About to head to Granada for a week, and have a week unplanned after that. Thinking of just tooling around southern Spain for a bit, and would love to stay in a nice small town (I always tend to get stuck in cities and big towns when I travel), maybe see some countryside. Or possibly a small coastal town that's not a tourist mecca. Any reccommendations? Preferably accessible by bus/train.
One nice area is Las Alpujarras, it's the valley on the south side of the Sierra Nevada. There are a whole bunch of small towns and villages there where you can stay. The largest being Orgiva but there are plenty of smaller spots too that are very nice. The area is beautiful and dry although it will likely be pretty hot this time of year. You can easily catch the bus from Granada to Orgiva and then figure out which small towns to visit from there (most are also accessible by bus).
Otherwise Cordoba is also very beautiful with the mesquita being one of the most amazing buildings in Spain however it definitely qualifies as a large town/city.
Unfortunately I don't know anything about the coast in that area so I couldn't say anything with regards to that. about 10 years ago
You could travel beyond Cordoba, to Ronda, a bus trip away: beautiful small town, with deep deep gorges.
Famoulsy, Orson Welles had his ashes scattered on a bull farm nearby. Order some churros con chocolate (doghnut strip to dip into thick hot chocolate) or have a beer in a lively bar, and practice your Spanish. about 10 years ago