I am heading to Spain in Mid April for 2 weeks for a solo trip. 40 year old female, I am flying into Barcelona, 4 nights, fly to Granada for 2 nights, train to Seville for 2 nights, train to Cordoba for 2 nights and train to Madrid for 3 nights, fly out of Madrid.
Barcelona - I have purchased the Articket already so I am doing the Picasso Museum, Catalan national museum and Fundació Joan Miró. I plan on going to Palace of Catalan Music, Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Cathedral, Park Guell, Casa Mila, the walks in the Rick Steves tour book and Montjuic...
Granada- Alhambra, Granada Cathedral, Basilica San Juan Dios, Royal Chapel, the neighborhoods, Plaza san Nicolas.
Seville - Alcazar, Cathedral, Flamenco museum (flamenco show as well), Plaza de espana, Torre del Oro...
Cordoba - Mezquita, Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs, Jewish Quarter, Cordoba Synagogue, Calahorra Tower...
Madrid - Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Plaza Mayor, not sure what else for Madrid... so need help there. I have it planned for 3 nights, and have not had a chance to read that much on it yet from studying the other cities so far.
I also do not eat seafood, so any restaurants that are really great (reasonable cost, no more than $50 a meal) where I can find good options.
What am I not mentioning that I should check out. I really like old architecture, amazing churches, and culture rich areas to people watch.
I have traveled to Europe previously but not to Spain. I have traveled to Italy, France, Belgium and Amsterdam.
One specific question I have wondered about is the train. I know in Italy I had to validate the train ticket before getting on the train or I could face a fine. Is that something I need to worry about in Spain? Is the system similar?
Any tips specific to the cities mentioned? I don't want to miss something or do something to become that horrible tourist.
Pretty much all I can purchase tickets for ahead of time, I will be.
City cards? I heard Barcelona city card is not really worth it, but what about the Granada card, or Seville card?
Travel cards? Hola Barcelona- anyone use this or recommend?
Like I mentioned earlier, I am traveling solo, I tend to try to not go out after dark but so much is open later in Spain. Should I be ok safety wise? I have read a lot on pickpockets for Barcelona and Madrid and assume it carries to the other towns as well. Other than pickpockets, should I feel pretty safe?
I know I asked a lot and I read a lot of the forums on here but would like to get some tips and suggestions. I appreciate any and all! :)
2 Week Trip - tips? Must sees? General Help?