Andalucia Itinerary Help

Jul 16th, 2019, 05:53 PM
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Andalucia Itinerary Help

Day 1: Madrid
Walk around Retiro Park
Gran Via
Temple of Debod
Chocolateria San Gines

Day 2: Cordoba
Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos 4pm (2 hours) (when is the best time to go as to avoid overcrowding?)
Roman Bridge
Calleja de las Flores

Day 3: Cordoba
Plaza de Corredera
Mezquita 4pm (3hours) (when is the best time to go as to avoid overcrowding?)
Walk around Jewish Quarter

Day 4: Granada
Walk around Alcaiceria Market
Sacromonte - Cave Museums

Day 5: Granada
Walk around Carrera del Darro
Alhambra 4pm (3 hours) (bought tickets for Nasrid Palace for 7pm)

Day 6: Granada
Granada Science Park 10am
Catch a Flamenco Show (any recommendations?)
Plaza San Nicholas

Day 7: Granada
Walk around Albaycin Neighborhood
Anything else we should see/do?

Day 8: arrive mid afternoon in Seville
Plaza de Espana

Day 9: Seville
Walking Tour of Seville in the afternoon
Walk around Santa Cruz Quarter

Day 10: Seville
Seville Cathedral 11:30am
Real Alcazar 4:00pm (when is the best time to go as to avoid overcrowding?)

Day 11: SevilleUnplanned Day
Anything else we should see/do?


Day 12: Madrid
Barrio de Salamanca
Puerta del Sol
Plaza Mayor

Day 13: Madrid
Mercado de San Miguel
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museum del Prado - buy tickets online to avoid lines?
Mercato del Gato

Day 14: Fly back to NYC in the morning

With the exception of the key attractions (Alcazar & Mezquita in Cordoba, Alhambra in Granada, Seville Cathedral in Seville) our days in each city seem quite free and open. I would love any recommendations of places/neighborhoods we can walk around, historic sites, museums, non touristy local things that we can visit/should not miss.

It would be very helpful to also know when is the best time to visit the key attractions so we can plan to do other things around it. With the exception of Alhambra's Nasrid Palace we have not booked any tickets in advance so things are still flexible in that sense.

Should we buy tickets for any of the other key attractions ahead of time?

I've read that early September can still be very hot in Spain - what are some things we can do in the heat as we would like to avoid walking around outside during that time?

Any food recommendations in any of these cities would also be very useful!

Thank you so much in Advance!!!

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Jul 16th, 2019, 06:13 PM
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Looks like an excellent trip.

I’ll steer you to my 2015 trip report if you are inclined to plow through it. Post #14 has a semi-detailed blow-by-blow account.
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Jul 16th, 2019, 06:38 PM
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I'm sure you realize that the Nasrid Palace is only one part of the Alhambra. For evening visits to the Nasrid Palace, it will be the ONLY part you can see, but during the day, you can see a lot more. And I wanted to see the Nasrid Palace during the day before seeing it in the evening, so I had seen it in good light before encountering it in the dimmer and evocative light of an evening. i spent about 8 hours in the Alhambra during my day visit, and then hours in the Nasrid Palace during my evening visit. When I went, tickets for the day and evening were separate, and the area was closed from 6 to 7 -- maybe that's no longer true?

There are, of course, many other things you might want to see in these cities. Most guidebooks will cover them in some detail so you can decide what YOU want to see and experience.

FWIW, I think most people find 3 nights sufficient for Granada; you might consider shifting a night to Madrid, which is getting comparatively little of your time. And Toledo, which I think easily deserves 2 nights, can also be seen as a day trip from Madrid, so you might want to give that some thought.

It's a delightful part of the world, but as you say, it will likely be HOT. Drink lots of water and bring sunscreen and a hat!
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Jul 17th, 2019, 05:04 PM
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Thanks Nelson I will be sure to read your travel summary

kja Unfortunately we already booked our airbnbs for these cities so we can't switch the # of days we are spending in each city. Good to know that Nasrid Palace looks differently during daytime v. sunset. I had only allocated about 4 hours to spend at the Alhambra but I will make sure to set aside more time for it! Thank you!
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Jul 17th, 2019, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by tiffbrose View Post
Unfortunately we already booked our airbnbs for these cities so we can't switch the # of days we are spending in each city. )
You might want to look up "sunk cost"
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Jul 17th, 2019, 06:05 PM
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If you are walking around Retiro, it is easy to visit Salamanca just north of the park.
Salamanca is a good size area with many upscale stores and restaurants.
It is my favourite part of the city.
(Temple is on the other side of town , IMO ,not particularly interesting.)

Mercado SM is next to Plaza Mayor .
on GV you will find many hotels and big stores..Sol is just south of GV
and 5-10 min to Mayor..you can cover it all in a few hours.
the Palace is another 10 or so minutes from Mayor.

Prado tickets are available on line, free entrance at times..
check the webpage. If you have time you might walk to Plaza St Ana..
a popular area with many restaurants and outdoor cafes.


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Jul 17th, 2019, 06:22 PM
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In Seville, Alameda de Hercules is an interesting spot with many outdoor
restaurants..it has a local feel .
Or you can cross the river to another different neighbourhood , Triana.
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Jul 17th, 2019, 08:10 PM
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Definitely would swap out one day in Granada and give it to Toledo.
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Jul 20th, 2019, 04:46 PM
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Thanks danon I will be sure to not miss Salamanca and check for those Prado Museum tickets online!
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