I am working on an Oct 2022 itinerary to Southern Spain (our first trip to the country). We have 3 weeks (19 full days) and are trying to decide what to leave in and what to leave out. For background, we love:
Exploring neighborhoods/cities, small towns/villages
Walks with interesting architecture and/or great views
Anything that feels more authentic and less touristy other than can't miss sites like the Alhambra in Granada, etc. We DO want to see some of the main attractions but do not want to fill up our days trying to check off a list of every amazing site/museum/tour in every city. We are happy sipping coffee in lovely spots and people watching, and strolling back streets, etc.
We are also trying to keep it relaxing by not moving around too much. We are open to a car as necessary (as maybe to see the white hill villages).
So my question: To keep things simple I feel we can add Seville to the mix of Toledo (2 nights), Cordoba (3 nights), Granda(4-5 nights), Madrid (3-5 nights).
We can skip Seville and see some of the white hill villages over a couple of days (e.g., get a car in Seville and head to Ronda for 2 nights with a Grazalema day trip) then drive to Frigiliana for a few days to soak in the quiet before heading to Granada (then back to Madrid for a 3-4 days before we fly out).
The white hill towns sound lovely and and Seville... everyone loves. However, I am not sure we will love Seville. It sounds a bit overrun by tourists and since we will have time in Cordoba, Granada, Toledo (plus Madrid), I am not sure we need to see more Moorish sites etc., (although I realize the Alcázar Real is amazing!). To be fair, some of the white hill towns ALSO sound quite touristy as well,
Bottom line: Would you skip Seville or the white hill villages? I
know this comes down to personal preference but I just can't seem to decide so I am opening it up to your thoughts!
All comments appreciated!! Thank you in advance!