Saw a fare sale with Lufthansa (it was not there a few days ago) and, having been watching fares for some time, we decided it was a fare we could not only live with, but be happy with. In and out of Madrid, next May, but most of the time will be spent in Andaluica. Not counting Madrid, we'll have 22 nights (we decided to save Northern Spain for another time when we can give it the time it deserves)
So all we have to do now is try to rein in the plans that are all over the place (how many itineraries have I posted so far? haha) We'll do more research before we decide for sure; but now we have parameters to work with.
Excited, as this is our first trip to Spain.
Thanks for all the help we've received so far (and the reality checks)