We are meeting our daughter in Granada Dec. 15th for two weeks at the end of her study abroad program. There will be two families traveling together. We would appreciate suggestions regarding where to go, stay, do during this time. Especially where to spend Christmas, any special events...which areas have the warmest weather, etc. We are open to going anywhere in Spain, Portugal or possibly Egypt.
The nights in granada are quite cold, definately need a warm jacket.
THe most obvious thing is to get tickets to see the Alhambra. This is an absolute must. Not just cos everyone says so, but cos it is absolutely stunning. The big thing to do is go skiing in the Sierra nevada. It takes an hour from granada. Chilling out in Granada generally is a very pleasant way to spend the time, and it is definately more relaxed and laid back than seville for example.
The Alpujarras are a hill range near Grananda. Avoid Orjíva, its a shitty hippy place, and not as pretty as Places further in the range, places around Ujigar are very pretty and there are some wonderful walks, though i am not sure how it will be in mid december.
Go visit seville, it's pretty, but not a place i'd recommend living ( i live in seville by the way).
CAdiz is also a great place, but maybe better in Summer. In general, if you want beaches it is a bit cold, but sometimes you get lucky and the weather, especially in the costa del sol, can be warm enough to warm your weary travelled bones, but maybe not enough to go for that full on all over tan.
Xmas isn't as big as Epiphany here (The three wise men bring presents to all the children) Xmas is just a big dinner on Xmas eve. New years eve is great fun though.
Hi Lori, as your message says "where is the warmest weather" I would suggest a trip to Malaga. I've spent three winters in Malaga and find it warm enough to wear T shirts most days. Much warmer than Granada.
Malaga has a pleasant old town and now has the Picasso museum. He was born there.There are great beaches there and all along the coast there.I agree with previous writers Cadiz is cold and noted for the wind so very popular for summer surfing.
When I was in Spain, I spent Christmas on the southern Mediterranean Coast with some friends from college. We stayed in an off-season resort in Cullera for about a week over Christmas, and though it was beautiful, I wouldn't recommend doing exactly just that. It was about +15 degees Celcius on average durring that week. It was warm enough to wear shorts... Anyway, going down to the southern Mediterranean coast, it gets really warm, a bit more temperate than in the north. The closer to Africa that you get, the more warm it'll be. Pretty common sense, of course, because it's closer to the Equator.