It's a joy to see the boys use their skills. In 2016, they slipped unselfconsciously into Spanish when speaking with a server from Spain in our Edinburgh hotel.
In 2019, my partner and I will travel with our nephews and their parents to Spain. The trip will broaden our nephews' horizons, and provide them with practical opportunities to develop their Spanish. It will also be a fun, family vacation.
For me, it takes a mental change of gears to imagine a kid-friendly trip to Spain. During the past few days I've had the rather pleasant task researching seaside towns where we would begin and end the trip.
We'll fly in and out of Malaga, a town in southern Spain:
- It can be reached in two flight segments from Minneapolis
- It's a good starting point to explore the Andalusia area where we will spend all our time in Spain.
- It's on the Mediterranean, which means we can start and end our trip beside the sea.
|Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro|
The challenge was finding a place where we could kick back and relax. Malaga is not a relaxing city.
Up on a hill beside a castle, there is a lovely Parador. Paradors are comfortable, often historic hotels belonging to a government-sponsored chain.
I stayed one night at the Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro.
We would have to hop on a bus to get to a beach, which would dampen our spontaneity.
As is customary in Spain, the restaurant did not open until 8:00 p.m. for dinner. There was no nearby cafe where we could address the needs of hungry boys.
I decided to visit Torremolenos anyway. It's a short train journey from Malaga, and it has miles of beaches. The town was perfectly pleasant, but the vibe seemed to be day-trippy. It seemed too built-up, but I wasn't finding a hotel where I would want us all to stay.
I decided to recommend we spend our first four nights in Nerja. We can take a scheduled bus to Granada where we can explore the Alhambra, then return to Nerja the same day.
I had no doubt which hotel we should choose: the Nerja Parador, right next to the Mediterranean.
|Beach, in front of the hotel. There's an elevator for the faint-hearted.|
My first impression was of a town for real people. There were kids coming home from school, and playgrounds clearly for the inhabitants. The boys will have opportunities to play with local kids.
I'm recommending we decompress for a couple nights in Marbella at the end of our trip.
Towards the end of the trip I'd like us to visit the vertiginous town of Ronda. From Ronda we can get to Marbella by bus. Malaga Airport is a 30-minute bus ride from Marbella.