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May 7, 2009 05:06 PM

Difference B/T 2nd and 3rd Week of August in Spain?

Hello all - I'm going to Spain for a week in August, likely Barcelona and Madrid. I searched and found the handful of posts that mention the obvious fact that many places will be closed in August, although there were helpful suggestions about places that would be open. My question is a bit more specific: I'm flexible enough that I could travel either the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th week of August. Do you think there's a material difference in the number of restaurants that will be open in the 2nd week vs. the 3rd/4th?


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  1. I would try to hit Madrid on the second week of August. Up until the 15th there are three "verbenas" (big street festivals) in Lavapies and La Latina that keep a lot of places open (and are fun in their own right). After the 15th things are really dead.