In October 2010, we travelled to Andalusia, Spain with our then 8 month old son and 2 1/2 year old daughter and we are still longing to go back! It was a very relaxing trip with just enough sight seeing and culture to give me the travelbug fix that I needed. I’ve had some requests from friends for information on our itinerary so here it is!
Arrival: We flew into Malaga Airport, direct from JFK. One word of caution- I know of at least 2 people that had small bags stolen from this airport, one in the car rental parking lot. I knew this, so I was constantly keeping track of all our belongings but somehow a small black bag that was actually a child carrier went missing between getting off the plane and arriving at our next destination. I admit, I have no idea how that could have happened, so these thieves are slick!
We rented a house, approx 90 minute drive from the airport. The house, www.fincaalboran.com, was perfect for our family! It was very private and peaceful, surrounded by farms and about 1km down a rough dirt road from the white village of Gaucin. The village has a couple of great restaurants. Our favorite was La Fuente. The house itself came with everything we needed for the kids and much more than was listed on their site. There were games, toys, books, movies, pool toys and more. The pool is gated, so no worries with little ones and has a little pool house with a bed which the kids loved to play in.
We spent some days doing day trips to local town of Ronda and the beach town of Estepona (30 minutes). Gibraltar would also be an easy day trip, but the day we headed out, we realized part way there that we forgot our passports and would not have been able to enter. If I was to go again, I would also try the beaches closer to the Portugal border as I understand they are nicer than those closer to Malaga.
Many days we just went for hikes in the area, walks in the village to go to the market and then relaxed by the pool for the afternoon. The house has an outdoor charcoal grill that we liked to cook on at night.
I love Sevilla. It was a very romantic city. Not too big but lots of culture, delicious tapas, friendly people and everything was within walking distance. The shopping would have also been great, but not so easy to do with 2 little ones!
We rented an apartment in the same building as the link below. It was basic, but had a balcony (necessity when traveling with kids and parents need some time to relax after they are in bed) and it was in a central location. I would spend at least 3 nights in Sevilla.
After Sevilla, I didn’t think I would be as impressed with Granada, but I fell in love all over again. Granada has lots of character. The Alhambra is worth the visit. Wandering the alleys of the Albaicin, buying sweets (dulces) and wine from nuns at a convent were highlights.
We stayed in an apartment that was very close to the main plaza and at the entrance to the Alhambra. It was a safe street. The apartment had a lot of stairs so caution for really little ones and a very small kitchen but overall we really liked it.
Benalmedena (just outside of Malaga):
The last 2 nights we stayed at Sahara Sunset Club in Benalmedena. I’m not sure I’d recommend it. The positives-It was really cheap ($65/night for a 2 bedroom apartment with full kitchen), there was a lot for kids to do in the area, there was an indoor and outdoor pool, hot tub, hammam and more on the resort. The negatives- It was quite run down, the town is very touristy and the beach was very dirty. It was a relaxing way to spend the last 2 days after a lot of sight seeing in Sevilla and Granada and the kids were happy with it.
Hope this was helpful to somebody. If you have any questions, send me an email. If you have a trip itinerary of your own that you’d like to post, send it along!