Spent 53 days traveling in Spain.
Visited Madrid. Visited Andalucia including Seville, Frontera, Costa Sur, Granada and Cordoba. Visited Catalonia including Barcelona and Costa Brava. Traveled through Aragon and Navarre. Visited the Basque Country. Visited Burgos, Salamanca and Segovia. Returned to Madrid and home.
Madrid – Arrived in Madrid and spent time trying to get over jetlag and adjust to eating dinner late. Got set up with Spanish SIM cards for mobile phones. Visited Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Espana, Plaza de Colon, Temple of Debod, Puerta del Sol. walked the Gran Via. We visited major museums.
Seville –Took the fast train to Seville. We stayed in the old town and visited the Plaza de España, the Isabel II (“Triana“) bridge, the Torre del Oro, the Alcázar castle, the Seville Cathedral and Giralda, the Iglesia de la Anunciacion and the Metropol Parasol.
Frontera – Rented a car and drove through Jerez and Cadiz. Spent a night in Medinia-Sidonia, a white hill town in the Frontera. Moved on to Arcos de la Frontera. Spent five days in Grazelema. Visited Ronda and Zahara.
Costa Sur – Stopped in Malaga to visit the Picasso Museum. Drove east along the coast; spent a night in Motril. Visited the Alcazaba in Almeria. Spent wonderful, lazy days in San Jose in Cabo de Gata National Park enjoying the Mediterranean and sunshine.
Granada and Alhambra – Visited Alhambra and Generalife. Visited Granada Cathedral, Plaza Nuevoc, Museo de Carlos V, Corral del Carbon, Sacromonte (and caves), Mirado del San Nicolas, Albaycin and Justice Gate. Ate Moroccan food. Walked along the Carrera del Daro, looked at statue of Isabel and Columbus.
Cordoba – Today, the old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is most famous for the Mosque of Cordoba, known as the Mezquita.