Hi there! My fiancee and I just booked a flight to Spain for 11.5 days from May 17-29. I have a rough idea of where we want to go but we would love some input from well-seasoned travelers.
Here's my (very rough) itinerary:
Wednesday 5/17 - Arrive in Barcelona at 11:30am
Thursday 5/18 - Barcelona
Friday 5/19 - Barcelona, overnight train to Granada (or flight?)
Saturday 5/20 - Granada
Sunday 5/21 - Granada
Monday 5/22 - rent car early AM and drive 2 hrs to Ronda - spend day in Ronda
Tuesday 5/23 - day trip to Arcos de la Frontera & Zahara de la Sierra (sleep in Ronda)
Wednesday 5/24 - drive to Tarifa very early, day trip to Tangier (take ferry)
Thursday, 5/25 - drive to Sevilla in AM
Friday, 5/26 - Sevilla
Saturday, 5/27 - morning train to Madrid
Sunday, 5/28 - Madrid
Monday, 5/29 - fly out of Madrid at 11:30am
I had initially planned on going from Barcelona to Madrid then to Granada, Ronda/Arcos, Tarifa/Tangier, then Sevilla, but I found that the earliest train out of Sevilla to Madrid on Monday wouldn't get us in to Madrid until 9am and I want to get to the airport a few hours before our 11:30am flight, so that may be pushing it. I thought about taking an evening train back to Madrid on 5/28 but the 28th is my fiancee's birthday so I'd prefer not to have to travel that day (but nothing is set in stone yet). I have only been to Europe once and spent 2 weeks in Italy - we loved our time in Tuscany and Cinque Terre and tend to like the smaller towns more than the big cities so I think we are going to love Andalucia... Just bought Rick Steves' Spain book so I am about to dig into that now but would love to hear any suggestions - any awesome places that I'm missing? Would love to see Nerja as well but just don't think we have the time this trip. Would anyone recommend limiting Barcelona to 1.5 days instead of 2.5 days so that we can see Cordoba or Toledo? Any suggestions re logistics, and the order in which we are visiting these cities? Also is it difficult to have a car in Arcos, Ronda, Tarifa, Sevilla? Any off-the-beaten track experiences you'd recommend in these cities? Thanks in advance!