I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for a beach town in Spain. Somewhere to spend a week, read a book in the day, in the relaxing town, but vibrant and exciting at night. Somewhere that I can relax, but meet lots of people. Any suggestions for this?
i think that a good place is "Puerto de la Cruz" in Tenerife. You have near a good beach (with black sand): "Playa Jardin"
How vibrant the town is will prob depend on the time of year, ie many places are only really lively in summer. Palma de Mallorca may be a good option. it's a small city, rather than a town, but should still be calm enough for when you want to relax, but plenty of bars and restaurants for when you want to party. There are lots of beaches nearby, which are fine, although the best are probably elsewhere on the island such as es trenc on the south coast, and cala figuera on the east.
Bajondillo Beach at Torremolinos, Costa del Sol. Fly to Malaga and only 10 minutes transfer.
Great sand for relaxing during the day and superb nightlife.
Depends on what you're looking for - I wouldn't really describe Torremolinos as relaxing!
I worked at a dive school there (while living in Malaga) and my experience of Torremolinos was basically like England-in-the-sun. Lots of Irish pubs and brits abroad on all inclusive holidays. However, there are a lot of pubs and clubs, and you'll definitly meet peole there.
I would, however, suggest either Nerja or Tarifa as an alternative to the better known beaches like Torremolinos. Two very different towns, but each with their charm.
Nerja is about an hour East of Malaga. It is a sterotypical white washed village, and it has some lovely beaches. It is also fairly touristy (as is most of the South coast of Spain) but more low key than Torremolinos, and definitly more relaxing. I went to a few nice bars there but it definitly didn't have the banging nightlife of Torremolinos. However, Malaga's not that far away if you fancy a blow out night!
Tarifa is along the coast in the opposite direction, and has a much younger vibe. It attracts lots of young people because of it's fantastic windsurfing, so it's got that beach-bum feel. It's also a very pretty town with some lovely moorish architecture, and it's definitly a bit more up-beat in it's night life. However - the beaches can get quite windy (that was fairly obvious, wasn't it?) so maybe bring a windbreak!! Or learn to windsurf
just in case you're interested - there's some fantastic diving in both Nerja and Tarifa... (but that's just my own private obsession coming through!)
Send me a message if you would like any extra info,
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm gonna look up some of these places, like Puerto de la Cruz, don't know too much about it. I'm only 18, gonna be 19, so maybe Tarifa. I'll be in Spain a few weeks before, going through Madrid, Sevilla, Cadiz, Granada, Valencia, and Barcelona, and was maybe hoping to go back to one of these places so I wasn't so much doing the initial *wow* thing and just kinda settling in a bit more and perhaps knowing some people.
Is a place like Cadiz at all relaxing? Or Valencia? I figure Barcelona is bigger-city..
Anybody very familiar with Torre del Mar? I'm considering this as my beach town, it sounds incredible. I'd be arriving there on July 15, just one day before a big festival for Virgen del Carmen? Sounds like fate, haha. Nice places to stay there? Is it a good place for a 19 year old guy to hang out for a week in the midst of tons of traveling?
Thanks for everything,
(edit) Not even necessarily Torre del Mar, but the Malaga area in general?
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 4, 2006, at 12:14 PM by abesworld ]