We are a couple around age 50 headed for 8 nights to southern Spain. We have rented a car for our trip.
We are more interested in cultural experiences, eating, drinking, hiking, music, nice places to stay; less interested in touring churches or museums en masse though of course want to see the highlights. Trying to balance packing it in and also not packing every day for a new spot.
Day 1-2 Seville (2 nights Seville)
We fly into Seville in the afternoon--stay 2 nights: see Alcazar, Cathedral, Metropol Parasol, Santa Cruz.
day 1-2 (and a half of 3) Seville
Day 3 -4 some combo of pueblos blancos. (2 nights Ronda)
Next we thought we would drive toward Ronda by way of Arcos de la Frontera and stay Ronda 2 nights as a base for exploring the pueblos blancos, particularly Zahara, Grazalema, Setenil. Would like to hike a bit in the Sierra de Grazalema.
*Are we making a mistake not driving toward Cadiz/Jerez and stopping over?
*Is Ronda extremely touristed in mid March?
Day 5-6 Granada (2 nights Granada)
Next we are planning to drive by El Churro gorge/ Caminito del Rey (day 5) and head to Granada for 2 nights, with Alhambra and Granada sight seeing day 6.
Day 7-8 (2 nights coast--Marbella?)
Get up and drive south and hike a circuit in the Alpujarras? I am really interested in this though recognize it may be cramming too much.
*Either stay in Alpujarra or continue driving along coast to Marbella and arrive evening.
*give up a Granada night to stay somewhere more rural between Granada and coast?
Explore a little of coast. Maybe a bodega. Try for a boat trip. We chose Marbella because it is our honeymoon and sounded like most active coastal town for this time of year?
*Does anyone recommend a captain/ boat tour who would take us for a few hours, sightseeing or even fishing?
*Are 2 nights on the coast too many for mid-March?
**Thoughts on Marbella as final fun spot?
What should I give up or add? Thank you in advance, I have really appreciated reading through all of the posts on this site.