Heading South

Are you looking for somewhere to lose yourself where you can relax, have a couple of beers, eat some tapas, enjoy parties and beachces? Well, come with us as we head South: in this article we invite you on a trip through Andalusia, bound for Malaga and Seville. Two capitals full of life where you’ll never feel alone and where you can enjoy your days to the fullest but also make the most of the nights. Two cities where you can combine rest, fun and culture in equal parts.

Málaga

If you’ve never been to Malaga, this is a good time. The city in spring is more beautiful than ever. You don’t have to suffer the summer heat and the activities on offer are plenty, filling all the outdoor spaces: theatre, dancing on the streets, terraces and tapas bars, parties, cinema… All that you could possibly want or imagine – and always a little bit better – it’s all here, in Malaga.

The city is practical and friendly to explore on foot or by bike. The beach areas are large and you can combine days of sun and relax with a meal overlooking the sea, and then a party at night along the famous street Calle Larios. The atmosphere won’t let you down, it’s there every days of the week. There are always people on the street and they are always ready to greet you and keep you company in the bar with a beer or a sherry in hand.

There are museums, historic sites, stunning buildings such as the large castle crowning the city, and trendy clubs filled to the brim. Top-rated accommodation alternatives are found in the centre, being the more comfortable option when you want to enjoy all that the city has to offer without having to rely on having a car or access to public transport. Some of the highest recommended ones are part of the Barceló chain, such as the Barceló Málaga, or from the boutique hotel company Petit Palace, such as the Petit Palace Plaza Málaga, offering you wifi to go, so you won’t have to use up all your data 😉

Guadalquivir River
Guadalquivir River, Seville

Seville

Not recommended as destination in summer and in the middle of Easter week, but Seville features a particular colour in spring and an enviable calm. You’ll be surprised by the emblematic monuments, seeing them in their majesty and beauty. Having said that, Seville is more than just the Alcázares, the Cathedral, the Giralda and the Plaza de España. Seville is narrow streets in Barrio de la Cruz, its squares filled with people sat on terraces having tapas, eating at all hours of the day (and night). Seville is flamenco shows, contemporary art museums, people full of creativity, it’s wild side, the rocker and rebellious side, as well as all the fashionable nightlife spots.

The capital of Andalusia is made up of all these parts, so you’ll need at least three or four days to enjoy it fully, taking the time it deserves. Walk everywhere, so you don’t have to get into the traffic chaos. Taxis work really well, except at peak times or in the wee hours. Ideally you’d reserve a hotel in the centre or at least near Seville’s old town. Not just because of the special atmosphere it breathes, but also because it’s more practical where you have to get from one place to another.

According to previous guests, hotels in good locations offering good prices are the Petit Palace Marqués de Santa Ana Sevilla, the Vincci La Rábida, the NH Plaza de Armas… Hotels with more modest prices but also in excellent spots you’ll find near Plaza Murillo, such as the Hotel Alcázar.

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