Depends by what you mean by less developed and what sort of budget do you have? Most places along the coast are developed with holiday homes, hotels etc. There are some nice little seaside places like La Cala, Puerto Cabopino which aren't overly developed and have great beaches and some lovely restaurants too. La Carihuela is between Torremolinos and Benalmadena and although joined by a long paseo has a lovely Spanish feel. Also Torremolinos is also a more Spanish resort than people assume - years ago it was a very British oriented resort but things have changed alot over the years and its where lots of Malaguenos go at the weekend.
Have you looked at the Costa de la Luz, just around the corner on the Atlantic Coast. It may provide you with what you are looking for. We holiday in Chiclana de la Frontera which is under a two and a half hour drive from Málaga Airport. The hotel/apartment developments all along this coast are low rise, much more typically Spanish in terms of restaurants and cafés. Many Spanish people holiday here in August. The ancient city of Cádiz is easily accessible as is Jerez de la Frontera home of the major sherry bodegas and the Real Escuela (Royal Spanish Riding School). Sevilla is also a doable day trip although with only a day trip you would be able to see only a few choice sites in this magnificent city.
Thank you for the information. We will be renting a townhouse or apartment in the mid-range for a couple of weeks, and as you guessed we will be looking for more of a Spanish experience than British tourist.
Anything you think of don't hesitate to ask, I will help if I can. I also spend four weeks a year based in Olvera which is one of the pueblos blancos, take a look at www.olvera.com a website written by an American friend. Here there is a very small multi-national ex-pat population who have chosen a Spanish way of life.
Another website which I quite like is www.andalucia.com if you put a town name in the search box it will give you quite a bit of detail on the area.
Saludos. LindsayEdited: 14 May 2013, 08:57
Wherever you choose enjoy your holiday. I have 49 sleeps until I get to spend the whole of July in Cádiz and it just can't come quick enough.
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