qMy husband and I visited Barcelona (with some day trips to Rupit, wine tasting, Montjuic)for eight nights back in 2008 and fell in love. We have decided semi-last minute to go back to Spain for what will probably be our last big trip for a while. To cut to the point, I am having a really difficult time settling on where I want to go. I have a bad habit of jamming my trips with too much traveling in an effort to see everything, without really spending too much time in one place - and I want to avoid that to a certain extent. I just found Spain so magical and I want to visit every place I read about. I feel like a five year old in a candy store. I've gone through probably five itineraries already and convinced myself it was the right one, before I read about another location and everything becomes a mess again Here's where I could use some sound advice. The overview:
- Traveling late August/early September for up to 13 nights. I know it will be hot in the south.
- About us: Late 20s/early 30s. Both New Yorkers and we like to keep busy. Total foodies - I mean literally to the point where I will drive pretty much anywhere if I think its warranted. With that being said, I'm going to try to keep the super-pricey (100euro + pp) meals to a minimum. We like museums to an extent, but not really too into art. Neither one of us are into going to museums all day every day. Very into interesting cities/towns with extensive history - we absolutely loved Rome for its deep history, but with the risk of sounding classless, didn't love all the art in Florence.
- Must visit: San Sebastian and to keep it vague, somewhere in southern Spain. I know they are on totally different parts of the maps, but I'm hoping that with flights from Seville into Bilbao or Madrid/Barcelona into San Sebastian, we can swing this somehow. I know a few people who have been there and it just sounds totally up my alley (already dreaming about pinxto hopping). So that's a non-negotiable. Also want to see some of the "other" part of Spain. I keep settling on Seville, but I can't tell if its because I'm really most enticed by it or if I just hear about it more than everywhere else.
- Would like to visit: Granada and Madrid.
- If I somehow manage to squeeze in a night in Barcelona (say, at the tail end after San Sebastian to fly back to NY), that's a plus, but obviously not a necessity. I'd like to go back to Cal Pep and wander around.
- Logistically, we are flying on miles (United) so have to fly into Madrid or Barcelona. Could fly into to Seville in a worst case scenario, but options are not pretty (two layovers, though short enough, would cause us to travel upwards of 15+ hours and probably be exhausted).
One of the thoughts was fly into Madrid, spend 4 nights, train to Seville, spend 4 nights, fly to Bilbao, spend the day and/or night and bus to San Sebastian for 2-3 nights, then fly to Barcelona and spend the final night or two just revisiting some old favorites. I figured this leaves some time for day trips out of Madrid and Seville, but I'm not sure if the back end is too hectic and given the choice, I'd switch out Barcelona for Grenada.
Was then thinking maybe cut out the Madrid portion all together, and just take a quick detour to San Sebastian from Seville.
Apologies for being all over the board (or map) here - any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.