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Malaga, Mallorca or Marbella to end Spain travels?

We are traveling to Portugal and Andalucia for five weeks in Spring 2020. We would like to end the vacation with 4-5 relaxing days; we are vascillating between Malaga, Marbella and Mallorca before flying back to US (West Coast.)

Would appreciate thoughts on location (and where to stay.) Primarily interested in relaxation as sightseeing is less important since we will have been pushing it for 5 weeks. We are willing to splurge a bit at the end of the vacation, nice accommodations with great views, great food, etc.


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Malaga has plenty of intersting sights, is on the coast and has a bustling and pleasant old town centre however it's not a place I would consider for a final few days of relaxtion.

Marbella, whilst it does have a pleasant albeit small old town, is primarily another built up, Costa Del Sol tourist destination. It could prove relaxing if you find the right sort of accommodation, plenty of private villas and boutique hotels but the area itself is bustling and busy. Marbella is a good location (along with Malaga) for venturing out for day trips but that's not what you want.

Mallorca is made for relaxation (Palma, Magaluf and S'Arenal are exceptions). There are some very nice and secluded hotels and villas all around the island, far too many to list on here but as everywhere on the island can be reached within 1.5 hours drive you may wish to consider renting a car and taking some leisurely drives around the island, calling in at many of the excellent fincas renowned for their food and wine.

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acraven — We will be there mid-May (around 15th-20th.)

JC — Thank you for your recommendation.