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11. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 9y

This was suggested to me as well when I flew to Italy. Essentially flying into any of the cheaper destinations and taking a charter flight afterwards. The only problem with that, in my opinion, is the amount of transfers and flight after flight I have to take just to get to the destination.

If I learned anything from my other trips, I would definately fly into a city to start off and then travel through the country and fly out at the other end.

The question now is which city to start off with and how to work my way around Spain within 7 days. I can't cover all but at least a start and end point suggestions are welcomed.

12. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Well, if you want to fly in direct, I think you will need to fly to Madrid from the US.

The cities you'll likely cover are Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba and Barcelona. Give each of them 1-2 days plus 1 day for travel and you'll have a stop-whistle tour. Maybe you can decide on 3 places to see (hint: Barcelona is a bit far away from the rest) to have some more time.

http://www.map-of-spain.co.uk/
http://horarios.renfe.es/hir/ingles.html - spanish railways

Madrid-Barcelona is best done by night train, Madrid-Sevilla takes usually 2:30 hrs, Sevilla-Cordoba 45 min, Cordoba-Granada is 2:30 hrs. Happy?

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 19, 2007, at 12:58 PM by t_maia ]

13. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 9y

Anyway to fit straits of gibraltar into this? Or is this just something in the movies and that's it. lol

14. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

I don't see why you couldn't squeeze Gibraltar into this - but then you'll definitely will have to drop Barcelona or everything just gets to much. It is near Algeciras, about 130 kms south of Malaga.

http://wikitravel.org/en/Gibraltar

Also see:
http://wikitravel.org/en/Seville_%28city%29
http://wikitravel.org/en/Granada_%28Spain%29
http://wikitravel.org/en/Cordoba_%28city%29
http://wikitravel.org/en/Andalucia

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 19, 2007, at 4:16 PM by t_maia ]

15. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 9y

I'm just throwing some ideas out there. I would definatel drop Barcelona if I do try Strait of Gibraltar. I have to find other airports in the south so most likely, I will be starting from Madrid and head south. My wife expressed the interest to see the Moorish part of Spain rather than the north. So here we are again.

16. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

Or you could find a flight to Barcelona or Madrid, that way you don't have to pay the Ryanair buses which are expensive, and from Barcelona or Madrid you can go directly to wherever you like, Sevilla, Granada, etc.. For budget flights in Spain check vueling, they fly from Barcelona to Sevilla and Ryanair that fly from Girona to Granada

17. Posted by SFTourist (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Quoting t_maia

Madrid-Barcelona is best done by night train, Madrid-Sevilla takes usually 2:30 hrs, Sevilla-Cordoba 45 min, Cordoba-Granada is 2:30 hrs. Happy?

Thank you so much for your suggestions and pointers people. I really appreciate it. I am inclined to the following itin at this moment - Fly in to Madrid - stay 2-3 days, train to seville - stay 2 days - train to granada stay 1-2 days and train to Barca and stay 3 days.

How does that sound? Also in all of this the glitch is Granada/Barca is a 12 hour overnight train journey? Is that advisable? Any other suggestions?

18. Posted by SFTourist (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Also people, can you please recommend some hotels in Madrid/Seville/Barca/Granada - I am looking at decent hotels which are centrally located - you know for usual tourist activities. I am really looking forward to your help.

19. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

If you took the night train to Madrid it would also take you 12 hours, for only 600 kms.
However, if you're willing to travel from Granada to Barcelona I think a good choice would be flying. Ryanair opened a connection between Granada and Girona (1 hour away from Barcelona, easy to reach by either bus or train)

check hostelworld for hostels in barcelona, the zone around the ramblas and the old town is totally filled with "cheap" places to stay

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 21, 2007, at 1:47 AM by S_Deisler ]

20. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

For flights, don't just bet on RyanAir, at least also check Vueling, Spanair, Air Europa and even 'normal' Iberia for cheap flights within Spain. As you only have a very limited timespan, I would suggest flying if you want to keep in Barcelona.

The train from Madrid to Sevilla is fast but also a bit expensive. If you want cheap you can also Fly to Jerez (20 euros on Vueling), and take the train to Sevilla (7 or 8 euros). It will take longer, but cheaper.

I think you asked for Hotels, and i can't help you on those, but if you would also consider Hostels, I would suggest to consider Oasis Hostel for both Sevilla and Granada.

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