Grand Hotel Colon Costa Ballena

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Avda Juan Carlos I, sn Costaballena, Rota, Spain,
Gran Hotel Colon Costa Ballena
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Costs 21% more and rated 33% lower than other 4 star hotels

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Transport from Rota

by jlfloyd

I will be based in Rota and would like to take some trips from there. I would like to go to Sevilla and then to Bunol, outside of Valencia. I would then like to go to Gibraltar and head across for the day to Morocco. I was wondering if anyone had any information for any of these travels.


Re: Transport from Rota

by puerto_lover

Will you be hiring a car or have the use of one? The roads around this part of Spain are good and as Rota is a little cut off from the rest of Andalucia, a car may be of assistance.
however there are public transport options and best if you find the latest times when you get to Rota. For example you can take a bus into Jerez where it is simple to take an onward train up to Seville.
Another newer transport is the catamaran ferry that links Rota with Cadiz. This is an excellent way of visiting Cadiz as it avoids the long route around the Bay by land.
All times of local public transport are on the Bay of Cadiz transport site.
getting to Valencia probably involves going up to Madrid from Seville then taking a train. On Spanish Railways web site you can see there are many trains.

Alternatives in Spain always involve buses as this is still a popular form of travelling. However more recently the Spanish railways RENFE have been offering cheaper web tickets for many journeys that compete with both buses and planes. So travelling by rail has become very much more popular.

To get to Morocco you have two ferry options. Either from Algeciras or Tarifa. Tarifa has a quicker journey and is nearer to Cadiz so perhaps you can look into taking a bus to Tarifa ? Look at for the ferry times.
The largest bus company based in Cadiz province is called T.G. COMES and they have a web site :

Re: Transport from Rota

by jlfloyd

Thank you so much for your in depth answer. It will help out a lot!!!!

Travel Tips for Rota

Street performers

by bpwillet

They seem to be everywhere. In almost every city there are musicians who add to the overall ambience to the place you are visiting. Rota is no different. We were able to listen to this guy play some traditional music on his accordian while we had lunch. They were very commonplace songs as some passersby were able to sing the lyrics. Keep in mind they will ALWAYS ask for a tip when they are done. If you don't want to pay, pretend to not be amused.

Another common performer is the large population of dogs in Rota. They are usually pretty good about having their owners pick up after them but some get overlooked. Watch where you step--it may give you reason to reconsider walking barefoot anywhere else than the beach.

You Need to Ask for the Check

by Hopkid

In Europe, dining is an experience that is meant to be enjoyed and not hurried through. This is reflected in the wait staff service. You may end up sitting for quite a long time after your dessert has long been eaten and your espresso quaffed. That's because your waiter will not bring you your check until you've asked for it. They don't bring it automatically because they don't want to seem like they are eager to rush you out of the place. So when you're ready to leave, simply get your waiter's attention and confidently ask, "La cuenta, por favor."

Beach sports

by bpwillet

The beaches around Rota are great for many activities. However, most of the people who come to the beach are lounging under umbrellas or just soaking up the sun. For some of the more adventurous you can do a bit of bouldering around the rocks at Playa de Chorrillo. The sand at the far end of Playa de Chorrillo is a bit more rocky than it is towards Playa del Rompidillo so it is not as easy to run on. Most people who are doing any sort of sport are usually kicking around a futbol or using paddles and a small ball on a makeshift court. These types of sports are not as annoying to the sunbathers or the lifeguards on duty. If you want to play anything more like a game of ultimate frisbee, football, or a full game of futbol you will be asked to find an area that is clear of people. This means the areas on the beach that are farther away from the water. These are areas with a lot more sand and definitely less people. If you are just planning on throwing a football around or even a frisbee a lifeguard may ask you to move to one of those other areas. Playa del Rompidillo is great for this as the sand is soft and generally rock/shell free. Bring your own ball: football, futbol, or frisbee, etc.

An incredible weekend!

by bpwillet

"Resting in the sun"

Rota is a beach town on Spain's beautiful southern coast. It is a relaxed place with a few sights and expansive beaches to lounge and find your rest. It is just a short distance by car or ferry from Cadiz which lies just across the harbor. It is well worth the stop over for a day or spending a lazy weekend.

"From times past..."

Rota has seen its fair share of occupants. From Romans to the Muslims, and finally to the Christian Crusaders who were first to call the town "Rota." The town passed hands between ruling families in the region and was able to set up a few religious orders which have since been disbanded. You can see remnants of each with the grand plazas, the great Moorish then converted patios and mansions. The people who occupy Rota now are the throngs of beach goers and tourists through the warm months to soak up the sun and warm water at the great beaches that surround Rota.


by wild80s


What an awesome place!! Had a wonderful time although I had to take it easy on the Sangria and delicious food. People were very friendly everywhere we went..


From what I could tell this is a typical patio for homes there. Everywhere we went you could see people relaxing in their patios.


While walking around town we walked by a Church where a wedding was taking place. This was the Bride and Groom's transportation. We stayed for a while and watched as the wedding party exited the Church. Of course everyone was dressed up for the occasion.


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