Afternoon! My husband and I are heading to Madrid with our 19 year old to visit his older brother & his girlfriend who are studying in Madrid just before Christmas.
We arrive on Sat Dec 18th.
Trying to determine our options for travel in/around Madrid and Spain in general for 4 days.
We have the option of staying in Madrid/Spain until Dec 27th, when we fly to London to see family. Meaning 9 days in Spain total, OR we might head up to the UK on Dec 23rd to share the holiday with family that lives there (so only 4 days in Spain).
This is our first time to Spain and our older son will still be in exams locally until midday Dec 21st.
There is so much to see in this amazing country, yet we are a little hamstrung by the impending holidays, as so much shuts down at that time. But it is all good, because who wouldn’t love a quiet promenade on an empty street in Madrid at Christmas time?
I keep reading on this forum that Cordoba is not to be missed. What about the Alhambra? Seville? How easy is it to do any of that in a short time? While we may be jet lagged, I am wondering if we arrive in Madrid on the Saturday and leave Sunday for a night or two out of town and come back on the Tuesday and do Madrid for two days before hoofing it to London…
Also, I hear the Christmas Markets are lovely in Madrid.
It is never good to cut short a stay in a new country if you don’t have to, but, again, the holidays are the dominating factor here, so would love to hear input about whether we are are ok in leaving Spain early, or should embrace our time there, despite the fact so much will be shut down.
I am conversationally fluent in both Spanish & French (as my older son is), while my husband and younger son can understand a small amount of Spanish, if that is to be taken into consideration, either.
Thanks for your help in advance!