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Trying to plan by Travel Itinerary for Marbella

Franklin
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Trying to plan by Travel Itinerary for Marbella

A group of six American women are planning a trip to Marbella in early October for 10 days. What is the best way to get around? Should we consider renting a car? What are the best day trips? Is it safe to visit Morocco? I'm interested in hiring a private tour guide can someone recommend one that is reasonably priced? I haven't booked my flight yet, can I expect to pay less if I wait until September to book it? Any help, suggestions or ideas are greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Trying to plan by Travel Itinerary for Marbella

Flights check www.skyscanner.com

Having a rental car (People Mover) gives the opportunity to visit some of the White Villages of Andalucía www.andalucia.com/villages/home.htm www.turismoderonda.com

Local bus service www.avanzabus.com

Trains from Fuengirola renfe.com/viajeros/…index.html

Car rental www.auto-europe.com

Route planner www.viamichelin.com

Non EU citizens require an International driving permit for Spain, contact the AAA.

www.visitcostadelsol.com www.spain.info

Accommodation www.venere.com

Edited: 12 July 2014, 05:23
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2. Re: Trying to plan by Travel Itinerary for Marbella

Generally, flights are cheapest the earlier you book them.

The best way to get around rather depends on where exactly you base yourself (centre of town or way out in the sticks) and where you want to go. You need to get yourself a guide book and see what you would like to visit we have no idea of your tastes and interests .

Public buses are very good.

A guide is not required.

Morocco is safe, but a long and not very satisfying day trip from Marbella. You'd be better staying a few days there.

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3. Re: Trying to plan by Travel Itinerary for Marbella

Do you have to stay in Marbella? It's not the most interesting part of Andalucia, although quite posh.

In any case I would rather spend an extra day in Andalucia than do a daytrip to Morocco.

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4. Re: Trying to plan by Travel Itinerary for Marbella

Nurioopta,

Thank you for the web sites. This will give me a place to start to start actual planning. Thank you.

Franklin
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5. Re: Trying to plan by Travel Itinerary for Marbella

We are staying at the Marriott resort in Marbella so that will be our starting point. I'm a history buff, love museums as well as a foodie. Thank you for the advice, I'll get a guide book and narrow down the possibilities.

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6. Re: Trying to plan by Travel Itinerary for Marbella

If you haven't booked the Marriot Resort yet, I think you'd be better off staying in Malaga. Lots of history, museums and a foodies paradise. You can also do many day trips easily from Malaga.

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7. Re: Trying to plan by Travel Itinerary for Marbella

The Marriott resort is not in Marbella, you'd be best with a car if staying there.

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8. Re: Trying to plan by Travel Itinerary for Marbella

Agree with Heidi and Alinbenalmadena! Marbella in hotel names covers a really wide area and the Marriott is not in Marbella itself and definitely need a car to get about from there. Alinbenalmadena's suggestion of staying in Malaga is a great one, especially as you like history and architecture, museums etc. You could stay in Torremolinos - a short train ride away, and then travel in from there or stay in the City and use it as a base to visit other places like Granada and Ronda etc.

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9. Re: Trying to plan by Travel Itinerary for Marbella

Motorcity:

A good hotel in downtown Marbella is the Hotel El Fuerte. I stayed there recently and you can read my hotel review in TA.

Some data for Malaga:

Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and has beaches, plenty of sunshine (320 days of sunshine a year), and one of the best climates in Spain. It is also one of the most beautiful and relaxing cities in Spain, and 100% Spanish. Malaga has 14 museums (among them the Glass and Crystal Museum, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Automobile Museum, and the two Picasso Museums), historic churches (four founded by the Catholic Kings), and monuments that include two castles (Alcazaba and Gibralfaro). The sights are mostly downtown and completely walkable. There are very good restaurants, tapas bars, and nightlife. The city is very safe. The Malaga Park is a very large semi-tropical park and beside it is a new park called the Palmeral de las Sorpresas at the port. Muelle Uno is a new shopping/restaurant complex at the port. The Gardens of La Concepcion are the largest tropical plant gardens in Europe. There are about 1000 buildings from the 19th century downtown, one of the largest and best conserved collections in Spain.

The natives have the great charm of Andalucia and are among the most friendly people in Spain. It is easy to do day trips to the white towns of Ronda, Mijas, and Nerja, since Malaga is the transportation hub of its province. Malaga Airport is the third largest airport in Spain and has direct connections with many European cities. One can take the AVE from Madrid to Malaga. Read the top questions in the Malaga forum.

Shopping is wonderful and most stores are walkable from downtown. Downtown has Calle Larios, Calle Nueva, and Calle Granada and surrounding streets, with many boutiques. El Corte Ingles is a large department store near downtown. Two shopping malls near downtown are the Larios Center and Vialia.

Good hotels in good locations:

5-star: Vincci Posada del Patio

4-star: Hotel AC Malaga Palacio – Good location near Calle Larios. The rooftop restaurant is a romantic place during twilight with a great view of the port.

4-star: Hotel Molina Lario – Good location near Calle Larios with parking. The hotel restaurant Café de Bolsa is a very good restaurant.

4-star: Hotel NH Malaga – Good hotel with a large parking space.

3-star: Hotel Don Curro – Good hotel near Calle Larios.

2-star: Ibis Malaga Centro Ciudad

The Restaurant El Pimpi at Calle Granada, 62, has Andalusian decoration and music and one can have tapas and try Malaga’s sweet wine here (the Malaga Virgen moscatel is delicious). This is the restaurant that celebrities are brought to. Movie stars and members of royalty have all been here.

Malaga was named by Trip Advisor as the 7th best destination in the “Traveler’s Choice 2013 – Top 10 Destinations of Spain” list.

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