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anyone travelled to Spain in January?

Hi,
I am looking to escape Seattle's gloomy January and considering southern Spain. Sunny and in the low 60'sF is still a huge improvement over Seattle. Anyone have experience with southern Spain? Is Granada worth seeing in January, assuming the gardens will have limited growth. Thank you

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Just returned (Feb 2) from two weeks in Andalucia......although the adventure began and ended in Madrid.
Stops: Toledo, Granada, Málaga, Ronda, Sevilla, and Córdoba. Our weather was wonderful - no rain (50 degrees after breakfast) giving way to mid 60's in the afternoons (t-shirt weather for us Pacific Northwesterners). Limited floral presence in the gardens, but quite uncrowded except in major sites like The Alhambra - and even that was no issue (a nine a.m. entrance probably helped).

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I've been to Spain two years in a row in January and highly recommend Andalucia
It is warm enough that the orange trees bloom in Seville and Cordoba. The garden at the Alcazar in Cordoba was green and an unexpected highlight of our trip in the first week of January 2019 It was sunny for 10 days.

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We spent 2 weeks in Andalucia from Jan 1 - Jan 15 this year and had picture perfect weather too ! 60's and 70's and no clouds. We loved it !

We spent time in Ronda (and Grazalema and Olvera and Zahara), Cordoba, Granada, and the biggest surprise, Malaga. Malaga has parks and the ocean - we would sit on the beach to read and do yoga.

We were totally enamored and would go again during this timeframe.

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Yes, both the Costa Del Sol and Mallorca. Fantastic weather and a great antidote to gloomy England. I'd have no qualms about going again (actually I have no qualms about going at any time of the year)

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We had a wonderful time in Spain late Jan. Early Feb. Coming from Faro, we got a bus to Seville and 3 nights there. Weather 22 C and not a cloud in the sky. Went on to Cordoba for 1 night and then ave train to Madrid for 4 nights. After that we flew back to Lisbon to take our plane back to snowy Toronto, but we felt that we had some wonderful Spring weather and saw so much, with relative few crowds.

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Nearly perfect time of year (February is when I've been there - twice - and days are longer).

Everything is worth seeing, especially the Alhambra.

I am surprised at Jazz's comment about orange blossoms. I didn't see any on either visit in February, only on my 3rd visit in late March.

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Not the orange blossom flowers but inedible orange fruit

They're made into marmalade.

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The orange trees on city streets and plazas will probably have fruit on them all winter. In February the fruit was literally falling off the trees - creating a small hazard (I saw a tourist get bopped on the head by one) and a large mess on the ground. In Jerez I watched workers removing the fruit - shaking the limbs vigorously (by machine), then gathering up all the fallen fruit. It is very bitter and yes, it is good for marmalade, but the locals told me the fruit is used for fertilizer.

We used to have a lot of orange trees lining the city streets here in Israel, but most of them are gone, probably because of the mess and the cost. In recently years, I've seen many more date palms, not quite as attractive but they are low maintenance.

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Thank you so much, it sounds perfect!!! I appreciate all your responses.
Carrie

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I have been in late January and the weather was cold, wet and miserable- just above freezing daytime temperatures for several consecutive days.