July 20-24: Madrid (side trip ideas: Toledo, Segovia). We are staying just north of the busy city, hotel includes pool, and plan to train in/out for touring Madrid. It's an SPG hotel, so getting 2 rooms on points.
July 27-31: Barcelona (we have an apartment on the top of Las Ramblas)
I need help with: July 24-27 in Ronda. I love what I've read and photos I've seen about Ronda and staying on a B&B/ranch with horses, pools, etc. It's definitely out of the way but wanted to focus on 3 main areas during our 10 days. (Don't want to include too many museums and keep European travel fun for kids.) I consider this part of the trip to be a relaxing few days. As I checked transportation in/out, it appears we can all train down in 3.5 hours for about $350 total for the 5 of us. Driving provides an option to see other places, but about 5 hours. My fear is driving through the mountains. (Heard it's a bit rough at times and we experienced some of that in Germany.) Especially concerned since a couple of kids can easily get car sick - hence, reason to train it. Out of Ronda to Barcelona, we would fly on Vueling.
I have not made train/plane reservations in/out Ronda/Malaga (July 24/27) area yet, only hotel stay. Wondering if we should skip it entirely?
If you had these 3 nights in between Madrid and Barcelona areas, with children, where would you go/see? How would you transport?