Last year we had the pleasure of attending one of the best weddings we have ever been to in Buenos Aires, and we were fortunate enough to spend enough time there to really see the city. We didn't speak much Spanish but we were able to get by just fine, and of course our friends were able to translate for us in times of need. Between the empanadas, steak, Argentine wine and city exploration, we actually went with a couple of friends on a hike and bird walk in a beautiful part of Argentina about an hour drive out of Buenos Aires - that was quite an adventure!
We also were married in June and spent two weeks traveling around Italy for our honeymoon. We started in Venice, then to the beaches of Rimini, then off to Florence, Siena, Cinque Terre, and at the end of the trip we ended up in Rome.
We have been to a great many countries over our years together (and even before!) and this year we've decided we're going to Spain!
We want to travel to Barcelona and Madrid of course, but I was wondering what other places in Spain people recommend? We're currently looking at traveling this October at some point for about 10 days, and would love to get your advice on things to see along the path. We would likely not rent a car for long term travel and stick to rail (as much as I love driving in Europe I'm not sure I can honestly say that it's a relaxing part of the vacation:), however, renting a car for a day trip isn't out of the question.
I would love to hear about your experiences in traveling around Spain and your advice for experiencing great adventures, hotels, restaurants, art, sights, scenery and whatever else you can think of would be greatly appreciated.