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This will be my second trip to Spain and our first trip here together. My first trip barely counts though, since I spent it on the beach and in the bars in Torremolinos. I meant to see some of the sights in Andalucía but couldn’t drag myself away from the sand. It’s primarily and urban and cultural trip, though we do plan to fit in some hiking where we can. 

Days 1-5: Barcelona

Planned Activities

  • Sagrada Familia
  • Park Guell
  • Other Modernista sights
  • Barri Gotic, La Ribera, El Raval
  • Hiking at Montserrat

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The Plan: I really thought about leaving Barcelona off this trip altogether, saving it for a future trip to northern Spain. In the end though I decided I REALLY needed to see Sagrada Familia sooner than later. And while we’re here we might was well take in some more sights. I allowed extra time since we’ll be jet lagged

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Stay at Hostal Oliva

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Days 6-11: Madrid

Planned Activities

  • Art museums
  • El Rastro market
  • Gran Via
  • Segovia day trip
  • Toledo day trip
  • Hiking at Cercedilla?

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The Plan: Madrid is about the art. Tackling three art museums in one trip will be a lot for us. We’ll probably spread them out over a couple of days to avoid museum fatigue. Since I love a good street market, we’ll also hit El Rastro. 

Train from Barcelona

Stay at OK Hostel

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Days 12-15: Seville

Planned Activities

  • Cathedral
  • Giralda
  • Real Alcazar
  • Metropol Parasol
  • Cadiz day trip

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The Plan: I’ve been wanting to come to Seville, and Andalucia in general, for years. Outside of the major sights we’ll likely wander older neighborhoods and take a day trip to the coast. It probably won’t be sitting-on-the-beach weather, but we hope for walking-on-the-beach weather. And at some point in Andalucia we’ll take in some flamenco. 

Train from Madrid

Stay at Hostal Plaza Santa Cruz

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Days 16-18: Cordoba

Planned Activities

  • Mezquita
  • Old Jewish quarter
  • Ronda day trip

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The Plan: While it sounds like you can do Cordoba as a day trip from Seville, I liked the idea of being in what sounds like a smaller, more laid back area. It sounds challenging to get to Ronda from anywhere, though Cordoba sounded a little less complicated. 

Train from Seville

Stay at Hospederia del Atalia

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Days 19-23: Granada

Planned Activities

  • Alhambra
  • Albayzin
  • Hiking in the surrounding area

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The Plan: The highlight is of course the Alhambra and other old areas of the city. We’d like to fit in some hiking in Las Alpujarras or possibly El Caminito del Rey. That may depend on public transportation or the availability of tours. 

Train from Cordoba

Stay at Hotel Posada del Toro

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