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First time in spain(4 days trip)

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First time in spain(4 days trip)

Hi,

We are a family of 4 with kids and planning a trip to Spain and Portugal for a week.We want to spend 4-5 days in Spain...I know its a very short trip but we won't be able to get more time.What cities are a must if we want to do this trip...we are interested in history,culture and beaches.

thanks

SG

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1. Re: First time in spain(4 days trip)

'we are interested in history,culture' - Spain has all of that everywhere and almost anywhere, certainly the cities you can fly to. If you add 'beaches' it now depends on whether your budget matters or when this is.

Navigate to any city forum and see Top Questions>>>>.

Edited: 14 January 2014, 16:03
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It may depend on where you fly to and how much time you need in each place but presume that you are going to rent a car to drive around. Don't book a flight into Spain and out of Portugal because the one way drop off charge can be high plus the public transport links are not fantastic.

You could easily spend an entire week in Andalucia and visit some awesome beaches and varied and historical cities. Seville, Cordoba, Granada and last but not least Cadiz and Jerez both in Cadiz Province. The beaches along Cadiz Province coast (Costa de la Luz) are sandy and washed by the Atlantic ocean.

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3. Re: First time in spain(4 days trip)

Thanks Cadiz....I think I might have to drop the plan to visit Portugal altogether.You didn't mention cities like Madrid and Barcelona..should I exclude those from my itinary?

Are going to beaches in April a good idea...would they be warm enough in April??

SG

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4. Re: First time in spain(4 days trip)

SG:

Most beaches will still be cold in April, but you will find many people sunning themselves.

If you do decide to go to Madrid, do one day trip to Toledo and another to Segovia. Read about these day trips in the top questions of the Madrid forum.

Here is some info about my hometown:

Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and has beaches, plenty of sunshine, and one of the best climates in Spain. It is also one of the most beautiful and relaxing cities in Spain, and 100% Spanish. Malaga has 14 museums (among them the Glass and Crystal Museum, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Automobile Museum, and the two Picasso Museums), historic churches (four founded by the Catholic Kings), and monuments that include two castles (Alcazaba and Gibralfaro). The sights are mostly downtown and completely walkable. There are very good restaurants, tapas bars, and nightlife. The city is very safe. The Malaga Park is a very large semi-tropical park and beside it is a new park called the Palmeral de las Sorpresas at the port. Muelle Uno is a new shopping/restaurant complex at the port. The Gardens of La Concepcion are the largest tropical plant gardens in Europe. There are about 1000 buildings from the 19th century downtown, one of the largest and best conserved collections in Spain.

The natives have the great charm of Andalucia and are among the most friendly people in Spain. It is easy to do day trips to the white towns of Ronda, Mijas, and Nerja, since Malaga is the transportation hub of its province. Malaga Airport is the third largest airport in Spain and has direct connections with many European cities. One can take the AVE from Madrid to Malaga. Read the top questions in the Malaga forum.

Shopping is wonderful and most stores are walkable from downtown. Downtown has Calle Larios, Calle Nueva, and Calle Granada and surrounding streets, with many boutiques. El Corte Ingles is a large department store near downtown. Two shopping malls near downtown are the Larios Center and Vialia.

Good hotels:

5-star: Vincci Posada del Patio

4-star: Hotel AC Malaga Palacio – The rooftop restaurant is a romantic place during twilight with a great view of the port.

4-star: Hotel Molina Lario – The hotel restaurant Café de Bolsa is a very good restaurant.

3-star: Hotel Don Curro

The Restaurant El Pimpi at Calle Granada, 62, has Andalusian decoration and music and one can have tapas and try Malaga’s sweet wine here. This is the restaurant that celebrities are brought to. Movie stars and members of royalty have all been here.

Malaga was named by Trip Advisor as the 7th best destination in the “Traveler’s Choice 2013 – Top 10 Destinations of Spain” list.

For train travel in Spain:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187514-c80518/Madrid…

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