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2 Weeks Itinerary - I Know - I know a Frequent Question : )

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2 Weeks Itinerary - I Know - I know a Frequent Question : )

To begin, yes I have done 5-6 hours of looking at threads on this question on this forum as well as other sites. So I know the general feeling about how much time is required or desired in each city etc.

But finally I think I have finally come up with a plan and would appreciate any feedback that you can provide.

Typically we rent apartments and try to stay a 5-7 days in each city such as a Vienna/Budapest combo or Madrid/Lisbon which we did last year. I know that to see the sights of Southern Spain will require more moves or perhaps extending the entire vacation by a couple of days.

I can get some good FF flight availability for next May into Seville.

So I was thinking of:

Flying into Seville - About 5-6 nights in Seville

Picking Up a Car - To Cordoba for 2 nights

On the next day to Granada - 2 nights

To Malaga for 3 nights

Then to get back to Seville - either drive "straight back" but it seemed to make sense to go Gibraltar/Cadiz/Jerez.

Spending a couple of nights in Cadiz possibly?

Then of course to Seville and airport.

I have not dug into what smaller town and sites that there is to see from or near each town. Just trying to get the airport arrival and departure set first.

Thanks in advance for any input you can provide. I use TA for all our trips and try to pay it back when I can..

Mark

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1. Re: 2 Weeks Itinerary - I Know - I know a Frequent Question : )

As it is unlikely you will use a car in Cordoba or Granada, it would make more sense to either hire the car when leaving Granada or hire one in Malaga.

It is possible to do Sevilla - Cordoba - Granada - Malaga by public transport, & then use the car to see some of the villages/towns on the way back to Sevilla.

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2. Re: 2 Weeks Itinerary - I Know - I know a Frequent Question : )

Ok - I'd do the whole thing differently.

Spend 5-6 nights in Seville (it's worth it!) but take a day trip by AVE train to Cordoba. Cordoba has the Mezquita (stunning place, but a 2 hour visit max) and the old town which are the must see sites. Easily done in a day.

Then pick up the car and position yourself somewhere part way between Malaga and Granada (Antequera, Alhama de Granada, or Nerja). Granada-Malaga is about 1 h 30, so with good positioning you can be 45 minutes away from both and spend the week visiting both as you wish. With a bit of careful planning and a satnav, both have underground parking which is beside a main road and close to the centre, which should be reasonable for someone with driving experience in Europe (Seville is a bit more tricky!). A car gives you the advantage of visiting the white towns, Alpujarras, or out to Guadix along the way, to give you a slightly less touristy experience.

Alternatively, stick with the Cordoba day trip plan and then train from Seville to Malaga and coach on to Granada, for 3/4 nights each (as you wish). Cadiz is also worth a day trip from Seville (about 1 h 40 by train) if you can squeeze that one in.

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3. Re: 2 Weeks Itinerary - I Know - I know a Frequent Question : )

For trains:

https:/…Buying.Renfe.Tickets.Online.html

For Seville:

Seville is one of the cities in Spain with the most charm. A very good hotel in Seville is the Hotel Becquer (which has a garage), walkable to most sights. Use Booking.com to look at other hotels.

Must see places in Seville:

1. Church of El Salvador - One of the most beautiful Baroque churches. The ticket from this church allows one to also see the Cathedral and one can skip the queue there.

2. Cathedral/Giralda Tower - The Cathedral is the third biggest church in Europe.

3. Alcazar - The palace rivals the Alhambra. See the King’s apartments.

4. Plaza de España - The most beautiful plaza in Spain.

5. Palacio de las Dueñas - This palace is beautiful and has just opened up for the public. This is the residence of the Duke of Alba. A wonderful place to see.

6. Casa de Pilatos - Beautiful palace with wonderful gardens. See the upstairs apartment.

7. Museo de Bellas Artes - One of the most important art museums in Spain.

8. Museum-Palace of the Countess of Lebrija - Has some of the best Roman mosaics in Spain. See the upstairs apartment.

A good flamenco place is Los Gallos (Plaza de Santa Cruz, 11). The main shopping streets are Calle Tetuan and Calle Sierpes. There is a large El Corte Ingles Department store at Plaza del Duque de la Victoria.

Good restaurants:

1. Cuna 2 (Calle Cuna, 2;Tel 954-211-107) - A large, elegant restaurant with traditional Andalusian decoration and with beautiful ceramic tiles lining the walls of the dining rooms. There is a beautiful bar at the top of the building.

2. Casa Robles (Calle Alvarez Quintero, 58; Tel: 954-213-150) - An elegant restaurant near the Cathedral.

3. For tapas, go to Mercado Lonja del Baranco (Calle Arjona, 24; Tel. 917-582-420).

For Granada:

For Alhambra Tickets (Book early- at least 3 months in advance):

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If you are too late in buying tickets for the date you want, you can try calling your hotel and ask them to buy tickets for you, since the Alhambra allocates tickets to hotels for their clients. If this fails, you can buy the Granada Card for 40 euros, which includes a ticket for the Alhambra.

Downtown Granada is Calle Reyes Catolicos. Use Booking.com to screen hotels and apartments in the Granada City Center. A good hotel downtown with parking is the Vincci Albayzin. Shopping streets are Calle Reyes Catolicos, Calle Zacatin, and Calle Recogidas. There is a large El Corte Ingles Department Store at Carrera de la Virgen, 20. The Alcaiceria is beside the Cathedral and has many shops.

Good restaurant: Restaurante Chikito (Plaza del Campillo, 9; Tel: 958-223-364) - A gastronomic restaurant that has won many prizes for its food. Reservations are a must.

For Cordoba:

Use Booking.com to look for hotels and apartments in The Real Heart of Cordoba. For those making a day trip to Cordoba, the train station does not have luggage lockers but the bus station beside it has luggage lockers. A taxi to the Mezquita will cost only about 5 euros because the distance from the train station is only 1.8 km.

The best sights in Cordoba:

1. Mezquita/Cathedral - The most important architectural feature of the Mezquita are the double horseshoe arches, made of jasper, onyx, marble, and granite. There are 856 columns in the church and they seem to be a sea of arches and columns to the visitor.

2. Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos - Has beautiful gardens.

3. Palacio de Viana - The palace has important artwork and there are 12 different patios, all beautiful.

Good restaurants near the Mezquita:

1. Casa Pepe de la Juderia (Calle Romero, 3; Tel: 957-200-744).

2. El Caballo Rojo (Calle del Cardenal Herrero, 28; Tel: 957-475-375).

Shopping streets are the area around the Mezquita, Calle Jose Cruz Conde, Ronda de los Tejares, Conde de Gondomar and Avenida de Gran Capitan.

Dress code for churches: Shorts or bare shoulders are not allowed for either women or men. The Mezquita is a Catholic church.

For Malaga:

Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and has beaches, plenty of sunshine (320 days of sunshine a year), and one of the best climates in Spain. It is also one of the most beautiful and relaxing cities in Spain, and 100% Spanish. Malaga has 23 museums (among them the Glass and Crystal Museum, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Automobile Museum, two Picasso Museums, Collection of the Russian Museum, and the Centre Pompidou Malaga). The Museo de Malaga has just opened and is the largest in Andalucia and the 5th largest in Spain. There are historic churches (four founded by the Catholic Kings), and monuments that include two castles (Alcazaba and Gibralfaro). The sights are mostly downtown and completely walkable. There are very good restaurants, tapas bars, and nightlife. The city is very safe. The Malaga Park is a very large semi-tropical park and beside it is a new park called the

Palmeral de las Sorpresas at the port. Muelle Uno is a new shopping/restaurant complex at the port with 23 restaurants. The Gardens of La Concepcion are the largest tropical plant gardens in Europe. There are about 1000 buildings from the 19th century downtown, one of the largest and best conserved collections in Spain. Use Booking.com to find hotels.

The Restaurant El Pimpi at Calle Granada, 62, has Andalusian decoration and music and one can have tapas and try Malaga’s sweet wine here (the Malaga Virgen moscatel is delicious).

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4. Re: 2 Weeks Itinerary - I Know - I know a Frequent Question : )

Thanks for the input. I have to get my arms around using public transport more - I'm used to having the options that a car provides. But I know that trains and buses could and should be a part of this trip.

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5. Re: 2 Weeks Itinerary - I Know - I know a Frequent Question : )

OK so this is planned for next May by which time the train track into Granada should be finished making getting by train between Seville, Cordoba and Granada easy. Personally more relaxing. Having got those car unfriendly cities out of the way you can get inside a metal box on wheels and do a tour of the countryside perhaps heading to Ronda / Antequera. Then options for a drive through "pueblos blancos" territory to end up in Gibraltar or rather a quick stop having parked in La Linea side of the border and do a tour for a couple of hours using one of the taxis that can take you up to the summit. Then drive on to somewhere like Cadiz or even El Puerto de Santa Maria and stay over as long as you can before returning car at Seville airport.

May is a good month usually for touring the countryside. If you wanted you could even stop over at Jerez and see Cadiz using the efficient trains. If you like Sherry wine then this could be a great idea.

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6. Re: 2 Weeks Itinerary - I Know - I know a Frequent Question : )

Thanks.

We are slow travelers, preferring to stay in one spot and get the feel for an area. In thinking about it more in the light of day I'm inclined now to something more like this:

Fly to Seville - Stay 6/7 nights (to include day trip to Cordoba and possibly Cadiz).

Train to Granada - 3/4 Nights

Bus to Malaga - 3/4 nights

Train back to Seville for 1 night and morning flight back home..

This type of math is why our two week trips always morph into 17/18 days....

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7. Re: 2 Weeks Itinerary - I Know - I know a Frequent Question : )

Seems a plan to me ...except .. Train to Granada - , just in case you don't already know ,its part journey by bus , from Seville , you change at Antequera Santa Ana station to a bus ,which drops you off in Granada TRAIN STATION .... on going rail works continue at present .

The Alsa Bus , Seville to Granada is a very good option https://www.alsa.com/en/web/bus/home and the Supra Economy is very good .

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