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Madrid/Andalucia itinerary and transportation questions

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Well, my original inquiry got so many responses and gave me so much to think about! I'm fairly decided about making the trip the latter half of May, 2 weeks, maybe a day or 2 more if necessary. The itinerary I'm leaning towards would be (in this order unless you advise otherwise)
1. Fly into Madrid, drive OR train to Sevilla. Stay 4 nights.
2. Drive to Cordoba, looks like it's about a 2 hour drive. Stay 2 nights.
3. Drive to Malaga, maybe 2 1/2 hours? Don't know how long to stay, this wasn't on my original itinerary, if we do 2 nights, I might have to stay 3 nights instead of 4 in Sevilla.
4. Drive to Granada, looks like a little under 2 hours, stay 3 nights, maybe only 2.
5. Drive to Madrid, maybe via Toledo. It's a long drive though. Stay 3 nights. Fly home.

So one question is about trains. Should we take the train to Sevilla and rent a car there? If we take a train from Granada to Madrid, we'd have to drop off one rental car and pick up another, which seems silly. Or would we manage fine with no car in Sevilla? I thought there might be day trips we'd want to do, and have no idea about the public transportation options.

Note that my husband doesn't mind driving, but 5-6 hours is the better part of a day.

Can you fly into Sevilla and home from Madrid? Or is that very expensive? Does the itinerary and time allotted for each city look reasonable? If we pick up a car in Sevilla and drop off in Madrid is there a huge drop-off charge. My previous experience is that this works fine as long as you stay in the same country, but if you cross a border, the drop-off fee is sky high.

Thank you in advance, you guys are the best.
Alice

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