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Spain is essentially the size of Texas and traveling from Madrid to Barcelona is akin to Dallas to Houston. Trip for 2 (wife and me) would probably run us $3500-$4000. Again...if looking for a different view of Spain, the north (from Galicia to the Basque Country) is your area! We got a top floor suite with a view of the city for the same price as a regular room because I asked for a "quiet" room. I have not been to Mexico. Wonderful weather and less crowds. Food seems to be an important factor to you, what is it about Mexican food that you like so much? Hate that. Madrid and Barcelona are wonderful cities but they don’t have the same vibe to me, more modern less magic but still amazing. "For a trip in 2021, I think only the delusional or irresponsible wouldn't factor in the covid situation into your decision. I chose Merida, but looked at multiple places in Mexico including most of your list. I appreciate the thoughts of each post. You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in the Basque Country. Since you like old churches and architecture I’ll throw another possibility into the mix. Rick Steves' 2005 Spain [Lingua Inglese] (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 31 dicembre 2004 di Rick Steves (Autore) 4,5 su 5 stelle 3 voti. Also $ for meals, extra attractions, souvenirs. You should go to Mexico because you already were in Spain for 6 days and you travel infrequently. Rick Steves European tours and vacations feature the best value and travel experience around. If we go to Spain, it would be to Madrid, Barcelona, and a few other towns in the northern part for 8-9 days. Absolutely loved it. Our travel theme music would be from a Simon and Garfunkel song whose lyrics include "Slow down you move too fast, you got to make the moment last.". Is it just the place you fly into, or are you planning on spending some time there? With 8-9 days, I think you could do Madrid and Barcelona, or you could pick one or the other and visit some smaller towns. You can see some wonderful Rivera Murals in the civic and theater buildings around town. We spent a week between Xmas and News Years. I don't know San Miguel de Allende, but I hear it's both beautiful and chock full of tourists. We hired a driver from the hotel for day trips to La mitad Del Mundo monument, actual equator, the native market in Otavalo, and Ibarra. Mexico's current rate (last 7 days) of new cases per 100,,000 population is 4.4 while the US's rate is 34.9 new cases per 100,000. I've been travelling to Spain every year for a long time and still experience new things, not least the food, there is simply much more variety than Mexican. I don't think anyone really knows how to budget for a trip these days. But I hope to go to Europe in the next 10-15 years: see Germany, France, Britain, Italy. Well, Spain is one of the most heterogeneous countries you can visit in terms of different foods, climates, architecture...It´s hot in the summer in Andalusia and the Mediterranean coast...up here in the north summers are very mild, we get plenty of rain all year round and snow in winter, with below zero (Celsius) temperatures quite a few days. Between northern/big city Spain and Mexico Id go with Mexico. The cultural history for each is just different. see our FAQ. Rick Steves Spain 2017, Libro in Inglese di Steves Rick. I had to fly back early to take a test so I missed the last 3 days in London. Having been to almost all the places mentioned by you and others in both Spain and Mexico, I agree that your time is too short to go to Spain. What I heard about it came from someone who wasn't impressed, but they said the main area was a tourist version of Mexico. Start a New Topic. We went to Tequila and went on Distillery Tasting Tours. But, I just don't think it's worth it to fly from the US to Spain for 8-9 days, especially if that count includes your arrival and departure days. We were in Spain for 6 days and Paris for a day and a half. I'm looking at a trip right now that's $900 for 7 days. Mexico City is huge and could easily take up 8 days on its own. For value of the dollar the choice is Mexico. Spain. Furthermore, we have the oldest language in Europe and one of the oldest in the world. So we went to Guadalajara instead. I love Europe, but haven't been to Mexico. We all know the risks of planning with covid, but it's fun to start thinking about traveling again whenever it happens! I would not stay in more than two places with that time frame. Thank you. My Account. Quicentro Mall was nice and we enjoyed the teleferico to the top of the mountain. I think it's pretty short for Mexico, too. Yes, you can find "TexMex" in Mexico, but there is a larger menu to experience in Mexico. I know this is off topic. It's a tough choice. Posting a question because honestly I'm split. Spain's in comparison is 34.2 new cases per 100,000, which is just about equal to the US. As you research locations, include potential lodging costs. Internationally. Would help to know if the 8-9 days include travel days. My biggest expense is lodging and I've found that off-season can be half the price of high season. We were in Spain for 6 days and Paris for a day and a half. Spain have just announced that anyone arriving from a high risk Covid area must have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival there. Some thoughts...... We were very happy with all Mariachi Bands in the Plazas, The Crafts Markets, the Public Food Markets and the Hotel Prices were great! For a trip in 2021, I think only the delusional or irresponsible wouldn't factor in the covid situation into your decision. Jetlag can make the first 2-3 days inefficient, not too bad on a long trip, but that's nearly half of your shortish one. Start a New Topic. Title Author Replies Last Post; Barcelona to Bayonne, France with a stop at Pyrenees National Park : Take a cruise around the Horn of South America from Buenos Aires to Chile. Basing yourselves in SMA and doing day trips to some of the other nearby colonial towns (Queretaro, Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo, etc.) Create custom playlists with more than 400 educational clips featuring the best of European history, art, culture, and experiences (plus topics beyond Europe) . ‎ Savor authentic paella, run with the bulls in Pamplona, or relax on Barcelona's beaches: experience Spain with Rick Steves! Liked a little bit of the food: gazpacho, potato omelet, and also paella (national dish of Spain). Visualizza tutti i formati e le edizioni Nascondi altri formati ed edizioni. Terms of Service | Privacy, Andalucía’s Big Three: Granada, Córdoba, and Sevilla, Sevilla’s April Fair: Spain’s Sparkling Spring Spectacle, Saints and Celebrations in Spain Acquista l'eBook Rick Steves Spain 2021 di Rick Steves in offerta, scaricalo in formato epub o pdf su La Feltrinelli. Your cost estimate is probably a good rough ballpark estimate, if you are careful about not buying expensive restaurant food and if you pick the right hotels. Cost of trip I'm looking at is around $900. Mexico is the preference for better food (with most). Personally, I manage to enjoy regional food wherever I am (my biggest challenge was 2 weeks in Poland and a strong dislike of Polish food in general), but it would not be a reason to choose a destination. Explain. I will also say that many of the churches, squares, and big old buildings in Mexico seem very similar to Spain, for obvious reasons. Like stuff from Middle Ages, Colonial Era. We went with them to a Bull Fight on New Years Day, the Ring here is second only to Mexico City. Mexico City is a much more Metropolitan experience. Acquista l'eBook Rick Steves Best of Spain di Rick Steves in offerta, scaricalo in formato epub o pdf su La Feltrinelli. ▲ Bullfights Some of Spain's best bullfighting, held at Sevilla's arena. Mexico's rate is one eighth that of the US. My Account. Title Author Replies Last Post ; First trip to Spain: None of us have any ideas what hotel prices will look like after Covid, but with Spain being hit so hard by Covid, it might take longer for prices to return to 2019 levels. While Spain is in for some rough sledding in the coming months, they at least have had some success in dealing with the pandemic when they bothered to (then, like many other places, slacked off and let down their guard in the summer - we're seeing the results now). Thanks to each one so much. There was petty crime, so we did need to be careful at night. ▲▲ Basílica de la Macarena Church and museum with the much-venerated Weeping Virgin statue and two significant floats from Sevilla's Holy Week celebrations. I've never had a problem finding excellent Mexican (not Tex-Mex, which I also like) in California (north or south) or Chicago - but they all have large Mexican communities. My favorite countries are Peru, Argentina and Chile. Food in the Basque Country is considered one of the best in the world (we have the highest number of Michelin starred restaurants per capita in the world, although no need to go to one to enjoy a fantastic meal), and Donostia-San Sebastian may be the most beautiful city in Spain and the gourmet capital of Europe. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. For those who have been to both countries, I would love for you to answer my questions and tell me which country you prefer and why. Both Mexico and southern Spain have a magic and sense of life to me. We had planned to go to the West Coast Beaches, but were booked out by the Beach People. ▲▲ Bullfight Museum Guided tour of the bullring and its museum. Obviously Mexico is cheaper. Flamboyant Sevilla thrums with flamenco music, sizzles in the summer heat, and pulses with the passion of Don Juan and Carmen. Tour Account › Travel Forum › Home / Travel Forum / Spain; Please sign in to post. I agree with your implication that Spain having more culture than Mexico is debatable. If you'd be willing to expand your search, look into Puebla. You don't say where you live, but keep in mind that the cooking in Mexico varies depending on where you are and is not likely the same as that for the Mexican food you've eaten where you live. Spain's fourth-largest city is Andalucía's leading destination, buzzing with festivals, color, guitars, castanets, and street life, and enveloped in the fragrances of orange trees, jacaranda, and myrtle. I can't remember a time when I didn’t eat Tex-Mex. Your choice of colonial Mexico seems a good option for your interests. The quick 20 minute test will not be valid. It’s a feeling of vibrancy and cultural specificity. ▲▲ Cathedral and Giralda Bell Tower The world's largest Gothic church, with Columbus' tomb, treasury, and climbable tower. Amazing places. Read "Rick Steves Spain 2020" by Rick Steves available from Rakuten Kobo. Have only been to Spain during the shoulder season in September-October but I believe that mid-summer temps there can be punishingly hot as well. If the 8-9 days includes travel days then you have essentially 7 days to experience your journey which provides ample time to create wonderful memories. But Covid has had drastic effects on all parts of the tourism industry. ▲▲ Evening Paseo Locals strolling in the cool of the evening, mainly along Avenida de la Constitución, Barrio Santa Cruz, the Calle Sierpes and Tetuán shopping pedestrian zone, and the Guadalquivir River. However, 7 days is a short amount of time and I wouldn't want to travel so far for such a brief period. I haven't been to Mexico but I'm sure there are lots of interesting tourist sights. While in Spain, loved the old churches and art we saw. Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. When you say you are looking at trips that cost XX, are you looking at tours? It's a place where bullfighting is still politically correct and little girls still dream of growing up to become flamenco dancers. ▲▲ Royal Alcázar Palace built by the Moors in the 10th century, revamped in the 14th century, and still serving as royal digs. ▲▲ Church of the Savior Sevilla's second-biggest church, bristling with Baroque altarpieces. Hate that. Even not knowing where your trip will start or what time of year you want to go, your cost estimates for Mexico seem low to me. Please do not reply to violations of our Community Guidelines. We went to another town too where the stores specialized in leather good. You had 6 days in Spain which is nowhere near sufficient to garner a good experience of it. Looking at practicalities, a direct flight from Atlanta to Mexico City is about 6 hours, to Madrid twice that. Before posting, please read our Community Guidelines. How much time were you planning on spending only in Mexico City? Before posting, please read our Community Guidelines. Spain. Quito, Ecuador. Shorter flight and no jet lag, even if you’re never affected by jet lag, there’s a first time for everything and losing a day of a short trip in a jet lag haze isn’t good. Remember, you’re going to have to eat no matter at home or abroad. For value of travel efficiency the choice is Mexico. For value of travel effectiveness the choice is Barcelona. Not sure how they're supported anymore given that there seems to be one on every block. ▲▲ Hospital de la Caridad Former charity hospital (funded by the likely inspiration for Don Juan) with gorgeously decorated chapel. Risultati di ricerca per questo autore. Post questions and answers about travel in Spain. Am I right? Guadalajara also has a Folk Ballet and some great Museums featuring huge Orozco Murals. Some of the food I didn't go for. Your choice may be "all of the above", just add time in the perspective of years. I like architecture (old buildings), statues (like you see in the European countries), art, music, old churches, museums, good food. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. Spain is great, Seville, Barcelona, Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, Granada and more. The other option is to fly into the Guanajuato airport from which it's about an hour and a half by bus to SMA. This was an October trip. Before posting, please read our Community Guidelines. I think your airfare figures for Spain are low (I didn't check Mexico). Scopri tutti i libri, leggi le informazioni sull'autore e molto altro. Sense of life is a hard thing to put into words. Inside Rick Steves Spain you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to Spain Rick's strategic advice on how to get the… It will be a bit of a slower pace in Mexico, but I don't think that's a negative (you might). We took a scenic drive to Lake Chapala. With my interests, I'm wondering if I'd be more bored in Mexico. See which itinerary is more appealing to you and/or your wife. Point being that if you have a choice I'd suggest trying to schedule your trip during one of the the Winter months if possble. In the U.K., the required test takes 48 hours to get the results, which is tight in a 72 hour deadline, including flight time to get there. Point being that if you have a choice I'd suggest trying to schedule your trip during one of the the Winter months if possble. Strive to diminish the crowd experience by traveling mid- September to mid October. A city I've become interested in in the last 2 weeks, looking at it on the Net, is Prague. The rock pillars of Montserrat are home to a Benedictine monastery as well as hiking trails. Tours are very inexpensive with university graduates as guides and very knowledgeable of Incan history. Recommend tours from PeruAgency.com. Not into bars, partying, drinking. That will probably be your biggest expense after transportation including airfare. It’s been a while since we were there, but airfare would be less expensive than going to Spain and the flight not much longer than going to Mexico. Spain. Start a New Topic. Inside Rick Steves Spain 2020 you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to Spain Rick's strategic advice on how… The little town is one of the most relaxing travel destinations we've visited. Factor in hotels more expensive that where I stayed, and restaurant food. I would opt for Mexico, given your timeframe - less jet lag and therefore more enjoyment from day 1. Colonial towns. Mole poblano is from this area, but there are other moles, tacos arabes, posoles, and other great food that will be familiar but still different than what you get in NC. Walking around Granada or parts of Mexico City is exciting and feels more different from home. SPEDIZIONE GRATUITA su ordini idonei Don´t come if you´re looking for beach weather; come if you like to discover a Spain far away from the prototypical idea. Have only been to central Spain during the shoulder season in September-October but I believe that mid-summer temps there can be punishingly hot as well. In Bilbao we have the amazing Guggenheim museum a masterpiece of modern architecture. Been to Europe once: back in 1996. I've been to Mexico once, Cancun so my experience of Mexico is certainly a jaded one although I did try to keep away from the strip as much as possible. Mexico is open now and your proposed itinerary is excellent. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Sevilla. We were in Madrid, Seville, Granada, and Malaga. Our last Spain trip started in Madrid, and then headed north, finishing in Barcelona. Mexico is doing very well in the COVID pandemic. Perhaps you just need some guidance to steer you away from the tourist staples of Spanish cuisine. list one or more major sites, museums, and/or activities. There are great museums, the architecture will be familiar if you like Spain, ceramic tiles all over the place, and the food scene was quite good. Not so much into ancient history. Taxco would be a great day trip from Mexico City. ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Compra Rick Steves Spain 2019 [Lingua Inglese]. The shorter Rick Steves Best of Spain guidebook focuses on Spain's top destinations and sights, is in full color, and is updated every other year. The Old World. I have been to Spain (Seville, Granada, Córdoba, Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo and a few other places). Sevilla also has its share of impressive sights — but the real magic is the city itself, with its tangled former Jewish Quarter, riveting flamenco shows, thriving bars, and teeming evening paseo. Barcelona, and the surrounding area, offers a huge diverse menu of opportunities plus wonderful public transport to ease getting from point A to B. I’d pick Mexico if you’re locked into that length of time. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Title Author Replies Last Post ; Tickets: Savannah: 0: Cholula, a pretty town where the Spaniards built a church on top of a hill that turned out to be a pyramid, would be worth a stop for you. All statistics are from the Harvard Global Health Institute. ‎ Savor authentic paella, run with the bulls in Pamplona, or relax on Barcelona's beaches: experience Spain with Rick Steves! It's just not Spanish. I’ve researched the other areas you’d go to and love the idea - I was planning a trip for March 2020 which obviously didn’t happen. ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy. ▲ Flamenco Dance Museum High-tech museum explaining the history and art of Sevilla's favorite dance. would be much more cost-effective than a trip across the pond ... as inviting as that may seem. Question about food, are your taste buds craving "TexMex" or truly have experienced authentic Mexican food? Yes, there is a difference. My wife and I want to take a trip in 2021. Leggi «Rick Steves Best of Spain» di Rick Steves disponibile su Rakuten Kobo. Also are my budgetary figures in the ballpark range of what it would cost? It's an easy bus ride from Puebla, especially if you know Spanish, and you can get a driver there to see some other interesting churches nearby that are too far to walk to. Spend some time researching the Mexican options you've identified along with those suggested by others and come up with an itinerary that will be both relaxing and interesting. ▲ Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija A fascinating 18th-century aristocratic mansion. Since you're a teacher I'm assuming that your discretionary time off is limited to the Christmas break and summer. But it's not the same as the Mexican food in New Mexico (my favorite) or the same as in AZ where I now live. Rick Steves: What's new in Spain and Portugal for 2019 Rick Steves Like many travelers, last spring I visited Barcelona dreaming of seeing Antoni Gaudí's breathtaking Sagrada Família church. Factor in flights: $500-$700 per person. I always managed to be pretty accurate in my trip budgets. I'd have much more confidence in Spain getting a handle on managing the pandemic than Mexico. With only 7 to 9 days at your disposal I'd suggest Mexico - splitting time between San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City. 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