We are a retired couple in our late 50's, early 60's. We arrive in Barcelona from Australia on Sat 7/3. We'll stay 5 nights in Barcelona. I would love some advice on our rough plan from then on which is as follows:
Thurs 12/3 - train to Cordoba (2 nights)
Sat 14/3 - train to Granada (3 nights)
Tues 17/3 - train to Ronda (2 nights)
Thurs 19/3 - train to Seville (4 nights)
Mon 23/3 - train to Merida (2 nights)
Wed 25/3 - train to Segovia via Madrid (2 nights)
Fri 27/3 - train to Salamanca (or Avila) via Madrid (2 nights)
Sun 29/3 - train to Madrid (3 nights)
Wed 1/4 - train to Toledo (2 nights)
Fri 3/4 - train to Barcelona (2 nights)
From Barcelona we'll go by train to Carcassonne on Sun 5/4 and spend the next 4 weeks in France before travelling home from Paris on Tues 5/5.
Some concerns I have are that I prefer to have 3 or 4 night stays in towns whenever possible, but also want to see many different areas of Spain. I am aware that some places aren't worth 3 nights, but 2 is my absolute minimum as I hate 1 night stays.
Semana Santa and the Easter weekend may impact our last week in Spain. I had thought of leaving Spain for France before Semana Santa but then that would give us even less time to see Spain. By staying away from Seville in that week, should we be able to avoid most of the crowds/expensive hotels etc?
I don't really want to double up on Barcelona but it looks too far to go from Toledo to Carcassonne in one day, so unless there's somewhere else we could stay between Toledo and Barcelona I think we have to go back to Barcelona.
The day we travel into France is adjustable by a day or two also. So far the only booking I've made is an apartment for the first 5 nights in Barcelona.