My name is Christina and I am 18 years old. For the month of June I am going to be studying at the University of Granada. Afterward, for the first two weeks of July, I am going to be traveling alone. The problem is I don't what to see or where to go! I was hoping you all could help.
Things to keep in mind:
I'm a poor college student, keep it as cheap as possible!
I would like to visit Morocco, if possible. (I hear the ferry is the best way.)
I will need to be in Madrid by the end of my trip, to fly back to the states.
I am totally up for any outdoors/adventure activities.
What are the best places to visit & how should I plan on traveling from place to place?
Thanks for your help.
Sorry probably not much help, but I recommend you visit Seville and Cordoba during your stay. But Ganada alone has so much to offer.
When you get to Madrid, don't miss the Reine Sofia Gallery - home of Picasso's Guernika.
Please do be careful on your own though - maybe you could hook-up with another student?
Enjoy the experience
I will definitely keep Seville and Cordoba in mind. :] And I know a few other students are planning on staying after the classes end, but I don't really know any of them yet, (I'm a freshman and most of the students are juniors) but I've definitely thought about trying to travel more with one or two of them.
There are some options. As well you might want to check out some places near Granada on weekends. Jaen is a smaller city not that far away from Granada. You can also explore the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, which are just south of Granada, and you can even head to the coast. (which in July and August might be the best thing to do, as it will be hot in Andalusia around that time.)
In Morocco the heat will be even worse, if you go inland. If you take the ferry from Algeciras (close to Gibraltar), you will land in Tanger, which by all means is not the best place in Morocco. Getting hold of some flight tickets, that can take you to Casablanca, Rabat or Fez. Check the wiki guide for more on Morocco. If you can go with some other people it would be preferable.
In and around Madrid there is enough to see. Reina Sofia is best visited on the saturday afternoon or sunday mornings, as entrance is for free (the same for the Prado). Also check out if you like to do daytrips from Madrid, like Toledo, Segovia, El Escorial. From Madrid you can also head into the mountains, to walk one of the trails near Cercedilla, or one of the other places in the Sierra Guardarama. If you get from Seville to Madrid, you will pass Cordoba, when you take the AVE, so that would be perfect to visit than. From Seville, you can also go to other places by train/bus, like Jerez de la Frontera and Cadiz.
Hi again Christina
One small extra suggestion - if you haven't already, please do read Laurie Lee's, 'As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning'.
It tells of the author walking across Spain on the cusp of the Spanish Civil War in the early 1930s.
This book gives a fantastic insight of the background to the Civil War, as well as amazing descriptions of the country during that time.
A must read for the first-time visitor to Spain!
It was my inspiration to go there ...