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Mother/daughter trip (55 and 30 yrs old)

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Mother/daughter trip (55 and 30 yrs old)

We would like to do a trip to Andalucia in December this year. Ideally, just two cities and we will VRBO for a place to stay but where? Having trouble narrowing it down to 2 but don’t want to spend all our time in transit and only have a week. Interests are history, art, architecture, food, flamenco, local culture.

Thanks so much for any help.

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Pueblo Nuevo de...
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1. Re: Mother/daughter trip (55 and 30 yrs old)

Where will you/can you fly into?

What have you come up with so far?

Edited: 04 August 2018, 17:19
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2. Re: Mother/daughter trip (55 and 30 yrs old)

We will fly into Malaga .. exit is open.. like Malaga, Córdoba, Grenada, Sevilla ..

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3. Re: Mother/daughter trip (55 and 30 yrs old)

Some suggestions

Malaga with a couple of days in Granada.

From Malaga you can easily do a day trip to Cordoba by train, it takes around an hour.


Split your time between Malaga & Sevilla, you can visit Cordoba for the day on the way, there is luggage storage at the bus station next to the train station.

If possible fly out of Sevilla.

You could at a push do a day trip by bus to Granada to see the Alhambra.

For the Alhambra book the tickets 3 months in advance.


Train schedules will not be loaded yet, but you can get an idea of timings.


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4. Re: Mother/daughter trip (55 and 30 yrs old)

Seville and Granada. You won't regret it.

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5. Re: Mother/daughter trip (55 and 30 yrs old)

As you fly into Malaga ,spend some time there to unwind , then bus to Granada for a couple of days and pre book your Alhambra tickets https:/… is a must .

From Malaga you can get to almost anywhere by train or bus .

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6. Re: Mother/daughter trip (55 and 30 yrs old)

Thanks.. if I had to pick one, Granada over Malaga?

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7. Re: Mother/daughter trip (55 and 30 yrs old)

50 -50 really Malaga is a very nice City and has much better transport links to other places , you can also get to Granada from Malaga Airport by direct ALSA bus ...I like Granada also , The Alhambra visit is the plus for Granada , however it has much more to offer than that

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8. Re: Mother/daughter trip (55 and 30 yrs old)

Funny, I just posted my own question - similar trip, also with the daughter. Will be watching your post :)

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9. Re: Mother/daughter trip (55 and 30 yrs old)

For trains:


For Malaga:

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 23 museums (among them the Glass and Crystal Museum, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Automobile Museum, two Picasso Museums, Collection of the Russian Museum, and the Centre Pompidou Malaga). The Museo de Malaga has just opened and is the largest in Andalucia and the 5th largest in Spain. There are 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 with 23 restaurants. 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. Use Booking.com to find hotels.

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 (the Malaga Virgen moscatel is delicious).

Malaga is also famous for its Christmas lights during December that turn downtown into a very magical place. Every year the design is different. These are probably the best Christmas lights in Spain.

For Seville:

Seville is one of the cities in Spain with the most charm. A very good hotel in Seville is the Hotel Becquer (which has a garage), walkable to most sights. Use Booking.com to look at other hotels.

Must see places in Seville:

1. Church of El Salvador - One of the most beautiful Baroque churches. The ticket from this church allows one to also see the Cathedral and one can skip the queue there. Tickets available at 11 am.

2. Cathedral/Giralda Tower - The Cathedral is the third biggest church in Europe.

3. Alcazar - The palace rivals the Alhambra. See the King’s apartments.

4. Plaza de España - The most beautiful plaza in Spain.

5. Palacio de las Dueñas - This palace is beautiful and has just opened up for the public. This is the residence of the Duke of Alba. A wonderful place to see.

6. Casa de Pilatos - Beautiful palace with wonderful gardens. See the upstairs apartment.

7. Museo de Bellas Artes - One of the most important art museums in Spain.

8. Museum-Palace of the Countess of Lebrija - Has some of the best Roman mosaics in Spain. See the upstairs apartment.

A good flamenco place is Los Gallos (Plaza de Santa Cruz, 11). The main shopping streets are Calle Tetuan and Calle Sierpes. There is a large El Corte Ingles Department store at Plaza del Duque de la Victoria.

Good restaurants:

1. Cuna 2 (Calle Cuna, 2;Tel 954-211-107) - A large, elegant restaurant with traditional Andalusian decoration and with beautiful ceramic tiles lining the walls of the dining rooms. There is a beautiful bar at the top of the building.

2. Casa Robles (Calle Alvarez Quintero, 58; Tel: 954-213-150) - An elegant restaurant near the Cathedral.

3. For tapas, go to Mercado Lonja del Baranco (Calle Arjona, 24; Tel. 917-582-420).

You may want to visit Granada. There are frequent buses between Malaga and Granada.

For Granada:

For Alhambra Tickets (Book early- at least 3 months in advance):


If you are too late in buying tickets for the date you want, you can try calling your hotel and ask them to buy tickets for you, since the Alhambra allocates tickets to hotels for their clients. If this fails, you can buy the Granada Card for 40 euros, which includes a ticket for the Alhambra.

Downtown Granada is Calle Reyes Catolicos. Use Booking.com to screen hotels and apartments in the Granada City Center. A good hotel downtown with parking is the Vincci Albayzin. Shopping streets are Calle Reyes Catolicos, Calle Zacatin, and Calle Recogidas. There is a large El Corte Ingles Department Store at Carrera de la Virgen, 20. The Alcaiceria is beside the Cathedral and has many shops.

Good restaurant: Restaurante Chikito (Plaza del Campillo, 9; Tel: 958-223-364) - A gastronomic restaurant that has won many prizes for its food. Reservations are a must.

Have a great trip!

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