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dietndesire Aug 18, 2010 04:36 PM

Excluding Basque country, Barca and Madrid, looking for somewhere to post up for a week or two with good food and markets. Want to be able to buy quality fruits, veggies, meat/fish easily enough and would prefer a good enough nightlife scene. If it is somewhere with serviced apartments that are not impossible to rent, that helps. As an area, the city should be worthwhile unto itself, do not want an area where only trips around country or seaside are the real catch.
Valencia is under consideration but other input is much appreciated.
November timeline so the better the weather, the better, of course.
Sorry if this is too vague and/or confusing a request, thanks in advance.

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    Quimbombo RE: dietndesire Aug 19, 2010 11:59 AM

    Galicia - this site is helpful and give you an idea what to expect: http://spainforvisitors.com/sections/...

    Enjoy wherever you decide to go.

    1. PBSF RE: dietndesire Aug 19, 2010 06:22 PM

      Do Seville, a wonderful medium size city with great nightlife, cultural sites, Moorish architectures, wonderful neighborhoods to stroll and terrific food, the tapas capital of Spain. Most of the summer fruits and vegetables (tomato for gazpacho) will be out of season but there are citrus, quince, wild mushrooms, greens. It doesn't compare to Galicia on seafood though still plenty but great lamb and pork. It also makes a good base for the rest of Andalucia. Granada, Cordoba and other towns such as Baeza can be easily visited on a day trip either by bus or car. And then there are the pueblos blanco such as Ronda to explore. The weather in November should be fine though there will be some rain.

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        SnackHappy RE: PBSF Aug 20, 2010 06:25 AM

        Another vote for Sevilla. We were there for a short stay in April, and I would go back in a New-York minute. It's a beautiful city, with very friendly people and awesome food. I could spend a week just walking around there. Heck, I could spend half a week just hanging out at the Alcázar.

        Galicia is pretty and has great food, but the cities aren't that nice. Valencia is a city we skipped on our trip because every Spanish person to whom we mentioned going there tried to dissuade us from doing so. They all said it was ugly and boring.

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          Quimbombo RE: SnackHappy Aug 20, 2010 07:35 AM

          Right on the money about Valencia.

          FOR THE ORIGINAL POSTER: We go to Sevilla often and got back on 7/26.

          If you choose Sevilla friends took us to this restaurant I've never been before, El Espigon, it was excellent an will be visited by us time and time again. Go to the one on calle Bogota.

          http://www.elespigon.com

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        dietndesire RE: dietndesire Aug 19, 2010 08:25 PM

        Thank you for the replies.
        Requirements for city would be easy walking/transport to everything necessary, ease of purchasing quality products at markets, easy of finding apartment with broadband internet and a city that has a legitimate gym to use somewhere near enough. And a good nightlife, need more than just late night lounging.
        On a strict food basis both for products in markets/stores and restaurants, Valencia or Sevilla?
        Based on above requirements, not sure Coruna(or anywhere else) in Galicia will be able to satisfy everything or at least, easily.

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          LeRique RE: dietndesire Aug 20, 2010 05:52 AM

          Sevilla,hands down,for all the reasons mentioned by PBSF and more!

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            Aleta RE: dietndesire Aug 20, 2010 06:46 AM

            Dietndesire, check out this website on tapas in Seville. It has a ton of information and restaurant reviews. We had the pleasure of dining with Azahar in late June. She does a great job sharing her knowledge of Seville.

            http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletapas/

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              LeRique RE: Aleta Aug 20, 2010 07:43 AM

              Thanks for the tip Aleta,nice site,and good photos.

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                Aleta RE: LeRique Aug 20, 2010 10:55 AM

                You are most welcome, LeRique.

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            Harters RE: dietndesire Aug 20, 2010 03:09 PM

            Malaga or Palma de Mallorca.

            Both interesting reasonably sized cities. Excellent food shopping (I know the latter much better than the former - and prefer its market to Barcelona's Boqueria). And sufficiently "real". And both have good trips away from the urban area, if you change your mind about that.

            1. monchique RE: dietndesire Aug 21, 2010 03:41 AM

              You don't specify Spain, so what about exploring Lisbon? It certainly fits the bill. Otherwise I would certainly support Sevilla but November might not be the best time to walk the streets. Valencia would be worse, and forget S. Sebatien at this time of year.

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                dietndesire RE: dietndesire Aug 24, 2010 06:18 PM

                Looks like Sevilla is in the lead.
                I had considered somewhere in Mallorca but could not find enough of what I seek for such a length of stay. Maybe I will do both though I am trying to cut down on days wasted for travel.
                Thanks to everyone for contributing, anything else is appreciated.

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                  Quimbombo RE: dietndesire Aug 24, 2010 08:25 PM

                  Sevilla is great, if you were interested in being near the ocean driving to Cadiz from Sevilla is less than an 1-1/2 drive away: http://cadiz.costasur.com/en/index.html

                  And stop for lunch to what locals consider one of the best restaurants El Faro de Cadiz for great fresh seafood: http://www.elfarodecadiz.com/

                  Enjoy your trip.

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