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1. Posted by goanywhere (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

So, I have decided to do an abbreviated trip for my winter break from school in lovely Iowa. I am due to be spending some time wandering London which is easily packed full of things to do and basically pretty well planned out as far as I am concerned. But... does anyone have any advice for the second part of my journey?

This entails flying into Madrid with the only plans being visiting a fellow school mate in Seville for a couple days (probably fri/sat/ and perhaps sunday). I am not sure what to do upon getting to Madrid. Should I plan on hanging around Madrid (which I fly into on a tuesday and fly out of the following monday) or should I get outta there and go somewhere else? I am open to any and all advice! Thanks!

PS. I know I should stay longer, but school does not permit... too bad so sad huh? So I just gotta make this time frame work the best it can.

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 8y

Madrid is a lively city, plenty of good nightlife -stay for a few days....you should see the Prado museum.

Sevilla is a nice city, also try Salamanca - a University town with stunning architecture, not far from Madrid.

3. Posted by kammiejoy (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y

I would definitely go to Toledo...it is one of my favorite cities in Spain. It is about 90km south of Madrid and has a wonderful walled in old city. There are many winding narrow streets, plenty of shops, and beautiful architecture. You could make a day trip of it, or spend a few nights there on your way to Seville.

4. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

i second toledo, its great! get up early and take hte train (its FAR quicker than the bus!) and make day trip of it, its a gorgeous city! just prepare to get LOST!! winding streets and no street signs! the church is great...

5. Posted by goanywhere (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Toledo sounds excellent! I am definitely thinking Madrid then Toledo then Seville and back to Madrid etc.

Thanks for the advice!

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

Quoting goanywhere

Toledo sounds excellent! I am definitely thinking Madrid then Toledo then Seville and back to Madrid etc.

Thanks for the advice!

Well actually go back to Madrid from Toledo, or do it as a daytrip. (it's only half an hour by train), and then take the AVE to Sevilla. (2,5 hours). Depending on the time you want to meet your friend in Sevilla, you could maybe squeeze in a short a visit to Cordoba. (the other stop on the AVE-line to Sevilla).

Another good daytrip from Madrid is Segovia. But I think there is plenty to see and do in Madrid.

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

Quoting Herr Bert

Quoting goanywhere

Toledo sounds excellent! I am definitely thinking Madrid then Toledo then Seville and back to Madrid etc.

Thanks for the advice!

Well actually go back to Madrid from Toledo, or do it as a daytrip. (it's only half an hour by train from Atocha, busses take 1 hour from the busstation at Mendez Alvaro, but are a little bit cheaper),

Take the AVE to Sevilla. (2,5 hours). Depending on the time you want to meet your friend in Sevilla, you could maybe squeeze in a short a visit to Cordoba. (the other stop on the AVE-line to Sevilla), or maybe leave on Thursday morning, and stay in Cordoba for the night, from Cordoba it's only 45 minutes to Sevilla Santa Justa railway station.

Another good daytrip from Madrid is Segovia. But I think there is plenty to see and do in Madrid and Toledo.

8. Posted by KineAgathe (Full Member 21 posts) 8y

Isn't anybody going to recommend Alhambra in Granada?
http://www.alhambra.org/eng/index.asp?secc=/inicio

It is defiantly worth visiting! Its not far from Sevilla ;)

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

Quoting KineAgathe

Isn't anybody going to recommend Alhambra in Granada?
http://www.alhambra.org/eng/index.asp?secc=/inicio

It is defiantly worth visiting! Its not far from Sevilla ;)

It depends on how you look at it, it is still 4 hours to get from Sevilla to Granada, and another 4 hours to get back, plus some time to get to/from the train stations. In my opinion Granada needs more time than just the few hours you need to see the Alhambra. So in my opinion it would be a little bit too much for this trip.

It would be possible to fly Madrid - Granada (Iberia/Spanair), stay for one night, see the Alhambra in the morning, and take the train in the afternoon to Sevilla. (check timetables, as there are only 3 or 4 (direct) connections a day)

10. Posted by goanywhere (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Again, THANKS!! I am already in cahoots with my friend in Sevilla to plan perhaps a couple days in Alhambra, and what to do in the time I have. Now all thats really left is to get there and then do it, and meet some people too! Thanks again!