Of course we want to see the "big 3" - Sevilla, Grenada & Cordoba - also thinking maybe of Gaucin for a bit of a different flavor. Without Gaucin, what's the best way to divide the time so that we have time to hang out and soak up at least a little bit of local feel and look - spending time sitting in a square, munching on tapas and drinking some Andalucian aperitifs - while experiencing evenings and mornings. 5 nights Seville + 4 nights Grenada + 3 nights Cordoba?
** Best to add 2 nights in Gaucin and delete 1 each from ??
** Best to use trains instead of car rental - just my wife and I?
We are happy to walk and hike a bit so for sites like the Alhambra or Sintra we are ok hiking up hills for a few kilometers to get from one location to another and we are packing light [only carry-on "luggage" for each of us] and we know we don't need a car to get around within towns - how about between them/day trips?
We intend to start the trip flying into Lisbon and back from Lisbon [spending 3-4 days there first] so our thought is fly from Lisbon to Seville on day 4 or 5 to start the Andalucian piece and then back to Lisbon the night before heading back to the states