Wednesday, April 24, 2013

COMING JUNE-JULY 2013: Madrid, Barcelona and Sitges - Spain


Vis Spain on Enjoy Food & Travel 2006-2013 i et større kart
These last Norwegian summers have been too cold and humid for most of us, and to ensure an adquate dose of sun and summer Enjoy Food & Travel pack up and leave for lovely Spain two weeks in June and July 2013. 
Gran Versalles**** (Photo courtesy  Hotel website)
Our last trip to Spain was in 2011, when we stayed for a week in Sitges. We both agreed that that was too little, and this summer we decided that we would stay for at least two weeks.

We discovered that air fare had skyrocketed when we started looking for tickets a few weeks ago. But we managed to get reasonably priced fare.
We will fly to Madrid with Norwegian Air Shuttle, leaving Oslo Airport 7.40 AM, arriving Copenhagen 8.50 AM. At Kastrup Airport we have a one hour and ten minutes to our flight to Madrid Barajas where we arrive at 1.10 PM.
Aparthotel Atenea Calabria *** (Photo:  Hotel website)
Price paid for two: NOK 3308,- (432 Euros / 565 USD), hardly a rip-off for air fare during high season. 
We will stay three nights at Gran Versalles****, close to the famous Prado Museum. Our 18 square metre / 193 square feet of the Spanish capital cost us around 304 NOK (40, 5 Euros / 52,80 USD) per person per night. Compared to Norway this is dead cheap. It does not include breakfast. 
After three nights, we plan to catch the high speed train service from Madrid to Barcelona. The 621 km (386 mile) journey takes less than three hours.
I've been to Barcelona several times before, but this time we are excited to stay in a one room apartment with our own kitchen in Aparthotel Athaenea Calabria*** in the Eixample area. The 35 square meter (376 square feet) apartment  cost us 375,54 NOK (Euros 50 / 65 USD), including breakfast. I do look forward to do some home cooking in the Catalan capital.  
Subur*** (Photo courtesy  Hotel website)
After another three nights we head for the beach. The vibrant resort town of Sitges is located a half hour train ride south of Barcelona, and this is a destination I look forward to return to.  
Last time, we stayed at Hotel Port Sitges Resort, outside the city centre. In spite of the comfort of a spacious two room apartments, we felt isolated from the vibrant night life in the area by the main beach. Now we have booked a double room with balcony at Subur***, located at the beach. In spite of the location, even this hotel is no rip-off. We pay less than NOK 350 (46 Euros / 60 USD) per night. This does not include breakfast, but who cares. There are dozens of reasonably priced breakfast cafes nearby.
8 nights by the beach to be looking forward to, before our return Vueling flight from Barcelona to Oslo. NOK 1957 for two in July is a bargain.

Final costs for trip

The final cost of air fare and accommodation for two weeks per person is:

  • Airfare Oslo-Copenhagen-Madrid (Norwegian Air Shuttle): NOK 1654,-, EUR 219,60 (Supersaver.no)
  • Accommodation Gran Versalles****, Madrid (3 nights): NOK 913,-,  EUR 121, 50 (Booking.com)
  • Accommodation Aparthotel Atenea Calabria*** , Barcelona (3 nights): NOK 1127,-,  EUR 150 (Booking.com)
  • Accommodation Subur, Sitges*** (8 nights): NOK 2794,-,  EUR 372,- (Booking.com)
  • Airfare Barcelona-Oslo (Vueling): NOK 953,50,  EUR 130 (Bravofly.no)
  • TOTAL: NOK 7466,-, EUR 993,-