Hi there, we are in the very early stages of planning our first visit to Europe. I am hoping to plan it for mid June 2013. Spain will be our destination since we would like to take several days to a week in Madrid. Our summer foreign exchange student lives there with her family and we definitely need to spend a couple of days with her! We wanted to visit for a total of about 15 days so really at a loss where to go/what to do after that. There are so many places everywhere that look amazing! My high school daughter and I are foodies, appreciate history and architecture (don't forget shopping). Exploring cathedrals, checking out museums and logging lots of miles walking while we take in the gorgeous buildings would make the two of us happy! My husband and 11 year old daughter on the other hand... will get tired of that after a week or so, if not sooner! If there is a way we can find a great beach locations with beautiful and warmer water to visit after Madrid that would be a great combo for our family. I would love a place not full of high-rise buildings but something with a smaller size, old spanish type of town that can be accessed from the beach??? In Accommodations would be nice if they had washer and dryers on site or in our suite. We have stayed in many upscale timeshare type condo's in Kauai and Maui not to mention 4 and 5 star hotels and resorts. Especially love some of the AI's in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
We are flexible either a nice high end condo unit with a hotel type feel, or a resort with lots of activities and a large pool/pools. We like both boutique size or large properties . I would appreciate any help as I really know nothing about Spain other than what I am currently reading on TA as I begin to research this trip!