Myself and my friend (in our mid 20s) will be spending one week in Andalusia at the end of May 2013. We intend to spend our final 3 days (Thur night-Sun morning) in Sevilla with a friend who will travel down to meet us from Extremadura. We cannot, however, decide on where to spend our first 3 days. Initially we were thinking 3 days in the centre of Malaga, then take the train up to Sevilla and back again to catch the flight home. However, when I was looking at how close my proposed hotel in Malaga would be to the beach I discovered (I think) that there are much nicer beaches at the Costa del Sol. Now I wonder if we should spend our first 3 days at the Costa del Sol (possibly Marbella), then take the bus up to Sevilla from there. We would like a variety of experiencing the culture and traditional aspects of Spain, but also fancy spending some time at a nice beach! Would also enjoy doing a little shopping, sight-seeing, just a variety of things. Is Malaga essentially a bigger, busier version of Sevilla? Would it be better variety for us to stay at the Costa del Sol then go to Sevilla? Is Marbella the nicest place for beaches, or could you recommend another area along the coast? Thanks in advance..