To Dream the Impossible Dream!
How to ideally spend nine nights in the Garden of Spain.
I am presuming this is your first Spanish trip, you a flying non-stop from an eastern U S point of departure, you are relying on public transportation once you arrive and you are in the process of making arrangements for lodging and transportation.
Using your stated itinerary, days 1,3,6,9 & 10 are travel days - some a considerable distance.
You have heard "good things about Cordoba" - and every one of them is true. Have you heard "good things about Toledo?" Every one of them is true, too. And Ronda, and Segovia, and, of course, Barcelona and the Basque region......this list goes on.
Some people love Italy, some love France, some love Germany.....all for good reasons and all those reasons are personal. Some places just make you feel like this is your destiny. Spain is like that for me......in fact, I'll be there in late January.....Madrid south to Andalucia.....and it's not my first fiesta.
Maybe Spain will be that destiny for you....maybe it works its magic on you like it did on me. Maybe it will be just another wonderful European adventure for you - but the search for your dreams will lead you elsewhere. For me, no amount of time in Spain is sufficient. Do I recommend you somehow add Cordoba to your plan? I recommend you prepare yourself for a dream come true.