Words by Laurence Thompson, Shane Tyas and Zoe Hazel Thomas.
Booking a holiday to get away from it all can often be more trouble than it’s worth – especially at peak holiday times.
With councils encouraging ‘staycations’ to boost local economies, we wanted to find out whether or not shunning the sunny Mediterranean for soggy picnics is a good idea.
Here we swap the Costa Del Sol for the UK’s very own sunshine coast… in Brighton.
We asked two different people what their views were on this matter.
Paul Sugarman spent many childhood summers in Malaga and thinks it easily beats Brighton hands down for a summer getaway. Timothy Birdbath has holidayed in Brighton all his life, and says he’d opt for fish and chips over paella any day.
Here they battle it out…
Malaga vs. Brighton
Forget passport panic and fighting for a sun lounger. Brighton might just offer enough of the perks of a Mediterranean holiday without the palaver of having to go abroad. But, with the unpredictable weather and pterodactyl-sized seagulls – are you better off shelling out for the plane tickets?
For Paul, Andalucía’s beaches easily live up to the white-fringed coast that we see in the travel brochures.
“I often visit family in Malaga, and one of my favourite pastimes is going to the beach, with its inviting vision of tranquillity. The gorgeous warm sands and beautiful blue ocean are always a delight to me.”
For Timothy, Brighton’s beach conditions provide an exercise in character-building. “I find the icy sea and the sharp pebbles invigorating.
“After cooling off in the ocean I like to take the Volk’s Electric Railway to Duke’s Mound and read a book on one of the benches. The passers-by always seem very friendly here. And there’s the Pier, of course.”
Culture and dining out
One of Paul’s favourite spots in Malaga is the Funfair. “There are many rides for the family and several mini clubs, where young people can enjoy an eclectic range of music. In Easter everyone in Andalucía celebrates “Semana Santa” – Holy Week – which includes a parade that celebrates the crucifixion of Christ.
“In Malaga and the nearby towns, there are no shortages of restaurants which serve delicious traditional food such as Paella, tapas and flan. Prices are generally low cost and the service is always warm and friendly.”
Timothy likes to queue up in the London Road branch of German cut-price supermarket, Aldi. “Here you can get a croissant for 29p.
“There is also an American chain of restaurants called McDonald’s, which serves pretty good stuff.”
By Zoe Hazel Thomas, Laurence Thompson and Shane Tyas