Day 1: Fly to Barcelona.
Day 2: Arrive in Barcelona in early morning. Barcelona sightseeing.
Day 3: Barcelona sightseeing.
Day 4: Barcelona sightseeing, then take a night train to Granada.
Day 5: Arrive in Granada in early morning. Granada sightseeing.
Day 6: Travel to Seville by train. Seville sightseeing.
Day 7: Seville sightseeing.
Day 8: Day trip to Ronda.
Day 9: Travel to Cordova by train. Cordova sightseeing, then travel to Madrid by train.
Day 10: Madrid sightseeing.
Day 11: Madrid sightseeing.
Day 12: Day trip to Toledo.
Day 13: Day trip to Segovia.
Day 14: Fly home from Madrid.
Since it was not peak season, I only booked the hotels (Barcelona, Granada, Seville and Madrid), the night train tickets from Barcelona to Granada, and Alhambra tickets ahead of time. Everything else was purchased on the spot. Only one time there was a problem. When we were done sightseeing in Cordova, we went to the train station at 4:15 pm. We wanted to purchase the next available train tickets to Madrid. The guy told us the next available 2nd class tickets would be for the 7:30 pm train. If we wanted to take the next available train which was 5:00 pm, we had to buy 1st class tickets (105 euros/person vs. 70 euros/person). We didn’t want to sit around the train station for 3 hours, so we bought the 1st class tickets.
Booking the night train tickets from Barcelona to Granada was the hardest booking I have done so far. There are step-by-step procedure on both Tripadvisor and Seat61 websites to teach you how to book the tickets online. This is a brief summary:
A few notes about traveling in Spain:
Spain is an incredibly beautiful country, so make sure you go there sometime.
(To be continued)