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1. Posted by zj123 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Hi,
Iam going to Southern Spain, First time. I'm going to Seville Dec.28, and drive to Malaga for New Years. Then to Granada & Cordoba
Any suggestions?

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Don't miss Ronda! It's a gorgeous city in the mountains, split in two by a huge chasm. It's breathtaking - I highly recommend it if you get a day free.

3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

Id miss out Malaga if I were you unless your definite it's pretty tacky... try Nerja if you want a beach resort. And there's a wicked hostel there if you want the details let me know!
Granada is fantastic of course you won't miss the Alhambra! (in case you don't know its a fantastically decorated ancient Islamic palace),
if you get time to get up in the mountains its great for walking. I stayed in a little log cabin on the campsite in Orgiva a sweet little town thats been adopted by hippies!

Happy holidays!
mim

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Don't miss Ronda! It's a gorgeous city in the mountains, split in two by a huge chasm. It's breathtaking - I highly recommend it if you get a day free.

Ronda......yessssss!!! Go there.....

5. Posted by barrito (Full Member 44 posts) 11y

This is what makes the forums great. Apartfrom inside info , all the different opinions!!
"Malaga is tacky"(quote)
I've been to Malaga several times, once for 2 months at the university. Malaga has a lot going for it. I see one of your pastimes is art. You can see Picasso's birth place and also the fairly new museum dedicated to his art.
Ideal position for day trips, e.g Nerja, Ronda and of course all the beaches around Malaga eg, Pedregalejos, Benamaladena,etc.

The approach to Ronda by road is by some "exciting!!!" stretches of mountain road but you can get from behind the wheel and relax by taking the train or bus.

Malaga doesn't have a big choice in hotels. Good cheap hotels I've found are in Fuengirola(on the coast, nice long beach) around 25 mins away by local train they run half hourly..It's more car friendly too. Malaga is a bit of a nightmare for parking if your hotel there doesn't have its own spot. Train and buses are very cheap.Any of above the places I've mentioned have regular daily bus services to Granada, Marbella etc

6. Posted by WildJunket (Budding Member 42 posts) 11y

hey
too bad u'll be alil far away to visit Toledo..
i luv that city... esp the mystique ancient part of the city
i luvv the architecture, the streets, the feeling it gives

yes Granada!
dun miss out the tetarias too,
granada's heavy influence from the Moroccans makes it a unique city as well..
oh! go to the Mirador where u can see a grand view of the Alhambra, i'll never forget this beautiful small cafe tts near the Mirador, sitting on high ground, overlooking the gorgeous Alhambra.. tt was the most romantic n beautiful sight in Spain.

and if u'r in Granada,
gotta visit the Alpujarras.. in the Sierra Nevada
u can take a bus from the main bus terminal in Granada, it takes u up the mountains..see the beautiful white washed houses in the countryside.. ahhh..

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting barrito

The approach to Ronda by road is by some "exciting!!!" stretches of mountain road but you can get from behind the wheel and relax by taking the train or bus.

If you call sitting scared stiff on a bus that's dodging runaway goats on a road 2-foot wide exciting... well... The views are spectacular, though. ;)

8. Posted by Kenyon (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

From Granada, make sure to see Alhambra which is a huge Moorish palace considered to be one of the top sites in Europe.

Alhambra

Also, for a cool place to stay in Granada check these apartments out. I haven't been there, but I've heard it's great because you have your own room with cooking supplies and a public rooftop area with a great view where you meet fellow travelers.

El Numero 8 - I've noticed this site can be down sometimes.

Finally, here is a list of hostels in Granada.

Hostels in Granada

I hope this helps. If you're interested, I've got some good articles on my site as well.

Kenyon
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9. Posted by galaria (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Quoting barrito

This is what makes the forums great. Apartfrom inside info , all the different opinions!!
"Malaga is tacky"(quote)
I've been to Malaga several times, once for 2 months at the university. Malaga has a lot going for it. I see one of your pastimes is art. You can see Picasso's birth place and also the fairly new museum dedicated to his art.
Ideal position for day trips, e.g Nerja, Ronda and of course all the beaches around Malaga eg, Pedregalejos, Benamaladena,etc.

The approach to Ronda by road is by some "exciting!!!" stretches of mountain road but you can get from behind the wheel and relax by taking the train or bus.

Malaga doesn't have a big choice in hotels. Good cheap hotels I've found are in Fuengirola(on the coast, nice long beach) around 25 mins away by local train they run half hourly..It's more car friendly too. Malaga is a bit of a nightmare for parking if your hotel there doesn't have its own spot. Train and buses are very cheap.Any of above the places I've mentioned have regular daily bus services to Granada, Marbella etc

You mentined that travelling to the different cities around southern Spain is pretty easy to do with buses and local trains. How hard is it to walk and backpack from Malaga to Ronda or the smaller town by taking local routes? Is this something that you would recommend? Is it safe?

10. Posted by monkeycat (Full Member 109 posts) 10y

I hate microsoft and i wish i had never bought a PC. give me Apple anyday. I had just spent about 30 minutes typing up all the places to eat in seville and where to go, and the laptop decides to turn off all because it thinks that warn me when the battery reaches 20% is the same as turn off as soon as you have warned me! so...tomorrow i will give you some places to eat in seville. How long will you be there?
Tom

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