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Getting to Barcelona

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Getting to Barcelona

Hello

I am looking at joining a tour and I have the option of going by land from granada to valencia to barcelona or flying locally directly from granada to barcelona.

I was wondering which option I should take. Is there anything worth seeing if I do it by land?

Thanks

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1. Re: Getting to Barcelona

Most of Spain?

If you took the overland route how would you travel and how long have you got? Also when?

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2. Re: Getting to Barcelona

giraffez:

Valencia is worth seeing. The City of Arts and Sciences has a terrific aquarium called Oceanografic. I have been there 3 times already and have enjoyed that very much. It is the best aquarium in Spain.

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3. Re: Getting to Barcelona

pandachris quetions are really important. if you have not too much time, then fly, if you have a couple weeks go by land. there are so many things to see from granada to barcelona, but if you have not time enough then it is like visiting nothing, take some pictures and waste your time in a highway.

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4. Re: Getting to Barcelona

Thanks all.

Time isn't an issue. However, when going via a tour, it resticts a stop in granada then another at valencia then finally barcelona. The tour is 9 days and starts in Madrid. I was thinking if the route between granada to barcelona is mainly on the bus and nothing to see in between, then essetially its 2 day write off. If there are things to see along the way then, I wouldn't mind joining.

The tour itineary in Granada is Alhambra and Generalife. The itineary for Valencia is Peniscola, Centre of Arts and sciences(not sure whether we actually get to go in)and Cathedral with the octagonal tower

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5. Re: Getting to Barcelona

Well, there are different routes to go from Granada to Barcelona, some shorter than others of course. One would be bordering the Mediterranean coast -which is probably the one most locals would use to travel between those cities- and the other would be via Madrid and Zaragoza.

In both cases you have plenty of things to visit, Spain is a country with several millennia of history and many things and tribes have passed by, each one leaving its imprint. If you were to choose the coastal route, a few of the places you should pay a visit to are: Elche, Valencia and Tarragona. If you decided to go via Madrid, I'd visit: Toledo, Madrid, Zaragoza and Lleida. These are obviously only a few, there are many other smaller places along the way worthy a visit.

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6. Re: Getting to Barcelona

Peniscola is called ' The City in the Sea 'because the old town is built on a rock surrounded by water but for a small neck of land.

It is a small walled town famous for being the home of the Pope during the Schism in the Roman Catholic church in the 14th Century. Originally a Moorish stronghold the city was taken over by the Knights Templars.

In modern times it was the City that was used to depict Valencia in the film epic 'El Cid' starring Sophia Loren and Charlton Heston.

It is in a very Spanish part of Spain between the Sierra d'Irta national Park and a 5km beach. Each year their are several festivals ranging from traditional such as Moors and Christians to modern such as Jazz and film festivals. You can still get a 4 course lunch including a bottle of wine from 10 euros

About an 11/2 hours drive north of Valencia and 21/2 south of Barcelona it is a popular stop. Although there are other places in the area ai suspect the tour that you are looking at uses Peniscola as a stop en route.

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7. Re: Getting to Barcelona

Giraffez,

In Valencia, I hope you get to visit the Lonja de Seda (Silk Exchange). It's not far from the cathedral. At the CAS, it's not a big deal if you cannot go in - imho the best part is the structure itself, seen from various sides, especially at dusk or dawn. The Science museum exhibits are rather mediocre. The aquarium is excellent.

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8. Re: Getting to Barcelona

Thank you all for your replies. Its very helpful

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