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Trip Report Espagne, Olé! Ancient to modern, through Andalucia, Toledo and Madrid

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We just returned from a fabulous 3-week trip through Spain and I am seriously missing my café con leche right now! It was everything I had hoped for and more. The regions we visited were so beautiful and so rich in so many ways - visually, culturally, historically, gastronomically – that I’m still trying to absorb it all and soak it up as I transition back to the RW (real world, for those who don’t know my reference). As we sort through our 1000+ photos, we both find ourselves oohing and ahh-ing at the beauty of these different locations.

The overview:

We stayed:
Toledo – 2 nights at the Santa Isabel – small, modest hotel in central location - Highly recommend
Seville – 4 nights at the Veoapartment Pajaritos 2 – great location, mixed feelings about the apartment
Cordoba – 3 nights at an AirBnB apt, Atico Terraza Mezquita Cordoba – wonderful apt & great host.
Granada – 3 nights at the Hotel Ladron de Agua – excellent hotel, great location –recommend
Ronda – 2 nights - Hotel Montelirio – Beautiful hotel, fabulous location, excellent staff – highly recommend
Malaga – 2 nights – Don Curro – Modest business-style hotel in great location – recommend
Madrid – 4 nights – at an AirbnB apt, Prado Museum Air Apt Madrid – Great location, sweet, modest apt and truly lovely host. Highly recommend

As you see, we had a mix of apartments and hotels for our trip and it worked out very well. It’s great to have a place that feels like “home” for a short time – it gave us a sense of belonging to that city, and, in all cases, the apartments were centrally located yet not in the middle of crowds, so they were also a respite from the trip. The downside of having an apartment, of course, is not having someone to help you out with reservations or recommendations any time of the day. Hosts were available with the AirBnB apts if there was a specific issue, but not the same as having someone 24 hours a day in a hotel. Still, we were very happy with our experience with both AirBnB aparments, and the personal relationship with the host made a huge difference.

We were less happy with Veoapartment, and the difference is, I think, the personal connection. We had no real problems with our apartment, but it was an impersonal relationship and the agency sent someone to meet us with the keys who was inexperienced and completely unfamiliar with the apartment. I’ll write a little more about the apartment when I write about Seville and I’ll post links to the different apartments as well.

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