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Seville or Madrid? Which one??

Old Feb 12th, 2011, 08:29 AM
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Seville or Madrid? Which one??

We are traveling to Madrid in early April for 7 days. I like the idea of using Madrid as a home base and visiting Toledo, Segovia and Cuenca as day trips as well as seeing sights in Madrid. Maybe Avila and El Escorial are also possibilities time permitting. My travel partners would like to see Seville and I don't think a day trip is worthwhile. So our other option is to fly into Madrid and overnight then train to Seville and spend most of our time there. Day trip to Granada and if in Seville I would like to see the white villages and Rondo. Are those possible as a day trip from Seville? What is the best way to get to the white villages and Rondo? Train, bus or driver? Any other possibilities for Seville? We would probably see Cordoba on our way back to Madrid.

I look forward to any suggestions. Thanks.
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Old Feb 12th, 2011, 09:10 AM
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Your initial plan (Madrid + day trips) sounds good.

Andalucia, on the other hand, is simply too large to have one location as a good base to see it all.

Sevilla-Granada would be too much for a day trip for my taste.
To squeeze all you mentioned into one trip, I would
> take the train from Madrid to Granada (stay 1 night),
> rent car for 1-2 days,
> drive to Sevilla via whatever route you like best, see a few villages, the Med and/or the mountains,
> drop-off car in Sevilla (stay 1-2 nights),
> return to Madrid by train (squeeze in Cordoba if you must),
> spend remaining days/nights in Madrid, if there are any remaining.

But that will be a totally different trip than your initial one with a solid base in Madrid for 7 days.
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Old Feb 12th, 2011, 10:36 AM
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Cowboy's got it right. Madrid is similar to NYC in some ways. It might be the best art museum city in the world. The number of outstanding restaurants and bars is overwhelming. Seville is a small city but is a real gem with a slower pace. Seville is my favorite small city anywhere but I'm biased. The Alhambra is a special place.If you're never going back I'd choose Andalucia but Seville itself deserves 3 nights minimum. If you can return to Spain someday I would do the Madrid thing now. You can't go wrong either way.
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Old Feb 12th, 2011, 12:05 PM
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My husband and our daughter prefered Seville to Madrid and many other places they visited in Spain.
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Old Feb 12th, 2011, 12:15 PM
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what Cowboy said.
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Old Feb 12th, 2011, 05:37 PM
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Egbert got it right, and Cowboy too.
Two different trips, one focus in Madrid and all the places de riguer to visit, and many more if you have the time. Seville another story and beautiful Andalucia at your feet.
It comes to a point that individuals should take a decision based on personal preferences.
Good luck. Buena suerte.
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Old Feb 13th, 2011, 08:07 AM
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Thank you for your input. It looks like we need to decide what kind of trip we want.
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