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NEWBIE NEEDS HELP PLEASE! Itinerary for Spain?

NEWBIE NEEDS HELP PLEASE! Itinerary for Spain?

Feb 24th, 2011, 05:01 AM
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NEWBIE NEEDS HELP PLEASE! Itinerary for Spain?

My 10yo daughter and I will be traveling to Spain for the first time April 6-18th. This was a surprise and I haven't had time to plan. We will be traveling solely by train/bus, but I am ignorant about the routes. We would like to do a mix of big cities sights, and more quiet towns. I defnitiely want to see the pueblos blancos, but we would have to get there by train or bus. I am desperate for itinerary help!

Here is my very *tentative* itinerary:

7 ARR Madrid a.m.
8 Madrid
9 Madrid* NT to Sevilla
10 Sevilla
11 Sevilla**
12 Sevilla train to Granada?
13 Granada
14 ???
15 Barcelona
16 Barcelona
17 Barcelona Train back to Madrid
18 DEPART

*day trips incl Toledo, El Escorial,
**day trip to Cordoba

Ronda, Marbella, Arcos, Grazalema have also been suggested to me as good options
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Feb 24th, 2011, 05:10 AM
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Hi; If possible fly open jaw into Madrid and out of Barcelonia. You could add another day to Madrid as there are other great day trips. See www.maribelsguides.com for downloads of information. Richard
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Feb 24th, 2011, 05:28 AM
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Thanks for the reply Richard. Open jaw flights were significantly more expensive, so I booked into and out of Madrid. I will definitely check out Maribel's guides!
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Feb 24th, 2011, 05:45 AM
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Look at Avila or Segovia as a day trip from Madrid, if you decide to spend another day in Madrid. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/avila
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Feb 24th, 2011, 06:00 AM
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Great thanks. Maribel's guides look amazing!
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Feb 24th, 2011, 06:06 AM
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Just random.

Is this a transatlantic flight - do both of you know how to cope with jet lag?

I rarely comment on the pace of someone's journey, but I think one major destination may have to go, if the day trips are certainly required and you want a pace you both can cope with.

I can give you all the bus and train detail you need for the white villages, but you are still only going to be able to see a couple in a day as schedules are not designed for you, the tourist.

Ronda - from Seville is two hours each way by bus.
Ronda to Grazelema another 45 minutes each way.
If you have seen the views at Ronda, perhaps not necessary to go to Arcos.
Marbella - why? (It was going so well until then.)Extraordinary amount of time required to get there and then back on track for the value or lack of it.

The national rail company is - http://www.renfe.com/ for your intercity journeys - see what you make of the holes the travel time makes in your journeys and do not forget to include time to and from the hotel and station in initially unfamiliar surroundings.

What is NT to Seville? If night train, there is no such animal on this route.
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Feb 24th, 2011, 06:27 AM
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I will recommend you to stay in Sevilla at the 17th. Then the world famous Sevilla Semana Santa/Holy Week celebrations start. Would give you an impression of one of the most important Spanish cultural events. High speed train from Sevilla to Madrid in 2 1/2 hours.

Twelve processions on Palm Sunday/Domingo de Ramos. You shouldn't miss a taste of this experience, a true Spanish fusion of worship and fiesta: http://www.spanish-fiestas.com/seville/holy-week.htm
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Feb 24th, 2011, 07:13 AM
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If you do an extra day in Sevilla, we did this day trip with Paul McGrath to the White Villages and had a very good day. http://www.theotherspain.galeon.com/...os1249195.html
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Feb 24th, 2011, 07:40 AM
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3 nights in Sevilla minimum. 2 in Granada is better. That's a lot of traveling, it will be exhausting especially with a child. I would skip Barcelona this time. Three days in madrid with two day trips is not a great idea. You will be selling Madrid short. There is so much to see and do and 3 days will go by very quickly.
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Feb 24th, 2011, 07:58 AM
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For Granada->Barcelona, Vueling flies about twice a day.

I am curious, when looked up open jaw, did you:

1. Look it up as 2 separate one-way trips.
2. Look it up as 1 multi-city trip.

The #1 method is very expensive, while #2 method is usually very close to the roundtrip fare if you are coming from North America.
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Feb 24th, 2011, 08:34 AM
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Greg,
I guess I'm really showing my newbie colors, I looked it up separately. DOH! Live and learn right?
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Feb 24th, 2011, 08:37 AM
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Oh my! You guys are fantastic! I am going to eliminate Barcelona. We want to ENJOY ourselves, and in my excitement it seems I've overbooked. I wish I had come here before booking my flight, but so it goes...
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Feb 24th, 2011, 08:41 AM
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kimhe,
I did notice that, and would love to, but we are flying out around 1400 on the 18th. There's just no way to be in Sevilla that night.

I will rework my itinerary and get back to you all.
MUCHAS GRACIAS!
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Feb 26th, 2011, 07:40 AM
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Ok, I have updated our itinerary, but I am still struggling with it. Please critique/suggest alternatives.

I have heard that the white towns (Ronda esp.), Granada and Cordoba are not to be missed, but I simply cannot make it all work! Is there a white town from close enough to Seville to go to, explore and spend one night at, then return to Seville?

7 ARR Madrid
8 Madrid
9 Madrid
10 Mad->Seville AVE
11 Seville
12 Seville
13 Seville
14 ???
15 ???
16 ???
17 Madrid
18 DEP Madrid
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Feb 26th, 2011, 10:56 AM
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7Arr Madrid, go to Sevilla
8 Sevilla
9 Sevilla
10 Sevilla (daytrip to Cordoba)
11 Ronda (stay in one of the hotels on the cliff)
12 Granada
13 Granada
14 Malaga
15 Madrid
16 Daytrip to Avila, Toledo, Segovia
17 Madrid
18 Dep Madrid
Perfect trip! Then plan next trip: 5 days in Barcelona, 10 in San Sebastian!
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Feb 26th, 2011, 12:09 PM
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Going to Seville righ away is a good idea.
Getting from Malaga to Madrid would take half a day,
that leaves one day for a trip outside the city and very little time in Madrid - the only big city in the mix.
Even if one has no interest in Madrid's fantastic museums, spending so little time in a great city seems a shame.
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Feb 26th, 2011, 04:20 PM
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Thank you for the replies. Egbert, could you give me some transportation details? My understanding is that Ronda is 2hrs by bus from Seville, then Granada is how much farther? And 2hr more to Malaga? Plus 2 1/2hrs back to Madrid. Still seems like too much (esp for my daughter).
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Feb 26th, 2011, 04:23 PM
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I'm thinking either Malaga or Granada (or maybe both?) have to go, but how to prioritize??? My head is spinning....
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Feb 27th, 2011, 12:26 AM
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or2nh4e,

If you start addressing posters specifically, for answers, I might think you are not interested in my input. ;-)

As I said Seville to Ronda 2 hours with this company - http://www.losamarillos.es/venta/busqueda.jsp
Ensure you go to the correct bus station in Seville, which is Estación de Autobuses El Prado de San Sebastián.

Ronda to Granada by train, only three direct a day, or convoluted bus journeys or return to Seville and on by train or bus.

Have you lost interest in these? - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Towns_of_Andalusia

How is your head?

Best wishes.
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Feb 27th, 2011, 04:21 AM
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For what it's worth, and I hope this isn't unhelpful, we did a similar trip a couple of years ago and decided it was too inconvenient to visit Andalusia (outside Seville) without a car. On the other hand, I still want to go back and see Granada and the White Towns, so maybe you don't want to take our approach. I think we did two or three days each in Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona and had a very nice time (although even that may be too "busy" for many). It was very easy/cheap to fly from Seville to Barcelona and we decided to cut down on travel days with that itinerary (we left room for day trips to Toledo and Cordoba but found that we didn't really want to leave where we were).
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