My family of 4 are planning on spending 3 months in Spain (July - Sep 2014), during which we want to experience the Spanish lifestyle and do some other European traveling.
We are thinking of spending either one month in 3 separate cities or 6 weeks in two separate cities.
The cities we are thinking of renting in are Barcelona, Seville, Ronda, Olvera, or Valencia, but are open to other ideas.
We are looking to avoid having a car, which limits some renting options. That's mainly due to what we see as the cost of renting a car.
We'd also ideally like to be near a beach for at least one of these stays.
Here are our questions:
1) Of the cities we mentioned (or ones we haven't) what would you recommend for nice cities where you don't need a car and are not too expensive
2) For cities where you may want or need a car, are there any good tricks to getting a car in Spain for an affordable price? Online rental sites seem to be $500 USD/month or more.
3) For anyone that's done anything similar, would love your advice and suggestions.
4) Are there any sites, besides the main ones (like Air BNB, VBRO, Home Away), you'd recommend using for house / car rentals?