Southern Spain - A Winter Warm-up

 

Having recently enjoyed 10 days in sunny south Spain. Here’s our pick of the top well known and lesser well-known places to enjoy making the best of the winter sun.

Malaga

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If you’re put off by the idea of visiting the Costa Del Sol then you wouldn’t be the first but, Malaga has undergone huge redevelopments and is a city break must-see. With quaint winding lanes through the heart of the city filled with shops, gastrobars and urban hangouts alongside traditional taverns, there’s a buzz in the air not to be missed. 

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Things to do /  see / eat.

Pedregalejo- Great area to walk along, sit on the beach and enjoy tapas.

Andino Gastrobar - Wonderful food, try the cheesy Banana! Trust us!

Cathedral - A must see and you can go inside too.

Frigiliana

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7km north of Nerja sits the most beautiful town. Known for its impeccably clean, whitewashed houses this village could easily be mistaken for one of the Greek Islands. With a multicultural history and mosaic decorated narrow cobbled streets, it’s definitely a place to take your time. Slim gaps between the houses perfectly frame the views over Andalucía with each spare space filled with quaint restaurants and wineries, what’s not to love!!

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Things to do /  see / eat.

Levi Angelo -  Great spot for breakfast or lunch. Delicious pastries!

Walking - The entire village is accessible to wander through and choose which house you wish you had!

Garden Restaurant - Climb to the top of the village for drinks with a view!

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Sierra Nevada

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Home to Spains highest inland peak and famed for its ski resort at Veleta Mountain, this 75km wide snow-capped mountain range is within driving distance from the coast. Reach here from Almuñécar in just under 2 hours and be skiing for dawn. Known for its picturesque villages on the route up and party-filled Aprés ski, it’s worth a visit even if you can’t ski!

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Things to do /  see / eat.

Las Alpujarras - Explore this white-washed mountain side village.

Ski - Ski equipment hire and rentals are available at the resort and it’s only 50 euros for a ski pass.

El Lodge - If luxury is your thing, look no further than a stay at El Lodge $$$

La Herradura 

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If the laid-back mediterranean vibe is what you’re after, La Herradura has this in abundance. This picturesque hillside town is reclaimed by its local residents after a busy summer’s trade, yet the beauty doesn’t dissipate. 

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Things to do /  see / eat.

Marina Del Este - Take a boat trip, eat in the harbour, sit and enjoy the beach.

Bola Marina - There are two in La Herradura town. Great food. $$

Walk to Almuñécar - Climb to the lighthouse for views over Almuñécar then if you fancy it, walk down into the town. Level - intermediate. Length - 1-2 hours depending on pace.

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