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How would you spend two weeks in central Spain in July?

How would you spend two weeks in central Spain in July?

Mar 26th, 2007, 04:31 PM
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Definitively spend 1 night if not more in Salamanca. We stayed at NH Palacio de Castellanos which I highly recommend.
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Mar 26th, 2007, 06:52 PM
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hi isabel,
i am trying to plan a trip (for June) which sounds alot like the one you just got back from . i have had the hardest time researching it. i want to spend 2-3 days in Madrid, 4 nights in Seville, i was thinking of taking a day trip to Granada from Seville...is that do-able...or do you recommend spending more time there?

Also I got mixed reviews about Cordoba...so not sure if i should make this a stop or not. what do u think?

i am alot like you, in that i can spend endless time wandering around for photos...however, my husband really needs to relax...so somewhere in this trip, we are going to need to find a beach...i was originally thinking about Mallorca...but seems kind of far away...how did you get around from Sevilla-Cordoba-Granada?

The other places that looked appealing to me where Algarve, Portugal or Tenerife. Too many places, i cant decide!
any adivce would be great! thanks!
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Mar 27th, 2007, 11:32 AM
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alysa - I'm working on my trip report and photos so check in a week or so and I should have them posted. We went from Sevila to Cordoba on the AVE train - took about half an hour, very easy. We took the bus from Cordoba to Granada - that was about 2 and a half hours. I don't think Granada from Sevila as a day trip is that great an idea, for one thing given that it takes 2-3 hours (not sure as we didn't do that route) you'd spend most of the day getting to and from. But also, I liked Granada almost as much as Sevila and think it warrants a couple of days (or more). Cordoba was certainly nice, but not as great as the other two. However, the Mezquita is truly wonderful and you should see it if you're in the area. It can easily be done as a stop off on the way from Madrid to Sevila. We spent the night (two actually) but I did notice a left luggage area in the modern train station and I wouldn't have hesitated to do that, grab a taxi (5-7&euro down to the Mezquita and then back. Without luggage it could also be walked in less than a half hour.

Just a thought, could you convince your husband that more days in each of fewer towns (skipping the beach town) would be just as relaxing. There are fabulous gardens in both Sevila and Granada where you can just hang out, not to mention parks, plazas, outdoor cafes, etc. The beach in that part of Spain doesn't sound all that relaxing from what I've read, but then I haven't been there. My husband likes to relax more than I do, so I usually just park him at a cafe with a beer or sangria and he's happy. On this trip I was with my sister in law, who also takes things much slower than I do, and she just went back to the gardens and relaxed alot, while I went off to explore more.
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Mar 27th, 2007, 04:52 PM
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Costa del Sol (Hi StCirq!), you could do a side trip to Mijos some people like it, some don't. As for Madrid, if you like museums you could wander for days at the Prado in the cool air conditioning.
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Mar 30th, 2007, 10:13 AM
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Hi Isabel,

I don't have much information for you as I am currently in the middle of planning my trip to Spain too. I just wanted to tell you that I am also going to Spain in July and will be going to all parts of the country - Madrid, Barcelona, Andalusia and into Portugal.

I know it will be hot (and people keep reminding me) but this is my only time to travel and I have always dreamed of going to Spain. I am going to get a few sun dresses and stick it out! Good for you for sticking with your plans and braving the heat! At least I know that I am not alone!
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Mar 30th, 2007, 06:50 PM
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isabel- thanks so much- your suggestions are very helpful. i think, you are right and spending more time in fewer towns might be more relaxing than trying to run around.

for the bus & trains- did you plan ahead/ book on line or is it easy enough to just do once you get there?

cant wait to see your photos!
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Mar 31st, 2007, 07:16 AM
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alysa - we booked the train ahead of time (on the internet, had to pick up the tickets at the train station but they were paid for and reserved ahead) because it was the AVE and I had heard you HAD to reserve that ahead. The train was more than half empty. But it could be very different when you are there.

For the bus we got the tickets when we got to Cordoba, which was two days before the day we were taking the bus. It was full. The train/bus station in Cordoba is right across the street from each other so easy to do.

rsn - glad to hear you're also not scared of the heat. We were in Portugal last July and it wasn't that bad, mornings and evening delightful, mid day in the sun was hot but not unbarable. Portugal was fabulous, as was Barcelona (we were there in March so no heat worries then.)
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Apr 1st, 2007, 08:23 AM
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I was in Granada, Cordoba, Madrid, Sevilla in *August* a few years back. It is hot, but since I am a Los Angeles native, to me it just felt like hot summer days in Los Angeles. I think the hottest day was about 42 or 43 C (102-103F)but it is a dry heat, so not so bad.

If you head towards the coasts it will be cooler. So Marbella or Saint Sebastien could be good alternatives after you've seen your top destinations. Depending on what kind of travel you're interested it, the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona takes place for a week during the second week in July (check the date, this is approximate). When I was there it wasn't that hot at all probably 80F maximum during the four days I was there.

Saint Sebastien is definitely a change of pace from Andalusia and while the beaches are not as nice as on the costa del sol, it is a worthwhile stop.
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