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Fly from SFO to Southern Spain this winter for under $450 (bag included)

Picasso's birthplace is one of Spain's quiet gems.

A winter vacay to Spain sounds just perfect, and its cheaper than you would expect

A winter vacay to Spain sounds just perfect, and its cheaper than you would expect

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Southern Spain is one of the most ideal places to spend time in the winter: You’re going to get glorious sun, weather in the 60s, and cheaper-than-usual rates on hotels and flights. Plus, there’s fantastic wine, a ton of tapas, and a beautiful culture to soak up. And now, with round-trip flights with SAS from SFO under $450 — bag included — it just got even better.

SFGATE found  dates on Kayak for exactly when you’ve got the midwinter blues, with options for weeklong trips in December, January, and February. 

While it might be too cold to get in the water, Malaga has a lot to offer: There’s stunning architecture, lots of palm trees to get in that vacation mindset, and great bars with local wines, beers, and jamón to get your evenings going. While it’s known as a bit of a party town, things are calmer in the winter, and there’s a lot culturally the city offers too — it was the birthplace of Picasso and has a museum dedicated to the artist, plus Moorish sites dating back 1,000 years. 

If you want to explore a bit, Granada and Seville are both a quick trip from Malaga, and they’re wonderful places to spend a few days.

Granada, set at the bottom of some stupendous mountains, has the entrancing Alhambra, a palace (and fortress) complex that represents the tangled Muslim, Jewish, and Christian histories in the region, a fantastic tapas tradition, and the medieval Moorish quarter, the Albayzín, to spend a few relaxed days taking in.

Seville is a gorgeous city along the Guadalquivir, Spain’s only navigable river, and days here are best spent wandering the streets and doing little tapas crawls between inviting restaurants in the evenings (and, of course, finding some late-night dancing or music). Don’t miss a trip to the Alcazar, a royal residence that borrowed craftsmen from the Alhambra during its construction, and don’t miss a trip to Triana to stock up on groceries for your Airbnb at the market and explore the city’s tradition of tile-making.

Explore other flights now at Kayak before fares go up.