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Old Apr 17th, 2019, 09:50 AM
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Where to Go After a Few Nights in Madrid

Planning a July 2019 trip to Spain. We fly into Madrid and have 7 nights. We have been to Granada, Ronda and Malaga in the past.

Trying to decide whether we should combine Madrid with Cordoba and Seville or if we should hit Toledo, Segovia and other places nearer to Madrid and save Seville and Cordoba for another trip. We like history and architecture. Also interested in local experiences, food tours, etc.
Was thinking of 3-4 nights in Madrid and 3 in Seville if we did that .

Also, any special hotels with atmosphere in Seville, Cordoba, Toledo or Segovia in the old parts of town that anyone can recommend. (Up to 300 Euros or so a night)


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Old Apr 17th, 2019, 10:01 AM
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Fly into Madrid and out of Seville and use high-speed train to go between them- book train tickets early to get possible discounts at Renfe - www.seat61.com has lots of help on doing that yourselves online- general train info BETS-European Rail Experts and www.ricksteves.com.
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Old Apr 17th, 2019, 10:10 AM
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We loved our three nights in Toledo. Chapters Fourteen through Twenty of our 2015 Spain Trip report (link below) covers Toledo (three nights) and Madrid for four nights (lots of photos from both).

By the way, the chapters (ten to Thirteen) before Toledo describe our time in Sevilla and Cordoba, should you decide on that option.

https://travelswithmaitaitom.com/spain-2015/

View of Toledo from Tourist tram ... take the late afternoon tram ...

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After Madrid

You do realize it will be verrrrry hot in July in Córdoba and Sevilla, as well as Madrid. *It's a time when every one who can heads for the beach or mountains. *You might want to consider heading north to*Gijón, in Asturias. *You can fly or take the train, but where ever you decide to go in July, you'll need reservations*well in advance.



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Robert has a point..go someplace north ...make reservations.
July is hot, hot around Madrid and especially in the south.
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If you spend 3 nights in Madrid, you can explore nearby Castile and Leon towns: Segovia, Avila and gorgeous Golden City of Spain, Salamanca. We had done it on our way to Portugal and we did not want to leave... If you love architecture, Salamanca is for you.

Highly recommend renting a car, if you decide on Castile and Leon towns.
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Salamanca is indeed gorgeous..1:40 min by fast train from Madrid
Segovia is on the same train line.
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If you want to avoid the heat, listen to Robert and danon and go somewhere to the north.
If you don't think you will be bothered by the heat, Toledo and Salamanca are each exceptional, IMO, and each is easily worth 2 or 3 nights. Segovia, Avila, and Cuenca are also options.
You can check climate statistics on weatherbase.com
BTW, 3 nights is less than I would want for Madrid. YMMV.
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Old Apr 17th, 2019, 08:11 PM
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Can’t beat Toledo for history and architecture. Consider an evening walk or day trip with Historian, Stephen Drake Jones (The Wellington Society). He does Madrid and other locales in Spain. I have done four trips with him and loved them all.
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After Madrid

Didn't know the old 'historian' was still alive.
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Not only is Stephen (aka the old historian) alive and well, he very recently published another book. This year will mark the fortieth year since his creation of The Wellington Society in 1979. I don't know if he began his walks at the same time, but we first met him well over twenty years ago, and have met up with him several times since. What a character. He is on Facebook, has not changed much in appearance, and now does trips as far as Granada and Alicante.
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Where to Go After a Few Nights in Madrid

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Planning a July 2019 trip to Spain. We fly into Madrid and have 7 nights. We have been to Granada, Ronda and Malaga in the past.

Trying to decide whether we should combine Madrid with Cordoba and Seville or if we should hit Toledo, Segovia and other places nearer to Madrid and save Seville and Cordoba for another trip. We like history and architecture. Also interested in local experiences, food tours, etc.
Was thinking of 3-4 nights in Madrid and 3 in Seville if we did that .

Also, any special hotels with atmosphere in Seville, Cordoba, Toledo or Segovia in the old parts of town that anyone can recommend. (Up to 300 Euros or so a night)
Greeting from always beautiful Madrid !
Suggestions from a local. Some day trips from Madrid to...:

1.) Toledo. It's the right place for history and architecture lovers like you. Enjoyable mudejar architecture, Toledo noble doors, the view down to the city from the towers of San Ildefonso Jesuit church, the panoramic view to Toledo from the mountains ( do it from the Parador, have there a bottle of cava and enjoy also the marvelous sunset ), the Cathedral is not beautiful for the exterior, but inside has hundreds of impressive works of art and crafts, do your homeworks and read good articles about the Burial of Count of Orgaz before admire it at Santo Tome Church, afterwards walk shady, narrow, off the beaten path Toledo streets, have lunch at Alfileritos 24 ( Victoria, the manager, is outstanding ), And last but not least, walk Toledo at night. It's soooo romantic

2.) Rent a car; La Vega Baja, the Madrid south countryside is waiting for you: Hit the A4 highway to Aranjuez,( 45' drive) which us a royal spot where the Bourbon Kings spent their spring holidays until 1931. , . Amazing Royal Palace ( The porcelain room is just incredible ) and Royal Gardens ( not so hot, here ). Book and buy admissions online for ARANJUEZ PALACE and CASA DEL LABRADOR in Patrimonio Nacional web. Next destination is Chinchon ( 20' drive ) Chinchon is a charming white village in the middle of nowhere with an artistic atmosphere, nice family wineries and an awesome Plaza Mayor where you can have lunch at the terrace of Casa del Pregonero, Nº 1 restaurant in Chinchon ( call Ruben, the owner; he will reserve a table for you ).
Take the country road to A3 highway to return to Madrid. Even in the summer the drive through the Vega Baja valley will be a refreshing experience for your eyes.

3.) Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen : The Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial is a spectacular historical wonder of Renaissance Architecture. It presides over North Madrid Sierra with its 4 corner towers of 45 meters high comprising an area of 39.858 square yards. It was built under the guidance of Juan de Herrera, a genius of Renaissance architecture. The Monastery is an astounding proof of architectural, artistic and historical brilliance, which unravels the psychology and world view of the monarchs of the Spanish Habsburg dynasty. The Monastery was also a Royal Palace, where the Spanish Kings spent the 3 months of autumn. As a lover of architecture and history you will enjoy its Royal Library, Royal Basilica, and a luxurious Royal Pantheon where the remains of the majority of Kings of Spain rest in peace. The Valley of the Fallen is a highly controversial concept of power, reflected in a monumental work of twentieth-century architectural engineering. A huge granite cross measuring 191 yards, the highest in the world, overlooks a forest of 1,365 acres. A 546 yards tunnel, dug deep into the hard rock. This amazing monument, created for national reconciliation after the civil war, has become a controversial and repulsive object for some people of progressive ideology.

4.) Avila and Segovia: Segovia, like Toledo, was a Roman fortress built over a calcareous rock located between 2. It seems that old Segovia remains unaltered by the passage of time. The grandiose, nearly 15 miles long, itself visible in the final stretch of the 918 yards long. It is equipped with 167 arcs, 120 pillars, 30 yards high, 20.400 pieces of granite and a top channel through water flowed at a speed of 8 gallons per second ! It can be missed The old town of Segovia takes exceptional good care of its countless treasures. You should walk in the Barrio de los Caballeros, the Jewish district and the Canonjias, until you arrive to the beautifully reconstructed Alcazar, which is regarded as a marvel of medieval architecture. Segovia's second tourist attraction is its famous 'suckling pig'. I recommend to taste it at la Cocina de Segovia, a favorite restaurant of 'local foodies'. After lunch hit the road to la Granja de San Ildefonso, a royal spot where the Kings enjoyed their summer holidays. Majestic Royal Gardens, beautiful shows of music and lights in the summer season.

Avila Wall, is a National Monument since 1984 and an identity sign of the city. As lovers of architecture you will love it. There is a promenade which goes aside the Walls. Here you can sit down and enjoy the sunset, maybe not with cava, but tasting the local Beer Gredos. Aside from its walls, Avila is famous for being the birthplace of Teresa of Avila, the founder of the Order of the Barefoot Carmelite Nuns. Teresa was a woman well ahead of her time and could be considered a pacific but a persistent fighter for women's rights. You will like the simpler and religious interior atmosphere of the church of Santa Teresa.





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The cathedral of Toledo is one of the great Gothic structures in the world. To stand under the transparante and look up is a mind blowing experience. I never want to move from the spot. The alter, the choir, the art work, are all absolutely inspiring. It is my favorite cathedral that I have seen in Europe, and I have been lucky to see quite a few. The El Greco paintings are beyond amazing. The Synagogue in Toledo is also very interesting, especially the designing of it and the construction of it. Yes, stay at night and walk. It is mystical. There are so many places to see, but thinking about it make me want to go back to Toledo.
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Go north! Dont underestimate how the unbearable hot temps of Andalucia can impact your visit.
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Originally Posted by Sassafrass View Post
Can’t beat Toledo for history and architecture. Consider an evening walk or day trip with Historian, Stephen Drake Jones (The Wellington Society). He does Madrid and other locales in Spain. I have done four trips with him and loved them all.
Agreed, Toledo is the place to visit for sure.
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Old Apr 19th, 2019, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by cruiseluv View Post
Go north! Dont underestimate how the unbearable hot temps of Andalucia can impact your visit.
True. I have been in Southern Spain and Madrid twice in July. We managed by doing sightseeing in the morning and evenings, and napping and swimming in the afternoons. Perhaps not ideal, but we enjoyed both trips.
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Without a doubt I would take train to the north. Ribasedella, Getaria, llanes, Gijon or San Sebastian come to mind. I would then fly home from one of the nearby airports, via Madrid. No need for car in Gijon or SS but you might want one in the smaller places I mentioned.
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