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41. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Granada is a cracking little city to visit, and not just for the Alhambra - the Albaicin district is really picturesque, and the rest of the town is pretty nice too. The huge Sierra Nevada mountains looming over the back of the city make it really atmospheric.

The bars at the back of the Albaicin serve big portions of some delicious tapas (free if you buy a drink). Mmmm... caricoles.

42. Posted by KineAgathe (Full Member 21 posts) 9y

Here are some links were you can read about
Cordoba
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%B3rdoba,_Spain
Granada
http://www.andalucia.com/cities/granada.htm
Sevilla
http://www.whatsevilla.com/visit-sevilla.html
http://www.idealspain.com/Pages/Places/Seville.htm

43. Posted by KineAgathe (Full Member 21 posts) 9y

http://www.hotelsearch.com/
Hotels...

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

Quoting Herr Bert

You have to know that I spend a couple of days in Madrid every year, so I have seen most of the touristic sites, and done the daytrips to Toledo, Segovia and Aranjuez already.

My initerary for the trip that included Sevilla and Granada:

Saturday: Fly from Düsseldorf to Madrid, as the plane left at 8.00. I was at Barajas airport at 10.30. After picking up the luggage, I took the Metro to the city center to meet up with my friend at Tirso de Molina. (She lives near to there). Just before 12.00 I arrived at Tirso, and we went to drop of my stuff at her house. After spending some time to talk, we decided to go for Churros, and to do some shopping. The rest of the evening we spend to cook and have a dinner, and to talk until late.

Sunday: I spend the early hours to repack, as I want to leave one suitcase in Madrid, and to travel with the other for the rest of the week. After that we had a breakfast, and spend time to roam El Rastro, which was nice, but most part of it is really commercial and is just like any other market. But some parts are really fun, as it is really a flea-market. We spend the last hours in Madrid having a lovely Indian lunch at the Calle de Lavapies. Around 4 p.m. I left said goodbye, and left Madrid and went to the Airport, as I had to catch the flight to Granada. (I had calculated extra time to take the bus between Terminal 2 and 4, but could get there by Metro). After a turbulent flight I landed in Granada, and took the bus to the center. After a short but late siesta, I went to see the town. It turned out there was a procession so I watched that for a while. I had an early night.

Monday: I got up around 7.00 and made a fast breakfast, and left the hostel and walked to the Alhambra. When I got there at 7.45 there was already a long line to get tickets. (only a part of the tickets is sold via internet) After waiting in line for 1,5 hours I got my tickets to the Alhambra, all in all I spend about 4 hours to see everything, and to make a 100+ photos. Took a siesta, and spend the rest of the day to see the Albaysin neighborhood and some other sites in the city. Had a lovely dinner in the evening at the square opposite the Alhambra (not the plaza Nuevo, but the one a little further north).

Tuesday: Didn’t bother to get up very early, as I had the train to catch at 11:30. I had a long breakfast and to talked with the other travellers in the hostel. I had time enough and decided to walk to the station so I had a last glimpse of Granada. The trainride to Sevilla took 3 hours. After finding the hostel and a siesta. I decided to go for a walk on the town, so I had seen most of the buildings from the outside when I found out it was already getting very late.

Wednesday: I went to visit the Alcazar in the morning, and because the hostel had an own kitchen that could be used by the guests, I decided to go shopping and to make my own lunch. After that I wanted to make my trip to the Basaliaue the Macarena, but decided against it, as looked like it would start to rain soon (and it would rain!!! A lot!) As I was in the shopping area, I spend my time looking for Spanish bands in the FNAC. and returned to the hostel to enjoy the evening there.

Thursday: I started with a walk north to a fleamarket that is held there every Thursday, but because I was traveling light, I didn’t buy anything, but continued my walk to find the Basalique de Macarena. After seeing the curch of Macarena first, and wondering where all the fuss was about, I walk to the other side of the building, and saw the entrance to the Basilique. When you enter you are stunned by the beautiful art decorations, and of course the Madonna. I took a walk along the river, from the bridge leading up to the Isla Magica until I was back at the center, and went to visit the Cathedral, and enjoyed the views from the old tower. In the evening a large group from the hostel went on a tapastour, and to see a flamencoshow, so I joined the group.

Friday: I left Sevilla on Friday morning, for my trip to Jerez de la Frontera. As it took quite some time to get a trainticket (I found out after while I was waiting in the wrong line) I could finaly go to Jerez arriving there in the afternoon. I make a little tour to find my hotel (in other words: I got lost agian, as it should be only 10 minutes). I took a siesta, and made a small trip to the center, but found that there was not a lot to see. I went to see the Cathedral, but after the Cathedral in Sevilla, this one, didn’t seem to impress me at all. I decided for an early night.

Saturday: After breakfast and checking out. I decided to visit the Alcazar, and although small, it is for most part how the building should have been centuries ago. The big disappointment was that the Camera Obscura that is installed at the tower of the Alcazar wasn’t working on that day, as it was too clouded. After another stroll through the city center, I went back to the hotel to reclaim my suitcase, that I left there, and went to the busstation to take the bus to the Airport. The trip to Madrid (with Vueling) was smooth and I landed in the late afternoon. In Madrid I re-united with my friend, and we spend the rest of the evening going out for a nice dinner and a lot of talking.

Sunday: Accidentely I was the day of the general elections in Spain, so my friend has promised to take her grandma to the polling station. As the Reina Sofia is free on Sunday I decided to go there, as on former visits we always went there much too late to see anything properly. I returned to her house, and after packing, so that everything was ready to leave early the day after. We spend the rest of the day in the bars of La Latina and Lavapies until we ended up eating African Patatoes in my favourite bar in Lavapies. We’re all drunk, and I think I must have slept rightaway.

Monday: got up pretty early (too early) to say goodbye to my friend, and took the metro to the airport to return to Dusseldorf.

Ok, I just went through this to digest everything that you may have done. It seemed fair enough to say that it was a relaxed trip. Aside from getting lost (lol but that part of the fun).

I think that Seville, Granada and Cordoba is definately what I will do. A day or two at each location. I wish I had more time but unfortunately, it's a trip that we are trying to fit before the year it over.

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

Quoting nutsnbolts

I wish I had more time but unfortunately, it's a trip that we are trying to fit before the year it over.

Hey, there is always the future.

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

Quoting Herr Bert

Quoting nutsnbolts

I wish I had more time but unfortunately, it's a trip that we are trying to fit before the year it over.

Hey, there is always the future.

Yes, there is always the future but there are also so many places. The past 3 years we have been covering Europe and we haven't even scratched the surface.

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

Ok finally booked! Flying to Madrid and directly to Seville afterwards.

Nov. 20th - Nov 27th.

Arriving in Seville on the 20th at 12:00pm sometime.

Now just have to start setting up accommodations, rental cars, and overall agenda.

Anyone can recommend accommodations and possibilities on where to travel around, to see, etc, at least in Seville.

I'm looking for "what not to miss" in Seville.

In the next few days, I will also be finalizing our agenda which would include Granada, Cordoba and the surrounding areas of Seville, Granada, Cordoba.

So any suggestions around those areas would be nice as well.

Thanks in advance.

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