Spain Travel Update
Posted on Jun 28, 2013 by
Thanks for all of the good recommendations for seeing Spain and it`s many and varied cities. Martha and I spent 9 days based in Madrid and did the touristy hop-on/hop-off bus for two days in Madrid to get a good introduction to the old city. We stayed at the Hotel Europa, regardless of the press the hotel was perfect, clean, efficient, good for non spanish speakers and centrally located for touring the old city. A good restuarant recommendation from the hotel was La Finca de Susana on Arlaban 4 a few blocks from the hotel. A neat little tapas bar close to the hotel at 12 Calle de Tetaun is Casa Labra. It`s small, cheap and oh so yum, especially the cod chunks. We did three day trips, one to Toledo the old capital of Spain, nice if you are into history but very touristy and everything costs. Segovia is much smaller not as touristy or costly. Both cities can be reached by train in less than 1 hour. Our favorite city was Seville where we stayed 1 night at the Amadeus Hotel which is themed on the classical masters. You can play the piano if you bring your music. Seville is a very walkable city and the old city and new city are merged more so than Toledo and Segovia. To finish the trip in Madrid we dined at the Chocolateria San Gines just off the puerta de Mayor. Chocolate in a cup with little pastries for dipping, oh yes!