Is Costa Del Sol

Aug 18th, 2002, 06:47 AM
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minerva
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Many people visit Marbella and don't even know about the old town.It is probably the most charming to walk throughin the early eveningall the twinkling lights ,the church bells,the balconies with flowers,the oudoor restaurants,breathtaking.After a couple of days there,we continue on to Nerja,fabulous but getting too well known but still a gem.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 03:26 AM
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We're visiting Marbella next month and I can't wait to see which side of this debate I will agree with. We'll be in Granada and Seville too so I think that the trip will have a nice variety.

Does anyone have more information about the Monday market? Is it a flea market with antiques and such or more produce and flowers?
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 04:44 AM
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One comment. I have lived in Miami, and visited COSTA DEL SOL. Here´s the thing. Stay lower budget, and you´ll hear about cool low budget activities from the people surrounding you. High-end hotels hold your hand only if you have the money to pay for it. It you are looking for a unique experience, be experiemental. I enjoyed many sites on Costa del Sol. Mallega included, but it took time to LOOK for the unique experience, and with a limited time trip that is really tough. If you must go to the beach and you are looking for that authentic experience, try Portugal, who´s beaches are more deserted. NERJA,on the west end of the strip, is easier to navigate than most.
Otherwise, Seville, Rhonda...these are the heart that you are looking for.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 09:58 AM
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Costa Del Sol IS A DUMP!!! It is nothing like Marbella..which is west of Costa Del SOl. We took a company trip there, and about DIED when we got there. The hotel was a high rise dump with plastic furniture and orange shag carpet. The elevator got stuck for 20 minutes with us on it. The area was GROSS! My husband turned to me and said "We are getting out of here!" So we booked a plane to Madrid and finished out the trip there at the Palace Hotel. When we met up with everyone at the end of the week, we were happy and they were disgusted that they flew all the way over to Costa for this!
Stay away from Costa! If you are going to spend the money to go overseas, at least go somewhere nice...and with nice surroundings!
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 10:50 AM
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Elizabeth,
The Monday market in Marbella is in a newer part of town and is huge. They sell everything from fruit and vegtables to sunglasses and leather jackets. I'm not sure about antiques though. Your hotel should be able to give you the exact address. Parking is tough--plan on a hike. Hope this helps.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 11:11 AM
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I LOVE SPAIN, I'VE BEEN THERE SEVERAL TIMES-GRANDPARENTS WERE FROM MADRID.
MARBELLA IS OKAY! NICE TO SPEND 2 FULL DAYS SO YOU CAN SEE-PUERTO BANUS(TO HAVE
DRINKS, DANCE @ NIGHTCLUBS AND TO EAT)
AND TO GO SHOPPING WITH THE RICH @ THE
CORTEINGLES( CHANGE STORE) IN MARBELLA.
TORREMOLINOS IS ALSO NICE AND MALAGA IS
BEAUTIFUL ALL THESE TOWNS ARE AROUND COSTA DEL SOL, BUT IF YOU ARE THINCKIN
ON GOING TO THE BEACH "SORRY" NOT THE PLACED, WATER IS COLD AND DARK , GO TO
CADIZ(BETWEEN COSTA DEL SOL AND CEVILLA) OR IBIZA , ALSO IN SPAIN.
BUT THE SOUTH OF SPAIN IS DEFINITLY AND
AWSOME PLACE TO GO , PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY
AND VERY SAVE.
HAVE A GREAT TIME.


 
Aug 20th, 2002, 11:21 AM
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EXCUSE MY MISTAKE "SEVILLA" I'M VERY TIRE AND STRESS OUT ABOUT MY TRIP TO PRAGUE. I WOULD STAY @ COSTA DEL SOL NO MORE THAN 3 FULL DAYS JUST FOR SIGHTSEEING.
DON'T FORGET THE "GIBRALTAR ROCK." IS
HISTORY.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 11:22 AM
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Marbella has beautiful old town, with shops and restaurants. Beach is so-so
compare with Florida or Carribean. It's
a good base to discover small towns around. We took a bus to Ronda for a day
trip. Don't miss Grenada in southern Spain.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 12:37 PM
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As always, I guess much of it is a matter of taste. Still, I was pleasantly surprised by Costa del Sol even if the weather was a disappointment (it was cold and rainy for much of the time in late March, early April). Here are my impressions:

Malaga: Very lovely, especially the long, palm tree lined avenue by the harbor and the grand cathedral. The Easter Sunday parade (Semana Santa) was fascinating to say the least!

Torremolinos: After hearing T-Town described as honkey-tonk, I found that it wasn't that at all. It may be a bit touristy and the highrise hotels by the beach are not always pretty, but there was plenty of charm to be found and some very Spanish areas, although so much of it has been colonized by Germans, Scandinavians, Finns, Brits and other Europeans - which made it even more interesting in a way. The people were friendly and the walk along the beach area with its volcanic rock and the scores of cats living along its crevices lent T-Town its own charm.

Fuengirola: Not nearly as nice as T-Town, but the zoo was interesting!

If you want to see more of the "real" Spain, by all means go inland and see the beautiful Andalusian country side with its little white towns, olive and almond trees and friendly people. Gibraltar was also an interesting day trip. Those Gibraltar monkeys are cute, but they are also thieves, so watch your jewelry! I think one of them stole my earring after jumping onto my back.

 
Aug 21st, 2002, 02:25 PM
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Hey Kelley, Costa del Sol is a region and Marbella is located within this region as is Malaga. Learn your geography before making an ass of yourself. There are good, bad & upscale areas within Costa del Sol. It's your problem that your petty company decided to put you up in a dump! We have always stayed at the upscale resorts in Marbella and have also enjoyed the other lovely villages.
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 07:39 PM
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Fletch,

I stayed in Torremolinas for a week in May and did day trips from there. It was wonderful to wake up and look out at the sea and walking on the beach in the evening was very nice. Also, there is a very nice selection of restaurants in the area.

From there we took day trips to Malaga, Gibraltar, Ronda, Granada, & Mijas. My personal opinion is it's a beautiful region of Spain and I would go back in a hot minute!
 
Aug 23rd, 2002, 05:20 AM
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Hey Erin, thanks for pointing that out..but no need to be such a jerk about it. It just goes to show how mad I was about the trip that I just didn't make a better effort to get the "geography" right. I did like Marbella and Seville, butyou are right, the actual area that I was in was Torremolinas. I just found it gross, touristy and dirty. I was upet that I flew all the way over there for THAT. After leaving Madrid, I felt better about Spain. Unfortunately for the others, they said they would never go back to Spain. I felt otherwise. ANd no, it wan't OUR company that sent us there. If it was our company trip, we would have been staying in a five star hotel like the Palace Hotel!!! It was a company that does business with our company. I am sure that others have had better trips there. I just wasn't that impressed with Torremolinas. I felt I could get that back in the states if I went to Panama City Beach, FL! But stil..no need to be a jerk about it.
 
Aug 24th, 2002, 12:10 AM
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After reading your first post, Kelley, I think it is clear that you are the jerk. Erin just set you straight. You were out of line bashing Costa del Sol. You should have just appoligized and left it at that. It's a shame that you ended up in Torremolinos. You missed out on so much beauty and culture.
 

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