My fiancee and I are from Washington DC and we are planning a honeymoon in Spain in June 2008. She wants to spend some time relaxing on the beach, etc. I am more of a cultural sight-seer. We've agreed to compromise and mix in a little of both.
Neither of us have been to Spain, and we've both been to Europe before but only when we were young. We'd like to do a few days in Madrid and a few days on the southern coast. I thought it would be a good idea to outline the plan we came up with and receive feedback and suggestions from the message board community!
Day 1 - Fly into Madrid early morning, spend day/night in Madrid
Day 2 - Spend day, night in Madrid
Day 3 - Travel from Madrid to southern Spain - perhaps stop in Toledo on the way? - spend the night in Marbella (have heard it is very nice, though we're open to other suggestions)
Day 4 - Spend day/night in Marbella
Day 5 - Spend day/night in Marbella - trip to Sevilla maybe? or Grenada to see Alhambra?
Day 6 - Travel to Morocco via ferry for day trip, perhaps spend the night in Morocco if it would be more rewarding to go a little further then Tangier (from what I've read it is)
Day 7 - Back to Marbella, spend night in Marbella
Day 8 - Spend day/night in Marbella
Day 9 - Fly from Malaga back to DC
Thoughts? I'd like to fit in Alhambra, Sevilla, Morocco, Madrid, and the beach. Too ambitious? I don't know.. that's why I'm looking for help.
Also, what is the best way to get around? Should we rent a car? Or could we take a train/bus from Madrid to Marbella and then a bus or taxi to all the day trip destinations? Any ideas for nice hotels in these places that won't break the bank? Or things I may have left off that might be of interest?
I know these are a lot of questions... but ANY information would be a huge help. Thanks to all in advance!