I will be on a sabbatical in Morocco in 2022. My husband will join me there at my home base in Marrakech. I was thinking, since we've already been to Morocco together and we've never been to Spain, that this would be a good opportunity to visit Spain.
Our preferred travel style is one major activity per day with leisurely evenings and opportunities for relaxation. We prefer to be outdoors, to sample the cuisine, soak in the culture and history, and meet the people rather than standing inside art museums. We are more interested in ancient ruins than churches, and we like bringing home meaningful, small souvenirs but don't care about high-end shopping. We enjoy farm and vineyard tours, but we don't drink and don't care about partying nightlife.
All that having been said, I was thinking we could take a train to Tangier and the ferry from there to Tarifa. With a car hire to Algeciras, we could take the train to Granada (Alhambra is my #1 must see in Spain). I want us to focus on the south, with emphasis on Sevilla, Cordoba, Cadiz, and the hill towns. I feel like Madrid is something I might save for a separate trip. I would like to include Barcelona, but I know that travel time from Granada to there and then to Sevilla would eat into our total vacation time. I'd rather spend two week taking in all the Andalucía region has to offer than hustle from one city to another.
I think using train travel would be better than car rental, and then perhaps we could book day tours to smaller towns from a home base such as Sevilla. We will likely travel in February or March. We have about two weeks.
I am seeking any advice about my destinations, itinerary, mode of transport, and whatever else comes to mind. Thank you.