My husband and I are planning on taking our 2 teenagers (18 and 15) to Spain this summer. The dates will likely have us arriving June 15th 7:50am and leaving on June 27th (we know it may be rather warm). The planning is quite overwhelming as there are so many things to see and do.
Things to know about us:
My husband and I traveled to Italy several years ago and preferred Florence to Rome and wished we would have spent more time in Cinque Terre. I believe that is the seaside village feel that he would like to replicate here.
We preferred the restaurants and neighborhoods where we didn't run into many other Americans.
We enjoyed traveling by train.
This will be our kids' first international trip. We are choosing Spain because we would like our children to see the value in their having learned Spanish and what it is like to be part of the Spanish culture.
We love food and are looking forward to some authentic (no tourist places please) experiences.
Here are some of our thoughts:
Flying into Barcelona then traveling to Madrid and/or Seville. Much of my research leads me to believe that Seville may be more our vibe. My husband would also like to stay in a quiet beach town. He mentioned Valencia. My son learned about Segovia in Spanish and is intrigued. I have looked at Costa Blanca and it is reminiscent of Santorini and Cinque Terre in some places, however I am very open. At this point I feel like I have over researched and my perspective is off.
If it sounds a bit scattered, that's because it is. Any guidance with a realistic itinerary (yes, we know Barcelona is the outlier) would be very helpful.
Thank you for your time!