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Where to stay?!

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Where to stay?!

I have spent ages looking for a place to stay for 1 or 2 weeks in Spain without any luck. Can anyone recommend a town somewhere on the coast. We'd like a picturesque town big enough for plenty of hubbub, loads of nice spanish restaurants/tapas bars with spanish cuisine, nice harbour/marina, loads of little shops - is there a place like that? We've been to Spain a few times ( Nerja, Santa Suzanna, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Barcelona) none of them quite ticked the boxes. We're in our 50'es, so not looking for clubbing, MacDonalds or flashing neonlight sort of thing. Will be really grateful for any advice!

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1. Re: Where to stay?!

Cadiz city itself has plenty of variety and is very Spanish. From the city you can easily go by catamaran ferry over to El Puerto de Santa Maria with its many restaurants as well or even up on the local train to Jerez famous for the Sherry trade. You can reach Cadiz from Jerez airport or Seville or for that matter from Madrid. gets very busy during July and August which is peak hubhub time but in other months it is a delight.

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Zoe:

Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and has beaches, plenty of sunshine (320 days of sunshine a year), 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 in good locations:

5-star: Vincci Posada del Patio

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

4-star: Hotel Molina Lario – Good location near Calle Larios with parking. The hotel restaurant Café de Bolsa is a very good restaurant.

4-star: Hotel NH Malaga – Good hotel with a large parking space.

3-star: Hotel Don Curro – Good hotel near Calle Larios.

2-star: Ibis Malaga Centro Ciudad

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.

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3. Re: Where to stay?!

I ticked the box to get notified by e-mail for replies and thought nobody had replied. That's happened before so thought I'd check out the post itself, so I've only seen your replies just now. Cadiz might be somewhere we'd like. Am I right in thinking it's a town and not a city? We're looking for a town, not a city, but with lots of hubbub, shops, restaurants etc. Only thing is, will it be too cold for middle of May? Like temps. around 25 - 30c approx and warm evenings.

Re. Malaga, wow, it certainly seems worth a visit! So much to see, so much to do! City itself will be too big for us though as we like the town, quaint kind of place, so if you know of a town nearby that ticks the boxes that would be a great help! Nerja is too small. After reading your reply I'm thinking, if we can find a nice town somewhere in the area I think we would enjoy staying a couple of nights in Malaga before flying home. Will check out the hotels you mentioned, it does sound like an awesome place to spend a few days in.

Thank you both so much for your replies, will be very grateful for reply to above re. Cadiz as well as Malaga!

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4. Re: Where to stay?!

Zoe:

Near Malaga is the small town of La Cala del Moral, a part of Rincon de la Victoria. This has a very nice beach and is not crowded. I used to live here during past summers. It is only 12 km from Malaga. You may like it.

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5. Re: Where to stay?!

Cadiz was originally built at the end of a sandy swampy isthmus sticking out into the Atlantic and surrounded by water apart from the entrance across the marshes. So the old "town" is surrounded by walls and is fairly compact and certainly worth exploring and perhaps staying in. It has a central market which is one of the best I have seen in Andalucia and plenty of interest from museums to some nice places to eat and of course bars. The modern part of Cadiz is basically built over the original entrance route and has one enormous beach running along Playa Victoria which is packed during July / August. In May the weather is beautiful with nice times to spend outside and discover nearby places perhaps. The annual Horse Fair in Jerez is during the week 12th May onwards and is well worth visiting. andalucia.com/festival/jerez-horse-fair.htm You can reach Jerez from Cadiz by train or bus. The local CERCANIAS train is useful. Jerez is now the largest city in Cadiz Province. Getting to Cadiz may present a logistical problem but maybe if you arrive in Madrid airport you could just take the Altaria train all the way to Cadiz ? But there are other routes. Via Seville maybe or even Malaga.

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