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Itinerary review - Family vacation to Spain

Itinerary review - Family vacation to Spain

Old Jan 22nd, 2015, 05:56 PM
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Granada is a MUST, as is Cordoba. You can give Ronda a miss. Give the kids some beach time in Marbella. You'll love Old Town Marbella.
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Old Jan 26th, 2015, 03:12 PM
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Thanks for all of the insight. I have decided pass on Ronda and a tour of the white villages this trip. Instead we will spend a night at the beach and a night in Cordoba. We will spend 2 nights in Vejer and have the option of going through Arcos on our way to Vejer so that will probably be enough for teenagers.

I was wondering however if anyone has visited the white villages of Alpujarras? There is an opportunity to hike between these villages and do some river swimming on the day we leave Granada, before we drive to Cordoba. Are these villages worth exploring if we didn't do the villages near Ronda? The guided hike is a bit expensive, but I thought it might be nice to see the surrounding area. We would still have 2 full days in Granada.
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Old Jan 26th, 2015, 06:42 PM
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I visited Las Alpujarras -- took an public bus from Granada in the morning (terrifying ride!) overnight in Capelleira, back to Granada late the next day. Two longish hikes in the Poqueira gorge -- beautiful! I'm glad a saw this part of Spain, but I didn't give up Ronda or anywhere else in Andalusia that I wanted to see to do so. Only you can decide what you most want to see and experience. Good luck!
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Old Jan 27th, 2015, 12:19 PM
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Kja - thanks for the feedback on your visit to Las Alpujarras. I have decided that this area is going to have to be visited on the next trip when my husband and I come by ourselves and can spend more time hiking and exploring out of the way places. The kids voted for Ronda over a hike in the Alpuarras.

I am nervous about the road to Ronda so if the ride from Granada to Las Alpujarras is described as terrifying I am not sure it is my cup of tea!
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Old Jan 27th, 2015, 01:08 PM
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No need to have a car to visit Ronda unless you want to. Ronda is connected to Granada by train and to Sevilla by bus.
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Old Jan 28th, 2015, 06:41 AM
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And Sunday lunch is a highlight of the week in Sevilla as in most parts of Spain. Then friends and families pour into the open tapas bars and gather around the tables in the restaurants from around 1pm. You should reserve a table or be very early.

Quiet in Sevilla on Sunday evening, but perhaps go and see real deal flamenco in intimate Casa de la Memoria? No food, no drinks, just flamenco for some 60 minutes. An excellent intro to this beautiful and powerful art so important for Sevilla and the region. Could be a highlight of your stay in wonderful Sevilla. http://www.casadelamemoria.es/#_=_

Pastora Galvan was voted best female flamenco dancer 2010 by Spanish critics, and she has danced here about once a week in recent years. Less than half the price of the flamenco restaurants (18€), and only top of the shelf artists, many of them - as Galvan - are soloists in the most important theaters and festivals.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractio...Andalucia.html

In January, Pastora Galvan has danced at Casa de la Memoria every Friday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2SBUcrJgeQ

A couple of the other regulars at Casa de la Memoria:
Adela Campallo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZErj4L9-Q6s
Rafael Campallo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ_g1q47QgU
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Old Jan 28th, 2015, 07:20 AM
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Please consider a day trip to Segovia or El Escorial from Madrid.
I'd remove Cadiz.

Consider:
Sevilla - Frontera (rt)
Sevilla - Granada
Granada - Cordoba
Cordoba - Merida and/or Caceres
Merida/Caceres - Madrid
Madrid - Toledo
Madrid - Segovia/El Escorial (day trip)
Madrid - Barcelona

Bilbao and the Basque country could be a separate future trip.
Barcelona is such a great place, especially for teens.
Be forewarned that if you rent a mini van some of the smaller streets (and definitely many of the parking garages) will be extremely difficult to navigate. I left our rental with a lovely gash along one side from a cement pylon in a parking garage.
You guys will love it! Good luck!
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Old Jan 29th, 2015, 08:34 AM
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Thanks for the continued feedback on my itinerary - I'm spending way to much time rethinking everything.

My kids have requested one beach day - looking at a stop in Marbella or carving it into Barcelona.

Kimhe - thanks for the heads up on Sunday lunch in Seville. We have been planning to take in a Flamenco performance and Casa de la Memoria was on my radar. I for sure want a performance without food attached!

SueOnTheMove - Segovia has been in the back of my mind. My boys woudl love suckling pig from the source. It will depend on if I can carve an extra day out for Madrid. I assume it would be a go in the morning, come back after lunch type of trip?

Are you suggesting we do Vejer de la Frontera as a day trip? I had thought about this, but it is 2 hours each way which is not horrible, but the feed back on Vejer as a nice town has been good so I thought it deserved a night. I think I will cut our time in Vejer to one night then I can move everything up a night and add an extra night to Madrid. I can eliminate Cadiz. I don't have a huge desire to go, but was just using it to fill a day of exploring.

I have been researching Caceres and Merida and actually decided that this would be a separate trip for my husband and myself with Portugal and the Northwest of Spain.

Overall question - If I have 3 1/2 days in Seville do you think I should eliminate the idea of any day trips? I had looked at taking Saturday to go see the horse dancing and a sherry bodega or to do the white villages, but I am having second thoughts. I am afraid our time in Seville will go too quickly.

Thanks again for your feedback.
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Old Jan 29th, 2015, 05:05 PM
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"If I have 3 1/2 days in Seville do you think I should eliminate the idea of any day trips?" -- If one of the day trips is Cordoba, then DO try to make time for it -- the Mezquita is truly magnificent. Otherwise, is there a reason why you wouldn't be able to wait and see how you feel when you are there?
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Old Jan 30th, 2015, 01:44 AM
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A couple of tips for Sunday lunch in Sevilla:

Extremely popular Eslava: http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletapas/2008/02/eslava/

I love El Cairo, fabulous arroz (somewhat like paella) at lunchtime and great atmosphere: http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletap...gory/el-cairo/

Traditional, no fuss and excellent Bodegas Diaz Salazar:
http://www.bodegasdiazsalazar.com/ http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...Andalucia.html
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Old Feb 1st, 2015, 11:37 PM
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Regarding day trips - I guess I always feel the need to pre plan day trips so I either book a private guided trip (often works to be a very fair price for 6 people), or plan to rent a car. When just my husband and I travel I don't feel the need to plan ahead so much. I think we are going to drive from Granada to Cordoba and then take the train to Madrid at the end of our time in Andaluca.

Day trips I am thinking about from Seville would be a day in Jerez seeing the dancing horse, sherry bodega and possibly Cadiz. Option two would be a guided trip to Ronda and the white villages. A long day, but I think a guided trip would be more fun for the kids. I am struggling to decide if a day of previewing the white villages will be interesting for the kids. Our other option is to do a shorter trip to Ronda while staying in Marbella and just skip the white villages. Any thoughts?

Also, if we have half of Thursday (flight arrives at 1 pm), Friday and Sunday in Seville - should that give us enough time in Seville to feel that we didn't rush through the city? We would also have Saturday evening after returning from a day excursion.

Kimhe - Thanks for the suggestions for Sunday lunch. I have run across recommendations for Eslava several times so I think that is a must try for us during our stay.
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Old Feb 1st, 2015, 11:52 PM
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Sorry, but I must admit that I've completely lost track of what your current plan is.

I think you would do well to try to make Cordoba a part of your plan, whether by day trip or not -- no guide necessary! And no need to drive, either -- it's an easy train ride.

How much time you need for Seville depends on what you want to see and do. For my purposes, 2.5 days in the city itself would not have been enough; YMMV.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2015, 05:57 AM
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SueOnTheMove - Segovia has been in the back of my mind. My boys woudl love suckling pig from the source. It will depend on if I can carve an extra day out for Madrid. I assume it would be a go in the morning, come back after lunch type of trip?


Yes, that works. Check the bus schedule and leave a little bit of room to walk off the lunch! Get an early bus, and early reservation and enjoy the aqueduct. It's amazing.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2015, 08:44 AM
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You can drive from Seville to Ronda passing by the so-called white villages - no need to spend any time there - then a half day seeing Ronda - no need for a guided tour - and go on to Marbella.
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