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8 days in Madrid/Sevilla/Granada

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First trip to Spain, appreciate the expertise on this forum! We (my husband, my college freshman son and I) will be visiting college senior daughter for Thanksgiving while she is studying in Sevilla. We arrive Saturday morning 11/19 in Madrid and depart the following Sunday, 11/27 at 1 pm from Madrid. Not trying to cram too much in (or maybe we are!) but want to see a bit of Madrid, spend the bulk of our time in Sevilla but also see the Alhambra & Granada.

Tentative plan
Daughter will meet us Saturday morning and we will spend Sat and Sunday night in Madrid, then take the high speed train to Sevilla Monday late afternoon. Gives us 1 full, 2 half days and 2 nights in Madrid - not a ton but hoping a nice "taste".

The bulk of our time will be in Sevilla but trying to determine the best way to see the Alhambra/Granada. Does it make sense to just go mid week - take an early bus, spend a night in Granada and take a bus back the following afternoon? Looks like there are some direct buses that take about 3 hours? We weren't planning to rent a car. And then would just head back to Madrid from Sevilla on the high speed train sometime Saturday and spend the night there before our Sunday flight home.

Or, would it make more sense to rent a car at the end of our time in Sevilla and take off for Granada early Friday, spend Friday night in Granada and then drive from Granada to Madrid on Saturday afternoon to drop the car. Would this be an interesting drive? My husband likes road trips so he would be comfortable doing the driving if that is a better option.

Probably over-thinking this but just curious about the pros and cons of our different options or any other advice. Wish we had more time!

Thanks!

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