Costa del Sol, Spain - Winter 2025

Multi-day Tours / by Air and Land
14 Day
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    Costa del Sol, Southern Spain - Winter 2025
    Date: 9-23 MAR 2025 (15 days/13 nights)
    Group size: Approx 25 participants
    This Package includes Airfare, Accommodation, Daily Breakfast, Airport Transfers, all Taxes, and the services of the Tour Host who will travel with you from Toronto. He will be your host during your entire stay.
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    Benalmádena is a picturesque town located on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, specifically in the province of Málaga in the Andalusia region of Spain.
     
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    BRIEF ITINERARY
    Date: 9-23 MAR 2025 (15 days/13 nights)
     
    Day 1) SUN 9 March 2025: Flight to Malaga  
     
    Day 2) MON 10 March 2025: Arrive in Malaga 
    Arrive at Malaga Airport. Transfer to your hotel in Benalmádena. On this Long Stay, you will spend 13 nights at Hotel Mac Puerto Marina located in Benalmádena (15 km west of Malaga City, the capital of the Costa del Sol). 
     
    Day 3) TUE 11 March 2025 - Benalmádena, Costa Del Sol
    Free Group Activity (Led by your tour host): 2-Hour Walking Tour including:
    *Benalmádena Puerto Marina - Located on the Costa del Sol, has proven itself to be one of the top marinas in the world. With many restaurants, shopping, attractions, and nightlife.
    *Puerto Marina Shopping: Centro Comercial Puerto Marina: Good range of shops and restaurants to explore, very close to the beautiful Marina. Many shops from bargain souvenir boutique clothes and jewellery shops... (5 min walk from your hotel - per way)
     
    Day 4) WED 12 March 2025 - Benalmádena, Costa Del Sol
    Optional Group Activity (Led by your tour host): Boat trips along the Costa del Sol. See the Costa del Sol from a different perspective! It is a journey of entertainment and leisure between two of the most emblematic ports of Costa del Sol. Price: Only 18€ - Ferry Benalmádena <> Fuengirola
     
    Day 5) THU 13 March 2025 - Benalmádena, Costa Del Sol
    Optional Group Activity (Led by your tour host): Benalmádena City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: It takes you around the town of Benalmadena and stops at top attractions. Price: Only 15€ Included: 48hr hop-on hop-off bus tour + Stops near all the major sights + Entrance to Butterfly Park. (the City Sightseeing bus station is located a 2 min walk from your hotel - per way)
     
    Day 6) FRI 14 March 2025 - Benalmádena, Costa Del Sol
    Free Group Activity (Led by your tour host): Walk to Playa Arroyo de la Miel (beach), Castillo de El-Bil-Bil (Bil-Bil Castle), Parque de la Paloma, and an optional visit to Selwo Marina - dolphins, penguins, sea lions...(a small marine park) General admission from €15.90 (45 min walk from your hotel - per way)
     
    Day 7) SAT 15 March 2025 - Benalmádena & Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol
    MORNING: Free Group Activity (Led by your tour host): Walk to Playa de la Carihuela - Torremolinos (17 min walk from your hotel - per way)
    EVENING: Optional Group Activity (Led by your tour leader): Flamenco shows in Benalmadena / Marbella. Admission tickets from €25.00. The transportation fee is extra. 
     
    Day 8) SUN 16 March 2025 - Optional Group Tour
    Optional Guided Day trip to Mijas, Marbella & Puerto Banus
     
    Day 9) MON 17 March 2025 - Optional Group Tour
    Optional Guided Day trip to Málaga
     
    Day 10) TUE 18 March 2025 - Optional Group Tour
    Optional Guided Day trip to Granada & Alhambra
     
    Day 11) WED 19 March 2025 - Optional Group Tour
    Optional Guided Day trip to Seville
     
    Day 12) THU 20 March 2025 - Optional Group Tour
    Optional Guided Day trip to Caminito del Rey // Day trip to Nerja with Caves
     
    Day 13) FRI 21 March 2025 - Optional Group Tour
    Optional Guided Day trip to Córdoba
     
    Day 14) SAT 22 March 2025  
    DAY FREE AT YOUR LEISURE!
     
    Day 15) SUN 23 March 2025  
    Check out. Transfer to Malaga Airport for your flight back home.
     
    *NOTE*: This is a rough itinerary to give you an idea of what's there to see and do. The days and activities mentioned in the itinerary are subject to change. The actual tours and activity schedules will be published 2 months before departure. More details about the area's attractions have been posted under the "Tour Attractions" tab. 

    Price & Inclusions

    Table #1: THESE PRICES INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
    Accommodation Type  Per person in Double Occupancy  One person in Single Occupancy Availability
    Street View Room CA$ 3560 CA$ 4630  Available now
    Courtyard View Room CA$ 3700 CA$ 4860  Available now
    Pool View Room CA$ 3820 CA$ 5010  Available now
    SIED Sea View Room (not full) CA$ 4020 CA$ 5370  Available now
     
    Table #2: LAND ONLY TOUR - for people who want to book their own flights (minus -CA$1400.00)
    Accommodation Type  Per person in Double Occupancy  One person in Single Occupancy Availability
    Street View Room CA$ 2160 CA$ 3230  Available now
    Courtyard View Room CA$ 2300 CA$ 3460  Available now
    Pool View Room CA$ 2420 CA$ 3610  Available now
    SIED Sea View Room (not full) CA$ 2620 CA$ 3970  Available now
     
    >> Prices are in CA$
    >> Taxes are included
    >> If you are two people/family/friends and want to share a room, BUT you want to pay separately, PLEASE place separate orders from the beginning!
    >> For Long Stays, you must have/find your roommate if you don't want to pay a single supplement. If you need a roommate, you can use this Meetup Platform to find one. For Long Stays, we do NOT introduce people to a potential roommate to share a room/apartment.
    >> Prices are subject to change without notice.
     
    What’s Included (related to prices in Table #1):
    o Round-trip airfare (on TAP Air Portugal, Toronto - Malaga - Toronto) - Standard seat
    o Airport Transfers
    o 13 nights accommodation at 4* Mac Puerto Marina Hotel - Costa del Sol, Spain
    o Rooms include WiFi, heating or air conditioning (depending on the season), telephone, small fridge, flat satellite TV, fully equipped bathroom, hairdryer, and balcony.
    o Daily breakfast is included
    o All hotel and airport taxes
    o Service of your Tour Host who will arrange some group activities
     
    What’s NOT Included:
    o Lunch and Dinner
    o OPTIONAL Tours and activities*
    o Gratuities
    o Travel Insurance
     
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    Payment & Cancellation Schedules:
    * A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to secure your hotel and flight - due at the time of booking.
    * The balance is due (by 1 NOV 2024). You can pay the balance HERE *You will receive a Balance payment Reminder!
    * If you book after this date (if it's available), full payment is required at the time of booking.
    * 50% Penalty if canceled between 2 NOV 2024 and 2 DEC 2024.
    * 100% Penalty if canceled between 3 DEC 2024 and the departure date.
     
    Payment modes: We accept Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Amex), Debit Cards, PayPal, and E-transfer. 
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    Your Tour Host will travel with you from Toronto. He will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly, and answer questions. The primary role of the host during a long stay is a point of contact for assistance. Due to the number of participants in the group, the host will be located mainly in the resort to be available to assist. 
    Here is a list of his responsibilities during your stay:
    1) Travel with the group to the resort and make sure everyone has the appropriate room
    2) Provide SIM cards to those interested
    3) Suggest day trips in the area
    4) Provide information on nearby shopping, grocery stores, entertainment, restaurants
    5) Arrange some group activities
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    FLIGHT INFORMATION (by TAP Air Portugal)
    9 March 2025: Toronto YYZ to Malaga AGP Via Lisbon
    TP0258 YYZ - LIS: Departure 18:40 TORONTO Arrival 05:45 (+1) LISBON
    TP1134 LIS - AGP: Departure 07:35 (+1) LISBON Arrival 09:50 (+1) MALAGA 
     
    23 March 2025: Malaga AGP to Toronto YYZ Via Lisbon
    TP1139 AGP - LIS: Departure 06:00 MALAGA Arrival 06:20 LISBON
    TP0257 LIS - YYZ: Departure 11:00 LISBON Arrival 15:35 TORONTO
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    Our Group booking includes 1st Checked bag FREE
    Max. weight per bag: 23kg (50lb)

    Max. linear dimensions per bag: 158 cm (62in)
    If you have any questions about baggage allowance (Fees, Weight, and Dimensions), please check 

    **We need the following information from each participant. BASED ON PASSPORT DETAILS after making the final payment. 
    Please email the information to: info@FunTours.ca
    FIRST NAME // MIDDLE NAME // LAST NAME // TITLE (Mr. Ms, Mrs...) // GENDER // DATE OF BIRTH // AEROPLAN # (TAP Air Portugal is a member of Star Alliance).
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    SEAT SELECTION: You will be able to check in online and choose your seats (Aisle/Window) for FREE individually 36 hours before the departure 
     
    IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT YOUR FLIGHT BASED ON OUR GROUP BOOKING
    o A "standard" seat will be assigned automatically for you by TAP Air Portugal. But we don't know what seat you will get (Aisle/Middle/Window) until 36 hours before the departure (when you do your online check-in). At that time you can either keep your assigned seat if you like it, or change it to your preferred seat (if available).
    o The Group seat block is located in the middle to the back of the aircraft typically over the wing. The block does not include any exit row or special request seating.
    o All seats in our group block are standard seats. If you need a (First Class/Executive/Business seat) // or // Bulkhead Seat (with extra legroom), you need to book your own flight directly through TAP Air Portugal.
    o If you book your own flights, CA$ 1400 will be deducted from your package price.
    o This package has a FIXED Departure Date, FIXED Return Date, and FIXED Inclusions. No deviation can be accepted!
    o If you would like to extend your stay by going earlier (or) returning later, you need to book your own flight and accommodation and transportation for pre or post-tour.
    o Airport transfers for the group will be arranged based on the group flight details/schedules (above). If your departure or return flight is different (timewise), you need to make your own Airport Transfer arrangement.

    Pickup

    You will see your tour conductor at Toronto Pearson International Airport, at the departure gate, 1.5 hours before the flight. He will travel with you from Toronto. He will be your host during your entire stay.  

    Tour Attractions

    YOUR HOTEL: Mac Puerto Marina - Costa del Sol, Spain
    Hotel Mac Puerto Marina is located in the heart of the Costa del Sol, in Benalmádena’s lively marina area with its lively atmosphere and nightlife and with the best quality sandy beach at its doorstep. The hotel is the ideal accommodation option to enjoy the sun and beaches of Benalmádena in a lively environment with a wide range of activities for leisure and tourism. There is a 5-minute walk from the hotel to the Puerto Marina shopping and recreational complex. Mac Puerto Marina Hotel features an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi throughout, and 24-hour reception. Air-conditioned rooms have satellite TV and a balcony or terrace. All rooms at the Mac Hotel Benalmádena come with a ceiling fan, and a minibar with a selection of free welcome drinks. There is a desk and a wardrobe, and the private bathroom includes a hairdryer and free toiletries. A buffet breakfast is available in the restaurant. There is also a bar and snack bar. Dinner is served in two separate sittings. There is a bar that serves also the Andalusian Courtyard and an outdoor pool bar offering snacks during the day. The entertainment program offers shows and live music 6 nights a week. The hotel spa, inaugurated in February 2019 offers a heated indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath as well as different massages and treatments. A gym is also available. Many activities are possible in the area, such as horse riding, tennis, golf, and water sports. The indoor pool is inside the SPA, it can be used by all guests for 1 hour per day for free (due to capacity limitations this pool needs to be reserved in advance).  
     
     
     
    Supermarkets nearby: There are many supermarkets in less than 10 min walk from the hotel such as "Supermercado Komo Komo".
    Restaurants nearby: There are a variety of restaurants close by Spanish, Mediterranean, Mexican, Greek, Italian, Turkish, Indian....
    Seafood lovers may like to try "Chiringuito El Canarias Playa" beachfront restaurant (18 min walk from your hotel) located at Playa de la Carihuela beach.// OR// "Los Mellizos Puerto Marina El Mero" restaurant, a 3-minute walk from your hotel.
     

    YOUR HOTEL is located in Benalmádena, Costa del Sol, Spain

    Benalmádena is a picturesque town located on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, specifically in the province of Málaga in the Andalusia region of Spain (20 km west of Malaga City, the capital of the Costa del Sol. Known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich cultural heritage, Benalmádena attracts tourists from all over the world. One of its most famous landmarks is the Benalmádena Marina, which is considered one of the most impressive marinas in Andalusia. It's not just a hub for yachts and boats, but also offers a plethora of shops, restaurants, and bars, making it a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike. In addition to its coastal attractions, Benalmádena is also home to several cultural and historical sites. The Castillo de Colomares, for example, is a stunning castle-like monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America. The town also boasts the Benalmádena Stupa, a Buddhist monument and the largest of its kind in Europe, offering a serene atmosphere and breathtaking views. Furthermore, Benalmádena is renowned for its family-friendly attractions, such as the Tivoli World amusement park and the Selwo Marina, which is a marine park featuring dolphins, sea lions, and exotic birds. Overall, Benalmádena offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and entertainment options, making it a popular destination for travelers seeking sun, sea, and fun on the Costa del Sol.
     
     

    Activities close to your hotel:

    Benalmádena Puerto Marina (4 min walk from your hotel) 
    Located on the Costa del Sol, has proven itself to be one of the top marinas in the world. With many restaurants, shopping, attractions, and nightlife.
     
    Boat trips along the Costa del Sol:
    Ferry Benalmádena <> Fuengirola (4 min walk from your hotel)
    See the Costa del Sol from a different perspective! It is a journey of entertainment and leisure between two of the most emblematic ports of Costa del Sol.
    Price: 18€ 
     
     
    Benalmádena City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour (2 min walk from your hotel)
    It takes you around the town of Benalmadena and stops at top attractions.
    Price: 15€ Included: 48hr hop-on hop-off bus tour + Stops near all the major sights + Entrance to Butterfly Park
     
     
    Playa de la Carihuela - Torremolinos (17 min walk from your hotel)
    A popular beach with an expansive sandy beachfront & boardwalk with numerous cafes & amenities.
     
    Puerto Marina Shopping (5 min walk from your hotel)
    Centro Comercial Puerto Marina: Good range of shops and restaurants to explore, very close to the beautiful Marina. o many shops from bargain souvenir boutique clothes and jewellery shops...
     
     

    Top sights in Benalmádena

    • Puerto Marina Benalmádena
    • Parque de la Paloma
    • Colomares Castle (a monument dedicated to the adventures of Christopher Columbus)
    • Benalmádena Cable Car (Teleferico Benalmadena) and Garden of Eagles
    • Stupa of Enlightenment Benalmádena (Buddhist temple)
    • Playa Arroyo de la Miel (beach)
    • Golf Torrequebrada (this golf club has an 18-hole course & a clubhouse)
    • Sea Life Aquarium
    • Selwo Marina: dolphins, penguins, sea lions...(a small marine park)
    • Mariposario de Benalmádena (Butterfly Park)
    • Castillo de El-Bil-Bil (Bil-Bil Castle)
     
     
     
     
    Parque de la Paloma (30 min walk from your hotel)
     
     
    Playa Arroyo de la Miel (35 min walk from your hotel)
    Playa Arroyo de la Miel also known as “Los Melilleros” is a lovely clean sandy beach located in the charming town of Benalmádena, Málaga, in the Arroyo de la Miel-Benalmadena Costa area.  
     
     
    Flamenco shows in Benalmadena / Marbella 
     
     

    Top Sites in Málaga City

    • Alcazaba (a palatial fortification in Málaga)
    • Mercado Central de Atarazanas
    • Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación
    • Castillo de Gibralfaro
    • Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga
    • Museo Automovilístico de Málaga
    • Málaga Park
    • Picasso Museum Málaga
    • Jardín Botánico - Histórico La Concepción
    • Teatro Romano de Málaga
    • Centre Pompidou Malaga
    • Playa la Malagueta (beach)
    • Muelle Uno: Open-air complex with a variety of shops & restaurants along a waterfront promenade
    • Alegría Flamenco y Gastronomía (Flamenco theater) /or/ Teatro Flamenco Málaga Club (Flamenco theater)  
    TRANSPORTATION from Benalmádena to Downtown Málaga City:
    1) The cheapest option is Bus: start from $2. The bus time is on average 50 min for the 12-mile (19 km) long journey. Take the bus from Torrenueva to Muelle Heredia M-110 , $2–7
    2) Train •37 min - Take the train from Estación de tren Torremuelle-Benalmadena to Estación de tren Malaga Centro Alameda C1 - $3–5
    3) Uber •19 min - 23.1 km  $30

     
     
     
     
     

    OPTIONAL Day trips from Benalmádena

    • Day trip to Caminito del Rey
    • Day trip to Córdoba
    • Day trip to Gibraltar
    • Day trip to Granada & Alhambra
    • Day trip to Mijas, Marbella & Puerto Banus
    • Day trip to Nerja & Frigiliana
    • Day trip to Ronda
    • Day trip to Ronda & Setenil
    • Day trip to Seville
    • Day trip to Tangier
    • Jeep Safari Country
    • Day trip to Antequera
    • Day trip to Jerez, Winery & Flamenco
    • Day trip to Jerez & Cadiz
    • Day trip to Málaga
    • Day trip to Marbella & Puerto Banus
    • Day trip to Mijas, Flamenco & White Villages
    • Day trip to Nerja with Caves
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    You can see more details about available Guided Day Trips from Benalmádena here:  https://marbellasuntrips.com/guided_tours_day_trips-areas.php?zona=Benalmadena 
    NOTE: When you click on any tour, the prices of "Public" tours are published on top of each tour and the prices of "Private" group tours are published at the bottom of each tour. As mentioned there, the cost of "Private" tours depends on the group size. 
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    NOTE about PUBLIC Tours
    1) You can purchase optional tours/excursions from different suppliers through different channels, online or in person: Viator/TripAdvisor, OR the above-mentioned local tour operator, OR hotel's front desk.
    2) When you book any public tour, make sure you choose the closest pickup location to your hotel. Also, check the tours 'reviews and ratings online.
    3) Public tours can be multilingual, so make sure the English language is guaranteed.
    4) Public tours usually have many pickups, so the quality time at the destination will be limited. Please be ready for that!
     
    NOTE about PRIVATE Tours
    A "Private Tour" means they are being operated only for your group in English. Not only you will be picked up from your hotel, but also, your hotel is the ONLY pickup/drop-off location for those private tours. Therefore, you will have more quality time at the destination.
     
    OUR SUGGESTION: Since we are traveling as a group of 25 participants, we usually form small groups for major sightseeing tours. This way we will enjoy all the benefits of a private tour at a reasonable cost. We will publish the list of major sightseeing tours 3 months before departure, and you can register then. Private group tours need to be pre-arranged.    
     
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    Note

    • >> Please READ the itinerary and make sure it suits your interests and "physical ability" before making any booking.
    • >> You will be invited to a WhatsApp group chat 1 month before the trip. We believe this is a great way to connect, deliver information and updates in real-time, and distribute photos during our trip.
    • >> You will receive your flight e-tickets and the final itinerary 1 month before the trip.
    • >> The itinerary is subject to change at any time without prior notice due to various circumstances including weather conditions.  
    • >> We strongly recommend comprehensive Travel Insurance to protect the investment you made on your trip. 
    TRAVEL PROTECTION PLANS
    For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase Comprehensive Travel Insurance with Emergency Medical, Trip Cancellation, and interruption (and ask them about their COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Plans). Here is a list of some Travel Insurance companies for Canadian Travellers:
    Travel Insurance Coverage on your credit card: If you have travel insurance on your credit card, please make sure about the details of their insurance coverage.
     

    ************* LEVEL OF FITNESS *************
    Physical activity level on this tour: Although a Long Stay does not usually have the rigour of a tour, which involves moving from place to place, a reasonable level of fitness is still required to keep up with the group. You must be able to lift your own luggage, climb at least one flight of stairs, walk for at least one hour at a medium-pace (sometimes on uneven surfaces), and board the coaches, trains, and boats unassisted. Therefore, we ask that anyone wanting to travel with us carefully consider whether any PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS prevent you from fully enjoying our trips.
     
     
    Entry requirements to Spain
    You don't need a visa for Spain if you have a Canadian passport  >> Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the date of leaving Europe.
     

    WEATHER in Costa del Sol, Southern Spain