We previously had been looking at a trip that stretched from Barcelona to Granada, Ronda & Sevilla then leaped up to Oviedo to Bilbao with extended time near los Picos de Europa. The idea of the northern part was to enjoy some nature and just experience something different from the museum/church heavy southern part of the itinerary.
So, any suggestions on smaller back doors and natural beauty in the southern half of Spain? Not beach, not crowded. Downshifting is ok. Food, chilling, day hikes, evocative scenery is the goal.
Edit: as requested, I’ve added our original itinerary …This is a late April/ early May trip
Barcelona - 5 nights with day trips to Dali and maybe Monserrat. Fly to..
Granada - 2 nights. Bus or train to..
Ronda - 1 night. Late train to..
Sevilla - 3 nights. Late flight to..
**** northern swing started here originally. We would cut this part out ***
Oviedo - 1 night (basically dinner and a wander). Rent a car and drive to..
Cangas de Onis - 3 or 4 nights in an AirBnB exploring the Picos, Covadonga, the coast. Drive to drop off car in..
Bilbao - 1 night. Then Taxi to the Airport and fly home. (we could skip Bilbao entirely & drive directly to the airport from Cangas de Onis)
No transportation plans yet. We absolutely could rent a car but I’d love to rely mostly on transit for chunks involving bigger cities. (Avoid parking and hassle)