EDIT: Thanks for the encouragement. I have accommodation bookings made for about 6 weeks in Spain. I had to move Barcelona from beginning to end, but it looks like - Malaga 4 weeks, Zaragoza 1 week, Barcelona 6 days. If I hate it, I will take day trips, or as I have an apartment close to Arc de triumf metro, I have other places to go, walk to the beach or the major park. It should be grand.
Thanks for the encouragement.
As I age, I am less of a fan of major cities. I have a month's stay in Malaga around Feb 2024.
I am a solo global traveler, so beyond Europe is okay with me.
I have done Madrid and other parts of Andalucia in 2017. I missed Barcelona due to Catalan elections at that time. Barcelona had been an add-on at the recommendation of this group, not something forever on my list.
I thought to add Barcelona and Zaragoza to this Malaga trip, but find myself getting less excited and more unhappy with a Barcelona visit. Other than the Modernista architecture, I have little interest in it.
There is a car ferry from Malaga to Melilla (a little enclave of Spain surrounded by Morocco) and it has its own Modernista buildings. That would change flights to round trip Malaga and forgo Barcelona and Zaragoza.
Alternatively, how do I get enthusiastic for Barcelona in order to stick to the original plan? What is the minimum time for Sagrada Famillia and other major Modernista works? I suspect I could live without Parc Geull.
For what it is worth, I haven't seen the other Art Nouveau cities of Europe ...yet.