I have been trying to solidify our plans coming up. My husband, son, age 18, and I are heading to Spain at the end of May. We are flying into Madrid and out of Madrid mainly b/c of the price of tickets per living in the middle of the US. I researched a lot about ticket prices. Also, my husband wants to see a bullfight (we're cattle and horse people in OK so please no judgment) in Madrid and my son wants to see an FC Barcelona game (the last one is May 28th) so these 2 things put us in a weird travel flow. So here is what I have so far. Would appreciate any feedback on recommendations, etc. We're also foodies and architecture/Gaudi fans.
Day 1- Fly into Madrid early, Hop on/Hop off to see the highlights??? Cave bar??
Day 2- Half day trip to Toledo, evening bullfight
Day 3-Day 6-Barcelona Things we want to do; Gaudi day, Montserrat or Pyrenees, beach, eat good food, soccer game
Day 6-7 Fly to Granada- Alhambra & dinner at a Carmen restaurant any other suggestions, maybe rent a car when leaving here?
Day 8-11-This is where I could use some help, wanting to head to the white hill country. Thinking of renting a car in Granada. Do we stop off in Nerja or the beach somewhere or any hiking/caves? What we want to for sure do in this area is see a bull farm/horse farm? Sample sherry and see an olive mill, etc. Thought about staying 1-2 nights in Arcos at the paradores there for home base?
Day 12-13-Seville for Flamenco, Alcazar, Cathedral---is this where we can see a horse show? Turn in rental car when we arrive to Seville
Day 14 AVE train back to Madrid to fly out the next day
Am I missing overdoing it or missing anything.
Thank you in advance for any guidance or recommendations on lodging or food.