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Backpacking the East Coast of Spain

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1. Posted by Advontuura (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

I'll be backpacking up the East Coast of Spain during the first few weeks of July, starting in Cadiz and ending in Valencia. I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for some places to stop in between that won't be too crazy busy at that time of year. Bonus if you can rock climb or windsurf there :)

2. Posted by pittel (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

If you're looking for windsurfing, check out Tarifa. Probably the windiest place I've ever been, hence why it's the windsurfing capital of Spain. The town is really interesting too, and there's a natural park just outside Tarifa with some awesome views. You can also take the ferry to Africa from there, as it's the closest point to Morocco.

I've only been there in the off-season, so I imagine it will be pretty crowded in July, but most of that part of Spain will be.

If you want to venture up the coast a bit, Ronda is a cool town that's worth the mountain roads. It's built into a huge gorge, so the views are amazing.

Málaga is also really nice, and has an awesome nightlife if you're into that. It's also the birthplace of Picasso, so there's a lot to see.

3. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 5y

Lots and lots of tourists about in July so both busy and expensive. It will also be HOT (keep a bottle of water with you). If you went in September you would avoid both crowds and excessive heat.

From Cadiz, lots of seaside towns and inland places along the Costa del sol and around the coast to Valencia to visit. Not really much history or places to see though. A tourism site for the Costa del Sol will tell you what to see.

I was in Nerja in mid January this year and there were people wind surfing then. Temperature in the day time was about 18.C and often sunny but they had wet suits on as the water would be cold.

4. Posted by Angela36 (Budding Member 14 posts) 5y

I agree to Cyberia.... it is really expensive...even the hostels and the camping grounds.... CRAZY! But at least the food is okay and the weather is really nice :-) So have fun and let us know how it went!

5. Posted by Advontuura (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

Thanks for all the information!
Nerja, Ronda, and Tarifa sound like great places to check out :)
I would definitely prefer to go in September to avoid the heat and crowds, but unfortunately I've got classes starting then. Hopefully I won't end up too broke =p