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10 Days in Spain - Where to go?

Mjstout | | Jun 20, 2011 12:22 PM

Hello everyone,

I have been reading through a ton of threads here and decided that Spain will be my next vacation. Luckily I am able to travel for 10 days using starwood points for my hotel. The only catch is I must use them in 5 day blocks (because of a promotion). Because of this, what two cities would you recommend visiting?

I know this is a hard question, so here is what we like to do when in Europe:

- Wake up and get a leisurely breakfast
- Walk around the city and do something for a few hours (site seeing, beach, etc.)
- Have a long lunch with a glass of wine or two
- Walk around a bit more and maybe go shopping
- Nap
- Long dinner
- Drinks after at a low key bar

As you can guess, food is huge for me. I am a classically trained chef (but not in the profession) and my wife and I like to base a lot of vacations around eating well. Ambiance plays a huge role as well.

We like 3 star places, but love to dig into the local restaurants where we can get some really authentic food. We also are on a bit of a budget, so 3 stars all the time are not an option.

Because of this, I am thinking the two places I should go to are San Sebastian and Madrid, each for 5 days.

Does anyone think the is a great/terrible idea? Are 5 days too long for San Sebastian?