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Are the smaller towns 'closed' in winter?

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Are the smaller towns 'closed' in winter?

We're taking a weeks vacation at half term in February. We're (2 in 60's, 2 in 30's, 2 under 10) flying to Malaga, then we have a hire van. So where to stay? We'd normally avoid the big resorts in Summer, but not sure about the smaller towns in winter, will they be shut in Feb? Should we reconsider and go for a large resort?

So what do we like, the beach, seafood, eating out, going out on day trips to visit 'places', things to keep the grand children happy, generaly 'walking about'.

Thanks in advance

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1. Re: Are the smaller towns 'closed' in winter?

John you have several replies on your other post regarding this which hopefully will give you all the information you need.

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2. Re: Are the smaller towns 'closed' in winter?

Does Estapona fall into a 'smaller town' category

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3. Re: Are the smaller towns 'closed' in winter?

No, I wouldn't say so.

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4. Re: Are the smaller towns 'closed' in winter?

Tumbleweed blowing through the streets in Estepona in February though!

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5. Re: Are the smaller towns 'closed' in winter?

Somerset:

None of the towns in the Costa del Sol close up in winter. You should know that thousands of northern European hibernate on the Costa del Sol for winter, to escape the weather in their countries.

The Costa del Sol has the best weather on mainland Spain during winter.

Edited: 6:25 am, December 19, 2012
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6. Re: Are the smaller towns 'closed' in winter?

"hibernate" being the operative word, they most certainly don't usually venture out at night time, not in most of the resorts so you'll find it pretty acceptable :)

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7. Re: Are the smaller towns 'closed' in winter?

Also the snowbirds tend to rent apartments and eat in most of the time, things may have been different prior to 2007 but a lot of places along the CdS are very very quiet in February these days. As a result many restaurants in the smaller places close for annual staff holidays.

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8. Re: Are the smaller towns 'closed' in winter?

NSG, are you being really fair with Estapona?

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9. Re: Are the smaller towns 'closed' in winter?

NSG speaks the truth. Ok, it is of course very hard to quantify, but a large percentage will spend the milder months on the Costa Del Sol but if you're out and about in the evenings you can't say you would notice.

Most tend to shop as they would do at "home" and stay in their apartments (or rented accomodation)

The daytimes they may venture out more often, especially if the weather is favourable, but experience tells us that many don't venture out much at all hence the reason many businesses close down until March.

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10. Re: Are the smaller towns 'closed' in winter?

Estepona isn't particularly lively even in May or June, let alone February, and it's a long way from most other places. If you stay near Málaga you have the option of going into Málaga City (not to be missed and always busy) and to all the places around without being faced with a long journey.