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Barcelona to Andalucia and back - 1 wk itinerary end of Sept

Ridgewood, New...
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Barcelona to Andalucia and back - 1 wk itinerary end of Sept

Hi, I am planning a trip - mother/daughter (55 and 22). Starting and leaving from Barcelona, no car.

Was thinking about going to Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada, however because of transportation considerations may do just 2 of those.

Here is my plan:

Fly From Barcelona to Sevilla, stay 2 days, then take a train to Cordova (45 min) , stay 1-2 days, then by bus to Granada (2:40 hrs), stay another 1-2 days then back to Seville from Granada (which is 3 or 3.5 hours bus or train anyway). And fly back to Barcelona..

I am thinking it maybe too much time on the road, so may limit it to Seville and Cordova only.

Does it make sense to plan it that way? How much time does it make sense to allocaate to each?

Need advice on what makes more sense. Is it doable? Is it complicated from the transportation standpoint or too much time traveling? We will have 1 rolling suitcase each. I will also have to take into consideration that after we return to Barcelona, we will be both flying back to the US.

Thank you, TripAdvisor community!

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1. Re: Barcelona to Andalucia and back - 1 wk itinerary end of Sept

For trains:


My suggestion:

1. Barcelona - Take the train to Seville.

2. Seville - Do a day trip to Cordoba by train.

3. Seville - Take the train to Granada.

4. Granada - Fly Vueling to Barcelona.

5. Barcelona

For Barcelona:

Downtown Barcelona is the Plaza de Catalunya. Use Booking.com to screen hotels or apartments in Downtown Barcelona. A good place to stay is the Eixample, the modern barrio of the city built in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a square grid of streets. The Passeig de Gracia is the most elegant avenue, with upscale stores. Good shopping streets downtown are Portal de l’Angel, Portaferrisa and Pelayo.

El Corte Ingles is a large department store located at Plaza de Catalunya. Maremagnum is located by the port and is a mall that is open also on Sunday, when most shops are closed.

The most important sights are the Modernist sites, which are the Gaudi sites and the Lluis Domenech sites. Prebook the Sagrada Familia Basilica, the Palau de la Musica Catalana, Park Guell and the Picasso Museum. A day trip to Montserrat is suggested. Other must see sights: La Pedrera (Casa Mila), Casa Batllo, Palau Guell, Torre Bellesguard, Cathedral.

Good restaurants in the Eixample:

1. El Nacional (Passeig de Gracia, 24; Tel: 935-185-053) - A big building with a very beautiful and original interior design, with 5 restaurants and one long bar. Moderately priced.

2. La Palmera (Enric Granados, 57; Tel. 934-532-338) - A small family run restaurant with a very good tasting menu.

3. La Rita (Arago, 279; Tel: 934-872-376) - An attractive restaurant with an inexpensive menu of the day. Great food.

4. Cerveseria Catalana (Mallorca, 236; Tel: 932-160-368) - Very good tapas place.

For Seville:

Seville is one of the cities in Spain with the most charm. A very good hotel in Seville is the Hotel Becquer (which has a garage), walkable to most sights. Use Booking.com to look at other hotels.

Must see places in Seville:

1. Church of El Salvador - One of the most beautiful Baroque churches. The ticket from this church allows one to also see the Cathedral and one can skip the queue there. Tickets available at 11 am.

2. Cathedral/Giralda Tower - The Cathedral is the third biggest church in Europe.

3. Alcazar - The palace rivals the Alhambra. See the King’s apartments.

4. Plaza de España - The most beautiful plaza in Spain.

5. Palacio de las Dueñas - This palace is beautiful and has just opened up for the public. This is the residence of the Duke of Alba. A wonderful place to see.

6. Casa de Pilatos - Beautiful palace with wonderful gardens. See the upstairs apartment.

7. Museo de Bellas Artes - One of the most important art museums in Spain.

8. Museum-Palace of the Countess of Lebrija - Has some of the best Roman mosaics in Spain. See the upstairs apartment.

A good flamenco place is Los Gallos (Plaza de Santa Cruz, 11). The main shopping streets are Calle Tetuan and Calle Sierpes. There is a large El Corte Ingles Department store at Plaza del Duque de la Victoria.

Good restaurants:

1. Cuna 2 (Calle Cuna, 2;Tel 954-211-107) - A large, elegant restaurant with traditional Andalusian decoration and with beautiful ceramic tiles lining the walls of the dining rooms. There is a beautiful bar at the top of the building.

2. Casa Robles (Calle Alvarez Quintero, 58; Tel: 954-213-150) - An elegant restaurant near the Cathedral.

3. For tapas, go to Mercado Lonja del Baranco (Calle Arjona, 24; Tel. 917-582-420).

For Cordoba:

Use Booking.com to look for hotels and apartments in The Real Heart of Cordoba. For those making a day trip to Cordoba, the train station does not have luggage lockers but the bus station beside it has luggage lockers. A taxi to the Mezquita will cost only about 6 euros because the distance from the train station is only 1.8 km.

The best sights in Cordoba:

1. Mezquita/Cathedral - The most important architectural feature of the Mezquita are the double horseshoe arches, made of jasper, onyx, marble, and granite. There are 856 columns in the church and they seem to be a sea of arches and columns to the visitor.

2. Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos - Has beautiful gardens.

3. Palacio de Viana - The palace has important artwork and there are 12 different patios, all beautiful.

Good restaurants near the Mezquita:

1. Casa Pepe de la Juderia (Calle Romero, 3; Tel: 957-200-744).

2. El Caballo Rojo (Calle del Cardenal Herrero, 28; Tel: 957-475-375).

Shopping streets are the area around the Mezquita, Calle Jose Cruz Conde, Ronda de los Tejares, Conde de Gondomar and Avenida de Gran Capitan.

Dress code for churches: Shorts or bare shoulders are not allowed for either women or men. The Mezquita is a Catholic church.

For Granada:

For Alhambra Tickets (Book early- at least 3 months in advance):


If you are too late in buying tickets for the date you want, you can try calling your hotel and ask them to buy tickets for you, since the Alhambra allocates tickets to hotels for their clients. If this fails, you can buy the Granada Card for 40 euros, which includes a ticket for the Alhambra.

Downtown Granada is Calle Reyes Catolicos. Use Booking.com to screen hotels and apartments in the Granada City Center. A good hotel downtown with parking is the Vincci Albayzin. Shopping streets are Calle Reyes Catolicos, Calle Zacatin, and Calle Recogidas. There is a large El Corte Ingles Department Store at Carrera de la Virgen, 20. The Alcaiceria is beside the Cathedral and has many shops.

Good restaurant: Restaurante Chikito (Plaza del Campillo, 9; Tel: 958-223-364) - A gastronomic restaurant that has won many prizes for its food. Reservations are a must.

Ridgewood, New...
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2. Re: Barcelona to Andalucia and back - 1 wk itinerary end of Sept

Benny, thank you very much! You suggestion covers about 3-4 days for Seville, Cordova and Granada. I have more days (5-6), and I am not including Barcelona. We will leave Barcelona on Sunday and we are flying back to the US on Saturday, so we have to be back Saturday in time for our flight in the evening, or be back Friday and spend the last night in Barcelona. How would you suggest to allocate time from Sunday to Saturday between these cities or you think I can include more? Remember, we are two ladies and we are not taking the car, so we will be dragging our luggage :)

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3. Re: Barcelona to Andalucia and back - 1 wk itinerary end of Sept

I think you are trying to fit in too much.

There is no point going back to Sevilla, you can fly to Barcelona from Granada, which I would do on the Friday rather than your day of departure to the US.

Or do it in reverse & go to Granada first & take a flight or train from Sevilla back to Barcelona.

So you will have 4 full days Monday - Thursday & 2 part days Sunday & Friday.

Maybe just stay in Sevilla & Granada & if you have time visit Cordoba as a day trip.

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4. Re: Barcelona to Andalucia and back - 1 wk itinerary end of Sept

If you go Barcelona Seville (3-4 days ) 1 Cordaba day visit , Then Granada by Alsa Supra economy bus (2)

and fly back to BCN from Granada with Vueling

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5. Re: Barcelona to Andalucia and back - 1 wk itinerary end of Sept

VUELING can give you flights between Barcelona and Granada / Seville. Look at baggage allowances etc. I think the temperatures are good so consider travelling light if you can. Always best when fitting this kind of tour in.


And importantly when you think you have the right mix of flights etc study the buying of Alhambra tickets as it's a lot easier to buy these in advance. The General ticket for a visit of at least 3 hours is what people like.


For extra comfort on the Andalucia bus use ALSA . The Supra Economy is nice. But some cheapo bargain fares with T&Cs also.


if you find you can stay over in Cordoba for a complete daytime visit thus seeing the old central area and visit Mezquita then study the possibility by doing this with train/bus combo and leave your bags in the Cordoba bus station lockers which is next to the train station. That is for travel between Seville and Granada or vice versa.

You will need at least 2 nights in Seville and same in Granada but with perhaps an extra day in Seville.

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6. Re: Barcelona to Andalucia and back - 1 wk itinerary end of Sept

Seville for 3 nights and Granada for two. Cordoba is a good day trip from Seville or equally good for two nights. I'm not crazy about Barcelona.

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