I wouldn't want a car in either city as parking is very difficult. You might consider 4 days Seville (inc Cordoba), 2 days driving across via white villages, and 2 days Granada, and just hire the car for the 2 days journey.
Hotels charge 11 euros a night for parking. There are many buses between the cities.
For trains, read Buying Renfe Tickets Online.
For Granada, read Buying Alhambra Tickets Online.
An interesting option could be
then train to Granada
then bus to
- 2 days in Malaga
No need for a car (more of a hassle, really) if visiting big places. Train/bus public transport is excellent and easy to navigate. Most citycenters are walkable but you also have metro/tram/bus option if needed.Edited: 26 November 2012, 08:16
Does it make sense to rent a car for a day or 2 from Ronda to drive to the different smaller villages? We are OK with driving and budget isn't really an issue since it's such a short trip....
So I have this so far:
Fri: Arrive in Sevilla at 1pm - explore
Sat: Explore Sevilla
Sun: Day trip with return to Sevilla?
Wed: rent car for day, drive to villages, overnight Ronda
Sun: AM to Malaga, depart at 1pm for Boston
How does this sound? It's semana santa so I just want to get accommodation squared away ASAP... so I have 5 nights Sevilla, 1 Ronda, 3 Granada... which I could reduce to 4 in Sevilla, one somewhere else or 2 Ronda and 2 Granada...
this new itinerary that you propose is well balanced.
on Sunday, you can easily do a daytrip to Cordoba by AVANT train (45 mins each way). I would rent the car in Sevilla train station (Santa Justa) and head to Ronda on Tuesday. White villages can include Zahara de la Sierra, Ubrique, El Bosque, Arcos de la Frontera, Grazalema, etc. Then I would come back to Seville train station and drop the car on Thurs and take a train to Granada.
Notice that being Semana Santa, especially Sevilla and Granada city centers will be VERY crowded from 4pm till midnight or so, so try to get all the sightseeing in the citycenter morning/afternoon time. After 4pm you can join the crowds to watch processions or go a bit outside the city where it'll be calmer. In Seville I'd recommend a walk in Triana neighborhood and another one in Nervion neighborhood (Nervion metro stop). Also, a nice morning trip could be going to Italica Roman ruins, in Santiponce, 6kms away from Seville.
I think if I was doing this trip and reading between the lines and based on your tour ideas would rent a car from leaving Seville on a one way drop ff basis with return at Malaga airport. That allows flexibility between Seville Ronda & Granada. Allows you to build in some more places if you like depending on weather and inclinations. You may want to spend only one night in Ronda and another elsewhere for example. Just makes it more flexible. Assuming you start your tour on Friday 22nd March which is the lead up to Holy Week with first procession on Sunday "Domingo de Ramos" and so on. Then you will reach Granada by Thursday afternoon before Good Friday "Viernes Santo" and would be good to check the routes and timings of the "pasos" on the web or locally for example this gave a good detail:
Ok it is not a good idea to have a car in Granada BUT there will always be ways of deciding on best choice of hotel AND time of arrival. However you can always return the car as soon as you reach Granada and then from Granada take a bus down to Malaga and its airport. see www.alsa.es
By the way, the best way of travel between Ronda and Granada is by using the train that starts at Algeciras on the coast. Very nice way but it does take nearly 3 hours. They usually run 3 times a day with a morning one lunchtime then evening. But nearer the day check www.renfe.com
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