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Old Apr 29th, 2012, 09:26 AM
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If we were to do Cordoba over Ronda are there any nice towns to stop in during the drive between Grenada & Cordoba or Grenada & Seville?
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Old Apr 29th, 2012, 09:53 AM
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Driving in the cities is not difficult - you just need t make sur eyour hotel has a garage or parking lot (we didn;t have truoble findng any. With a decent map you can navigate any of the cities - but assume you need to be able to parallel park in a spot only a tiny bit larger than the car (usual for NYCers) and always fold in the side mirrors when you park (also the same as in NYC).
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Old Apr 29th, 2012, 05:07 PM
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I'm not worried about driving in the cities as much as cars just being a bother. If we fly into Grenada though, does it make sense to get the car at the airport when we arrive, or wait two days and go back to the airport to get the car to head out? Or, has anyone picked up a car somewhere else in the city. The thought was we'd only have the car for a couple of days and get rid of it when we arrive in Seville.

We had picked Ronda because it looked so pretty and one of my travel mates would like at least one night outside of a big city.

Cehegin, I see you mentioned Cazorla. I looked on the map and that seems well within our pathway between Grenada & Cordoba. Would that really be a better stop than Ronda? I can definitely see the advantage of it being more on our pathway. But we are open to other smaller town suggestions.

Thank you all!
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Old Apr 29th, 2012, 08:02 PM
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Just another opinion for you.
I would not rent the car until leaving Granada. Just land and grab a taxi into the city to your hotel and then to whatever car rental place you choose when you are leaving. Too much time and trouble to pick up the car when you arrive, drive into the city, park the car, etc. Also, if you don't have a car, you don't have to choose a hotel based on the need for parking. You can choose for best location and quality.

The coast is very pretty, but IMHO not any prettier or more spectacular than many other coast lines, and it takes a lot of time. I would do it only if visiting some place on the way that I really wanted to see or if I actually had time to walk on the beach. Everything is relative though. You know what one person will travel great distances to see, another wouldn't walk across the street for.

With your short time, it would be much easier to just base in Seville and make Cordoba a day trip. You can do a late afternoon visit by train - no car needed. Don't remember off hand which post, but there is a recent one asking about doing that. You might look for it.

BTW, while not small town (village), Seville doesn't have a big city feel either. You can pretty much walk anyplace you will want to go.
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Old Apr 29th, 2012, 10:46 PM
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With only 6 nights for Andalucia I'd probably just spend 2 nights in Granada and 4 in Sevilla. This will give you time for a daytrip to Cordoba from Sevilla. You can bus or train between Granada and Sevilla. I wouldn't try to squeeze in anything else - you just don't have time.
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Old Apr 30th, 2012, 03:00 AM
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Perhaps experience flamenco at Casa de la Mamoria in the midts of the famous Santa Cruz district in Sevilla. Popular with tourists, but real deal and dead serious artists that at least should give you a glimpse of how wonderful this art can be. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractio...Andalucia.html

Relax at the close by Arab bath house Aire de Sevilla:
http://www.airedesevilla.com/
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Old Apr 30th, 2012, 03:45 PM
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Thank you all for your replies. I think we are going to take CathyM's advice and do two nights in Granada and four in Seville, with the option of a day trip out to Cordoba or some small towns.

But here's my next question (I'm full of them!).... We arrive on a Monday. Do you think we are better off flying to Granada first for two nights, then taking the train on Wednesday to Seville for four nights, flying to Barcelona on Sunday. Or would it be better to fly to Seville for the four days first, then be in Grenada over the weekend? Is the Alhambra more crowded on a Saturday, or does it not really matter the day of the week given it's tourist season?

Thanks!
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Old Apr 30th, 2012, 05:06 PM
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The Alhambra is the number one tourist attraction in Spain - even for the Spanish. You have to plan accordingly.

I believe that Granada is quite a popular weekend destination, too. If you presume that longer distance tourists are pretty much day of the week independent for their time in Granada, the weekends would probably be busier from the local Spanish tourists visiting.

If I were doing the planning I would make the ordering based on the most convenient transport options to Barcelona (from which city) and also on whether there were any savings to be had in hotel rates based on the dates in each city.

The relative "business' of the Alhambra should probably not be the deciding factor.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 03:38 AM
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Having just returned last week from all the above, IMHO, do not skip Ronda; if you can, leave Granada after touring the Alhambra. Driving in Granada was a nightmare, there is active construction on the main access from SW roads, and many hotels are located in pedestrian zones which are inaccessible by car anyway. GPS goes crazy trying to find your destination. Perhaps after Ronda you can stay in Arcos before arriving in Seville. You can drop off the rental at train station in Seville. Cordoba was also worthwhile and hopefully you can include this from Sevilla, it is just a short train ride. Taking the trains whenever possible was much more relaxing than driving. We drove the main A-4 and did not take the coastal route Granada-Ronda.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 10:01 AM
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I guess i would start in Granada. You really don't have enough time to stop in small villages, and taking Cathy's advice is usually the right thing to do.
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Old Jun 6th, 2012, 03:51 AM
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Heading out on Sunday!! Can't wait. As I'm pulling together all my itinerary pieces I realized I never received an email receipt for my Alhambra tickets. I did purchase them online (through the ticketmaster.es site) and printed out the page that appeared on the screen at the end of the transaction. I thought it said an email would arrive. Should I be concerned?

I'm also wondering if I should be buying tickets for any other attraction in advance, in Seville or Barcelona. I hadn't planned on it, since I don't really like to be too locked into a schedule.
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Old Jun 6th, 2012, 09:22 AM
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Make sure to bring the credit card you used to purchase alhambra tickets. No to the second question unless you want to see a performance at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona.
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Old Jun 6th, 2012, 10:39 AM
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Did you check your junk email folder to make sure the Alhambra confirmation didn't get sent there?

If not I'd just make sure to bring the print out of the page along with your credit card.

I agree with Egbert - you don't have to purchase tickets in advance in you don't want to be locked into a schedule. But it may mean waiting in lines. You probably will need to reserve in advance for a tour of the Palau de la Musica - you can probably do the day prior or early in the same day.

Have a great trip!
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