Best of the Costa Del Sol?

Old Feb 17th, 2001, 04:57 AM
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Best of the Costa Del Sol?

Hi fellow travelers. I would like to know what are the "must see" towns or cities in the Costa Del Sol area. What are the best affordable hotels with ocean views? I am going in early March and have only a few days to visit the area. Thanks...
 
Old Feb 17th, 2001, 05:37 AM
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I went to spain last march 2000 exelent time to go Stay in Marbella Hotel Bajos Del hotel Andalucia Plaza Marbella It is also the only casino in spain mediterranean views from room Close to the famous golf course and the home of the rich and famous sea port hotel e mail [email protected] & web site www.casinomarbella.com phone 95-281-40-00
 
Old Feb 19th, 2001, 02:58 AM
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We spent almost a month in Southern Spain two years ago. I can send you a copy of a "report" (actually comments to a friend) that may be of help.
We rented a time share for 2 weeks in Marbella that was nothing short of perfect.
If you want a copy let me know.
I can say you will find Spain a great place to vacation.
Richard
 
Old Feb 19th, 2001, 12:50 PM
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Richard

would love a copy of your report. thinking about going to this area for the first time myself in May

tjh
 
Old Feb 19th, 2001, 01:51 PM
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Richard,
May I ask the name of the timeshare you stayed in at Marbella?
 
Old Mar 14th, 2001, 10:51 AM
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Richard,
I would love to see a copy of your report as I may be travelling to the Costa del Sol area in May. My dilemma is that I can choose from several timeshares in the CDS area, and don't know which city/town would be the best place to stay. I would only have 7 days at the timeshare & would like to take advantage of any day trips in order to see as much as I can within this short time. Any suggestions on where I should make my base and possible day trips I could take? I would be flying into Madrid; does one normally take a train to the CDS area or is it better to drive? Sorry, but I am totally unfamiliar with Spain. Actually, it will be my first time to Europe!! Oh, by the way, what is the weather like in May? I'd really appreciate your feedback. Thanks in advance.
 
Old Mar 21st, 2001, 12:27 PM
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Would love to have a copy of your report. My wife and I will be travelling to the Costa Del Sol area the first two weeks of May. The second week we will be staying in Nerja, but not sure which is the best place to stay the first week (Marbella, Puerto Banus, Estepona).

 
Old Mar 25th, 2001, 03:59 PM
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hi i would also love a copy of your trip reviews. we'll be at the marriott timeshare in marbella. any tips on day trips and good places to eat and visit would be appreciated. thanks.
 
Old Mar 30th, 2001, 01:24 PM
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Richard--please send a copy of your report. Would also like the name of the timeshare you stayed in. Thanks
 
Old Apr 6th, 2001, 07:33 PM
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Richard- May I please have a copy of the "report" e-mailed to me?

Also, has anyone stayed at the hotel Gran Melia Don Pepe in Marbella? This is my 2nd posting with same questions, it appears 1st did not go through. Apology in advance for any duplications.

Is Marbella a better place to stay than Malaga? What about day trips to Gibraltar? Tangiers?

Plan to make this trip (7-8 days) sometime mid-June to mid-July. Considering Cote D'Azur in lieu of CDS, or possibly adding a few days for CDA.
Any suggestions for CDA? Nice? Smaller
setting?

All advice appreciated. Anxiously await your feedback. Hope this post "makes it". Barb
 
Old Apr 6th, 2001, 08:35 PM
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If you have no interest in Madrid then the easiest way is to fly from Madrid to Malaga-one hour flight Madrid to Malaga.Just switch planes.There is no comparison between Malaga and Marbella.Marbella is the place of beautiful people,beaches old area with fun restaurants ,boutiques,a lit up esplanade with Wonderful scultures.Great to mingle and pretend.......Malaga just your average tourists,mostly Brits all burnt and loud
 
Old Apr 8th, 2001, 04:31 PM
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This might give some light to you:

Marbella has a lovely old town, a nice and luxury marina ( yacht harbour ) and plenty of hotels, restaurants and golf courses some times a bit hidden along the highway N340. Estepona is the same but lower scale. Malaga city is a big city, full of life, not many monuments although from Gibralfaro mountain you have wonderful views over it. Nerja is a cozy town in winter, somehow, sleepy, but always attractive with a beautiful mountainous background. Also some recommended places are Ronda, of course, Frigiliana, Mijas, Competa, Salobreņa, Castellar, Monda and Casares are white towns that deserve a visit, the Nerja Caves, El Torcal Natural Park in Antequera or El Chorro Gorge also are really worthwile.
 
Old Apr 8th, 2001, 04:55 PM
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Hello,

if you have tons of money-stay in Marbella. If not, look out for places
like Nerja or Estepona. But please-do
yourself a favour and avoid Torremolinos at all costs. It`s like Myrtle Beach transferred to Spain.

Regards

Miriam
 
Old Apr 9th, 2001, 02:20 AM
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Thank you so much for reponses thus far.
Have pretty much ruled out Cote D'Azur (will do that another time...) and will use Marbella on CDS as base for other travels. Now considering 12 days in Marbella. (If it's Tuesday, must be Belgium running around is not for us...)

Regarding cost---I belong to Club ABC Tours. They offer what I think are great deals to just about everywhere in all price ranges and as structured and/or independent as you wish. I am merely a member and don't represent them at all.

I traveled for 10 years (1978-1988) as an internat'l flight attendant. Now, I have a different lifestyle/career but I still am a travel addict. This ABC Company was recc. by 2 people, my husband & I tryed it last year for 14 days to Europe (London, Paris, Rome) and loved it. We took the "independent" sort of arrangement (R/T air, hotel, transfers). I recc. to collegues and they're now doing all traveling this way too.

I'm quite a bargain shopper for everything (not bare-bones or cheap, just best VALUE for whatever class or mode--travel included). I cannot work out any "internet" deal or otherwise, travel agent, or "my so-and-so knows a so-and so, yada, yada...)with R/T air (on major carriers) choices of destinations/hotels, smooth transfers, baggage handling, services charges/taxes, some meals--usually lovely buffet breakfasts included-- better than what this company provides for the $. It also helps that 98% of our trip last summer was positive and they are reliable in terms of years of doing business.

Anyway, the Gran Melia Don Pepe Hotel in Marbella sounds marvelous. Other hotels offered are Andalucia Palace and
Hotel Fuerte Miramar. All sound great from net research. But has anyone actually stayed at any one of these? We are seeking resort, laid back atmosphere and venturing out if/when we feel like it. We are beyond backpacking days, but are energetic (when restored) and ready to explore.

We despise "herds" of (other)tourists on
crowded "tour buses". Intrigued by Tangiers, but what I read about it on this site makes it seem unappealing to independent travelers like us... In many years of travel I've never been ripped-off $ or passport-wise, or mugged, etc. (Maybe it helped to have lived in Philly and NYC for a few years to develop some instinctual "street-smarts"...)

Please keep sending all suggestions, info, etc., on restaurants, romantic spots, good buys, golf courses (husband loves it but is concerned he won't have anyone to share it with...I don't play). Am I right when I assume other Yanks and Brits (and retired English- speaking people) are going to be seeking playing partners??? Golfers, please respond as I know CDS has world-renowned courses but I am CLUELESS about
how to what/how/where to advise my husband in this area of interest...

Well, I will begin cracking down on the Spanish language tapes and internet immersion courses. I can get around in French, so I figure by late I can know some Spanish basics. Know it helps...

Want to visit the Alhambra and Ronda. Both are day trips right? What about Seville and Granada? Is 5 day car rental good? Are mopeds/cycles ok? What about trains and bus? (No herds, please...) Where to see best Flamenco?
Eat best gazpacho? Best spa, facial, manicure? Resort/fun-funky fashions with some flair? Nightclubs? (Whoa, I am really living it up now)---for 40 and 50 year-old duo!

Thanks again. This is a great site and you're all wonderful travelers! I once had a brief layover in Torrelmolinos so I know to avoid it!

Thank youin advance for all of your input. Barb
 
Old Apr 9th, 2001, 04:30 AM
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Been a while, but: La Fonda in Marbella - well hidden restaurant, expensive, very pleasant.

For bum days, Don Carlos Beach Club - can sit by pool or on good quality loungers on beach. We used to walk to Sinbad el Marino for grilled fish, squid, salad, wine - snooze it off under the brollie. The place right next to Don Carlos is very popular. We had something not very nice, but they were very fair - no charge for fish, just drinks and sundries, so I forgive them.

Stayed at Byblos in Mijas Costa (on golf courses) when water gave out at our s/c apartment (and on whole coast save luxury hotels)! You know - don't care about the price, I just want a bath. Had a look in rooms at Marbella Club and Don Carlos - chose Byblos. Great if you like beauty therapies - smelly mud and very hot water. Pumped air freshener into rooms via aircon - I really liked that. Main objection - TOO quiet. Really quiet.
 

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