Spain Itinerary, June/July 2019

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Nov 8th, 2018, 09:24 AM
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Alicante is such a town - nice old town and nice beach right in town.
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Nov 8th, 2018, 09:32 AM
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We really like Dénia. It's about an hour south of Valencia. Lovely town, pretty authentic for the (mostly touristy) Costa Blanca and with very nice beaches.
Another lovely town with excellent beaches is Jávea, which is just across the mountain from Dénia.
Valencia also has a nice long and wide beach with a wide boardwalk that is great for cycling.
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Nov 8th, 2018, 02:35 PM
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Brandonpeters, I highly recommend spending at least one night in Cordoba. We were there for 2 nights in September 2017, and we loved it. Cordoba was one of our favorite places on this trip. The Mezquita is amazing, but there is so much more to Cordoba than only the Mezquita.
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Nov 8th, 2018, 04:13 PM
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Brandon, we were in Alicante for several days in June 2018, just before their largest festival, Hogueras de San Juan (the Bonfires of San Juan). Even days before the festival the city was extremely crowded. This was the main beach (not a good photo, but I wanted to give you an idea):


This is not my idea of a beach holiday, as I am not fond of huge crowds. It was difficult to drive around the city center, so after arriving, we just parked (in a hellish parking garage, very tight corners, hard to find a spot) and didn't move our car for the next three days. We visited Alicante as part of our drive from Malaga to Valencia.

We'd been to both Málaga and Valencia before and liked both, but had never driven this coast before. After Málaga, we spent days in Almuñécar (we wanted to stay in Nerja but had trouble finding accommodation with parking), San Jose (Cabo de Gata), Alicante, Dénia, then finally Valencia, where we got rid of the car. San Jose was small, quieter, not crowded, and had a lovely small beach, but there are no "old, medieval' attractions. The area around was dry and desertlike, plus to get there you have to drive through Almeria's sea of plastic greenhouses, and food processing cities like El Ejido. This June trip also included Copenhagen, Norway, Madrid and Valladolid. Everywhere, including Norway, was hot.

Last year, we enjoyed a visit to Mallorca. The island is green and mountainous. We spent days in Palma, Soller, and Calvia, drove the stunning scenic road that goes through the Serra da Tramuntana.

More info about Mallorca's scenic drives:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/d...scenic-drives/
https://www.spain-holiday.com/Majorc...tana-mountains
https://www.routesandtrips.com/drivi...de-tramuntana/

On another day drove up to Cap de Formentor. We visited Mallorca for 8 nights as part of longer trip that also included Helsinki, Stockholm, and Barcelona. I feel like we barely scratched the surface of what there was to see and do in Mallorca, and we would go back. We'd also like to visit Menorca and perhaps Formentera.

We also very much enjoyed the Catalan coast on another trip. We stayed in Cadaqués (small, highly scenic, home to Salvador Dali's house, and close to Cap de Creus National Park) and Sitges (nice beaches, plenty of restaurants, 45 minutes by train to Barcelona).

We've yet to, but long meant to, visit the north of Spain or Cadiz (but we've been to Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada, Ronda, Jerez, Marbella). North of Spain and Cadiz are next on our list of places to visit. But we live on the South Island of New Zealand, so it's not the easiest (or cheapest) place for us to get to, so it might be a while.

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Nov 8th, 2018, 04:59 PM
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You have all convinced me. We will stay in Spain. We may also do an overnight in Cordoba and not just a day trip as it does look so beautiful and leave Cadiz as a day trip. ...
We had wanted to spend the last 6 nights in Majorca (flying from Valencia), but we are now considering the Canary Islands (leaning towards Gran Canaria). .
I think you'll be glad with your decision to stay in Spain. And as mentioned upthread, I don't think you'll regret a night in Cordoba -- as I said, I thought it worth 2 full days (which usually means 3 nights)!

I'm not a beach person and haven't been to either Majorca or the Canaries, but have you considered Malaga?
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Nov 9th, 2018, 12:49 AM
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I couldn't agree more with Diamantina about Alicante. One of the most ugly places on the Costa Blanca, together with Benidorm and Calpe.
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Nov 9th, 2018, 01:51 PM
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Not sure why I liked Alicante - was long ago and maybe too crowded now? Loved Benidorm but most would loathe it - a British lager lout haven - yet quite a show - music everywhere - clubs, etc. A slice of Manchester in Spain.
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Nov 9th, 2018, 02:35 PM
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Not sure why I liked Alicante - was long ago and maybe too crowded now? Loved Benidorm but most would loathe it - a British lager lout haven - yet quite a show - music everywhere - clubs, etc.
Mass tourism, highrise buildings everywhere, souvenir shops with cheap stuff, bad restaurants owned/run by Brits, Germans, Dutch, ... etc.
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Nov 9th, 2018, 03:06 PM
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Yes well that stuff turns off folks looking for places without an onslaught of foreign tourists but that is what I like - on a trip that had me in one neat old town after another coming to Alicante was a refreshing place - love to see those Dutch, Brits and from all over Europe. And I really enjoyed Benidorm too - had heard so much about it being practically a British colony - but yes most I understand would be repulsed by places like that. But whatever turns your clock is fine.
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Nov 9th, 2018, 04:39 PM
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No doubt Alicante is less crowded and hectic in the off-season, but as Brandon is going in June-July, I thought I should offer my perspective as I was there at this same time of year.
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Nov 11th, 2018, 07:16 AM
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We have searched along the whole coast, from Malaga to Valencia, and we just have not found that small, quaint, medieval, not so touristy, seaside town, with a beautiful beach and warmer waters (not Cadiz/Algarve temperature); a place that has some interesting things to see and one where we can take a day trip or two for those few days we do not want to spend the entire day at the beach. There are many in Italy, for example, but it just seems that the Spanish coast is just way overdeveloped (this is why we were thinking about Majorca for a week).

However, we may simply remove the 3 nights in Valencia from our plans, which saves a day of driving, spend 2 more nights in Andalucia, for a total of 12 nights, then spend another 7 nights in another place. This way, we could see a little more of Andalucia and then change things up and fly from Seville to another destinations (we will not consider Sicily because 7 days isn't nearly enough). We have thought about Corfu, Sardinia or Corsica and even Malta, but we would really appreciate any advice you can offer. If we have missed something in Spain, please let us know.

Thank you, and sorry for all of the questions.

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Nov 11th, 2018, 07:57 AM
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" we just have not found that small, quaint, medieval, not so touristy, seaside town, with a beautiful beach and warmer waters"

You are right. In this area, you can choose between a medieval city with uncrowded sandy beaches some 10 miles away
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a NOT medieval city with tons of fine sandy beaches all around
but not both.
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Nov 11th, 2018, 09:01 AM
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Hi neckervd,

If the uncrowded beautiful beaches are just 10 miles away, which medieval towns would you suggest (we could even split the time in into two towns/villages)?
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Nov 11th, 2018, 09:36 AM
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Don't know if Ubeda and Baeza are still on your radar, but we really enjoyed our time there, and in Cazorla (October 2015). Perhaps too sleepy for some folks taste, but full of architectural gems, nice restaurants, relaxing bars and tapas cafes. Cazorla is near some nice mountain scenery, and in our opinion some of the world's best olive oil is grown around there.

However we did spend six nights in that region, so maybe more than you want to allocate. Two nights in Ubeda was great, though we weren't ready to leave. But we are Slow, capital S, travelers.

Driving in those towns was a nightmare for us, so we parked the car on the outskirts and forgot about it until it was time to leave.

I have some photos of Ubeda and Baeza architecture in the Jaen gallery here if you are feeling like you want to be bored.
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Nov 11th, 2018, 09:38 AM
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If you want a non-touristy place in mid summer, forget about Sardinia and Corsica.
Haven't been to Malta, so cannot comment on that.
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Nov 11th, 2018, 11:18 AM
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While Ubeda, Baeza and Cazorla look beautiful they are far to inland for what we want from this part of our vacation. Your pictures are wonderful, though, and maybe someday, we will visit those towns. Thank you Nelson.

We are looking to leave on our vacation in the third week of June, spending 12 days in Andalucia in mid to late June and the last 7 nights in early July in another destination.

We are now leaning towards Sardinia. We have always wanted to go and this may be just the perfect time. Sightseeing in Andalucia for 12 days then Sardinia for 7.

What do you think?
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Nov 11th, 2018, 12:49 PM
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(this is why we were thinking about Majorca for a week).>
Have not been to Majorca but impression is that it is like the Costa del Sol in development and heavy tourism - especially younger folk from all over Europe. Maybe I'm wrong. Have you looked for a city a bt away from the coast to base in?
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Nov 11th, 2018, 01:29 PM
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Non touristy small, lovely medieval town with a beautiful beach not crowded in the summer?
Hard to find.

if you stay in a lovely Andalusian city like Malaga, you have the beach , lots to do in the evening ,and day trips possible
to number of places.
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Nov 11th, 2018, 04:32 PM
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If you have now 7 nights and now are considering flying, then you could fly to a Greek island. Wonderful small villages, crystal waters, if you pick the right island no crowds... food for thoughts...
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Nov 11th, 2018, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by brandonpeters View Post
While Ubeda, Baeza and Cazorla look beautiful they are far to inland for what we want from this part of our vacation. Your pictures are wonderful, though, and maybe someday, we will visit those towns. Thank you Nelson.

We are looking to leave on our vacation in the third week of June, spending 12 days in Andalucia in mid to late June and the last 7 nights in early July in another destination.

We are now leaning towards Sardinia. We have always wanted to go and this may be just the perfect time. Sightseeing in Andalucia for 12 days then Sardinia for 7.

What do you think?
Stop thinking is what I think. you have been given some excellent advice. get on an plan using that advice.
Ignore the advice of going to any other country. (some of it looks like spam)Travel time will really eat into your relaxing time. Maybe there will be delays due to strikes or bad weather when flying.
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