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

Here we go, I know that someone posted a "7 day stay in Spain" post but my wife and I finally agreed on the Spain to be the trip definately between Nov 20th through Nov 27th. Essentially 6-7 days.

I know it's not much but here is where I need to find out from you all, advice and recommendations to fit within this timespan.

The criterias are the following:

  • Focus on South of Spain
  • Fly into Madrid
  • Fly out Seville?

These criterias are not set in stone and after my wife and I looked at the 3 books we bought and the map of Spain, we realized, these criterias might not even work.

From what I have gathered, the area south of Spain that we should focus on is Seville, Cordoba, Andalusia surroundings essentially. Perhaps we can fly into Madrid but it really didn't get much great review, as opposed to, Barcelona and Seville. We all know Barcelona is in the opposite of Spain so we will be leaving that out.

What do you guys think? Please feel free to change everything around.

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

Oh by the way, is it the rainy season? What is the weather like then?

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Yeah, fly into Madrid.
It is OK for a night.
Since it is a Spanish city it will be exotic to u as a foreigner, so u can enjoy a nice restaurant and a walk around, before heading south.

Mel

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

There is also an airport in Seville. Should I just skip Madrid altogether or should I at least stay 1 night in Madrid?

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Madrid is nothing spectacular.
I like it, because it is Spanish, but that is about all there is about it.
I was also in Barcelona. That is much more interesting.
I would certainly fly to Saville instead, if it the flight price is OK.

Almost forgot about the weather question.
I was in Madrid one November. It was cold enough to wear a sweater and boots, but not so cold that there would be snow.

Mel

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

Roughly what is the temperature like? When you say it's cold enough to wear a sweater, were there some shirt days?

I'm presuming Barcelona which is north more will be colder?

I'm wondering whether we should just fly into Barcelona but from there, I don't know what to do or where to go.

At least if we fly to Seville, from people's suggestions on this forum, there is Cordoba and the south that would be interesting.

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

There is also Toledo, near Madrid.
I have not been there, but I want to go, because so many recommend it.

I would not have worn a t-shirt, when I was in Madrid in November, but I am a cold whimp.
I think the day time temperatures were around 10 C degrees and sunny, when I was there.

I was in Barcelona one April, so I dont know what Winter temperatures are like. I dont know anything about the places near Barcelona, because I stayed in the city.

Herr Bert knows a lot about Spain. Maybe he will post information here, if u send him a private mail.
Here is a link, to his profile.
http://www.travellerspoint.com/member_profile.cfm?user=Herr%20Bert

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 27, 2007, at 8:27 AM by Mel. ]

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

Sorry I wasn't able to make time to read the boards for some days.

I would first of all strongly desagree with Mel about Madrid. But then again it is my favourite city. It is true that it hasn't a lot of touristic sites if you compare it to Barcelona, but I love the atmosphere in this city. Like she says this is real Spain. If you like museums, then Madrid is the place to be. The Prado, the Reina Sofia (both for free on sundays until 14.30) and the Thyssen are great museums. I love the parks in Madrid, and the atmosphere in the barrios of Lavapies and la Latina, which is a little bit south of the Plaza Mayor.

If I were in your shoes, and visiting Spain for the first time, then I would do it like this.

20-11 Fly into Madrid,
21-11 See Madrid
22-11 See Toledo (trains leave from Atocha Station), and return to Madrid.
23-11 See a bit of Madrid, and have an late afternoon flight (Iberia/Spanair) to Granada
24-11 See the Alhambra
25-11 See a bit more of Granada, and a late afternoon trainride to Sevilla
26-11 See Sevilla (Alcazar/Cathedral/Basalique de Macarena)
27-11 See a bit more of Sevilla, and flight home.

It would be a little bit of a rushed shedule, but it can work. It would also depend a little on the times of arrival/departure of your flights

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

Quoting Herr Bert

Sorry I wasn't able to make time to read the boards for some days.

I would first of all strongly desagree with Mel about Madrid. But then again it is my favourite city. It is true that it hasn't a lot of touristic sites if you compare it to Barcelona, but I love the atmosphere in this city. Like she says this is real Spain. If you like museums, then Madrid is the place to be. The Prado, the Reina Sofia (both for free on sundays until 14.30) and the Thyssen are great museums. I love the parks in Madrid, and the atmosphere in the barrios of Lavapies and la Latina, which is a little bit south of the Plaza Mayor.

If I were in your shoes, and visiting Spain for the first time, then I would do it like this.

20-11 Fly into Madrid,
21-11 See Madrid
22-11 See Toledo (trains leave from Atocha Station), and return to Madrid.
23-11 See a bit of Madrid, and have an late afternoon flight (Iberia/Spanair) to Granada
24-11 See the Alhambra
25-11 See a bit more of Granada, and a late afternoon trainride to Sevilla
26-11 See Sevilla (Alcazar/Cathedral/Basalique de Macarena)
27-11 See a bit more of Sevilla, and flight home.

It would be a little bit of a rushed shedule, but it can work. It would also depend a little on the times of arrival/departure of your flights

Thank you very much for this. Is it possible to drive to Seville froM Madrid? In addition is Alhambra a one day trip?

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

Of course it is possible to drive to Sevilla from Madrid, but driving in both cities is not something you want to do if you are not used to drive in hectic cities. Also getting a parking spot in Sevilla will not be easy. So if you want to do this, than see if you can return the car, at the airport, and take a bus to the city.

If you want to get between both cities easy, you can also take the AVE (the Spanish TGV). In just 2,5 hours you can get from Atocha Station in Madrid to Santa Justa in Sevilla.

At the Alhambra it is up to you how long you want to spend there. (the only time-slot you have the time on your ticket, at which you need to enter the palaces) I went up the hill, early in the morning to get a ticket, but if you can get hold of tickets via internet http://www.alhambra-patronato.es/, then you can save time in line to get tickets (as it is a popular site, it can take a long time). I spend about 4 hours at the Alhambra, leaving time for siesta, and time to explore the rest of the town in the afternoon.