Ah, what Spain’s 80-mile Costa del Sol conjures up: centuries of varied conquerors, religious invasions, the Moors, palaces, warring, and, of course, magnificent beaches and a stable monarchy that exists today. It’s a friendly and untroubled place and beloved by Canadians and Americans — and the Spaniards like us!
Villacana (between Marbella and Estepona) is smack on the Mediterranean, north of (British) Gibraltar and south of Malaga, your usual point of arrival. Also, Villacana is the perfect headquarters to relax and swim and never leave, or to explore the elegant resorts nearby, like Marbella. Or up into the nearby mountains for some authentic cuisine, or visit any of the appealing assets of Andalusia. And to think it all started from fishing villages.
Well, a fishing village, WIVC’s Villacana ain’t: The gorgeous units along pathways lined with palms and bougainvillea, private patios, tennis courts, an enormous swimming pool and a vast lawn that fronts the beach, antique wrought-iron window grates and fountains.
There are two restaurants — a quaint Spanish-style gourmet restaurant, and a much-larger eatery poolside to provide any sun- or shade-worshipers with whatever one wants. A visit to Gibraltar is a hoot to gawk at the monkeys, and Marbella, of course, is a must-see resort complete with mega-yachts and high-end boutiques. There are festivals galore, and, let’s face it, a visit to southern Europe always is an impressive thrill. You might even want to take the ferry across to Morocco. Or, when in doubt, just stay put. It’s all glamorous, and, for the most part, pleasingly foreign.
Golf courses, restaurants, shopping, auto rentals, medical facilities, pharmacy, travel agency.
Skin diving, swimming, wind surfing, jet skiing, waterskiing, volleyball, sailing, horseback riding, dining, golfing, shopping, scenic drives, sightseeing and gallery tours.
Puerto Banus marina, seaport villages, bull fights, flea markets, casinos, art galleries, museums, nightclubs, live entertainment.
Swimming pools, beach, indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar, medical facility, laundry facilities, private tennis and squash courts, Internet access at the reception office and Wi-Fi throughout the resort.
Fully furnished one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens, TV, patio with barbeque, maid service, towels and linens.
By Car: Villacana is about 70 km from Málaga airport. From Málaga airport, there is a toll road designated as AP-7, a motorway designated as Road E-15, and the coastal road (A-7). The fastest route is via the toll road (AP-7) about one hour. The coastal road is the slowest route
Drive toward Marbella and Cádiz (Algeciras) toll road AP-7 and A-7
After 10 kilometers, take AP-7 toll toward Cádiz/Algeciras
After the first toll, exit to San Pedro de Alcantara
Take the national motorway in the direction of Estepona, passing through Puerto Banús and San Pedro de Alcantara
KM165, Villacana sign on the left, first exit under the bridge (river), or take the next exit at Selwo Adventure
Traveling by car from Madrid is about a nine-hour drive. Address
Playa de la Cancelada Carretera
de Cadiz Km 165
Estepona, Malaga, Spain
Phone: 011 34 95 288 4086
Ofc Fax: 011 34 95 288 4088
Home/Fax for Resort
Manager: 011 34 95 289 1849
Saturday 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.