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Madrid, Seville, San Sebastian

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I am going to Spain in mid April. I have been to Barcelona and I liked it very much, but I have not traveled anywhere else in Spain. I am traveling for two weeks total, but plan to spend my last four or five days in Paris. So I have about 9 days after arrival in Madrid for Spain. I love great walking cities, and I am into experiencing the culture, food and nightlife more so than ticking off the list of major attractions. I am very into architecture and history. While I enjoy museums, I am not one to spend hours in an art museum. I am more likely to be interested in a unique smaller museum or attraction rather than the giant standard tourist destination (for example: in Paris, I love the Rodin Museum; in London, The Cabinet War Room (or whatever its current name is)).

I am faced with the classic issue of wanting to do too much in too little time. I would like to spend time in all three cities, but it suspect the advice I will get will suggest visiting two, and seeing the third on the next trip. My current plan is to spend four nights in Madrid, then four nights in San Sebastian, then leave for Paris. But I am trying to fit Seville in, if it is possible.

My first priority is San Sebastian; I am into great food, and this is a destination that has been on my list for a while. I also will want to see The Guggenheim, and plan on a possible day trip to Biarritz. While I am looking forward to Madrid, the more I hear about Seville, the more I want to spend a few days there.

So, ideally, I think I would spend three or four days in each city; but the only way I can do that comfortably is get rid of Paris, or reduce it by a two or three nights, which I am hesitant to do. Logistically, to try to do all three just seems like I will be wasting too much time on transportation.

Any thoughts or suggestions on whether I should try to squeeze in all three cities, and how best to do so? And if not, is four nights in Madrid, and four in San Sebastian the right amount of time? Is Madrid all about its well-kwon museums, or is their a great city there independent of this? Please note that my plane arrives in Madrid, and I probably cannot change this.

Thank you for the help.

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