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Advice for May Trip to Madrid, Basque region, and Barcelona


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Advice for May Trip to Madrid, Basque region, and Barcelona

ASL123 | May 6, 2011 08:58 AM

Hello All,

Thank you to the frequent contributors on this board. It has been a big help for planning our trip. If anyone has any advice, opinions, or tips on our itinerary it would be appreciated.
Madrid -
Day 1 (Friday, May 13): Lunch at DiverXo, Dinner is Retiro tapas crawl (Taberna Laredo, Azabel, Estado Puro?)
Day 2: Lunch is flexible (try a gastrobar like Gabinoteca or La Cabrera or Salamanca district), Dinner we are thinking Balzac). Any other restaurants that we should maybe think about?
Day 3: Lunch again is flexible, dinner we made a reservation at Pinera in case we want a sit down dinner. Otherwise, we will do tapas or Dantxari. What is a good time for dinner on a Sunday? We made our reservation for 10PM but I think that maybe too late especially since we are getting up early the next morning.

Day 4: Drive from Madrid to San Sebastian with a stopover in Haro. We plan to drive to Haro, spend some time at a winery or 2, and get a bite to eat. Food options we have for Haro include Las Duelas, tapas bars, or La Cueva de Dona Isabela (outside Haro). Any opinions? For dinner we plan to go to Urepel in San Sebastian.
Day 5: Lunch at Bodegon Alejandro and a SS tapas crawl dinner
Day 6: Lunch at Akelarre and a SS tapas crawl dinner

Day 7: We are driving to Bilbao. Lunch we will do at some tapas bars (any recommendations?) or maybe eat at the Guggenheim. Any dinner recommendations for Bilbao? We were thinking Mina (NYTimes).

Day 8: We fly to Barcelona and eat lunch at the Boqueria Market (Pintxo if possible). Dinner at Cinc Sentits.
Day 9: We are up in the air as to whether to take a day and go to Girona. If we do, we obviously would need a reservation at El Cellar de Can Roca. They haven't returned my email. Not sure how hard it is to get a reservation, especially now. Dinner would be a tapas crawl in Eixample.
Day 10 (Sunday): Lunch in Barceloneta (options are Kaiku, Susquet de L'Amirall, El Vaso de Oro) and do a tapas crawl for dinner in El Born.
Day 11: Lunch is flexible and dinner we are unsure (thinking Windsor from Maribel)
Day 12: Lunch is flexible and dinner we are thinking Sauc. Any comments or other recommendations for great lunches or dinners in Barcelona?

I've tried to put together a good blend of top michelin rated places, solid restaurants with good value, gastropubs, and tapas places. Also tried to mix in avant garde places and traditional. Thanks for any comments or advice. Also, how will the weather/temp be in Madrid, SS/Bilbao, and Barcelona for the month?

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