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"Mugged" in Seville! PDF
Friday, 14 May 2010 00:00

We were mugged last week when we flew from Seville to Palma de Mallorca for a short holiday. We weren't expecting it at all.  Perhaps we were naive. Maybe we should have taken more care.

Let me explain. 


When we were looking for flights from southern Andalucía to the largest of the Balearic Islands, they were quite a bit cheaper from Seville than from Jerez or Málaga, so we booked an early morning flight from the Andalucían capital. It was only then that we discovered that while flight prices are lower from there, it may not work out cheaper in the end than from the other southern Spanish airports. 

For example, if you park your car at the airport, it’ll cost you €13,95 per day (reduced to €11,10 per day after five days). There are no long term car parks or privately run off-site parking facilities.  So our 6-day trip would have cost us an extra €80.85!  Surely more expensive than Heathrow or Gatwick!

What about a taxi?  Forget it! 

Lift from a friend?  Petrol costs for four journeys – also prohibitive!

Then we hit on the idea of travelling the night before, booking a hotel near the airport, checking out Seville and parking the car at the hotel.  That might work out cheaper than the airport car parking charge, we thought. 

We found two hotels within striking distance. The Hotel Ibis about 4 km away seemed a good bet, but it was €69 for a room, car park 6 days at €6, taxi to and from the airport €22 each way.  Total €145.

The more modest Hotel Las Tres Carabelas looked promising; just 800m from the airport and only €48 for the room and €5 per day for parking.  At only 800 m from the terminal we could walk. 

No, we couldn’t – the road is a service road and not accessible by pedestrians.  OK, a taxi, can’t cost much for less than a kilometre ... wrong!  There’s a fixed tariff, we were told, €22 each way, same as from the Ibis

Oh, well, €117 is less than €145. So, we booked.

Early the next morning we got our taxi - €23 plus €7.85 surcharge for having to drive the 800 m from the airport to collect us!  He let us off the 85 cents!  On the return journey, the taxi was bizarrely only €21!  Nevertheless,  our extra costs had come to €126, not including our dinner on the night before departure.

We wuz robbed!

Oh, and by the way, our flights only cost us €97 each return! 

©  Paul Whitelock



Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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