Hello all! I'm looking for some itinerary suggestions for the following:
After a week in the Algarve, we will bus to Seville for 2 nights. From there the plan (so far) is as follows:
Day 1: rent a car in Seville and drive to Tarifa via a stop in Arcos, Cadiz or Jerez (I'm leaning towards Arcos). Overnight in Tarifa.
Day 2: ferry to Tangier for a day trip and dinner. Return and overnight in Tarifa.
Day 3: drive to Ronda via a stop in Gibraltar.
Day 4: explore Ronda
Day 5: day trip to Arcos (or Zahara and Garzelema if we hit Arcos on the way to Tarifa)
Day 6: day off
Day 7: day trip to Marbella (Or Estepona? Are there any QUAINT coastal areas nearby? I don't want to see another coastal resort town, ever!)
Day 8: day off
Day 9: drive to Seville to drop car (or Malaga if we can do one way car rental) and fly to Mallorca for 9 nights.
I know RS travelers tend not to take days off. My wife and I prefer to set up in a base for a week whenever possible, rent an apartment, etc. She loves to cook, so visiting local markets and learning/sampling the local cuisine is high on the list.
My questions are: 1) is Ronda a suitable base for a week? I'm not worried about being bored, we love to "live" in an area and soak up culture - thus the "week at a time" philosophy and days off. Am I'm missing a more logical base to work from and see this loop?
2) Transport is a challenge. Renting a car seems a bit wasteful, but we are covering a lot of ground and our preferred mode of transport (train) is challenging in the area from what my homework tells me. Is there a better way to get around? Or is the train ride from Algeciras to Ronda beautiful and worth the headache?
Any other suggestions?
Thanks in advance,