we were babies). So we are going just the two of us (well, Zambenini Baby Numero Dos will be going along but not immanently present and only making its demands passively, if you take my meaning!!!) whilst our boy will be with Grandma in Ohio.

    So we are flying into Barcelona next month, and have one week. We will do the Church/art thing when we get there real quick and try to say a prayer in Sagrada Familia but will gawk instead, and we'll eat. But since it's 10 years and mi esposa is embarazada we won't go tromping all over creation like usual and plan to relax pool/beachside a good deal.

    Here's what we're thinking:

    --two or three days around Barcelona

    AND
    --several days in a nice town(s) along the Costa Brava region(which one(s)?)

    OR
    --my preference, several days on Mallorca (flights is cheap and short and would prevent me from having to rent a car if we just hang around Barcelona then fly to the island).

    OR
    --something else??? (We need similar options to the above if you know something better ... due to time and our family condition, we ruled out going down to the Alhambra, up to San Sebastian, other further flung options that would mean too much train time.). Relaxing.

    Edit: mods/boss people, I forgot, I'm not bringing a bike, so if you need to move it to the OT, be my guest.

    TIA,
    Johnny Z.
    i've done Mallorca and the Costa Brava. For me Girona is better. More varied routes and its much more authentic. Mallorca is like an Olympic village for cyclists. I reccomend basing in Girona. The advantage is not just doing the coast but some of the great riding east of the Mediterranean. I found a great outfit there. P.M. if you are interested.

    Girona has an airport but most people will fly to Barcelona and then drive for an hour or take the train -Mike G
     

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    Default Re: We goin to Barcelona need tips, especially re: Mallorca, Costa Brava, etc.

    I've been living here as long as you've been married so here's what I suggest and congrats on your milestone.

    Less is more. Relax and go with the flow. Don't come with an agenda and try to check all the boxes. The American mindset is to do everything but the best strategy is to go full Euro and let it happen naturally.

    I would get out of dodge and do Barcelona in 1-2 days. In town a must is the Carretera de les Aigues: a 5km flat gravel walk that hugs the mountains surrounding the city. Gorgeous views the whole way and not many tourists get up there. It's a little tricky to reach PM for specifics.

    The best road trip you can do is up the Costa Brava (north) to Cadaques which is a lovely fishing town that only requires a few hours to enjoy. I describe it as the perfect place to do nothing. I took Boggle and played a few games with my mom right on the beach. We had a beer and a cafe and just enjoyed ourselves. You don't need more than a couple hours to enjoy Cadaques. Girona is on the way and makes for a nice stop. Cala S'Alguer below is a lovely cove beach that you should check out near Palamos. We asked some cops and they escorted us to parking down a dirt road just a few meters from the beach. It's worth a quick stroll.



    I think you and your wife would enjoy Montpelier. It's nice to leave Spain and Montpelier is a quaint authentically French town. You could return via the Pyrenees potentially. Drive is just under 4 hours if you did it straight. It would make a nice overnight, crepes, etc.

    I would reconsider flying to San Sebastian and doing 2-3 days there. I picked a random date on Vueling in a few weeks and the flight is 1 hour for €39. The beach is integrated into city life in a way that a larger city like Barcelona can never achieve. Pintxos and eating are a lifestyle in the Basque Country and while it can be expensive it's authentic and I think you and your wife would enjoy the experience and you get a lot of bang for your buck in a small area that's easy to navigate for a few days. Look for the pintxo Indurain with 5 guindilla peppers one for each of Big Mig's five Tour wins. One piece of advice is to order the smallest possible beer, the size you will see only locals drinking. They give foreigners larger drinks which don't balance as well with the pintxos so you'll either be drunk, starving, broke or some combination thereof. For pacing and enjoying yourselves pintxos are a bite to eat and a few sips of drink at a bar and then move on. Your wife being pregnant I still think she'll enjoy herself in San Seb and the beach is great for chilling and the city easily accessible whenever you want.

    I wouldn't do Mallorca if you're not going to ride. High season comes with disadvantages. If you want to do an island Menorca rocks. In fact throw out all of my suggestions and go to Menorca and you won't regret it.

    If you want to rent a bike in Barcelona I can take you out for a few hours of suffering unless you're a Dookie then I might retract that.
     

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    Default Re: We goin to Barcelona need tips, especially re: Mallorca, Costa Brava, etc.

    I spent two summers holidays in Menorca a few years ago and it is a relatively unknown gem compared to Mallorca. People are very friendly there and it is not crowded with drunk germans and british people like Mallorca and Ibiza.
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    Default Re: We goin to Barcelona need tips, especially re: Mallorca, Costa Brava, etc.

    Girona, Spain is a nice and small town, but full of pro-cyclist who live here because of the nice weather, beautiful climbs, empty roads, etc... it's a paradise for cyclism.

    Riding in Girona
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    Quote Originally Posted by holliscx View Post
    I've been living here as long as you've been married so here's what I suggest and congrats on your milestone.

    Less is more. Relax and go with the flow. Don't come with an agenda and try to check all the boxes. The American mindset is to do everything but the best strategy is to go full Euro and let it happen naturally.

    I would get out of dodge and do Barcelona in 1-2 days. In town a must is the Carretera de les Aigues: a 5km flat gravel walk that hugs the mountains surrounding the city. Gorgeous views the whole way and not many tourists get up there. It's a little tricky to reach PM for specifics.

    The best road trip you can do is up the Costa Brava (north) to Cadaques which is a lovely fishing town that only requires a few hours to enjoy. I describe it as the perfect place to do nothing. I took Boggle and played a few games with my mom right on the beach. We had a beer and a cafe and just enjoyed ourselves. You don't need more than a couple hours to enjoy Cadaques. Girona is on the way and makes for a nice stop. Cala S'Alguer below is a lovely cove beach that you should check out near Palamos. We asked some cops and they escorted us to parking down a dirt road just a few meters from the beach. It's worth a quick stroll.



    I think you and your wife would enjoy Montpelier. It's nice to leave Spain and Montpelier is a quaint authentically French town. You could return via the Pyrenees potentially. Drive is just under 4 hours if you did it straight. It would make a nice overnight, crepes, etc.

    I would reconsider flying to San Sebastian and doing 2-3 days there. I picked a random date on Vueling in a few weeks and the flight is 1 hour for €39. The beach is integrated into city life in a way that a larger city like Barcelona can never achieve. Pintxos and eating are a lifestyle in the Basque Country and while it can be expensive it's authentic and I think you and your wife would enjoy the experience and you get a lot of bang for your buck in a small area that's easy to navigate for a few days. Look for the pintxo Indurain with 5 guindilla peppers one for each of Big Mig's five Tour wins. One piece of advice is to order the smallest possible beer, the size you will see only locals drinking. They give foreigners larger drinks which don't balance as well with the pintxos so you'll either be drunk, starving, broke or some combination thereof. For pacing and enjoying yourselves pintxos are a bite to eat and a few sips of drink at a bar and then move on. Your wife being pregnant I still think she'll enjoy herself in San Seb and the beach is great for chilling and the city easily accessible whenever you want.

    I wouldn't do Mallorca if you're not going to ride. High season comes with disadvantages. If you want to do an island Menorca rocks. In fact throw out all of my suggestions and go to Menorca and you won't regret it.

    If you want to rent a bike in Barcelona I can take you out for a few hours of suffering unless you're a Dookie then I might retract that.
    We are going to Menorca this week. Thanks for the advice! Depending on what you mean by a dookie, I am almost certainly one; no bikes for me this week though. Just gonna stroll and eat and beach. PM forthcoming re: Carretera de les Aigues.

    Thanks for the tips, all.
     

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    Default Re: We goin to Barcelona need tips, especially re: Mallorca, Costa Brava, etc.

    a good friend returned yesterday from Menorca, he told me it there are so many things to recommend so enjoy. it is not even very expensive.
     

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