Hello, We are an active couple in 50s & 60s visiting Spain for the first time this summer. We'll have 11 days, flying in and out of Barcelona. We already have reservations for the Sagrada Familia the day after arrival, but rest of the trip is fairly open. Wanting to know high points and best itinerary for our trip? Here is initial thought on itinerary:
Day 1-3: Barcelona
Day 4-6: Madrid
Day 7-8: Seville
Day 9-10: Valencia
Day 11: Return to Barcelona
Are we trying to do too much, should we stick with Northern Spain and save Southern Spain for another time? Would Bilbao be a good replacement for Seville? If Seville, is the Corpus Christi festival worth seeing?
Finally, we typically rent a car and drive between destinations, but it's looking like high speed train is recommended for this itinerary?
Thank you in advance - we welcome any and all recommendations (including mid-range lodging recommendations, preferably with good breakfasts)!