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South Coast of Spain, Malaga

A November 2003 trip to Malaga by Whatsline

Alhambra Palace and Fortress Complex Photo, Granada, Spain More Photos
Quote: I almost hate to let the secret out, but the southern coast of Spain is WONDERFUL! There are friendly people, beautiful water, breathtaking mountains, cool places to go, and really good food!

South Coast of Spain, Malaga

Overview

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Who would have suspected that there was that much to do in the south of Spain, but we didn't even touch the surface! From the coast, the Alhambra, Malaga city, the white villages, Ronda, and the Torrequebraga, to the people, the food, and the accommodations, Spain was the best vacation since my honeymoon! Quick Tips: Allow plenty of time to switch planes in Paris! Learn a bit of the language. If they think you are trying, you will get a much better response. Rental cars are cheap and easy to get at the airport, Gas is obscenely expensive. Best Way To Get Around: Rental car! There's plenty of parking and it's lots of fun to get lost with! Be prepared f...Read More

Torrequebrada

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Hotel

Torrequebrada Photo, Malaga, Spain
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We splurged for the night because we got in country a day early. Shop around you can get bargains on this one. The rack rate is over $250, but you can probably get a better through RCI Travel. We paid 122 euros so shop around! It (like everything else in Spain) was breathtaking. Our first night was an adventure in culture shock. By the time we got there, it was late and very dark outside. You will want to get there when it is still light; it will help you figure out the lights. I remember getting into the room and the door behind us closed. My husband and I were standing there in the dark when he looked at me and said, "Are you going to turn on the lights?" and my response was, "As soon ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2004

Torrequebrada
29630 Benalmedna Costa
Malaga, Spain
34-95-244-6000

Sahara Sunset

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Hotel

Sahara Sunset Photo, Malaga, Spain
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If you aren't in a wheelchair, get ready for step aerobics! There were 70 steps to get from the front to our room. The good news is that both my hubby and I lost five pounds while we were there. It also makes you think really carefully as to what you are missing before you go anywhere. . . We started a checklist. The people here are SO FRIENDLY! I did feel a bit sorry for the bell staff, as we don't tend to travel light. They even have a little store that you can get common foods. We ate in the restaurant a few times (when we weren't out doing things) and the food was very reasonable and good tasting. There are also several restaurants within walking distance that were quite good also. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2004

Sahara Sunset
Benalmedena Coasta
Malaga, Spain
952-44-3619

Alhambra Palace and Fortress Complex

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Attraction | "Alhambra"

Alhambra Palace and Fortress Complex Photo, Granada, Spain
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This place is mouth-dropping and you won't see it coming. To say that it is a castle is like saying that the Biltmore is a house. It is very large, very eclectic, very beautiful, very different, and it blew both my husband and I away. You have to make an appointment to get in, but almost anywhere can get you one. The lady at the front desk called and got ours for us. Get an afternoon slot if you are driving in. . . get both a morning and an afternoon slot if you really want to see it all. Don't worry if you get there early there is plenty to see to keep you busy. I was totally mesmerized by the wood boxes that they made out of tiny little wood pieces. The guy makes them right ther...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2004

Alhambra Palace and Fortress Complex
Top Of The Hill Of The Assabica
Granada, Andalusia, Spain
958 523 929

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This is a phenomenal show. The first half is a Vegas-style show (complete with some toplessness that was quite well done. . . I mean it wasn't topless just to be topless).. It was a good Vegas show, but the second half BLEW US AWAY! Flamenco and classic Spanish dancers that had such energy that they needed a separate cast just for the second half. The music was excellent and it was SO precise that it will amaze you. I couldn't believe how 12 people could make one sound, but when they are that precise, it is just like that. I'm not sure if I blinked through the whole second half. The food was just as good as the show. We actually came back later in the week just to eat at the rest...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2004

Sala Fortuna Dinner Performance
Torrequebrada Hotel
Malaga, Spain

Christopher Columbus Memorial Photo, Malaga, Spain
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A businessman decided to make a memorial to Christopher Columbus. When we heard about it, we just had to go. It is really pretty and fun to climb through. It is very inexpensive and has the best view of the coast. Take the kids -- they can climb all over the place.

It is just up the hill from Benalmedena Coasta. Like everything in Spain, if you actually find it first shot, jump for joy! We found ourselves on a goat path by accident once. . . OK, twice. . . all right, we never got anywhere the first time!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2004

Christopher Columbus Memorial
Benalmedena Coasta
Malaga, Spain

Mejas - Shopping

Attraction | "Shopping in Mejas"

Mejas - Shopping Photo, Malaga, Spain
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Mejas is one of the "white cities," named so because they ARE white. Besides being really pretty, it is a lot of fun to just wander through the streets, the shops, and the restaurants.

We found everything from your run-of-the-mill vacation T-shirt to miniature guitar reproduction and traditional Spain hair bands.

There are several restaurants to eat at in all price ranges. Try some of the tapas.

We were there after Thanksgiving so the place was all decked out for Christmas.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2004

Mejas - Shopping
Mejas
Malaga, Spain

Ronda la Vieja

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Attraction | "Ronda"

Ronda la Vieja Photo, Malaga, Spain
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Ronda is the location of the oldest bull-fighting ring in Spain and a whole lot of fun stuff. We were fortunate to meet a lady studying in Ronda that offered to take us around to the little known places. After you see the famous bridge (if you are lost, ask for the McDonald’s and it is right by the bridge). From there you can walk over to Mondragon Palace. It is now a school, but they let you tour it; we got in free as our escort went to school there, but I don't think it is that expensive. It is quite pretty and has a great view from the gardens. There is a church behind the McDonald’s that you walk into. You ring the bell and the nuns set a key in the turnstile. You ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2004

Ronda la Vieja
Ronda
Málaga, Spain 29400
+34 95 2871272

Tangiers

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Tangiers Photo, Malaga, Spain
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Yes, I used the words "combat shopping." Tangiers tours are not for the weak at heart or the impatient. PLEASE take a recommended tour. . . Do not attempt on your own. Rumor has it that Morocco has some beautiful places but I don't think that Tangiers is high on the list. Go if you want to say you had the experience, go for the cheap rugs, go for the walk and just to see it. . . My husband will never go again. From the time you get off the bus you are inundated with people pushing things in your face and telling you how much they are (the first price out of their mouth is usually 10 times more than you should pay, but they will make you work for paying less). On the fir...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 25, 2004

Tangiers
Morocco
Malaga, Spain

Malaga - Downtown

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Attraction | "Downtown Malaga City"

Malaga - Downtown Photo, Malaga, Spain
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We decided that we should actually see the city of Malage since we were in the area, but after the Alhambra, Mejas, and Ronda, I was afraid that I'd be disappointed. We weren't! If you can afford the handsome cab, DO IT! You get a great overview of the whole city then you can go back to the parts that you like later. Malaga was just as breathtaking as the rest of Spain and since we were there after Thanksgiving it was all decked out for Christmas. Take your car down there. There is plenty of parking on the street or in the lots. Remember that you pay for the parking before you get to the booth. It can get tricky and quite embarrassing. . . After the tour, we we...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 25, 2004

Malaga - Downtown
Malaga
Malaga, Spain

Gibraltar

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Attraction

Gibraltar Photo, Gibraltar, Europe
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We didn't hit Gibraltar ‘til the end of the week and as you can see from our rather energetic agenda, we were in the mood for a more relaxed pace. I drove us to the border (by this time, I was pretty good at the navigation thing and didn't get lost once -- MAJOR accomplishment!). We parked on the Spain side; their meters aren't like ours. You get a slip; when you are done, you put the slip in a machine, and pay it, then leave. I suppose you could just drive off, but I wouldn't want to risk it over there, would you?? You can tell that you aren't in Spain anymore. I'm going to opt for the politically correct and let you figure out why when you get there. We walked in and took the b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 25, 2004

Gibraltar