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02 Aug 2014 13:16:

The Lounge Bar in Benalmadena have a golf society which plays each Wednesday usually (but not exclusively) at courses to the west of them so it should suit your location. A friendly bunch of people consisting of ex-pats, lone stayers and holidaymakers.



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24 Jul 2014 20:40:

As a regular driver in Spain I have noted the increased vigilance of the authorities in enforcing speed limits and traffic laws with some recent reductions in road fatalities/caualties. I always try to adhere to the set speed limits and I've noticed the improvements in this area of other drivers, particularly where speed cameras are located. However, there is one area where I have found that other drivers seem to flout the posted speed limits and that is where the yellow and red speed limit signs are in force where there are road works and/or road surface problems and the speed on the motorways is usually gradually decreased to 80kmh. Even where there are speed cameras in existence other drivers seem to ignore these red and yellow signs, which appear to be compulsory.

Can anyone inform me whether these signs are compulsory or advisory. I always understood that signs with a red outer ring were compulsory but the attitude of other drivers suggetss otherwise. I have tried to research online but there's little information.


This message was last edited by Costachris on 24/07/2014.
Thread: Road work speed limit signs

11 Jun 2014 16:27:

Plaza Mayor has it's own private security firm for both inside the complex and in the car parks. They ride quad bikes around the car parking complex and as it closes during the night your car will almost certainly be noted and they may take action in terms of towing it away. Trains no longer stop at San Julian so you'd have quite a hike to the airport.

At the La Colina railway station the car park seems to be used by train travellers but there are a number of local apartments that back onto the car park where residents park. It would appear probably the best place to "lose" your car in and amongst other vehicles and it's only three stops away with tickets available from a vending machine on the station platform. 

If you do intend to use a parking company at the airport I'd recommend Helle Hollis (car hire and parking) who I use several times a year for car hire and I have always found them to be excellent.

Thread: Parking Malaga airport

20 Jul 2011 21:16:

It's not just the full/full policy that causes the concern but the price that is being charged for a full tank. i recently hired a car from Goldcar at Murcia and was charged €78 for a full tank. Fortunately, I had a lot of travelling to do and ran the petrol tank down and toppedit up again. It cost me €50. So €28 pure profiteering.

Normally I hire in Malaga where I use Helle Hollis who are excellent. As a member of their Owners Club they have all my details, give me priority fast lane service and allow a return full policy which means I only pay for the fuel I use. It's not acceptable that some are worse than others on this. If they put customers first they'd stop making a profit out of this unfair fuel policy.

Thread: Full / Full fuel policy on car hire Murcia

18 Jul 2011 19:04:

I wouldn't trust any state guarantees in Spain whatsoever and I base this on the collapse of the Icelandic banks. I opened accounts with Kaupthing Edge and Icesave as they were recommended by Martin Lewis the guy that's often on TV and on http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/. I was re-assured by the fact that the banks were backed with a guarantee from the Icelandic Government so in the case of problems I had a cast iron guarantee to get my money back. Well, they did go bust and the Icelandic Government honoured their guarantee but only to Icelandic citizens - not a penny for foreign investors until Brown threatened and seized their assets and compensated British investors.

Lesson learned. I don't trust our own politicians let alone foreign ones. I don't need to re-iterate the way that people, who regularly contribute on here, have been treated so outrageously by the Spanish Government and the Spanish banks in relation to guarantees. I know Spain and Iceland are different in that Spain is fully in the EU but I don't play Russian Roulette with my hard earned cash.

I maintain only sufficient funds in my Spanish accounts to meet the bills I have to pay on our place. I know the banks are offering some good savings deals in Spain in order to recapitilise. TJ222's threads are a good read on this as are the articles online in the Telegraph and Guardian all of whom seem to be stating that things are far to volatile to take any risks at the moment, particularly this week following the bank stress tests and the crucial EU Leaders meetings later in the week.


This message was last edited by Costachris on 18/07/2011.
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