Many, many thanks for the responses on this Forum--incredibly helpful! We have Ricks book but the forum site really helps with pesky details. We will be in Spain for 14 nights in mid-March--first trip, no possibility to increase our time :( . Two active couples in our early 60s. We are interested in seeing as much of Spain as possible, experience the culture and have an itinerary worked out--ambitious but has some pauses. Most of my questions are about train travel since we will use that method as much as possible.
A Spanish name question: Is it Seville or Sevilla? I see it both ways everywhere? ( I speak moderate level Spanish and know how to pronounce it but the spelling???)
1) Is there a train(regional or 'not too slow') that goes from Sevilla to Granada? I find it on some sites but wanted to be sure. Our plan is to train from Madrid to Sevilla, spend 3 nights in Sevilla, then train to Granada and drive back west through the hill towns--spenign 3 days doing that, and ending in Sevilla to take the train back to Madrid. (We have two people in the group who cannot do the Cordoba to Granada bus trip--or any buses due to motion sickness.)
2) We plan to train from Madrid to Sevilla but stop for a few hours in Cordoba then continue on to Sevilla for the night. then after several days take the train from Sevilla to Madrid. Should we buy these 3 trips as separate legs?
3) Ideas about when Renfe will open for train reservations for mid-March? We have a Barcelona-Madrid, and the Madrid to Sevilla trips and are anxious to try for discounts?
Again, many thanks!