Heading to Europe – Looking for Input

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Duke and I will be on the road again soon. We are heading to Europe. Our plans are to  spend 5 weeks in Spain and then head north for another 3 weeks.  We will fly home from Estonia. You can see our itinerary below.

This link has a Google map of our route.

If you have been to any of these places and have suggestion of things we should do or see, or places to eat or stay please let me know.  We have all our reservations for Spain but beyond that we are pretty much open. I really appreciated the excellent suggestions we got for our last trip!

I am also excited because we are meeting up with friends from Reno and will be travelling with them for parts of the trip.

Here is our itinerary:

  1. Barcelona, Spain
  2. Madrid
  3. Sevilla
  4. Cadiz
  5. Ronda
  6. Malaga
  7. Granada
  8. Ubeda
  9. Cazorla
  10. Córdoba
  11. Madrid
  12. Cuenca
  13. Alarcón
  14. Lorca
  15. Mojácar
  16. Xàbia
  17. Teruel
  18. Alcañiz
  19. Tortosa
  20. Palau-Saverdera
  21. Vic-Sau
  22. Cardona
  23. Andorra
  24. Lleida
  25. Sigüenza
  26. Madrid
  27. Barcelona
  28. Paris, France
  29. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  30. Berlin, Germany
  31. Krakow, Poland
  32. Warsaw, Poland
  33. Suwalki, Poland
  34. Kaunas, Lithuania
  35. Vilnius, Lithuania
  36. Riga, Latvia
  37. Tallinn, Estonia

Author: marionvermazen

I am a traveler, hiker, avid reader, Sun alumnus, computer geek, Spanish and French language student, knitter and genealogist. I am retired after working for almost 30 years in the Computer Industry. I live in Reno, Nevada with my husband Duke.

6 thoughts on “Heading to Europe – Looking for Input”

  1. Will be interested to hear/read how you’re getting around in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia and what are the best places to see.

    In Poland we have several suggestions. In Warsaw we did 2 walking tours (free) with the Orange Umbrella (orangeumbrella.pl) that were excellent: WWII in Warsaw and Jewish Warsaw. The Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews is really worth a separate visit, mostly for the history itself, but also for the architecture of the building. We also spent an afternoon at the Copernicus Science Center on the river. The exhibits are wonderful and we went to a planetarium show (all in Polish unfortunately!). The Palace of Culture and Science is worth a visit (view from the top is impressive), partly because of it’s incredible size and it’s communist architecture. It’s right across from a very architecturally modern mall with quite an array of shops and restaurants. From inside the mall you can view the Palace of Culture through the domed glass ceilings. Then, of course, there are the typical tourist haunts, including Old Town, which has some really good restaurants.

    In Krakow, if you can take a tour of Auschwitz/Birkenau, it’s incredibly worthwhile. We had a car and drove there, having obtained tickets from the US online ahead of time. They don’t have many English tours, so it’s not advisable to just turn up and expect to get on one. However, there must be tours from Krakow that can be arranged. In Krakow itself, the Jewish quarter is very interesting as well as the museum at Schindler’s Factory. The town square is the hub of all activity with it’s market hall, art pieces, and restaurants. While in Krakow we also took a train to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. It’s quite an experience. It’s hard to believe that all the sculptures and the chapel are made of salt and it all exists so far underground.

    If you could fit in a detour to Gdansk, it’s well worth it, even if all you do is go to the Solidarity Museum.

    Have a spectacular trip!

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    1. Stephanie,
      Thank you so much for your suggestions! I got excited just reading them. We are absolutely planning to go to Auschwitz/Birkenau. We were only going to go to Warsaw this trip but my daughter said the exact same thing you did. We leave in a bit over a week so I’m very excited.
      Thanks again,


  2. i have a lot of suggestions for Spain (though not sure how long are you planning on staying, or when you’re coming):

    Barcelona and around: though Barcelona is amazing and you’d definitely don’t want to miss it, try to squeeze some visits outside: think Girona, which has medieval settings out of Game of Thrones, and around Girona there are superb medieval villages that are simply amazing. You can plan a one day tour for the medieval villages plus a 30 minutes hike inside a volcano caldera (! yes, i know) and a stop at a superb lake. It’ll cost around 80 eur if i m not mistaken, but totally worth it. Let me know if you want the details of the tour company and more details


  3. then there is another suggestion for that “something else” : if you fancy having a sleepover at a 9 century medieval castle? it’s not too far from Barcelona (100km) but the experience is worth it! plus their restaurant is simply incredible. I wrote about it here if you want more info 😉


    I am focusing a lot on off the beaten, hidden gems of Spain, so let me know if you need help with anything in particular (not just Barcelona area) and i ll send over more tips like this


    1. hehe sorry, just saw you have a map of your travels linked to the post, and Cardona is on your list 😉 That’s an awesome itinerary and you’ll definitely see a lot of the hidden gems ! good luck!

      While in Barcelona, you can also try out the Ebro delta, one hour away from the city: it has flamingos and rice fields, so… need I say more? 🙂

      Also, try Aguarales de Valpalmas outside of Zaragoza, if you want to see a miniature Cappadocia
      And if you’re in for special accomodations (and have the budget) , try one night in the Aire de Bardenas Hotel

      P.S. Too bad you’re not going to Bilbao, there’s this amazing islet called San Juan de Gaztelugatxe which I loved! think a blend of Mont st michel in france and Chinese Wall 🙂


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