cappo wrote in post #18487287
Will be staying in Barcelona for a few days, then going to Malaga for a week. We will have a car rental in Malaga so I plan on not staying in one spot. Do you have any places you'd recommend? My only concern is we will be there during Christmas week, does it slow down over there?
Last year was my first Christmas in Spain. I've lived here for a few years but generally returned to visit family at that time, and I learned a few things last year. Christmas Eve is when you may really struggle to find anything open or serving food. That is the day that Spanish people generally spend with their family rather than the 25th as in the Anglosphere. The 6th January - the Epiphany - is another important day for families with this being the traditional day when children receive gifts from the Reyes Magos. Other than that I don't recall too many difficulties, though that was in Valencia, the third biggest city in the country. Malaga is a bit smaller, although not too much. It might be more provincial, though sadly I've never been there ... I've met a few people from there who I'd like to visit though.
Malaga isn't all that far from Granada (along the cost to Motril and then up) so that's another area to look at. If you want to visit the Alhambra you'll need to book tickets in advance. Ronda is a known spot near Malaga, and there's also the Caminito del Rey. Alas Malaga is an area I've not visited yet.