Sunday, 15 November 2009

Just Back - Quick Car trip from the Algarve to Malaga and Seville

I left Lagos in the Algarve last Wednesday afternoon at circa 14:45 in a VW Polo. I ran with € 20.00 fuel in the tank till I crossed the border at Ayamonte and to the first off-ramp and ran along the slip road till the first fuel station.

At present, 1lite of 95oct. costs on average € 1.30 in Portugal but only € 1.04 in Spain.

Arrived in Seville - Paseo da Delicias at 18:30 local. (Total drive time was circa just under three hours.) There are currently ongoing road works on the Huelva - Seville motorway in both directions.

I left Seville at 18:50 (Rush hour.) Speed limits and traffic until getting clear of Alcalar was circa 80km / hr. Thereafter, 100/120km /hr. I ran to Antequera and headed South on the Malaga Rd.

Pulled over at 20:30 at the Hotel Restaurant La Vedra, about 40km North of Malaga on the South-bound carriageway. € 25.00 for a room with shower.(single occupancy) V. Clean. Set Dinner with three big courses was € 7.00.

Next morning, left at 08:25 and was parked up in Malaga Station by 9 a.m. The last 40km of the motorway to Malaga is currently undert major reconstruction with a maximum speed limit of 80km /hr for most of the distance. The Metro Construction in Malaga centre is causing mayhem. I recommend visitors park their car and use the local bus service which we did. We stayed at the IBIS Centro. Very good value for money but garage access a real pain.

Left Malaga for Seville the next morning at 09:30 and arrived environs of the latter circa 11:30. (with stops). Traffic on the ring road chaotic. I had to cut across town via San Sebastian to make a 12:00 meeting. Just made it.

We stayed at the following hotel for two nights just outside Seville in the suburb of Castilleja la Cuesta just behind IKEA on the SE30 Seville - Huelva Rd. It is very economical. At present just over € 44.00 per room for 2 people per night.

Hotel Leflet Castilleja
C/Real, 106
41950 Castilleja de la Cuesta (Sevilla)
Tel: 954169191-661792373 / Fax: 954169148

This hotel has secure parking....The car park entrance is interesting! The rooms are very clean but the wifi is patchy. The Hotel cafe is not that inspiring, but there are at least 2 other cafes within 100m of the hotel which are fine for desayuno and tapas. There are not many restaurants in the are but the are buses every 15 to 30 minutes (longer at night), which run into Seville Plaza das Armas Bus Station. The buses only cost € 1.25 each way and only take about 15 minutes into town.

Left Castilleja this morning at 11.30 Spanish time this morning and was parked up in Lagos at 13:00 Portuguese Time. Transit time 2hrs30mins.