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Places on my radar in Madrid and Barcelona -- good choices?

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Places on my radar in Madrid and Barcelona -- good choices?

Cookingthebooks | Jan 7, 2009 09:01 AM

I'm planning a trip to Spain in late Jan/early Feb. We'll spend 2 nights in Madrid, 2 nights in Barcelona. We're coming from Paris, where we live (no jet lag) and our main goals are the Prado and eating.

I've done a lot of research on these amazing, informative boards and am trying to narrow down my selection and gather opinions on the places that seem to come up again and again. One potential problem: our time in Madrid includes a Sunday, and in Barcelona includes a Monday. Any specific recommendations for these two days would be appreciated!

In Madrid, we are staying in the Salamanca, near Parque del Retiro. I've found a lot less info on Madrid here on CH (not sure why?). Two names come up again and again:
--Botin (but are they open on Sunday?)
--Cerveceria Cervantes.

CH recommended tapas in Salamanca:
--Maceiras
--La Plateria
--Museo del Jamon
--El Tempranillo. Are most of these open on Sunday? Also, any other suggestions for other neighborhoods for a tapas crawl, with specific restaurant recs?

Barcelona -- A wealth of info exists here! We're staying in Eixample. Places on my radar:
--Can Mano (open on Monday?)
--7 Puertas (Monday?)
--Cerveseria Catalana
--Cal Pep
--Paco Meralga
--Taktika Berri
--Cinc Sentits (which I know is closed on Sunday and does not serve din on Monday).

Thanks so much for any suggestions!

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