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Road Trip Seville to Granada - HELP in planning

Road Trip Seville to Granada - HELP in planning

Jan 25th, 2016, 08:41 PM
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Road Trip Seville to Granada - HELP in planning

My party is 4 adults and will be arriving in Barcelona in end of September. We will be picking up a rental car to drive from Seville and drop the car off in Granada, continue to Madrid by train and then go finish the trip in Portugal.

It is my first time in Spain and Portugal and really need some help in planning the trip particularly the road trip between Seville and Granada. There seems to be so many options. I will have the car for 4 to 5 days depending on the trips. I really want to enjoy the white villages which is one of the MUST DO.

Arriving in Barcelona cannot be changed. Also ending Spain in Madrid allows us to go to Lisbon or Porto more easily. Anything else in between can be adjusted.

Current plan:
1) Arrive in Barcelona - 5 nights
2) Fly or take train from Barcelona to Seville (it seems train service is better to Seville instead of Granada.
3) Plan to stay in Seville for 3 nights - Can we do Seville in 2 days instead?
4) Pick up rental car from Seville and start driving toward Granada.
5) Driving to Arcos de la Frontera (couple of hours stay), Zahara de la Sierra (couple of hours stay), on the way will hit El Bosque, Benaocaz, and ending the day at Grazalema. Is that too aggressive? Planning to stay overnight at Ronda.
6) Start at Ronda early in the morning and will be in Ronda till 3pm, start driving to Carmona with overnight stay at Carmona.
7) Driving to Cordoba or any other alternatives
8) Driving to Granada and drop off the car.
9) Spend 2 nights in Granada
10) Take train to Madrid - 5 nights
11) Take overnight train to Lisbon for 3 nights
12) Take train to Porto for 3 nights.

I really need help in planning the road trip. Not sure if it is better to spend another day or two to fit in other parts such as Cadiz or El Puerto de Santa Maria.

Your insight is much appreciated.


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Jan 25th, 2016, 08:46 PM
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"Can we do Seville in 2 days instead?"

That depends on what you want to see there. IMO, 3 days is better.

"Driving to Cordoba or any other alternatives"

Cordoba's Mezquita is, IMO, among the most stunning buildings in the world. And there's a lot more to Cordoba, too -- I was glad I had two full days there.

"2 nights in Granada"

Book your tickets for the Alhambra, day and evening, as soon as you can.

"I really need help in planning the road trip."

The Michelin Green Guide should come in very handy.

Enjoy!
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Jan 25th, 2016, 11:11 PM
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The highspeed rail from Granada to Madrid is not ready for prime time. You will be on a bus for two hours or so, depending on traffic, before boarding the train to Madrid. I would either return to Sevilla to take the train, or take the bus all the way to Madrid if you don't want to fly.

You should plan on stopping in Ronda on the way to Granada, if not spend the night.
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Jan 26th, 2016, 04:51 AM
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The Ronda - Carmona part seems a bit strange, means more or less going back to Sevilla (Carmona is 15 miles outside Sevilla).

After Ronda - and on your way to Cordoba - you might go through Antequera - the so called heart or crossroads of Andalucia. 5000 year old dolmens/burial chambers, Roman baths, a Moorish fortress, Gothic churches, Renaissance fountains and baroque bell towers. Antequera was the first of the Granada emirate towns to fall to the Christians in 1410. http://andaluciacoastandcountry.com/antequera-spain/

"Five reasons to visit enchanting Antequera":
http://wild-about-travel.com/2011/07...ing-antequera/

The peaceful Escribano square in Antequera - in front of the Renaissance Santa Maria la Mayor Church, looking up on the Moorish Alcazaba/fortress, down on the newly excavated Roman baths and out on the Peña de los enamorados/Lover's leap - is one of my absolute favourite spots in all of Spain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi-vtfunQnM
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