After months of planning, waiting, watching, we have taken the plunge and purchased tickets for Spain, departing Dec 26 and returning Jan 8. We will travel to Toledo (3N), Granada (4N, including New Year's Eve), and Cadiz (4N), before returning to Madrid (1N) and the flight home (could not get open jaw tickets out of anywhere in southern Spain for less than $900 pp additional, ugh). We will not have a car.
We are 2 families traveling together, 6 kids ages 15 to 26, plus parents, 10 people total. My family has been to Spain before, always in the spring (myself several times); the other family has traveled to Europe but not to Spain. We are slow movers as a group and like eating, relaxing, culture immersion, history, music, photography, architecture, walking/nature. We are not museum lovers, unless for short, targeted visits. We have vacationed together as a group several times before and are very happy splitting off to do different activities. My 15-year-old son is mildly disabled and travels distances in a stroller, so if there is something folks want to do that is very active, we will split up the group and do the activity in a couple of rounds, with the other half finding something enjoyable that my son can handle.
I'm looking for some recommendations for things we can enjoy during the winter season -- and over the New Year holiday (yes, we will have our grapes ready!) -- plus sights and experiences that might be in addition to the first-tier tourist destinations. My family has spent time in Toledo and Granada previously, and they are two cities that we love. We hope to immerse even more into both places on this trip; do you have suggestions for things to do that are more off the beaten path?
Cadiz will be new for all of us; I have a list of day trip options (Sevilla, Jerez, Gibraltar), but I would love some recommendations for places to go and see within Cadiz itself.
Although we will not have a car for this trip, we are open to hiring a private transfer to get somewhere that might be underserved by public transportation. We've found it can be pretty reasonable cost-wise given how many people we have in our group. So, I would welcome recommendations for places we can day trip from our base cities via a car as well as just taking the train or a bus.
Thank you for any and all suggestions!