Journal: Entry for Aeryn - Edit 2
Modified by Aeryn at 01/02/2012 06:44:10 PM
- Depart on a 9pm overnight direct flight to Madrid, arrive at the hotel/apartment early afternoon.
- Madrid: 5 nights in the city, 4.5 days. Day trips to Toledo and Segovia (2000 year-old functioning Roman aqueduct. Visit museums, parks, bars.
- Cordoba: 1 day (arrive in the morning/early afternoon on a 2-hour fast train from Madrid, leave as late 9pm on the fast train to Seville, 45 min). See the Mezquita, walk the Jewish quarter.
- Seville: 4 nights, 3 full days. Take guided walking tours of the city center, Cathedral, and Alcazar. Visit Italica (well-preserved Roman city). Go to flamenco bars, maybe a bullfight.
- Morocco: 4 nights, 3 full days, via ferry from Tarifa/Algeciras to Tangier.
- Ronda or Antequera: 1 night, 1 day. Ronda has a stunning view, situated on a gorge, and a lively old quarter. Antequera has the Dolmens (massive pre-historic burial sites/tombs, 5000-6500 years old, think Stonehedge), stunning rock formation in a park 12 km away (near Villanueva de la Concepcion village) and ruins of Roman baths. I think I just convinced myself to choose Antequera.
- Granada: 4 nights, 3 days. Spend a day each seeing La Alhambra and hiking in Sierra Nevada. Stay up the last night, and take the 7 or 8am bus to Malaga airport to fly home.
I thought I had it all figured out, but reading about Antequera makes me want to spend more time there. Same for Ronda. It might comes down to the ease/cost of lodging and transportation. The budget-yet-doable version of the whole trip comes down to $2700 per person including flight ($150/day). I need to be sure to catch the Renfe train discounts, and book lodging early enough (doing the airbnb route, renting a room from the locals, because I need an option that is super cheap). Can't even think about packing yet; for 18 days? I've never done anything like that. That applies to the trip overall.