Staying a month in Andalusia in January

Jul 8th, 2012, 07:24 AM
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Staying a month in Andalusia in January

I'll have to spend one or two months, January and February, in Andalusia. Never been there and need an advice, which city/area to pick. I will be working, so interested in a city with a choice of restaurants and parks to spend the evenings without having to rent a car.
The obvious candidates are Seville, Cordoba and Granada. Malaga probably is out, I doubt the seacoast will be too pleasant. Right now I'm leaning toward Seville, but based on a recommendation of one friend, would appreciate other suggestions. Also, if Seville, what part of the city? I plan on going there in October and check some apartments, but no idea where to start.
Thanks in advance for all help.
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Jul 8th, 2012, 10:07 AM
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Sevilla is the queen of the cities in the South. I would have stayed in either (1) the vibrant Arenal area just North-east of the famous, beautiful but touristy Santa Cruz district, (2) the local feel Triana district just across the city river Guadalquivir (a cradle of flamenco culture), or (3) in the laid-back and bohemian Alameda/Macarena district.

Great and updated info about Sevilla: http://www.exploreseville.com/

Recommended tapas bars and restaurants by district, Azahar lives there and knows what she's talking about: http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletapas/

Málaga is also a wonderful city, genuine Andalusian atmosphere, great cafés, tapas bars, restaurants, culture, theaters, nightlife and sights. http://www.andalucia.com/cities/malaga/home.htm

A couple of articles about Málaga, one of my absolute favourite cities in Spain after 25 years of intensive travelling in the country:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalis...pleasures.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/200...el?INTCMP=SRCH

Usually highly underrated, and there can be wonderful days in the sun by the sea also in January and February.
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Jul 8th, 2012, 10:43 AM
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"The obvious candidates are Seville, Cordoba and Granada."
They may indeed be obvious candidates to you.

However, there are many other attractive options to choose from in Andalucía "with a choice of restaurants and parks to spend the evenings without having to rent a car" besides the most obvious.

" Malaga probably is out, I doubt the seacoast will be too pleasant."
As kimhe says, there is far more to Málaga than its seaside location.

What other criteria would influence your decision, apart from a choice of restaurants and parks? Restaurants are found everywhere, by the way.
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Jul 8th, 2012, 11:09 AM
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I was quite vague, mea culpa, but had to start somewhere. Thank you for some leading questions, let me elaborate.
1. I was counting Malaga out because usually the weather in seaside cities is not too pleasant during the winter. Again, I don't have a clue about the area and eager to listen to those who know. Kimhe's opinion sure puts the city back in the list.
2. I mentioned restaurants as a filter against small towns with 2-3 eateries in the central square. Not against those in principle, like to visit, but it may get boring after a month. The cities listed have quite a lot to offer during the free time.
3. My criteria are pretty simple: nice mild weather, a possibility to find a modern 1-bedroom apartment, preferably surrounded by trees, with high-speed Internet and washing machine for like 2,500 euro a month, and a variety of places to go in the evening without the need to have a car. Trendy bars, active nightlife etc. are not a necessity, I get up at 5 am.
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Jul 8th, 2012, 11:33 AM
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"My criteria are pretty simple: nice mild weather, a possibility to find a modern 1-bedroom apartment, preferably surrounded by trees, with high-speed Internet and washing machine for like 2,500 euro a month"
I have some bad news for you. The high speed internet connection in any city will be very difficult to find in a short term rental. You may have to settle for a dongle.

"I mentioned restaurants as a filter against small towns with 2-3 eateries in the central square."
I live in a mountain village near Ronda with just over 1000 inhabitants. The village has 16 bars, all of which serve food. It would be a very small place that had just 2 - 3 places to eat.

Give some consideration to Ronda whgere there arte both restaurants and parks. http://www.turismoderonda.es/indexeng.htm

If you get bored with Ronda, take a trip out with Eva who lives nearby. The photos on her website give you an idea of the mountain scenery.
www.rondamountains.com

One caveat. Even Andalucía gets a winter so "nice mild weather" cannot be guaranteed without rainfall and cold, windy days.
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Jul 8th, 2012, 11:50 AM
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Tony, I had a quick look and there are quite a few apartments with Wi-Fi, which requires a high-speed connection. Here's one example http://www.getreadyseville.com/apartment/lumbreras2
I stayed in several European cities and while agree, not all short-terms have high-speed Internet, there are many that do. That's one of the reasons why I am looking for a city vs. small town.
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Jul 8th, 2012, 12:04 PM
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Andalusia is one of my favorite places in the world! It's long been a dream of mine to spend a month or more in winter exploring and enjoying the cities, towns, villages and landscapes. To spend a week or two in Granada with time to visit the gardens of the Generalife and the courtyards of the Nazaries repeatedly, at all times of the day and in all weathers, appeals to me greatly. You are so fortunate to have this opportunity! I will be following this discussion avidly...
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Jul 8th, 2012, 12:08 PM
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Julia, are you voting for Granada?
Sure, I will have an opportunity to travel around, but only on week-ends. The rest of the week is work.
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Jul 8th, 2012, 12:10 PM
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For an extended period, I would choose Seville. It is a lovely,cosmopolitan city with lots of traditional Spanish culture. It is centrallly located enough that you could visit other Andalucian cities on weekends. We found the restaurants great - traditional Spanish food, tapas, etc. and excellent North African restaurants.
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Jul 8th, 2012, 12:16 PM
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Thank you, mamcalice. What areas do you recommend?
Btw, folks, a variety of restaurants was just an example of a place not too small, I'm sure good eating establishments can be found anywhere. The primary concern is a modern apartment with Internet in a green residential area with places to walk to in the evening.
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Jul 8th, 2012, 12:27 PM
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@mian11224. I realise that a wifi or broadband connection is available in some rental properties but that restricts your choice so much. There are similar places in and around Ronda too.
http://www.spain-holiday.com/rentals...cia/Ronda.html
http://www.fincaretama.com/
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p223047

Still, if you can find somewhere that meets all your other requirements, that´s great.
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Jul 8th, 2012, 07:55 PM
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mian11224: "Julia, are you voting for Granada?"

No, not for your situation. It's just a dream of mine, because I'm a photographer enthralled with the Alhambra. For you, if you are planning to find an apartment and use it as a base for a month or two, I would probably recommend Sevilla. And then I would do overnight weekend trips, particularly to Granada, Malaga and Cordoba.
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Jul 9th, 2012, 04:26 AM
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Yes, seems Seville has more apartment options. I will be there in October and try to see some.
Thank you.
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Jul 9th, 2012, 05:07 AM
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Here are some 48 Sevilla apartments in all prices and sizes: http://www.sevilla5.com/apartments/seville.html

27 more one-bedroom apartmets around town: http://www.friendlyrentals.com/ViewP...622&filter_id=
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Jul 9th, 2012, 03:40 PM
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Thanks a lot, kimhe, look like great sites. What's interesting, neither of them has come up in my searches.
Thank you, greatly appreaciate it.
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