My wife and I are starting to plan a 35 or so days in Europe next year. We're thinking something like 10 days in Portugal, 10 in Spain, 10 in Italy and then end it with a few days in Athens/Santorini. We've done some travel but none in Spain. Our goal is balancing being active and seeing many things with being able to relax and take in the culture (we'd like to have some slower days to get to know the neighborhood, people and culture). So our goal is to not jump from city to city every couple days. We're thinking one to two locations per country and then take day trips. We think we've got Portugal figured out (a few days in Lisbon and Porto with a day trip to the Douro Valley). My question to you experienced Spain travelers. At this point we're thinking of around 10 days in Madrid with day trips outside of the city (could even double pay for an overnight side trip if it made sense). The other thought is 7 days in Madrid and 3 in Barcelona.
If you had to pick 2 locations for 10 days do you have any thoughts or suggestions? Or do you have opinions in the full 10 in Madrid.
Note: my wife and I are very healthy and active. Again we also have a desire to not run ragged on this trip and take in the culture.