We have non-stop tickets to Madrid scheduled to depart mid-September - we have 26 nights to plan for. We’re an older-ish, active couple and enjoy museums, light hiking, good food and wine. We are leisurely travelers and like to hang out in a city for 3-4 days. We traveled in Spain a few times before and have spent time in Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Salamanca, San Sebastian, Santillana, Santiago, Toledo, and Bilbao.
We’re having difficulty piecing together a simple itinerary. We’d like to visit some new destinations and return to a few places we enjoyed in the past. We’ve rented cars on previous trips to Spain but we’re not sure we’ll do so this time - for now, we’re thinking of taking public transportation and flying north from Seville. We’re curious about Valencia but not sure how to work this into our plan...so far...
-Arrive in Madrid - train to Seville - 4 nights (day trip to Cordoba or maybe 2 nights)
-Bus to Cadiz - 3-4 nights (return to Seville for flight)
-Fly Seville to Vitoria Gasteiz - 3-4 nights (day trip to Pamplona maybe)
-Logroño (Laguardia or other La Rioja suggestion) - 3 nights
-Burgos - 3-4 nights
-Madrid - 4-5 nights (day trip to Segovia or Avila maybe)
That’s 20-24 nights allowing for some “wiggle room” in case we discover someplace we’d like to stay longer or add to the plan when we’re there.
Anything we’re missing?
Edited to add: We like a seaside destination for at least one part of our trip...if Cadiz isn't worth a few days is there another seaside place that fits our itinerary?