I was hoping to get some feedback about my plan for visiting Spain for about 2 weeks at the end of September/start of October.
First, let me get all the disclaimers out of the way. I understand there is a possibility this trip may not happen and everything will depend on the evolution of the sanitary situation, but I am planning as if there will be some normalcy by the time of my trip. If not, I can cancel the plane tickets with no penalty and the hotels are fully refundable too.
Now some background about me and interests: I'm 35 and traveling solo. First trip to Spain. I'm trying to avoid a breakneck pace and hoping to put together an itinerary that allows me time in each stop just to wander around a bit and soak up the atmosphere while also trying to balance making efficient use of my time to see the "major" sites. I like visiting historical sites, architecture, arts/museums (up to a point anyway), great views of landscapes or cityscapes, and can enjoy quiet moments just for reflection. I am not a big foodie, however, I want to push myself a little bit and try new things, so I will probably be doing some food tours, however, things like wine tastings or beer crawls don't interest me as I don't drink alcohol. I hope this does not make things too difficult food wise as a lot of itineraries I read for Spain (and Europe in general) always seem to emphasize alcohol.
With all that out of the way, I am currently planning to fly from the east coast of the US on Tues. Sept 28 and arrive in Madrid at 8:45am Wed. I return to the states from Madrid on Tues. Oct 12. Here is what I have planned so far:
Arrive Madrid, take train to Sevilla arriving in the early afternoon
Day trip to Córdoba
Take morning train to Granada from Sevilla
Granada (Alahambra day)
Take morning train to Madrid from Granada
I am currently thinking about spending the morning in Madrid and then heading to Toledo on an afternoon train to spend the night. This would probably allow me to see a sight or two before closing and then have all day the next day to finish seeing things. I've heard so many people recommend to spend the night in Toledo. Thoughts? I probably would not bother checking out of my Madrid hotel and just burn the night which is annoying, but would save check out and re-check in the next day. What do you all think? Or should I just do it as a day trip all on one day on Monday?
If I headed to Toledo Sunday afternoon, I would finish touring the sights here and then head back to Madrid on an afternoon train. If I have not gone the previous night, I would head there today as an all day trip.
Flight home to US departs 11:15AM. I know this is a national holiday. Would I have any trouble getting to the airport that morning?
Does it look like I am allocating an appropriate amount of time for each place?
Thank you all for any feedback!