Hi. We're a middle-aged couple who fell in love with Spain/Andalusia on our first visit (Seville, Cordoba, and Granada). We're considering returning late October/early November (has to be that time of year) to "go deeper" (we've already "done" Barcelona and Madrid).
We like walking around exploring old towns, making new friends, learning the culture and history. We like sunshine (for the walking around), but don't need beach weather. We're considering starting in Lisbon as we've never done Portugal.
Here's what we initially came up with (12 nights + 1 overnight flight):
Fly to Lisbon
Lisbon (4 nights: day trip to Sintra)
- fly to Seville
Seville (3 nights)
- train/bus to Malaga
Malaga (4 nights: day trip to Ronda; day hike El Caminito del Rey)
-train to Madrid
*Madrid (1 night; dinner and flamenco show)
Fly home from Madrid
(advantage of flying in/out Lisbon and Madrid is non-stop flights)
Too ambitious? Should I switch to 3 nights Malaga, 4 nights Seville? Cancel Malaga and base out of Ronda instead? Is late October a bad time to visit Lisbon?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and comments.