I originally planned an itinerary consisting of 4 days Madrid (day trip to Toledo & Segovia), 3 days Seville, 2 days Tarifa (with a day trip to Morocco), 2 days Granada, 4 days Barcelona. However, after reading some comments from others that the July heat in Seville and Granada nearly chocked them to death, and that they spent most of the daytime hours pasted to the A/C in their hotel room, I find my enthusiasm rapidly waning. I am from Seattle and "hot" in my experience is about 76F. So my first question is: Am I right to feel this way?
And if the heat is indeed that bad, I am thinking perhaps of swapping Andalucia for Northern Spain, such as Santiago de Compostella, Bilbao, Donostia and Picos de Europa. I have always been fascinated with the Celts so I could see this being charming. But my second question is: Are there enough variety of experience in this line up to entertain my 11 year old and elderly parents? (These are people who In Provence said after seeing three small towns that everything is starting to look alike.) For this reason, I usually try to mix big cities, small towns and mountains and coastlines. What would be the best way to do that here?
Now, here is my third dilemma. My daughter gets carsick easily and in my past experience nothing dampens a vacation like barf stench. For this reason, I would prefer to incorporate trains over cars. But from everything I am reading, it seems cars are recommended for sightseeing in Northern Spain. So my question is, if I want to keep driving at a minimum, in what order should I arrange my destinations and what alternative transport could be taken where?
I know I have selfishly dribbled my problems but any help would be much appreciated!!