Great 'MoneySaving city guides, part 2: Costa Del Sol' Hunt

Former_MSE_Lee Posts: 343 Forumite
Great 'MoneySaving city guides, part 2: Costa Del Sol' Hunt

Last week we did Paris, this week we want tips for on how to enjoy places in the Costa Del Sol on the cheap, incl Torremolinos, Benalm!dena, Fuengirola, Marbella & Malaga.

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  • rickymccord82
    rickymccord82 Posts: 2 Newbie
    edited 21 July 2011 at 12:34PM
    I travelled to Torremolinos last year for 9days in June.
    Great tip is to get the train from the airport to your resort saves loads. Its a great service and costs less than 2euros a trip. Torremolinos is like 11minutes away. Also great to go from Torremolinos to Fuengirola or Benalmedena

    google 'renfe cercanias malaga' for service information
  • you can also get the bus from the airport direct to Marbella bus station - only costs just under 5 euros per person and takes only 45 mins - much better than a 70 euro cab!!

    Also visit Tarifa further down the coast for beautiful beaches!!

    Also, for the real money savers out there looking for a few drinks - go to the famous Puerto Banus strip (one street behind all the designer shops) and drink all night for free! just get the free drinks and shots from the touts trying to get you into the bars and then move onto the next one, all free! just pay for your taxi ride home :beer:

    Also visit the Old Town in Marbella for a more cultural experience - its beautiful there! and they do great paella, ice cream and the church is amazing :T
  • jamsandwiches
    jamsandwiches Posts: 118 Forumite
    edited 20 July 2011 at 2:00PM
    It's great to get the train from the Airport to Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Los Bolichos and Fuengirola (as far as the train goes) but please check where abouts you are staying in relation to the Railway Station or you may find yourself walking for miles.
  • jamsandwiches
    jamsandwiches Posts: 118 Forumite
    edited 21 July 2011 at 12:35PM
    If you are in Benalmadena then Paloma Park is a must if you have kids with you (or without) No entry fee, lots of animals and birds including peacocks roaming about in there, others in pens like goats and emus. Large lake with fish, ducks, swans and turtles and a play area with climbing frames and slides etc. Family cyclos for hire. Plenty of shaded grassy areas where you can picnic if you want.
    Cacti garden with over 500 varieties - big bonus - clean toilets and bar and refreshment areas.

    Just a short walk from the seafront area - look for the Windmill road island and it is just up the hill on the left hand side of the road.
  • Look for Lidl supermarket - one on the main Torremolinos/Benalmadena road and one in Benalmadena but it is up in the town past Tivoli World going towards Benalmadena Pueblo.

    The Pueblo is a nice village to visit - you can go on the local bus -
    lots of photos here. Sit in the square with a nice cold drink and watch the world go by.

    Also near to the Pueblo is The Stupa -

    In my opionion one of the best views of the coast from outside the Stupa.
  • Rachel2390
    Rachel2390 Posts: 42 Forumite
    We stayed in Fuengirola in April 2011 at the Fuengirola Beach Hotel which is on the far edge of town and used the train from Malaga airport. Great service as already stated but it only cost us 7 Euros each way from the train station to the hotel which is far cheaper than any airport transfers. Also if you are staying at this hotel or any nearby there is a fantastic Eroski supermarket just across the road which is great and very reasonably priced for anything you might need if you are on a self catering basis. Also good for stocking up on cheap alcohol/water for in your room if you have a fridge.
  • going to benalmadena next week using a.2.b.transfers. return taxi transfer is only £49 for 4 people sharing, used the same company last year and they were very reliable, that works out at just over £6 per person each way
  • Stay away from the beach if you are wanting to eat and drink cheaply.
    Arroyo de la mille just up the hill has great food at reasonable prices.
    Paloma park is free and lovely to walk through.
    Catch the 2nd hand market at the top of Paloma park on Wednesday morning. This has a lot of new things for sale like the normal market but at a fraction of the price. The normal market is on Friday at Tivoli.
    Train from airport is approx 1.5 Euros. We usually get a taxi from Benalmadena/Arroyo Station to our apartment for 5 Euros, So it is 6.5 euros versus 25-30 euros in the taxi.
    Take a towel to the beach and lay on the sand. Sunbeds are 4 Euros each per day.
    If you want to book a car then have a good search on the internet and compare prices. You will always get better prices this way and always pick up the car at the airport, never in the resort.
  • jambos
    jambos Posts: 4 Newbie
    anyone using the train to get to/from the airport to their resort should have a look round plaza mayor (1st stop after the airport heading to fuengirola) plenty good shops especially the nike factory shop.
  • jackg99
    jackg99 Posts: 2 Newbie
    edited 21 July 2011 at 7:48AM
    latest tobacco prices on the costa are 200 benson&hedges eu40 lamb&but 38.5 mayfair 35 regal king size 40 silk cut 40 superkings 39 rolling tobacco 10x50gr packs 67.5 cigars 50 hamlet 38 and king edward invincibles 50 for 59.5 prices still a lot cheaper than the uk
    the rolling tobacco is golden virginia
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