My husband and I are planning a trip to the Costa del Sol in July for about 10 days. We want to chill at the beach for the majority of the time, and take day trips to visit local towns (while using the beach hotel or apartment as a home base). We are going to rent a car at the airport in Madrid and drive to the Coast.
My questions are:
Roughly how long is the drive from Barajas airport to Marbella?
Would Marbella be a good home base? We are looking for a hotel on the beach that is within walking distance toa lively town for restaurants and shops.
Are hotels near or on the promenade accessible to a beach? (I can't tell whether there is actually a beach right at the promenade from some of the descriptions). And, is the promenade walking distance to the center of Marbella? It looks like you can walk into Puerto Banus, so the location at the promenade might be perfect for walking to both locations.
Any thoughts or ideas would be really helpful--this is our first time exploring Andalusia and we will becelebrating our 20th wedding anniversary.