I count myself lucky to be able to spend a month in Granada, working at the University in September 2012. I'm not sure what my work schedule will be like but am going to spend approximately 5 weekends in Spain. What would be the best way to explore other cities such as Barcelona. Would like to do as much as possible visiting museums, architecture, spiritual places, shopping for indigenous craft, especially ceramics, some entertainment and food sampling. I am not into beaches but love to look at beautiful things, wear fine clothes and a good glass of wine would complete my day. Should I also include France, Rome or Portugal on these free weekends? I will have one week after my Spanish adventure to myself during which I could travel to another destination in Europe en route back to Cape Town. What suggestions do you have which would be value for money and not expensive.