I'm sure this has been discussed before but I'm hoping for a few specific recommendations if they're out there. We're considering a trip to Madrid in August of this year and can't decide whether to spend our time near Rioja and San Sabastian or head south to Andalucia. My wife and I are in to wine and food and would like to spend some time outdoors including maybe some hiking. We like to stay out late but we're not headed to Spain for the clubbing scene. I've read that tapas are great in both Granada and Logrono so it sounds like we'll be satisfied on that front wherever we decide to go. I realize 8 nights isn't a lot but we want to see as much as we can and be as efficient as possible.
It's looking like we'll be flying in and out of Madrid so wherever we go we'll need to circle back to Madrid for our departure. If we only have 8 nights, is public transportation better in one area of the country than another?