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4 extra days in Spain

My wife and I are doing the Rick Steves Barcelona/Madrid tour in a couple of weeks. The tour ends on a Saturday night but we have another four full days until our Thursday morning (10:30 a.m.) flight home leaves out of Madrid. The tour already includes Toleda but not Segovia and it would be nice to include Sevilla and/or Granada. I would appreciate your ideas.

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Segovia, Avila and Salamanca are close to Madrid and well worth seeing. If you choose Sevilla, Cordova is worthwhile and close( about 1 hour away). Sevilla and Grenada are also possible - but the most driving of these three choices.

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I'm going to assume your time in Madrid will include a trip to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. If not, worth a serious consideration. You could do all the above if one day in Segovia (plenty of time for that location) and three days to do Sevilla & Granada doesn't feel like a rush to you. Segovia's cathedral on a Sunday would be a real treat. Take notice of the hanging red cardinal's hats over their respective tombs. Then enjoy the roman aqueduct and the sure to climb the tower. Sevilla and Granada (be sure to make reservations for the Alhambra...a must!) can comfortably be covered in three days. You'll want to be back in Madrid Wednesday night, though (under 3 hrs back to Madrid from Sevilla via AVE). Have a great time!

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go to granda. just spent four days there in march. highlight of the trip, which included madrid, barcelona, toledo, as well as granada. the alhambra is amazing, the moorish albayzin is so cool. train connectivity to madrid is quick, though times are limited. have fun be safe.

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I would recommend spedning three days in Andalucia (Sevilla, Granada, Ronda and any 'Pueblos Blancos' in between). Please google those sites for details. They'll make you vacation more memorable plus seeing the country side along the way will give you a better idea of what 'Spain' is. Buen Viaje!