I'm planning on travelling in Spain for three weeks in May. I really just want to go to a friendly town on the coast where it is great weather and good beaches. I want to stay away from the crowds. Any suggestions on where to go, where to stay, etc.?
Lo Pagan is where I go. It is touristic place in summer (July and August) but very relaxed out from that months. I love walking around the natural areas.
Port de la Selva, near girona, or colera in the very very north of Spain, by the french border. These are the two places I usually go
There are hundreds of options, but I'll give you just two.
May is the nicest month to travel to Andalusia. So I'd go to Cabo de Gata, in Almeria. An underwater natural park, plenty of wild beaches and white towns like Nijar.
In May, there are also a lot of fiestas in all the Andalusian towns, like Las Cruces in Granada or Las Rejas in Cordoba, if you want some fiesta.
Balearic Islands are stunning, I'd get to Ibiza and Formentera. May is a nice month for relax in their beaches.
Have a good time, and let me know how it was!
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 8, 2007, at 12:02 PM by nautilus ]
When I travelled in Spain I made my way across the southern coast, from Malaga to Gibraltar. It is known as the Costa Del Sol and is extremely touristy, and full of old British retirees. I would regret choosing this part of the country if it weren't for the amazing scenery I encountered and the interesting experiences I had with locals. Definitely worth a visit if you can sift through the old folks Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola are beautiful small cities on the coast. I spent most of my time in Cabopino, across the street from an extremely quiet beach called Las Dunas, and Gibraltar (which everyone should see!)
Look no further, I live in Southern Spain on the coast, and it is a lovely little town.. 99 percent Spanish..it is the classic white village on the hill.. We have all the amenities, with a nice relaxed atmosphere.. the beaches are the pebble kind, but what the town lacks in sand, it more than makes up for in atmosphere. The name of the town is Salobrena. Cost of living is low here as well.. if you do a google on Salobrena, you will see some stunning pics.. also.. We also have our own little micro climate which enjoys fab weather year round..it was 40C yesterday.. We are one hour straight south of Granada, and about 75 minutes from Malaga to our west. I came here for 3 days and I have been here for 6 1/2 years.
In Andalusia (Southern Spain):
Nerja in Flickr
Conil de la Frontera (Cádiz)
Conil in Flickr
San José. Cabo de Gata Natural Park (Almería)
San José 1
San José 2
San José in Flickr
Mojácar in Flickr
My fave is Conil, there are many others nice villages and beaches nearby. In fact the whole Cádiz province is really nice in Spring. If you are spending 3 weeks, try to rent a car and explore. In May weather will be fine but you'll find water still cold to swimm.
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I managed to find you some pictures of these places, I uploaded a while ago.
You guys are awesome! Thanks so much. This is a ton for me to work with and any more suggestion are always welcome. Also, any spanish towns where i can learn how to surf?
Cheap is always good as this trip will definitely empty my pockets. I've checked out globalfreeloaders.com which looks like fun. Anyone use this?
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 9, 2007, at 8:19 AM by calizu15 ]
Hi, once again, you've got a lot of options. May be the best place for surfing in europe is Mundaka, in the Basque Country. It is a really beautiful place, but a bit expesive and a bit cold in May, I guess. I would go to Tarifa. The coast between Cadiz and Tarifa is plenty of good spots for surfing, but specially for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Another really nice place is Canairy Islands. They are volcanic Islands, close to the african coast and they have the nicest climate of Spain. People is warm and laid back, and the beaches and mountains are stunning.
Check out these webs.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 9, 2007, at 11:47 PM by nautilus ]