... of Madrid, and into the fire of Andalusia!
I've been visiting Spain regularly for about 15 years now. For the first few years I refused to go there in summer for fear of the terrible heat, always preferring spring or autumn. Apart from the question of survival, the other advantage of going off-season is that there are fewer (other) tourists. And when I had a real job I had the luxury of choosing the dates of my holidays.
My circumstances have changed, however, and in recent years I've had to take my holidays at restricted times, the summer months being the only time I can take more than a week off. The result is that I now know it's possible to visit Spain in July or August and survive! But what about the South, Andalusia? Everyone says the best time to visit Seville, Cordoba and Granada is spring or autumn. Well, I can't do that, so I've concluded that if I ever want to see these mythical places I'll have to do it in summer. But for my first voyage into the inferno I'm taking it easy — just four days out of my three-week trip.
There's a Spanish train that runs between...
|The Paris-Madrid "trenhotel"|
(click here for a virtual tour of the train)
I have two good friends in Madrid who are very kindly providing me with two different places to use as my base for my holiday in Spain. Apart from the aforementioned Andalisian adventure, I'm going to Puente del Congosto and Salamanca for a few days. I plan to make other brief excursions out of Madrid, but I have no fixed arrangements yet.