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January in Spain

Visiting our daughter, her husband, and our grandchild in Valencia, Spain this January 2023. After our visit we will spend a couple weeks exploring.

Went to Cadiz previously and loved it. Looking for someplace similar: narrow streets, few cars, walkable seaside old town(!), fish markets, local restaurants.

Don't really care for major tourist attractions. I like quiet, so I don't need or want a roaring nightlife (unlikely in January, but still…). Interested in authentic Spanish food, not bangers and mash and MacDonalds. Just want to go to the fish market, drink wine, eat fried anchovies and watch people walk by.
Recommendations? Thanks.

Posted by
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No town comes to mind where I’d want to spend two weeks, but Cartagena or Almería might work. In January many of the small coastal towns will be closed for the season, so the selection of hotels and restaurants will be limited. There’s always the Costa Del Sol. With its large ex-Pat community it’s always open and there are many places with a water view. Unfortunately, that means you could get banger & mash if you wanted.

Posted by
2267 posts

The best part of Spain for non-tourisy coastal villages all year long would really be in the north. But the weather in January...

Posted by
4021 posts

I'd say look at Tarragona (same size as Cadiz). Look inland too, like Cuenca or Cáceres‎

Posted by
15686 posts

Except for the seaside, I think Cordoba may meet your criteria.