Some of the best advice I’ve received about regions I’m going to explore has been from family, friends, and fellow travelers who have already visited. There really is no better way to get suggestions than from someone who has experienced a particular country or culture for themselves.
That’s why I love reading what Grand Circle travelers are chatting about on our Travel Forums. Recently, one of our travelers about to embark on Grand Circle’s Classic Costa del Sol vacation—known as lbalsanek on the forums—questioned fellow travelers about places of interest to visit during the trip.
We are booked on an upcoming tour of Costa Del Sol. We would appreciate any helpful hints on what to see and where to go.
bashe (6-time traveler) said:
I have taken this trip twice, and will be going for a third time. All of the optional tours are worthwhile … It’s very easy to get a train from Torremolinos to Malaga to head to either Seville or Madrid. The tour has changed a bit from last year, but Seville has several additional places of interest, which are great for exploring. Many of these cities (including Malaga and Seville) have Hop On/Hop Off bus passes, which are useful.
You should try to visit the Picasso Museum in Malaga. While it has no famous pieces, the museum has a broad range of many of the artist’s styles, and consists of works kept by him and his family … I also enjoyed going into the fortress and castle in Malaga. In the past, I’ve had the “scenic view” of Malaga from the top of the hill, but didn’t go into the fortress (which has a nice, small museum). The ticket (especially the combined ticket for both sites) is very inexpensive … For anyone taking this trip, you may want to consider staying an extra week. Not only is it relatively inexpensive, but you can visit some of these places on your own and explore at your own pace. If you have time, Madrid is a great place to travel to for a couple of days, you’ll need at least five days in Barcelona, and Bilbao makes for a nice couple of days.
snick37 (5-time traveler) said:
We just returned from our Classic Costa del Sol trip. The rooms [at our hotel] were basic, but very clean. The Dine-Around coupons worked well, and the meals were good and ample. We revisited several restaurants, including Canape, Cucco, and Europa. We also purchased extra dining tickets, but were advised by the Hospitality Desk staff that they might not be needed, and this was the case. All we needed was a heartier breakfast in the morning on our leisure days and a little tapas or no lunch, along with our Dine-Around coupons. Relative to other Grand Circle trips we’ve taken, there was not a lot scheduled, which made for a more leisurely trip—and gave us a chance for more local exploration, including a very interesting side trip to the markets of Malaga (an “extra” from our Program Director Antonio). The entire Grand Circle staff was excellent, as usual.
It’s so rewarding to see our travelers interacting and sharing their experiences with one another. You can read other traveler responses to lbalsanek’s inquiry by visiting our Travel Forums.