I am visiting Spain during this December-January 2014, and would like to seek expert help from this forum regarding my itinerary.
I will be travelling with my wife and two teenage children - We are unlikely to return to Spain, as we travel only once a year!. We are interested in seeing historical monuments/architecture, and also understand the culture.
My proposed intinerary:
21st Dec : Flying into Madrid.
22nd Dec : Madrid tour - Royal Palace, Retiro Park, Puerta del Sol, and general hop-on hop-off tour.
23rd Dec : Day trip to Segovia - viewing Aquaduct. (Any other interesting things to see here?)
24th Dec : Day trip to Toledo : Gothic Cathedral and El Greco Painting. (What are the other interesting things to see in Toledo?)
25th Dec: Day trip to a nature park near Madrid. Any suggestsions? I chose this as all other tourist attractions would be closed.
26th Dec : Travel to Cordoba. View the Mezquita, Jewist Quarter and proceed to Seville.
27th Dec : Seville Day tour : Columbus's Tomb, Giralda Bell Tower, Plaza d'Espana, Maria Luisa Park.
28th Dec : Travel to Granada, tour Alhambra and Generalife.
29th Dec : Travel to Valencia, tour Serranos tower, Quart Tower
30th Dec : Tour Gothic Cathedral, Lonja Silk Exchange, Museum of Las Fallas and Proceed to Barcelona.
31st Dec : Barcelona Day tour including Columbus Monument; Parc Montjuic; Antonio Gaudi’s UNESCO World Heritage sites including “La Sagrada Familia,” Parc Guell, Bartlo House and the unconventional Casa Mila building.
1st Jan : Anything to see in and around Barcelona on this date? (As most things will be closed?)
2nd Jan : Fly out of Barcelona.
I am thinking of hiring my own car from 23rd Dec and return it on arrival at Barcelona on 30th Dec - This seems the most economical way of transport compared to train, which seems expensive for the 4 of us. Please let me know if this is a good idea.
We are strict vegetarians, and any restaurant suggestions will help. Any short stay apartments with kitchen could help as well, if we cant find vegetarian food to our liking.
Any comments/suggestions welcome!Edited: 04 August 2014, 05:10