Thank you to everyone who commented on my previous post, similarly titled, from a few days ago. Those comments, along with a bit more homework, have helped us drop Tangier and the Costa del Sol from the itinerary. Thanks for that. But now what?
I failed to attach some vital info i my first post. First, our time in Andalucia is Apr 14-25. More importantly, our week in the S. of Spain will be our penultimate week of a 13 week European trip. During the 13 weeks, we'll have a week in: Menaggio, Provence (Arles), Sitges, Naxos, Santorini, Amalfi Coast (Solerno), Algarve, Andalucia and Mallorca - with a few 2-3 day stays in Barcelona, Zurich, Istanbul, Athens, Nice and Lisbon thrown in along the way. Frankly, we'll have seen enough Roman ruins and religious centres long before we get to Andalucia! Again we'll be going to Seville from the Algarve and going on to Mallorca after Andalucia.
My wife and I want to experience Andalucian culture - more than run around seeing sights. Ideally, all we want to do is lay low, with the odd day trip or two to fight off cabin fever. However, in that area it seems tough to decide what NOT to see!
We prefer to rent an apartment for a week at a time. Packing and dragging luggage around aren't my favorite hobbies. Add to that - my wife loves to cook and try new cuisines (and 3 months of restaurant food would be taxing to any stomach!) My problem is I don't see a logical central hub in Andalucia from which to work. I agree my previous itinerary was busy, but failing to see an appropriate hub, we were settling to be on the move, and doing a "circle tour" of Andalucia. Following 2 or 3 nights in Seville, is there TWO hubs we could logically set up for 3-5 nights each? Arcos and Ronda? But even that is clumsy, and has lots of driving.
If we had to pare down the list, we'd like to experience: Arcos, Cadiz, Gibraltar, Ronda, Zahara, Grazalema and perhaps Malaga.
If I can complicate things a tiny bit more - we prefer to travel by train. Renting a car is doable, but when getting around by car - one of us is always missing out on the scenery.
Anyone up for a challenge? To point out a 9-day trip in the area and manner I'm describing? Whenever I sort out a plan - Gibraltar is the tough piece of the puzzle.
I'm open for all suggestions. For example, how about the following outside-the-box idea?
2-3 nights in Seville
Drive to Arcos (4-5 nights with a day trips to Cadiz, Zahara, Grazalema, Ronda)
Drive back to Seville and fly to Marrakesh! 2 nights in Marrakesh
Fly back to Malaga for a day or 2, or directly to Mallorca.