Just got an unexpected break, and am frantically researching and planning about 4-6 weeks in Spain starting late March (yes, in a couple of weeks) or April.
The purpose for this trip is mainly to "recharge" through language and flamenco classes, either in Granada or Sevilla (currently considering doing both), so that I can _live_ and experience the places, and not end up needing a vacation after this vacation.
So, a big chunk of the travel budget will be for the classes, and am already a bit late to get the many early bird low fares (flights, train, etc) so really trying to also watch my budget.
However, since I will be flying in either via Madrid or Barcelona (a 20+ hr flight with 2-3 transfers), I don't want to miss out on the two major cities with so much to offer, but given the time I have and the nature of this trip, I don't want to do the whirlwind thing either, trying to hit all the "must-see" sights.
I'm trying to narrow down "things to do/try" to just experiencing local food, as I love to learn about a place through savoring its traditional cuisine/snacks/drinks. cooking methods, and cookware. With this, of course, I also have to consider adding Valencia to the itinerary (and maybe Jerez...)
I need some suggestions on how I can balance slowly savoring Spain on this trip without feeling I missed out on things, having flown all the way out there...
Also, I will be traveling alone this time, and can use some tips on "dining alone".
I'm not concerned about looking like I am lonely. I'm concerned about wanting to sample all the different things but being only one (small) person it limits me in terms of variety and quantity. (I've read some restaurants who make paella fresh do not serve single portions). I also have to make sure if I sample local wines/beer that I need to still be alert of the surroundings on the way home after the meal. Not knowing just how strong some of the drinks are, I'm not quite sure if I will be able to allow myself to enjoy them.
Any suggestions, tips will be greatly appreciated!