We had a wonderful trip to this beautiful country! The Marriott was terrific (as an owner you know what you are going to get- and this didn't disappoint)! The staff, particularly Tomas the conceriege was wonderful. He helped fine tune my plans, offering suggestions and tips that really enhanced our travels (restaurants, parking areas, towns, attractions). We rented a car so we were able to visit many areas.. We spent Christmas Eve day in Ronda (breathtaking!)--drove fromt there to Malaga for dinner (on the road via Coin- which I do not recommend!), Christmas Day was spent in Mijas (where things were actually open- including a bullfight. All guides I read said there would be none anywhere this week), We drove to Sevilla and Cordoba (which were quite a distance, so it made sense to spend the night in Sevilla then travel to Cordoba). Both are wonderful towns and the drive between the two was beautiful (filled with rolling hills of olive farms). We also went to Benihavis for dinner (very close to the resort but up in the mountains about 7km. Evidently, this town is in the Guiness Book for having the most restaurants in a square mile (or something like that!). Also had dinner in Malaga one evening (La Gallo). Drove to Gilbraltar and then on to Tarifa (where you have wonderful views of Africa). Did the cable car up to the top of the rock, where the kids hung out with the "wild" Barbary Apes. This was the highlight for the boys. Also went to the Balcona de Europa, Nirja and the while village of Firmigliana (at Tomas' suggestion). Lovely.
We never made it to Granada as I did not know that you would need to buy tickets months in advance for the Alhambra. We did not have any trouble getting into any other historical sites that required tickets.
We rented our car from Malagacar.com, and that worked out well for us. We needed a big van (as there were six of us) and they were one of the few companies that could accomodate us at a reasonable price.
I would recommend this trip highly, particularly if you are an adventurous driver as the roads are very curvy- no matter where you are going- the speed limit is fast (120 km)- and there are many tunnels and bridges. The highway system isn't as bad as France, and we learned our way around pretty quickly.
Bring a good dictionary- since not many people outside the resort speak English. We managed though-- it was part of the fun.
Finally, our weather was wonderful for sightseeing- low to mid 60's all week.
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott`s Playa Andaluza Hotel Estepona
- Marriott Vacation Club Estepona
- Marriotts Hotel Estepona
- Marriott Estepona
- Estepona Marriott
- Marriott Playa Andaluza
- Marriott's Playa Andaluza Estepona, Spain - Costa Del Sol