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Post Vaccine Getaway - perhaps Southern coastal Spain?

Post Vaccine Getaway - perhaps Southern coastal Spain?

Old Feb 22nd, 2021, 08:23 AM
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The Pacific Islands require too much travel time, which eats into the timeframe we can use. Long vacations aren't in the cards right now. As soon as they are, the 2 priority/wish list trips we want to do are Greece and Sicily (separately, not both in 1 trip), I'd try to make those closer to 2 weeks each as opposed to 8, maybe 9 days that we can do for a fall '21 trip (assuming I get vaccinated). We also want to reschedule a trip we had planned to Israel last June. We were supposed to be celebrating my daughter's marriage with her Israeli in-law family. Sadly that didn't happen. Neither did her US celebration (was supposed to be March '20), US celebration has been rescheduled 3 times, now set for November (she did marry, just hasn't had big party).
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Old Feb 23rd, 2021, 05:38 AM
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Yes, I adored the area near Barbate/Vejer. I had planned to return for two winters now but had to cancel both due to virus. The beaches are gorgeous and the seafood is beyond belief. Do not miss El Campero in Barbate. You can fly into Jerez for this. Beaches there are much nicer than those in Malaga. I'd go to Sanlucar as well and Mikelg's post is enthraling to me....
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Old Feb 23rd, 2021, 06:56 AM
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Mikelg: Any recommendations for a hotel in Ayamonte? Restaurants in the region you visited?
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Old Feb 23rd, 2021, 10:30 AM
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Thanks for the responses. I feel like I'm on the right track. I just have to figure out which location(s) to use as base (costa de la luz area), in addition to Malaga.

As soon as I can get a vaccine (waiting for them to lower the age again in NYC), and I can confirm that I can visit these places without quarantining, I'll start booking. If we have to quarantine upon arrival, that pretty would put this on hold.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2021, 12:08 PM
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Sanlucar de barrameda is one of our favorite towns in that whole area. It is really pretty with a wide beach and charming town plazas and fun in the evenings. Just google some images. Mine did not post.
We also enjoyed El Puerto de Santa Maria as someone else mentioned. It has great food and a beach.
Rota is quite charming for walking and has a lovely beach front right in the city, so nice for restaurants, etc.
Cadiz is quite beautiful, interesting also for the history connected with Lord Nelson.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2021, 12:50 PM
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Is Gibraltar worth visiting?
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Old Feb 23rd, 2021, 01:59 PM
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From first hand experience, I would not go out of my way to go there. I have been to Gibraltar twice actually, once on purpose, once unintentionally. I did enjoy it the first time because I liked the apes (the only wild monkeys in Europe) and the quick history tour, but cannot imagine ever going again. It uses up a lot of time with little reward. I would go to any of the places already mentioned before that. I would love to go to Sanlucar de Barrameda again and would definitely go to Cadiz, Rota or El Puerto de Santa Maria again. I would go to Seville or Granada again and have done so.

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Old Feb 24th, 2021, 07:00 AM
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Quick question - how is parking in these various towns? I'm thinking many of these places will be day trips from a base (or 2).

I remember when we made stops along the coast in Basque country, every town seemed to have different parking rules with color coded system, meters, garages, etc. We fortunately didn't get any tickets, but I'm not so sure we always legally parked.
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Old Feb 24th, 2021, 09:13 AM
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Is Gibraltar worth visiting?
I've been a couple of times and quite enjoy it. Pre-Brexit, there were occasional border issues between Spain and the UK government that resulted in go-slow actions by the Spanish border guards that really impaired crossings. I gather these have been resolved post-Brexit but have no first-hand experience. I'd imagine pandemic restrictions have also made "normal" a fleeting thing in the region.

The sense of history in Gibraltar is palpable, as are small things like a surprisingly large Jewish population, uncommon (duh) for Iberia, and places like the Rock Hotel (where we stayed) which was host to the likes of Winston Churchill and where John and Yoko got married. And of course there are the caves, the apes, pubs...
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Quick question - how is parking in these various towns? I'm thinking many of these places will be day trips from a base (or 2).

I remember when we made stops along the coast in Basque country, every town seemed to have different parking rules with color coded system, meters, garages, etc. We fortunately didn't get any tickets, but I'm not so sure we always legally parked.
I don't think one can generalize; the smaller villages will have very limited parking, usually located on the perimeter of the central part of the town, while others might have more conveniently located parking. We stayed at a very nice seafront hotel near Tarifa, the Hotel Hurricane, which had ample parking as well as a terrific restaurant and other amenities. Distances aren't great, so day visits to various locations are quite convenient.


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Parking is ample in September in most of the Cadiz area towns (El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz, Conil, Vejer, Jerez, if not free on the roads maybe 1 or 2 Euros for 3-5 hours. Boston costs me $30 an hour in parking areas! More in NY I believe. To me Gibraltar was a worthy day trip. To be so close to this historic land and sites (yes the monkeys are a lot of fun) I would try to fit it in your schedule. Kinda cool to walk across the lone runway of the airport (thats how you get there on foot as jets fly in. One minute you are in Spain and the next minute you see the British red phone booths and restaurants selling British ale and baked beans on toast! And from Bolonia, Tarifa, Zahara, on a clear day you can see another continent (Africa) kinda nice as you sit and have lunch and or a vino and look at another continent.
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