If you’re tired of the January weather and can’t wait to book your next trip abroad, but are still feeling the pinch from Christmas, then Spain might be the perfect place for you. Many places in Spain have good weather for most of the year, with towns and cities in the southernmost points enjoying temperatures in the high teens even into January. With so much culture, gorgeous food and wine and stunning surroundings, Spain has everything you need for a break to beat the January blues. But where should you stay? Below, you’ll find some top choices for cities that are ready for exploration and adventure on your 2020 trips.
Marbella is situated on the Mediterranean Sea and has become a tourist favourite because of its climate and infrastructure. But don’t let that put you off. This town has plenty off the beaten track ready for a keen traveller to get stuck into. The Bonsai Museum is not to be missed and houses an extensive collection of olive trees. There are also plenty of culinary delights to be found. Garlicky gazpacho is very common and, due to its location on the coast, fish and seafood are excellent quality and very fresh. If you’re thinking about where to stay, a luxury apartment in Marbella could be a better option than you think and will be just the antidote for a post-Christmas come down. There are incredible beaches to be enjoyed at any time of year, especially towards the Cabopino area and the water is clean and safe for swimming.
Another one towards the south of Spain, but this time in-land. Seville, famous for its oranges, also has a very temperate climate for the majority of the year. This is a city to just get lost in, wandering the cobbled streets and enjoying the brightly-coloured shutters on the villas. It’s definitely worth visiting the Alcázar castle in the centre of the city. If you have the spare holiday allowance, consider booking a tour. Not only will you skip the line, but an audio headset allows you to wander and absorb the incredible architecture whilst listening to the history of the building and Seville itself.
Another sunshine city on the Costa Del Sol, Málaga offers you the option of some of Spain’s best nightlife, or a more relaxed break if that’s what you’re looking for. Recently having reinvented itself to shine a light on its culture and multi-layered past, Málaga boasts excellent art galleries and a newly-created art district, Soho, alongside bars that are distinctly Spanish where the wine will flow until the early hours. If you can still get out of bed, there is ancient culture waiting to be explored. From a Roman Amphitheatre nestled in the mountainous foothills, to the Moorish citadels of the Alcazabar to the Gilfarbaro, Málaga’s rich history is inescapable.
Don’t let the reputation of southern Spain as just a party-district for those on their gap years put you off. You’re within driving distance of all three of these glorious cities so get ready to soak up some Spanish sunshine.