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Jun032014

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Shared Departure Transfer: Costa del Sol Hotels to Malaga Airport

Costa del Sol, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The return transfer to the airport was completely stress free. When you're on your way home with a flight to catch, it's always an uncomfortable and stressy time - something to be endured. On this occasion, I was travelling alone so was quite anxious whether things would go to plan. The transfer vehicle (a mini bus on this occasion) arrived a few minutes early, the driver (a very pleasant and polite man) came straight over to where I was waiting, confirmed my name, took my bags over to the bus and loaded them. The short drive to the airport was comfortable and trouble free. The driver was able to pull up right beside the terminal entrance, so no dragging of heavy baggage across concourses and up ramps.
Highly recommended.

Jun012014

Tour/Activity

Shared Arrival Transfer: Malaga Airport to Costa del Sol Hotels

30 - 60 minutes

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Stress and trouble free airport transfer. On arrival at Malaga airport I was greeted by a very polite and friendly guy holding a clipboard with my name on it who came towards me. How he knew I was the person he was looking for I'll never know. He escorted me to the booking desk to check me in, and at the same time offered to confirm and print my voucher for the return transfer which I had already booked prior to travelling - he was even able to confirm my pick up time too. The transfer was via coach - he gave clear instructions about where to go and what stand number the coach was waiting at - I found it without any trouble, and was only waiting on the coach about 10 minutes for other passengers, before being underway to my hotel. Recommended.

May312014

Tour/Activity

Gibraltar Sightseeing Day Trip from Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A lovely day out. The guide on the coach was multi-lingual and changed so fast from one language to the next it was hard to tune in at the right moments for the English bits. Getting through the border both going and returning can take some time - on the return leg, you have to get off the coach, walk through customs and board the coach again. Whilst on Gibraltar do take the mini bus tour round rock. The mosque on the other side is quite breathtaking and of course you must see the monkeys. They're very cheeky, so keep your bag shut. We visited the caves - breathtaking and something not to be missed. Many people go for the shopping, but I didn't find any unusual or unique shops - they were, in the main, branches of most high street chains. If you get the chance to wander around and take some of the little lanes off the beaten track you find that it's quite worn and tatty - needing a bit of tlc investment - scaffolding everywhere, yet few workmen - for all that though, there's a quaintness and charm about the place which is rather comforting. I wouldn't bother going to Gib for the shopping experience, but definitely make sure you do the sight seeing. My only critisism is the amount of time it takes to complete all the pick-ups. I'd rather pay a bit more money for fewer people and longer on the trip itself.

May302014

Tour/Activity

Jerez and Cadiz Day Trip from Costa del Sol with Winery Tour, Andalusian Horse Show and Sightseeing Cruise

Malaga, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A jam packed day of sightseeing. The tour of the sherry distillery was very interesting and the horse show amazing (although wish it could have been longer). The boat ride over to Cadiz takes in some of the industrial sites of the area. There's not much to do in Cadiz apart from browse the shops and have lunch, but the coach tour round the town afterwards was interesting. The scenery during the whole trip was breathtaking. Full marks to all the guides for being so multilingual. The only critisism I have is that they switch languages so seamlessly you end up listening to the whole narration, even if not in your own language - this can get very tiring, and then you end up missing a sentence or two in your own language. It would also save time during the tour of Williams and Humberts if there was only one language group - there's so much information to take in that the trip takes double the time if the guide covers two languages, and then it becomes rushed and the tasting and shopping is curtailed. The only other downside is that if you join the tour from the east of the country (Torremolinos, as I did), it can take 2 hours to complete the pick ups - it can get quite tedious (and there was a coach swap on my trip too); however, the coach was very comfortable and the scenery gorgeous. The highlight has to be the horse show.

May282014

Tour/Activity

Tangier, Morocco Day Trip from Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

IT RAINED!!! I was expecting a hot and sweaty city - instead of that, I was soaked to the skin!! That's no-one's fault - Tangier, being on the Atlantic coast has changes in weather. The downside is that if you join the tour from the east of the country (Torremolinos), it can take 2 hours to complete the pick ups before the trip gets really underway and this can get quite tedious; however, the coach was very comfortable and the scenery gorgeous. I would have preferred to pay more for a smaller party and no xtra pickup, and thus get longer on the trip itself. The ferry crossing to Tangier was great fun (seated in business class). From the ferry we boarded a coach for a tour of the city and surrounding area. There's a stop for a camel ride costing €1. It's not really a "ride" in the true sense - it's really just to sit on a camel for a photo opportunity. There followed a walking tour of the old city - lots of interesting information and on a better day, would have been very enjoyable. Lunch in a morroccan restaurant with traditional music (I didn't see any Berber dancers as advertised in the blurb) and then on into the kasbah and into the usual obligatory carpet/leather shop where they try and persuade you to buy something. Then on to a homeopathic apothecary which was very interesting and well worth the visit, with interesting things to buy. We were marched through the kasbah rather; I would have liked to have time to stop at the little shops and buy something, but I can see that it is very very easy to get lost. Perhaps it would be possible for the guide to wait at the end of a selected street and give people 15 minutes or so to wander down and make purchases before moving on to the next street. I did feel a little short changed that I hadn't had the chance to buy anything authentic and wasn't interested in the carpet shop experience.
It's certainly a whistlestop visit to Tangier and one which I was very much looking forward to and would do again.

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