We are a family of 5 traveling to Spain in April. We'll be in Barcelona for 3d/4n over Easter weekend and then take the high-speed train to somewhere in Andalusia (likely Malaga). Then we have 11.5d/12n in Andalusia. I've seen some great tips on this forum for similar time frames but hoping to get some more tailored advice given that we have two elementary/primary age kids and a tween. Below is a very tentative itinerary...nothing is set in stone except our Alhambra visit on Day 5.
D1-D3 (Malaga area)
D1 - Arrive in Malaga, rent a car and drive to an AirBnB somewhere in the greater Malaga area
D2 - Visit one or more parks and beaches near Fuengirola (Aventura Amazonia is probably top choice)
D3 - Day trip to Ronda and possibly Zahara de la Sierra OR day trip to Gibraltar
D4 - Drive to Granada, stop in Nerja for beaches and cave
D5 - Alhambra
D6 - Granada Science Park
D7 - explore Granada
D8 - Drive to Sevilla, with stop at Fortaleza de la Mota
D9 - Sevilla TBD
D10 - Day trip to Jerez/Arcos
D11 - Sevilla TBD
D12 - Sevilla TBD
D13 - return car in Sevilla, train to Madrid, flight back home
A few things about us: We currently live in an Arab Muslim country with plenty of exposure to Muslim practices, history, and culture as well as extensive ruins and archaeological sites from Roman times and before. So while we find the Moorish history of Andalusia fascinating, it is not a high priority for us to see all the Moorish/Muslim sites. This is why Cordoba is not included in our itinerary. We are also trying to mix in at least two or three days of doing more kid-friendly things that we don't normally have access to at home, like ziplines, beaches and caves, and big green parks with space to run around and play.
Finally, I'm convinced that I'll want to come back and explore more of Andalusia, so I don't feel the need to catch everything in one go. It's more important for us that we get some time to decompress and enjoy the places we do visit than it is to check off a long list of boxes.
Thanks in advance for any tips.