Last Minute Trip to Southern Spain...
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Dec 11, 2012 9:24 PM Last Post By: PhiMeow
Dec 9, 2012 5:54 PM
Last Minute Trip to Southern Spain...Hello fellow travelers! My husband just discovered that he has a bit of vacation time that will expire at the end of the year, so we decided to book an extremely last minute trip to the south of Spain. It's not too far of a trip, as we currently live in the Netherlands, and we are hoping to perhaps see a little sunshine :)
We will be flying into Malaga on the 23rd of December, and we'll be flying back out on New Year's Day. I have never been to this area of the country, and would love some suggestions! We will be travelling with our 2 year old daughter, so a nice relaxed pace would work best for us. I have heard that Seville, Cordoba and Granada are the must-see places, but I'm not sure if that is too much for the short time we have. While we do enjoy seeing the tourist attractions and major cities, we like to see some places that are (just a bit) off the beaten path. Are there any hidden gems in this area that we should see? Is Malaga itself worth spending some time in? We will be spending both Christmas and New Year's Eve in Spain... any thoughts on where we should land for these holidays?
Also, I am not sure whether it is worth renting a car or if it is simpler to just take the trains?
Any suggestions or advice would be very appreciated, as we clearly have very little time to research and make our plans. Thank you in advance for your help!
Dec 10, 2012 12:29 AM
1A trip including Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Malaga is not 'too much' for 9 days, you can spend 1 night in Malaga, then 2 nights in Granada, 2 in Cordoba and 3 in Seville and then 1 in Malaga before your flight back, travel between each city is 3 - 3.5 hours by bus, I think in this time you will have enough time to see the major sites without too much hurry
public transport between cities is excellent, plenty of trains and buses, the buses being significantly cheaper
Dec 10, 2012 12:53 AM
2As #1. Malaga, Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Malaga (or reverse) is a well trodden and easy 'triangle' by public transport.
Bus - http://www.alsa.es/en
Train - http://www.renfe.com/
Little comment on whether 'too much', but I would not be travelling at this pace with your wish list and nine days which includes your travel days. You should have little time for anywhere else.
Dec 10, 2012 3:17 AM
Dec 10, 2012 8:13 AM
4You only have 8 days if we don't include your arrival and departure days.
5 days in Sevilla including a daytrip (or 2 daytrips if you feel it necessary) to Córdoba and 3 days in Granada could be an option.
Be aware most attractions could be closed on Dec. 25th and there's less public transport running that day. There's also less public transport on Jan. 1st and the evening/night of Dec. 24th and Dec. 31st.
If you have time you could spend a day visiting Málaga itself.
If you feel necessary to make a daytrip out of Granada, you could go, for example to Guadix.
You can easily travel among the places quoted by public transport (a mix of bus and train depending on your preferences. From Málaga to Granada take a bus though because there aren't direct trains) so there's no need to rent a car. In order to know schedules and fares, take a look at the links provided by annemariet.
Dec 10, 2012 9:11 AM
5As you see, there are any number of combinations you can do. If you want to stick with those cities, I would depart Malaga immediately upon arrival (or maybe after lunch depending on the time), to avoid having to stay one night at the start and end of your trip. I bet Malaga would be great for NYE. Cordoba CAN be a day trip from Sevilla, but I really liked staying there overnight. However, if you want to change locations with a child that is a consideration.
For wherever you land for Christmas, you may want to rent an apartment so you avoid having ot find someplace open.
The buses are excellent, but if you want to see places other than the main cities, you could rent a car for a day trip or a point to point trip only (stopping en route). You seem to not have decided if you want to see the cities or go to a smaller village. Either way it will be a great trip.
Dec 10, 2012 12:05 PM
6the big problem with renting a car is that driving into some of these older cities is a nightmare. Also, having to park it overnight can be expensive.
got to take the 2 year old to the Alhambra in Granada and the Alcazar in Sevilla, she'll love what she sees (but don't expect her to remember it in 10 years)
Dec 10, 2012 2:26 PM
7"While we do enjoy seeing the tourist attractions and major cities, we like to see some places that are (just a bit) off the beaten path."
So you have to choose between major tourist attractions and cities, and places that are off the beaten track. With just 8 full days, you have to choose. So which is it to be?
An indication of what you are looking for would be invaluable. I cannot guess and neither can anyone else.
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