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Spain Trip - Needs help planning

We, 2 families (4 adults and 2 children 6 and 11) are going to Spain in May for 12 full days and would like to get help in planning Spain itinerary!!

I already booked the airline tickets entering in Madrid and leaving from Barcelona.

Places of interest are Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Granada(if possible)

Can someone please tell me how many days in each city?

Any recommendations on where to stay in each city?

what attractions are must sees in each city?

Thanks in advance
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Well, I prefer to stay downtown in both Madrid and Barcelona. That way I can walk to many places.
You driving or public transport (bus, train etc)?
4 cities in 12 days (considering the traveling time) is a bit too much in my opinion. 3 cities is even stretching it as the cities you have chosen are a long way from each other. You probably only have only 10 full days in Spain? 5 days in Madrid and surroundings and 5 in Barcelona and surroundings will easily be eaten up.
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We're heading to Spain next month, only 8 days Barcelona and Madrid.

Barcelona
The Gaudi attractions are musts - Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila.

Las Ramblas is the popular tourist strip. Placa Catalunya is central and where the tourist buses are. This would be a great area to find a hotel. These are located in the Eixample area, close to everything.

The hop on hop off bus is great in Barcelona but may get expensive for the six of you.

Watch out for pickpockets. If you can, get a PacSafe wallet or bag for this trip.

MADRID, we are staying around Opera area, but I heard Puerto del Sol, and along the Gran Via are great locations.

Also, while in MADRID, we plan on visiting this place! http://plateamadrid.com/
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Thank you both,

I didn't include the travel days (to and from Spain) in the 12 days,
we will arrive in Madrid on May 10 (afternoon) and will leave Barcelona on May 23 (morning),
so we have 12 full days not including arrival and departure days in Spain.

we will stay the first 5 nights in Madrid, and then take the high speed train (less than 3 hours) to Seville.

My original plan was:

Madrid: 5 nights
Seville: 3 nights (fly from Seville directly to Barcelona)
Barcelona: 5 nights

Do you think if it would be doable: (we like to see as much as we can)

Madrid: 5 nights
Seville: 2 nights (Bus / Train to Granada - 3 hours)
Granada: 2 nights (fly from Granada directly to Barcelona)
Barcelona: 4 nights


and yes, we will use public transport (bus, train etc)
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On the way from Madrid to Seville stop in Cordoba for an afternoon. Even stay a night instead of 5 in Madrid. Chop a night off Seville and go to Ronda for that second night instead. Then on to Grenada. Or skip it and go Ronda to Barcelona.

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I have already booked the train ticket to Seville so cannot reduce our stay in Madrid (but that's all, no other tickets are booked),

looking at the google images of Cordoba, I like your idea of visiting Cordoba (as a day trip). based on Google map it's less than 2 hours drive from Seville,

do you think if it makes sense to rent a car and drive to Cordoba in a morning and get back to Seville in the evening? if yes, any recommendation on rental car companies there?
would a day be enough to see bests of Cordoba?

specially because we are 6 people, the cost of renting a car and driving may not be more than train tickets (probably about 240 euro for 6 people) and we will have the car while in Cordoba.
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I'm interested to visit Spain. What is the best time of the year to visit Spain and what is considered a reasonable fare from Toronto? Thanks
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bingo_jake wrote:
Mar 12th, 2016 10:23 pm
I have already booked the train ticket to Seville so cannot reduce our stay in Madrid (but that's all, no other tickets are booked),

looking at the google images of Cordoba, I like your idea of visiting Cordoba (as a day trip). based on Google map it's less than 2 hours drive from Seville,

do you think if it makes sense to rent a car and drive to Cordoba in a morning and get back to Seville in the evening? if yes, any recommendation on rental car companies there?
would a day be enough to see bests of Cordoba?

specially because we are 6 people, the cost of renting a car and driving may not be more than train tickets (probably about 240 euro for 6 people) and we will have the car while in Cordoba.

We used Sixt when we were in Spain but we just price shopped at Malaga airport for the cheapest rental from the counters when we got there. They were great to work with and a good price so when we dropped the car off in San Sebastian we used Sixt again for our next rental in Hendaye.

If you are renting a car for a day only it should be way cheaper. Even two cars if you can't get a people carrier.

You don't need a car in Cordoba proper. We parked ours on the other side of the river from the Mezquita and then walked over a bridge to that side. We spent about 3.5-4 hours there, probably could have spent a few more but we needed to get more miles covered that day. It is very, very walkable and if you did drive to there I would park the car across the river and just walk around as that will be less stressful on a driver. It's too bad you can't spend a night there (I would have loved to), but I get the itinerary has been set for Madrid -> Sev.

If you do rent a car (s), you could keep it and drive via Ronda to Grenada, and then fly to Barcelona. This gives you the option to see more sites and towns along the way versus train.
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smehmood wrote:
Mar 12th, 2016 11:24 pm
I'm interested to visit Spain. What is the best time of the year to visit Spain and what is considered a reasonable fare from Toronto? Thanks
we were there (North & South) in April and it was still a bit chilly. I would go May/June next time - others will have their preference but that would work weather wise and crowd wise for me.
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I'm planning on visiting in July. I have 3 days planned for Barcelona, 3 Mallorca and 2 in Madrid.
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smehmood wrote:
Mar 12th, 2016 11:24 pm
I'm interested to visit Spain. What is the best time of the year to visit Spain and what is considered a reasonable fare from Toronto? Thanks
It depends which month really. High season $950-$1100 pp would be reasonable.

I was in Spain a few weeks ago (Seville) the weather was 16 degrees as a high . The waiter at a restaurant told us that it was a "cold spell". I've been in June and it was really hot and great beach weather. Same for early September.
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bingo_jake wrote:
Mar 12th, 2016 10:23 pm
I have already booked the train ticket to Seville so cannot reduce our stay in Madrid (but that's all, no other tickets are booked),

looking at the google images of Cordoba, I like your idea of visiting Cordoba (as a day trip). based on Google map it's less than 2 hours drive from Seville,

do you think if it makes sense to rent a car and drive to Cordoba in a morning and get back to Seville in the evening? if yes, any recommendation on rental car companies there?
would a day be enough to see bests of Cordoba?

specially because we are 6 people, the cost of renting a car and driving may not be more than train tickets (probably about 240 euro for 6 people) and we will have the car while in Cordoba.
I was in Seville a few weeks ago. One of the best places I've been in Spain (also been to Majorca, Barcelona, Madrid and Costa Del Sol).

We stayed at Melia Sevilla - highly recommend!
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snow00774 wrote:
Mar 13th, 2016 1:32 am
If you do rent a car (s), you could keep it and drive via Ronda to Grenada, and then fly to Barcelona. This gives you the option to see more sites and towns along the way versus train.
Thanks, it's very good idea
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smehmood wrote:
Mar 12th, 2016 11:24 pm
I'm interested to visit Spain. What is the best time of the year to visit Spain and what is considered a reasonable fare from Toronto? Thanks
Spring or fall. It's outside of the peak summer season, which is packed full of tourists and usually quite hot. I remember being there in early October (great time of year to go!) and it was still 25C in Andalucia.
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bingo_jake wrote:
Mar 12th, 2016 7:43 pm
Thank you both,

I didn't include the travel days (to and from Spain) in the 12 days,
we will arrive in Madrid on May 10 (afternoon) and will leave Barcelona on May 23 (morning),
so we have 12 full days not including arrival and departure days in Spain.

we will stay the first 5 nights in Madrid, and then take the high speed train (less than 3 hours) to Seville.

My original plan was:

Madrid: 5 nights
Seville: 3 nights (fly from Seville directly to Barcelona)
Barcelona: 5 nights

Do you think if it would be doable: (we like to see as much as we can)

Madrid: 5 nights
Seville: 2 nights (Bus / Train to Granada - 3 hours)
Granada: 2 nights (fly from Granada directly to Barcelona)
Barcelona: 4 nights


and yes, we will use public transport (bus, train etc)
I would spend fewer days in Madrid. I didn't find that much to do/see there compared to Barcelona.

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