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Spain, Seville, Granada, Malaga, Nerja

Other lesser known options in Southern Spain during the Fall

My girlfriend and I are visiting Southern Spain for 6 days in mid September. We are both foodies who enjoy cultural sights and adventure. Our plan is to visit Seville, Granada and Malaga, but we'd love to hear about other options that might be less well-known while still offering beautiful scenery, great food and culture. We are thinking about going to Nerja for the beach, but we're open to other beach options. Thanks for everyone's help.

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top answer by
Tony from Seattle

I'd avoid Costa Del Sol for the most part if you're looking for something unique.  It's mostly touristy beaches and towering concrete.

For beautiful scenery, you might consider the drive along the "de la frontera"...  There are a bunch of little towns along the border of what used to be the contested region between Spain and the moors, including Jimena de la Frontera and Ronda...

Ronda is worth staying in for a few days with views like those above (it's perched on top of a massive rock plateau).  The town straddles a big crack and features a fabulous bridge.

We met some Spanish folks who raved about Cordoba (Spain), but we didn't have time to go.  They said it was a better town to visit than Granada or Seville (we did visit those two, and liked Seville better).

A friend of mine who loves Spain raves about Cadiz:

And if you want to head north a bit, she loved Gijon

and León

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  5. Seville (city)
  6. Cadiz (city)
  7. Gijon (city)
  8. León (attraction)
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answered by
Patricia from Spain

Hi Adam,

You will need the 6 days to travel around the cities you mentioned above. However, if you look for more options I would suggest Cordoba (Spain), Cabo de Gata in Almeria and the coast in Cadiz: Tarifa, Zahara de los Atunes or Los Caños de Meca (nice beaches)


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  2. Almeria (city)
  3. Cadiz (city)
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  5. Cabo de Gata (attraction)
  6. Zahara de los Atunes (attraction)
  7. Los Caños de Meca (attraction)
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Suzanne from Tarifa

6 days is way to short to visit these 3 cities. I would pick one of them and maybe combine it with a little town along the coast. Sevilla could be nicely combined with Los Caños de Meca, Bolonia or Tarifa. Granada and Malaga could be combined for 6 days. If you like adventure and outdoor, come to Tarifa. I live here and it is THE outdoorplayground of Europe. If you're happen to be here before the 15th you can experience the local feria. THE event of the year. Tot get a sense of place of Tarifa, have a look at this post I wrote. Don't try to visit all these cities at once. It's too far from each other and you'll miss the whole point of experience local culture and ambiance cause you'll only be travelling. Que disfrutas!

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  3. Bolonia (attraction)
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  5. Granada (city)
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Sounds wonderfully relaxing. Day trip to Palma de Mallorca if it works out would be a cherry on top. Wonderful island - incredible history - caves - amazing food - and home of one of the best tennis players on the planet. I might suggest a trip up North on your next visit. Burgos, León, and the camino walk to Santiago de Compostelaare off the charts. And if you are in or around Madrid, stop by La Botine for roast suckling pig at one of the oldest restaurants in the world. Touristy but…

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If you go to Nerja try and fit in a cave visit.  That's really what the area is known for - plus the beautiful beach.

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