Granada, Seville, Cordoba and the other attractions seem too far apart to see without at least a few different hotels. What is the single best location for a week to see many of the attractions in Andalucia? Any recommendation for a particular cottage?
Ronda might be another choice, but I agree with Sasha. I don't like to spend so much time traveling any day - but I doubly don't like it when half is backtracking. Granada and Seville are both better seen by including some overnight stays. Ronda, Tarifa, Gibraltar, Antequera, Jerez, Cadiz and Cordoba could all be seen as day trips - but from one location? I'm not sure where that location would be?
You all are confirming my impression which is that aren't any "Tuscany sized" slices to be had in Andalucia. I have been doing a lot of multiple locations for a few days traveling lately so I am looking for a break from that. I hitchhiked through Granada and Cordoba 43 years ago and remember it fondly.
Mike, Andalucia isn't Tuscany. It's a big place with widely spaced cities and towns. Would you recommend that someone coming from abroad to see the PNW should rent a cottage in Centralia to visit the attractions of Seattle, Portland, and the Olympic Coast on daytrips? Why not just change hotels and stay IN Seville and Granada? You can visit Cordoba as a daytrip from Seville or on your way to or from there.
Sometimes there is a pleasure in staying in one place that transcends seeing everything. I am willing to forgo some attractions for that pleasure. Staying in Bainbridge Island taking the ferry into Seattle, driving to Port Townsend and Hurricane Ridge isn't a bad way to go.
Well, that is true but we are only 30 min. from Seattle and an hour to Port Townsend. The distances you contemplate are much greater. You'll be spending 4-5 hours a day in a train or car (inlcuding parking, etc.) to visit Granada or Seville from a "central" location between the two. And you'll miss the pleasure of nighttime in these remarkable cities. But maybe someone can suggest a nice town or village that sounds good to you for what you want. We didn't see much on the train between Seville and Granada but olive and other trees (lemons?) and rugged open land, and a couple of towns. Osuna was one, but I don't remember if there were others.
Antequera is central (ish), well connected by however you wish to transport yourself to all three cities on your wish list, but not my idea of the way to go as already advised, if you are thinking day trips. I cannot help with a 'cottage', not my travel style. Plenty of web directories of self catering property out there.
AirBnb.com has had good references on this site and others (we're using them for many places across Spain in April/May). It connects you with owners for short stays (doesn't require a week like VRBO or Homeaway). It is well set up - owners don't get paid until after you get there and all is ok - though you pay AirBnB up-front. You might try splitting Andalucia in half - Antequerra (for Cordova and Granada) and maybe a smaller white village toward Sevilla (or as others suggested stay in Granada and Sevilla and venture out for day trips). We're spending 3+ weeks seeing what you are trying to do in 1.
I wish I lived in Washington so I can get some of your jokes... We stayed in Sevilla for a month last summer and made a day trip to Cordoba, and to Rota and the beach the scene in that direction. Both trips were nice drives, not ridiculous to make you consider staying the night. Also, some of our local friends volunteered to take us to the Algarve in Portugal. That would definitely be a longer road trip, but according to them (not me!!) it would still only be a day trip and they have done it quite a few times before. I loved Sevilla especially at night, so if I had a choice, I'd make that my homebase.