Two weeks in Madrid and Andalusia--starting this Sunday
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Oct 9, 2012 3:22 PM Last Post By: 0live
Oct 8, 2012 9:06 PM
I'm flying into/out of Madrid, and am planning a Madrid-to-Andalusia trip with Toledo thrown in at the very end if I have time. I have the Madrid to Granada portion already planned and reserved (I had to pick a concrete date to buy that Alhambra ticket!). So it's the middle chunk of my trip that I'm having trouble nailing down. As a solo traveler I tend to not have plans written in stone, but I certainly like to have a skeleton of a plan!
My question is this: After Madrid -> Granada, what is the best order to visit Seville and Cordoba, and one of the white towns? I'm on public transit.
I was thinking Granada -> Ronda -> Seville -> Cordoba, then back to Madrid, change platforms, head to Toledo. Then home :-(
Does that sequence make sense? Especially from a train/bus perspective.
Is Ronda a good town to visit, or is there a better alternative to experience a white town?
If so, how (if at all) would the itinerary order change?
Oct 9, 2012 4:26 AM
Oct 9, 2012 6:56 AM
2Does that sequence make sense?
Yes, it does. In fact, it's probably the best order to visit those locations. There aren't direct buses or trains from Córdoba to Toledo so you'll have to go to Madrid and backtrack. You can make all the route by train except the leg from Ronda to Sevilla that you have to make by bus (bus company: Los Amarillos).
Oct 9, 2012 7:29 AM
3Thank you for the feedback! Here's my skeleton plan. The only part confirmed is the Madrid and Grenada part--I already have hotels, train ticket and Alhambra ticket. The rest is flexible.
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: arrive in Madrid, explore Madrid
Wednesday a.m.: train to Granada (already bought ticket)
Wednesday, Thursday: Granada (Thursday p.m. Alhambra ticket bought)
Friday: train from Granada to Ronda
Sunday: Ronda to Seville
Monday, Tuesday: Seville
Wednesday: Seville to Cordoba
Friday p.m.:Cordoba to Madrid, change platforms and head to Toledo
Saturday: Toledo, late train back to Madrid, super early Sunday a.m. flight home :-(
I figured the train Cordoba to Madrid then Toledo would be faster than the bus; I will look into the bus.
Edited by: Amynishiki
Oct 9, 2012 7:44 AM
4You have a good plan so enjoy it!
I figured the train Cordoba to Madrid then Toledo would be faster than the bus
Sure! Both trains are high-speed trains (far quicker than any bus). As I told you, there aren't direct buses from Córdoba to Toledo. Any bus combination to reach Toledo from Córdoba will take longer than the train option changing in Madrid.
Oct 9, 2012 10:44 AM
Oct 9, 2012 1:46 PM
6I think your plan is just fine. I'm just back from my trip and we did it in a bit different order, not that it really matters.
For us it was Madrid, Cordoba, Granada, Ronda, Sevilla. All trains except Ronda-Sevilla which we went by bus (Los Amarillos).
If I may suggest one more day trip, see if you can go to Segovia on one of your Madrid days. The train takes only 30 minutes (although you have to go to Chamartin train station, not Atocha) and it's a stunning place.
Oct 9, 2012 3:12 PM
Oct 9, 2012 3:22 PM
8My pleasure. When you get to Segovia, there's a tourist information at the station where you can get your map etc. Just in case it's closed, the train station is 7 kms outside of centre and you need to take a city bus. The bus will drop you off right by the Aqueduct. I think the ticket was just under 1 euro.
Enjoy your trip!
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