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Need advice for 12 day Andalucia stay in early May

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My husband and I are in our early-mid 30s and will be visiting from San Francisco, California from May 1-12 flying in and out of Malaga. We are hoping for a true second honeymoon, adventure/excitement also with some relaxation in beautiful nature all while enjoying a wonderful cultural experience. We will have a rental car for the entire visit. We were lucky enough to receive the gift of a free week stay at a small condo in Marbella from May 1-8, so housing is secure for that part of the trip but not the last 4 nights.

Our intention is to enjoy the immediate area and have Marbella as a home base but to definitely use our car for day trips and even an overnight away from the free condo if necessary, then to road trip for the last four nights.

We love pretty beaches, more for walking and enjoying nature than for lying around/getting tan/sitting still, also moderate hiking with great views. We also love food, architecture, culture, music, and getting a local feeling for a new place. We LOVE "off the beaten path" special, local types of adventures. So far these places/activities are on my list:

1. Enjoy Marbella a bit, as well as any neighboring towns that might be recommended

2. Drive east to Nerja, where the beach looks very lovely and a bit less touristy, also the caves look incredible: day trip from Marbella?

3. Drive to Granada and see the Alhambra getting in as early in AM as we can to avoid crowds: possible as a day trip or overnight depending on if we need to get tickets onsite
(online already sold out)

4. Drive to Rhonda; it looks so gorgeous and dramatic... Will a solid long day trip suffice during our week in Marbella?

5. A day trip to Morocco, I know it might be a hectic day, but we are interested in a true adventure. Preferably one that does not involve a bus with 50 other people... Any specific recommendations for this?

6. Playa Bolonia

7. We would adore an opportunity to take a cooking class so that we can bring home some new culinary skills :) Along those lines, I would also love to take a flamenco class or at least see a top notch performance in a special venue that is not too commercial.

For the final 4 days I'm thinking about driving further west to Cadiz.. But am wide open to suggestions for how/where to spend those day. We have to be back to sleep near Malaga airport on the night of the 11th as we fly out early on the 12th. Is Sevilla absolutely not to be missed? It is a very hectic bustling crowded city?

What would you suggest for the last 4 days if we do head westerly?

Thank you so much in advance

-Susannah

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