1 month in Spain and Portugal

Old Mar 19th, 2015, 01:25 AM
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1 month in Spain and Portugal

I am planning a trip to Spain and Portugal in late April - May as part of a longer European trip of 2 - 3 months. I am a solo female, late 30s, and have travelled on my own before in Canada and USA (I am from New Zealand).

I have an itinerary planned but would welcome suggestions on the order of places and time spent in each place, plus anywhere else you would suggest I should visit. I have been trying to work around avoiding Cordoba on a Monday, and Granada on a Monday and Tuesday when it looks like the Alhambra is not open in the evenings.

April 22 arrive Madrid 7 nights
May 1 train to Seville 4 nights
May 5 train to Granada 3 nights
May 8 train to Cordoba 2 nights
May10 train to Barcelona 8 nights
May 18 fly to Lisbon 6 nights

From Lisbon I will fly to Paris. From Madrid and Barcelona I plan on doing some day trips, as well as from Lisbon, but I wonder if I should take a couple of days from Madrid and Barcelona and see some more of Portugal - but where?

I am yet to book hotels and would welcome suggestions, my budget is about 150 euros per night, and would also be interested in apartment recommendations.

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Old Mar 19th, 2015, 02:31 AM
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IMHO this is a more logical order.
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Old Mar 19th, 2015, 06:13 AM
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You'll be in Cordoba during the annual patio fetival. Colourful patios, food, wine, music, song, dance, concerts etc. etc. from May 4-17. Book accomodation as soon as possible. http://www.andalucia.com/cities/cordoba/patios.htm

We had a great stay in modern Cordoba Centro a couple of years ago, some 300 meters from the Mezquita and just off heart of the city Plaza de las Tendillas: http://www.booking.com/hotel/es/cordoba-centro.es.html

Been perfectly happy in Corregidor in recent years. Local feel and 15 mins walk to the Cathedral and the Santa Cruz district: http://www.booking.com/hotel/es/h10-corregidor.no.html
The area: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/20...macarena-spain

Banys Orientals in medieval and vibrant El Born: http://www.hotelbanysorientals.com/
The area: http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.c...s/el-born.html

Apartments in the heart of the city: http://www.booking.com/hotel/es/dfla...nto-sl.no.html
The area: http://www.barrioletras.com/
The best live jazz and flamenco venues in town are on your doorstep. Only top of the shelf artists, and changing artists all the time.
Casa Patas: http://www.casapatas.com/
Cardamomo: http://cardamomo.es/
Cafe Central: http://www.cafecentralmadrid.com/
Populart: http://www.populart.es/
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Old Mar 19th, 2015, 06:42 AM
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The balance for me is if you want appartments you may need 7 days, but since this is low season you should be able to reduce that to say 5 days. I'd take a day or two off Bacelona and Madrid and give it to Lisbon or Porto

Ribeira's sequence is more logical
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Old Mar 19th, 2015, 12:03 PM
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Thanks for your ideas. The patio festival looks great, and I will look at your hotel recommendations.

Would you suggest flying between Lisbon and Seville, or taking the bus?
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Old Mar 19th, 2015, 05:50 PM
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You might want to visit Toledo from Madrid, or even spend a night or two there.
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Old Mar 20th, 2015, 12:14 AM
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Most do fly, I suppose it comes down to coast/time balance.
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Old Mar 20th, 2015, 03:56 PM
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On the comment about apartments above - if you are interested in renting apartments rather than hotels, I easily found apartments in Barcelona, Cordoba, Madrid and Seville for 3-5 night rentals in October - very few had a requirement to rent for 1 whole week. I have seen that in some beach destinations but not these cities
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