My boyfriend and I are going to Andalucia during Semana Santa.
Flights and hotel's booked! Would like suggestions for places to see or more importantly, great places for food/tapas/coffee/flamenco/sunsets/music etc. So here's the plan:
We fly into Malaga, pick up the car, and drive to our hotel in Ronda (which offers flamenco classes! woohoo!).
We were thinking of going to Marbella for dinner, driving around Ronda, see one of the pueblos blancas, there'll be a day for Granada at the Alhambra and the Albaicin, and I think depending on where we are on whichever day, we'll get to see the Semana Santa processions in either one of the small towns or the city. We love seafood, and are also still trying to decide if we should visit any of the beaches at all (Don't want somewhere too touristy.)
Since it's such a short time, we don't really want to rush around trying to cramp in as many sights as possible. We'd love a relaxing holiday, and we love road trips (like those in Tuscany and Crete), so if there's any suggestions for great villages to visit or great places to sit and watch the world go by or for a spot of spontaneous flamenco dancing, it'll be much appreciated!
Okay.. if you don't want touristy, forget Marbella.. have dinner in Ronda..it is a gorgeous little place.. and if it is a little white village you want, then you MUST stop in Salobreña.... when you drive along the coast to go to Granada, you pass right by it.. it is very Spanish, beautiful and not unspoiled.. it really is a gorgeous little town.. I know..I live here..
You won't be sorry..Google Salobrena.. you will be happy you did.. it is far nicer than Nerja or Almuñecar which are both giant tourist traps.
The processions are more spectacular in the large cities like Granada, but our processions are quite good too.. let me know if you want help with a pension booking during that time, I would be happy to make inquiries, and get you rates.
After watching Salobreña, carry on a bit further, just a couple of miles, to the Puerto de Motril, spot a restaurant called "Brisa Marina" and eat the menu there, complete with house wine, desert o coffee and vast amounts of food with the freshest fish for a pittance. Then, get through Motril towards the Gorgoracha tunnel and follow the beautiful road through Vélez de Benaudalla towards Orgiva and the Alpujarras, which will surely surpass your expectations. Spend a couple of days around here, bearing in mind that a significant percentage of people who do so stay for good. You've got about 70 villages to choose from in that area, each one nicer than the last.
Then Granada, because Granada... well, then Granada. As for spontaneous flamenco, watch out for saeta singers in Semana Santa, they won't make you dance, but shiver. In the Albaicín there's no lack of feisty flamenco clap&tap offer, as well as "serious" flamenco. Morente, probably Albaicín's most famous native, rules.
If you're looking for a nice city to enjoy flamenco performances, then you should go to Seville. And since you're considering spending your Holy Week in Andalucia as well, you shouldn't miss Seville's Holy Week (the oldest and most important one in Spain).
To taste some good "tapas", you can go to Santa Cruz Quarter, near Cathedral (downtown Seville), or to Betis street, on the other side of the Guadalquivir River (in Triana's Quarter), to taste some of the best fried fish served there.
You can get more info about Andalucia in general, by visiting their tourism board website or by going to www.oneplanettravel.com; There you'll find a lot of information not only about Andalucia but also about other destinations from all over the world.
I hope you have fun!
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 12, 2007, at 3:03 AM by guesswho ]
you guys are fantastic! thanks for all the suggestions I'll be looking up on places and links you all mentioned!