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  1. Dazzlin

    Dazzlin Funster Life Member

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    Hi
    It has been known that it is near to a celebration of my 5th decade mid October and we are heading to Madrid area for the occasion.
    Any recommendations for the satellite towns, especially any of culinary interest?
    Suckling pig, pigs cheeks and any other delicacies?

    Willing to try anything once!!!
     
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    Aranjuez is around 25 mile south of Madrid and is the home of the royal palaces, decent campsite on the edge of town within walking distance.
     
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    Got a few restaurants as well
     
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    A bit south but direct rail connection to Madrid is Aranjuez and a reasonable campsite.
     
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    Arannuez is now on the list.

    Cuenca and Salamanca are also shortlisted.
     
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    Ditto the above, Aranjuez is lovely with one of the best park walks we have ever visited,

    The Tincas
     
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    Toledo. Lovely small city
     
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    Cuenca is stunning. But cold at nights because of the altitude 2c the past two mornings. Make sure you visit the contemporary art museum in the hanging house by the iron footbridge.

    Segovia plaza de toros stop seems good so far.

    Jon
     
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    El Escorail is extremely impressive and a must if you are into fine art with a wonderful collection of early Flemish artists such as Hieronymus Bosch.

    Wilded in the carpark there 4 years ago

    https://el-escorial.com
     
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    Many thanks folks. The birthday week is fast becoming a birthday fortnight for a couple of reasons.
    We have been doin' France swifter than expected due in no small part to the similarities to the 'great british summer', and I like to get the most out of a big b'day I can!!!
    I have scribbled on a scrap of paper all your suggestions and also added Guadalajara, as it sounds good (have you ever been to Mexico? - no, but I have been to Guadalajara) and has another Alcazar to photograph!
    I may have been thinking of Segovia when I mentioned Salamanca above (well, it was late) another time, methinks!

    Anyway I will be pushing this thread all I can in the run-up.......any more ideas please?
     
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    Segovia (for conchinillo) and the start of the Madrid circuit tomorrow.

    Enjoyed Pamplona, Vitoria Gasteiz, Briviesca and Burgos on the way down.

    Quiet night in Sepulveda tonight.

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    We are in the centre of the last pic if you zoom in.
     
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    We can see you........ lol
     
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    Another vote here for Aranjuez. Stopped there a couple of years ago (at the campsite). Huge ponced up Royal Palace, with generally pleasant town.

    We also used the municipal site at Burgos whilst passing through - it did the job but didn't have time to look at the town.
     
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    And you have a neighbour. Who was there first? :LOL:
     
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    Deffo doing Aranjuez. A couple of nights at least and Madrid from there by train.
    Recommend Burgos. The aire is a good stopover. We walked into town through the park most of the way and were pleasantly surprised.
    Really nice river walk, cathedral and castle (walked to the top and it was shut!).
    Had a v good menu del dia in the cathedral square. 20171002_130016_LLS.jpg 20171002_134356.jpg
     
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    They were. There are four spaces between us. We got there lunch time and didn't know how busy it would get!

    It didn't.....
     
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    Segovia is famous for 'Cochinillo Asdo' or roast suckling pig.....cooked in a special oven...lots of restaurants to choose from....oh it is also one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and we walked from the centre of the city to the campsite on the outskirts...it was a beautiful spring day earlier this year and there are lots of seats to rest weary bones on as you walk and of course you can explore up close the Aquaduct that stretches way along to the outskirts of the city....beautiful. We took the bus in. There is also an Aire near the bullring....we don't usually leave our Harvey alone for long periods in Aires so when we go exploring we use campsites...then we can relax and meander. Whatever you do for your big day...enjoy....I would definitely recommed Segovia as a memorable place to spend a birthday.:)(y)
     
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    Yes, I’ll second this.

    Great indoor market. Limited restaurants. But there is a tapas bar where €5 buys you 5 estrella dam in a bucket of ice, complete with tapas
     
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