Spain in the Fall - Itinerary Help Needed!
Hello fellow travelers,
Planning our first trip to Spain in September! We have three weeks, but realizing what an enormous country it is has been overwhelming. I know we can’t see it all, and trying my best to narrow down our itinerary (we have cut the North out entirely, to save for another trip). Below is an early draft – we do not yet have our flights or hotels booked, so this is 100% flexible.
Some background on us... early 30s, avid travelers. Like a good mix of culture, food, activity. Prefer to minimize 1 and 2 night stays where possible, but can keep a quick pace when worth it. Like a good mix of big destinations and off-the-beaten-trail. Comfortable with train and car travel. Our budget is moderate – not staying in hostels, or 5-stay hotels.
Depart Chicago Friday, Sept 1 – arrive Barcelona Saturday, Sept 2
Barcelona – 3 nights
Valencia – 2 nights
Madrid – 4 nights (with day trip to Sergovia)
Toledo-- 2 nights
Seville – 3 nights
Costa del Sol – 7 nights (can’t miss: day trip to Tangier, Cordoba (La Mezquita), Granada (Alhambra), some beach time)
Looking to fly home out of Malaga or Granada (Malaga flights are looking a bit cheaper...)
Would love some honest, constructive feedback on this itinerary and where to adjust for maximum impact. Thank you in advance!