I will be travelling to Madrid and then to the south of Spain in May 2007. Will the weather be bearable? I live in the southern US, so I can take some heat. Also, what are some unusual destinations to hit. Is Cadiz worth a visit? Gibraltar? Where on the south coast is nice?
What are you into?
Hillwalking? Bars? Beach? Sports? Culture?
I was supposed to spend a two - three days to relax in Puerto Santa Maria (Cadíz). Ended up in a small town called Rota. Didn't leave until I had to go home two weeks later. Very relaxing, long long beach, easy to reach places like Cadíz, Jerez, Sevilla, Sanlucar and Doñana National Park for daytrips. On weekdays there were plenty of buses between Rota and Puerto.
Rota is a place with many spanish tourists, more condos than hotels. Didn't meet many foreigners. A few, but not many. More in Puerto and Sanlucar if you feel the need to speek some English.
In the area you can find anything from Jerez wine to horseback riding.
Don't forget to listen to the flamenco singers!
Now you've made me wanna go back...
I’m Mara from Barcelona.
In May you’ve not such a high temperatures in the south: something between 20 and 30 °C.
Regarding interesting places, I would suggest the following:
- Cadiz: it has nothing special, it’s not a beautiful city at all. I would not go there. Other “big” cities from Andalucía are much more nice and interesting: Sevilla (minimum 2 days), Granada (1.5 days – 2 days) and Cordoba (one day). These 3 cities are really beautiful.
- If would go to the Alpujarras in the Sierra (mountain) between Granada and Almería. Is there where you can find the little white villages typical from Andalucia. In May there won’t be many tourist and prices won’t be so high as in the cities. I really recommend you the Alpujarras if you wanna know the real Andalucia. Also the landscape is really beautiful.
- Regarding the coast, I’ve not visit it except of the coast of Almería. It is not so touristic as Malaga and Cadiz and will find better prices and dessert beaches. (it’s better if you rent a car).
If you need a map of Andalucia: http://www.andalucia2.com/malacmapa.html
That’s all! I hope you enjoy your trip!
I liked Gibralter, but it was definitely just a day trip. Don't forget your passport! You won't get in without it.
I loved Ronda, Mijas and of course Seville. I wanted to see the Alhambra, too, but I was on crutches so we opted out. From all reports, though, it's a must-see.
Ronda was by far my favourite destination - the view was spectacular. Have a coffee on the terrace of the Juan Miguel (if I remember right) hotel. It's like being in heaven.
In May there is unsettled weather in Madrid, but it´s usually quite nice, not as warm as in Andalucia,though.As for places to see in the south, I´d add to those already mentioned the little villages in Cadiz province along the so-called "Route of White Villages"(Grazalema, El Bosque, Arcos de la Frontera....)
Enjoy your trip!
I live in Malaga myself. Came here 10 years ago for a summer and never left again. You might want to try yourselve. Weather should be great here in May. Usually a lot better than in the summer. About 25 °C and nice sunny on the beach (no swimming yet). The advantage from Malaga over Cadiz is that in Cadiz there could be a lot of wind, while in Malaga there hardly isn´t.
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I have been to Spain a few times and I can tell you that it won't be extremely hot in May. The cool thing about Southern Spain is that no matter how hot it gets, it's not humid.
Salamanca, Sevilla, Cordoba and Grenada are definite must-sees though Ronda and Toledo are my absolute favourite cities in Spain, the weather should be ok, i was there in august and it was still bearable as long as you followed the siesta rule at midday, which is not hard after some good gazpacho and sangria for lunch...