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Trip Report Our two week trip to Spain!

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We are back from our wonderful two week trip to Spain!

Since many of you on this forum helped shape this vacation for my wife and I it is only fitting that I write about it.

The Itinerary: 3 days in Malaga including day visit to Granada
1 day in Ronda
4 days in Sevilla
5 days in Barcelona including a day visit to Figueres

Our flight from JFK to Barcelona with a connecting flight to Malaga was a bit tense for us as we were delayed in NY and we were concerned we would miss our connecting flight. We didn't although we ran through the airport . Our flight via Vuehling airlines was great!

Arrived in Malaga, rented a car with a GPS ( highly recommend) and off we went to the AC Marriott Malaga Hotel. TIPS: ALL AUTOMATIC CARS ARE MIDSIZE AND NOT SMALL. TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR CAR BEFORE LEAVING.

While the hotel was wonderful -parking at the hotel to check in was an issue. Excellent location, our breakfast was included, great roof top bar for sunset viewing, wifi downstairs in lobby, no concierge but very helpful staff. The truth is you don't need a car while in Malaga. Everything is within walking distance unless you choose to take day trips as we did.

Highlights in Malaga: Excellent city to explore by foot. We walked all around the Maritimo (waterfront), La Malagueta (bullring) La Cathedral Manguita, English Cemetery ( check out closing times), Alcazaba, Roman theater, Picasso's house, Paseo de Parque, Atarazana ( market), Calle Marques de Larios ( we watched a Fashion Show on this street that was spectacular),Thyssen Museum and the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Museum were wonderful. TIPS: BRING A GOOD CITY MAP WITH YOU AND JUST WALK AROUND THE HISTORIC AREA AND GET LOST!
ALSO ( IF YOU ARE A SENIOR) YOU WILL GET SENIOR RATES WHEN SHOWING THEM YOUR DRIVING LICENSE AND/OR PASSPORT.

Restaurants:
Loved Cafe Aranda ( for churros con chocolat). Very close to the market Atarazana. Don't miss the wonderful mural painted on this market building.

Enjoyed Godoy ( upscale restaurant on the harbor). Lots of fresh fish.

Cafe de Cervantes for the very best Tapas. Must make reservations. Loved the Ce'sar Principe wine.

El Pimpi ( has two locations). We had some sangria near the Roman Theater. I think the other location may be better.

El Gueno de Strachan. Also has two locations and both are wonderful. One is right off of Calle de Larios and the other ( de Strachan) close to the Hotel AC Malaga.

Day trip to Granada and the Alhambra by car was easy. It took us close to an hour and a half and you should purchase your tickets in advance. We spent the entire day here and absolutely enjoyed the entire experience. Be sure to put on your walking shoes here especially walking around the After Life section. TIP: OUR DRIVE UP TO GRANADA WAS VIA THE HIGHWAY AND THE TRIP BACK ALONG THE COAST. GREAT VIEWS AND A STOPOVER IN NERJE WAS AN EXCELLENT CHOICE. ALSO SUGGEST YOU PURCHASE HEADSETS OR A GUIDE FOR THE ALHAMBRA AND BE SURE TO BRING SOME WATER AND/OR SNACKS WITH YOU.

( Part 2: Ronda to follow)

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