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help with a few days in southern Spain

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We are going to be going to Spain for a first trip. I wanted to base in Barcelona, but we will be going the week end of the 25 and 26 of February and there is a huge mobile conference. We only have about 10 days. I don't know when we will get back so I am trying to fit a lot in.

Let me know if this is doable. We are 2 adults age 60. We do travel and we are in good physical shape.

Day 1. We are thinking about arriving in Madrid on 2/23/ in the AM and renting a car and driving straight to Toledo. Is there a good place to stop on the way to Cordoba from Toledo?

Day 2 and 3 Drive to Cordoba 2/24 and 2/25 and site see there

Day 4, 5 , 6, Seville 2/26 2/27 2/28

Day 7,8 Grenada 2/29/ 3/1

Day 9 and 10 Madrid. 3/2 3/3

What do you think about this? My original plan was to relax and spend a week in Barcelona and do day trips from there. With the conference, I am concerned.

Thanks for your help

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    So, if I understand correctly you have Toledo (1), Cordoba (2), Sevilla (3), Grenada (2) and Madrid (2). ( ) indicating the number of nights.

    This works but your time in Madrid is very short. Is there a reason why you are heading to Toledo for the first night? I'd also consider using public transportation for this trip as the train will be much quicker in most cases and you don't have alot of time to explore by car if you stick with your current plans. I'd consider heading to Cordoba immediately when you arrive in Madrid - take the AVE and you'll be there in 1:45 hours. Then the train from Cordoba to Sevilla is only 45 minutes. Sevilla to Granada by bus or train. Then head back to Madrid for 3 nights at the end and visit Toledo as a daytrip.

    If you haven't purchased your airfare you may be able to get a little creative flying open jaw and not having to backtrack to Madrid.

    For example, you could spend the first 3 nights in Madrid (daytrip to Toledo), then head to Cordoba, Sevilla and Granada and get a return flight from Granada. Or take a night from Cordoba (or add a night to Sevilla and do Cordoba as a daytrip), and add a night to Malaga and fly home from Malaga.

    Just thought I'd throw this out there for you to think about. Your current plans (5 overnights in 10 days) is alot different than your original paln to base in Barcelona :)

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    teach - what cathy said.

    you may be in good shape, but a transatlantic flight followed by a succession of one and two night stays might find you going home feeling worse than when you arrived.

    either of her plans would work well.

    save Barcelona for next time.

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    This is very similar to a (quick) trip that we made to the same area several months ago; I would have loved to have a longer trip, but we were restricted by our daughter's school schedule. We had 10 nights.

    We flew into Madrid, arriving late afternoon. We picked up a rental car and drove to Cordoba. We spent the night and through lunchtime the next day; it's a nice town, and we'll probably return.

    We drove on to Granada, parked on the outskirts, and spent two nights there. Other than the Alhambra, which was fantastic, it was our least-favorite city/town of the trip. In retrospect, we would have spent one night there, and moved on to Cordoba after spending a lot of time at the Alhambra.

    We then drove to Cordoba, where we dropped off our rental car. We spent two nights here, and very much enjoyed the city. I think I liked the Mezquita as much as I loved the Alhambra, and there are other very interesting places to visit, as well. We stayed away from the more touristy areas close to the Mezquita.

    Took the train (45 min) to Sevilla, where we spent another delightful two nights. What a gorgeous city! And lots of interesting places - DO NOT MISS the Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija, especially if you like Roman mosaics. Great food; we really enjoyed the tapas restaurants we visited there.

    Train to Madrid, where we spent two nights. We didn't expect to like Madrid as much as we did - we will definitely return. Our focus in Madrid was museums (we spent most of one day at the Prado) and tapas, and we did as much of both as possible.

    After I planned the trip, I realized that we could have gone to Sevilla first, then Cordoba, as Cordoba is on the train line between Sevilla and Madrid, but as it was, it worked out very well for us in the order that we had it.

    We used a rental car because any public transport to Granada took longer than it would if we drove. Also, if we took the train to Toledo on our first night, we'd have to get from the airport into Madrid to catch the train, and that would have used up valuable time. With a rental car, we just got in the car at the airport and drove. Driving IN Granada is difficult and confusing; it worked for us to park on the outskirts, and walk to our hotel.

    Oh, and about us, we're two forty-something parents and our 12yo DD. We all love art and history, and I was particularly interested in (i) the Moorish history of Spain (hence two nights in Cordova, the former capital of Moorish Spain) and (ii) the Prado. And food, any local food that's good.

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