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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Marriotts Playa Andaluza from Malaga Airport by bus and taxi

Marriotts Playa Andaluza in the distance
“Hi Mike, I've been reading your blog for past many weeks. Excellent blog and very useful site. I've been helped greatly by the information on the site. I've got one quick question. Me, my wife and 5 year old son will travel to Malaga from London in January for 5 days. We'll stay at Marriott's Playa Andaluza. We are planning to take the bus from Malaga Airport. I've got two questions:

A) How much the taxi would cost from Marbella bus station to Marriots Playa Andaluza and where would be get a get taxi from?

B) If we decide to go by bus instead and take the Marbella to Estepona bus then at what stop do we get down. I've got the list of stops between Marbella and Estepona from your website. Sam"

“Hi Sam Thank you very much for checking into Gomarbella and for reading the blogs! Have a look at this blog and the other one on Marriotts Playa Andaluza which also tells you how to travel all the way from Malaga Airport to the resort by public transport.

Check out this link which gives you information about the bus stops between Marbella and Estepona  and you'll see that the Isdabe bus stop is the closest to Marriotts Playa Andaluza in the Estepona area. because of the proximity of the pedestrian overpass next to that bus stop. I took the photo above standing on the overpass at the Isdabe bus stop. You can see Marriotts Playa Andaluza in the distance on the right hand side of the photo just above a flat topped building. The surface for pulling a suitcase is good all the way.

It must be at least 800 metres to the complex from the Isdabe bus stop and the overpass. If your son is feeling tired at that stage after your plane flight to Malaga and then the bus journey to Marbella, he won’t feel like walking!

I have just phoned the Marbella taxi company and they said that the day tariff for a taxi to to Marriots Playa Andaluza from Marbella Bus Station is €25 on a week day and before 10pm. After 10pm, over a weekend or on a public holiday it will be €3 or €4 more. (18/03/2012) If you take the Estepona bus on from Marbella as far as San Pedro de Alcantara bus stop,  the taxi fare 
 to Marriotts Playa Andaluza will be €10 on a week day and a couple more euros after 10pm and at weekends and public holidays.  

With all the money you will save on the airport bus to Marbella you can treat yourself to a taxi from Marbella to Marriotts Playa Andaluza on your first day. When you are settled in then use the bus to get up and down the coast during your stay and even all the way back to the airport on departure. Mike"

“Hi Mike Thanks for your response. Very useful. I was just looking through again the list of bus stops from Marbella to Estepona and comparing it with the Google map. I thought PLAZA ORTIZ may be the nearest stop to Marriott Playa Andaluza. Or have I got my geography completely wrong?

Thanks again for wonderful blog and the extremely useful website. Sam”

“Hi Sam Thank you for your reply and your kind words. Much appreciated.

Try getting Google maps up and typing in atalaya-isdabe you should see the name near the sea. This is the Atalaya hotel in the Isdabe Urbanisation. Your bus stop is at the end of the orange section of the road, just past the A7 sign. Over the road is the Centro Comercial Diana. Marriots Playa Andaluza doesn't show up but it is just to the left of the Atalaya Hotel. The bus stop is the Isdabe bus stop.

I hope you have a good trip, the weather is very changeable at the moment, warm, cold, windy so bring something warm to put on as well!

Best wishes from Marbella Sam and thanks again for your contacts. Mike.”

Riviera del Sol by bus and train from Malaga airport

Can I get from Malaga Airport to Riviera del Sol by bus and train?" wrote Vince.

I wrote back: “Hi Vince, Catch the train from Malaga airport train station to Fuengirola train station. There are three trains every hour on the C1 route to Fuengirola so there is no need to run once you have got your suitcases. The ticket machines on the Malaga airport station platform accept notes up to €20 and give change or you can buy your ticket from the ticket office on the platform. If you are travelling in a group or with your family, let the ticket seller know and you get a discounted price.

It's a journey of just under 45 minutes and then you only have to trundle your suitcase for less than 200 metres between the Fuengirola train station to the Fuengirola bus station a block away.

If you check the Fuengirola Bus Schedule on the Costa del Sol buses page you will s
ee there are almost two buses every hour on the Fuengirola to Marbella route. When you buy your ticket at the bus station, ask for  Riviera del Sol bus stop, one of the bus stops between Fuengirola and Marbella. I hope they have cleaned it up since I last checked it out. I doubt it.

This photo shows the Opencor shop next to the roundabout at the Riviera del Sol main entrance. The bus stop on the main road is about 200 metres away behind me to my left. You can just see the top of the first taxi in the rank right next to the roundabout. You are nearly there! 

Here is a recent blog about how Jennifer will travel from Malaga Airport to Riviera del Sol.

Best wishes Vincent and thanks very much for using Gomarbella Mike

PS: You can now do online bus ticket reservations through the gomarbella reservation system.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Malaga Airport to Benamara

Kat: “Hi Mike I was hoping you could help me with some information please? I have booked an apartment in Benamara and I am planning on getting a bus from Malaga airport to Marbella bus station then a taxi from there to the apartment. Do you think this is the best way to get there and back? I am familiar with the Costa del Sol but unsure of the exact location of Benamara. Many thanks, Kat.”

Mike: “Hi Kat, Thank you very much for checking in to

Yes, with all the money you save by taking the Malaga airport to Marbella bus, you can treat yourself to a taxi. I am guessing but it could be around 20 to 25 euros. Benamara is about halfway between Marbella and Estepona. The taxi will go past Puerto Banus, past San Pedro and then it has to overshoot Benamara, do a U turn about a kilometre beyond Benamara and then come back towards Marbella before turning off right towards the sea to Benamara.

The A7 through San Pedro is being closed from mid September 2009 for about 15 months whilst the tunnel is being built and for this reason it will be simpler to take the taxi from Marbella rather than travelling on to San Pedro and taking a taxi from there.

Here are all the bus stops between Marbella and Estepona and your Benamara bus stop will be El Pilar. You can get up and down the coast easily by bus without having to take a taxi again. Always use the footbridges!

I hope this helps you Kat, let me know if I can help any further. Best wishes from Marbella, Mike"

PS: You can now do online bus ticket reservations through the gomarbella reservation system.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Malaga airport winter bus schedule

David wrote to me: "I am travelling to Marbella on the weekend of 2-5 April 2009. Can you tell me if the winter schedule timetable for the bus from Marbella bus station to Malaga Airport listed on your website is for Sundays as well as a weekday timetable? Thanks!"

I wrote back to David: "Hi David, thank you very much for writing in to

Yes, the airport bus service runs every day of the year. I use it a lot when visiting my two grandchildren in London and often use it to get to the airport on a Friday and then come back to Spain on Sunday returning from the airport to Marbella on the airport bus late on a Sunday.

The winter schedule for the bus from Marbella bus station to Malaga airport ends at the end of June and starts again at the beginning of October.

Best wishes from Marbella, David and have a good trip and thanks again for your contact. Mike"

PS: You can now do online bus ticket reservations through the gomarbella reservation system.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Malaga airport train timetable

Gail: " Hello Mike, Are there any buses from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola in March please?" (2009)

Mike: "Hi Gail, Thanks very much for checking in to

There isn't a bus direct from Malaga airport to Fuengirola bus station, you would have to go all the way into Malaga city to the Malaga bus station then catch the bus from there all the way back past Malaga airport, stopping all the way along before getting to Fuengirola.

But there is a great train service from the Malaga airport train stop to Fuengirola train station, it runs every 30 minutes from 6 in the morning to midnight.

Look here at the timetable of trains from Malaga airport to Fuengirola train station. You will see that the first train of the day leaves Malaga airport at 05.34 then at 4 and 34 minutes past the hour. The last train at 22.34. There is one later train during the summer months.

Does that help Gail? Let me know if I can help at all with other information.

Best wishes for your trip to Fuengirola and thanks again for writing. Mike Drury"

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Dunnes Stores Fuengirola

Dunnes Stores shown here in the picture is on the outskirts of Fuengirola just out of town off the A7 autovia where it rings Fuengirola on the Marbella side. Very conveniently situated with covered parking it's right between the Miramar commercial centre out of sight to the left of the photo and the Parque Miramar shopping centre at the end of the road on the left in the picture.

If you are driving towards Dunnes Stores Fuengirola from the Marbella side, exit the A7 at the first Fuengirola sign and at the roundabout turn left under the road. At the next roundabout turn right. Dunne's Stores Fuengirola is the first shop a little further along on the left.

It has a great range of reasonably priced children's and adults' clothes, shoes and fashion accessories and is packed everyday with British shoppers looking for good quality clothing at knockdown prices.

Right next door to Dunnes Stores Fuengirola is DM Brico, a well stocked hardware shop where the assistants will actually come to you and ask if they can help. Next door again is Lidl with great South American wines at giveaway prices and selling a range of bargain food, drink and household items again with plenty of free covered car parking.

A magnet for discerning Costa del Sol shoppers, just inside the store is a great little cafeteria which caters for expatriates needing anything from a full English breakfast through to carrot cake or good and inexpensive tapas and drinks.

New stock arrives every Thursday to fill the shelves and the home furnishing department is a must for good quality sheets and towels. The childrens' department in Dunnes Stores Fuengirola is second to none with colourful and practical garments.

Dunnes also have branches in Fuengirola town centre, Coin, Vélez Málaga and Malaga and all of them are definitely worth a visit.

If you've got this far you are probably wondering why I am suddenly writing about shopping centres. Well I get most of my shirts, long trousers, summer shorts, polo shirts, gym T shirts not to mention trainers from Dunnes. Like I said, it's good quality, cheap, the coffee's good and there's a great hardware shop next door. Dunnes has great stuff for the grandchildren too. I got bored yesterday morning and wandered outside and took the photo from the pedestrian footbridge over the A7 next to Dunnes. Happy shopping!

Contact details:

Dunnes Stores Fuengirola Commercial Centre

Hiper Andalucia
Avda La Depuradora, s/n
29650 Mijas Costa

Tel: + 34 952 47 80 00

Dunnes Stores Fuengirola Town Centre
C/ Jacinto Benavente 2
29640 Fuengirola, Spain

Tel: + 34 952 197 109

Dunnes Stores Malaga City
Avenida Aurora 25
29002 Malaga, Spain

Tel: + 34 952 369 499

Dunnes Stores Coin
Commercial Centre La Trocha
Carretera Cártama KM 1,
Coin, Malaga

+34 951 315 068

Dunnes Stores near Vélez Málaga
Avenida Juan Carlos I s/n
29740 Velez-Malaga,

Tel: + 34 952 542 488

Saturday, 8 August 2009

La Colina taxis

Paul: "Hi, I hope you can help. I am traveling to Malaga airport on 22 June but only going as far as La Colina. We will miss the last train and I was wondering which would be better, 2 taxi's (How much?) or a transfer. I have 6 people travelling 3 adults and 3 kids."

Mike: "Hi Paul Thank you very much for checking in to I have just phoned the taxi company Unitaxis Tel: + 34 952 333 333 at Malaga airport and the girl gave me the cost of a taxi from Malaga Airport to Torremolinos. By day it is € 15 and after €17 after 10pm and over weekend and on public holidays, it is €17.

There is only one taxi price even though Torremolinos is very big and La Colina is about the closest point in Torremolinos to the airport.

I wouldn't bother with a transfer. There are always countless taxis waiting right outside arrivals. You will need two taxis to move the group of 6. Here are the train timetables from Malaga airport in case you want to return to Malaga airport from the La Colina train stop or use the train whilst you are in La Colina.

I hope that helps you Paul, please let me know if I can help. Best wishes from Marbella, Mike"

Paul: "Mike thank you so much for your reply. I know over here in Dublin taxi drivers make a big deal about doing short runs from the airport. Is it the same there?

Mike: "Actually taxi prices here are carefully controlled. All destinations on the Costa del Sol are contained in a book which each driver carries. To avoid too many prices for Torremolinos which is so close to Malaga airport, they must have come up with a blanket fee covering the whole Torremolinos municipal area. It is just bad luck in that sense that La Colina is so close to the airport. The taxi associations will have covered themselves by fixing one fee for the whole locality. But the taxi drivers will take you without argument or fuss. They have to because every taxi carries a complaints book! If you have any problem at all at any stage just ask for a receipt for the fare, post it to me or email me the details and I'll follow it up.

Check the fare when you get into the taxi because what the girl quoted me may not coincide exactly with what you are actually charged on the ground and I wouldn't want you to get into an argument about a fare price which I got over the telephone. The fare might even be less. Not more.

It's not such a short run actually and you will be in the taxi for a little while. If you catch the train back from La Colina train stop to Malaga airport train station you won't even notice the cost of the train tickets.

I hope that helps you Paul, have a great holiday. The weather is really good down here. Warm during the day and lots of sun."

Paul: "Thanks again Mike. Your knowledge and help has been fantastic. Enjoy the sun, as I send you this mail the rain is pouring down in Dublin."Best of luck and thanks again."

Friday, 7 August 2009

Marriotts Playa Andaluza

Entrance to Marriotts Playa Andaluza
Bernetta wrote to me: " I am arriving at Malaga Airport on Sunday at 4:15. I am travelling to Marriott's Playa Andaluza. Can I take public transport to get there or at least close?"

I wrote back: "Hi Bernetta, Thank you very much for writing in. Yes you can travel all the way by public transport to Marriotts Playa Andaluza in Estepona.

Take the airport bus from Malaga airport to Marbella bus station. You catch the bus just outside arrivals.   You buy your tickets from the transport office just outside arrivals until 20.00 after which you buy them on the bus. Here is the timetable for the bus from Malaga airport to Marbella Bus Station.

From Marbella bus station it's about 12 kms to Marriots Playa Andaluza which is on the other side of San Pedro de Alcantará. You can catch the bus which travels from Marbella bus station to Estepona and get off at the Isdabe bus stop which is the nearest stop to Marriotts Playa Andaluza. Here is a list of all the stops between Marbella bus station and Estepona.

It's around 800 metres from the Isdabe bus stop to Marriotts Playa Andaluza. You will arrive on the mountain stide of the bus stop and need to cross the footbridge over the A7 and then trundle your suitcase down to Marriotts. If you would like to look at the distance check through on the other Marriotts Playa Andaluza blog.

Here are two alternatives to the bus journey if you are not feeling energetic after your journey; 1) Take a taxi from Marbella bus station to the resort, or 2) Take the bus from Marbella as far as the San Pedro de Alcantará bus stop and then a taxi from there to Marriotts Playa Andaluza. You'll save about €15 by taking a taxi from the San Pedro de Alcantara bus stop. You'll the updated taxi costs on the other Marriotts Playa Andaluza blog.

Once you are at the resort, you'll see the welcoming entrance gates in the photo above, you can easily use the coastal bus service for exploring up and down the coast.

Bernetta please check out all the information and then write back if I can help you at all.

Best wishes from Marbella for your stay and thanks again for your contact. Mike Drury"

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Macdonalds Doña Lola bus stop

Kevin wrote to me:

"To reach the Macdonalds Dona Lola resort by bus which bus stop do I need from your excellent list of bus stops between Marbella and Fuengirola?

I wrote back to Kevin:

" Hi Kevin, thank you very much for your kind words.

The bus stop you need is the Garu Calahonda bus stop. It's the next one after the Riviera del Sol bus stop travelling from Fuengirola to Marbella. I took this photo from the footbridge over the A7 / CN340. You will see the Doña Lola sign on the sea side of the road. The Macdonalds Doña Lola resort is about 150 metres from the Garu Calahonda bus stop.

The traffic coming towards the bridge is travelling from Marbella to Fuengirola and the traffic travelling in the other direction is going to towards Marbella. There's a great little bar called Al-Alcasur at the bottom of the footbridge on the sea side of the road. If you are pulling your suitcase, or coming back from shopping in Fuengirola from the Fuengirola bus station, just stop there, have a cold beer and a plate of fish, enjoy the pines, the noise, the smells and just relax a while. You're in Spain, take it easy, that's why you're here.

Have a great trip and use the pedestrian overpass bridges at all times! The traffic on the A7 is lethal.

I hope you have a really good visit to Macdonalds Doña Lola. The weather is brilliant at the moment. (This was back in December of 2008)

Best wishes from Marbella Mike"

P.S. The next stop is the Las Postas Calahonda main bus stop with a taxi rank right next to it.

PS: You can now do online bus ticket reservations through the gomarbella reservation system.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Malaga airport to Marriotts Marbella by bus

Bernetta wrote to me: "I am arriving at Malaga Airport on Sunday at 4:15 I am travelling to Marriotts Marbella. Can I take public transport to get there or at least close?"

I wrote back: "Hi Bernetta, thank you very much for checking in to

Yes, you can take public transport all the way to Marriotts Marbella. I would start with the Malaga airport bus to Marbella. You will just miss the 16.30 bus but the next one at 18.30 is well worth waiting for, the cost is less than €4.50.

Then from Marbella bus station to Marriotts, you can either take the bus which runs from Marbella to Fuengirola and get off at the Pino Golf bus stop closest to Marriotts or you can take a taxi all the way from Marbella bus station to Marriotts if you are tired from travelling.

Here is a link about getting from Marbella bus station to Mariotts Marbella with a lot of information including the airport bus times and the schedule for the coastal bus to Fuengirola which I mentioned above. You will also find a list of bus stops between Marbella and Fuengirola.

Bernetta, check it all out and then please write back especially if there is anything you are not sure of.

Best wishes from Marbella and thanks very much for your contact. Mike"

PS: You can now do online bus ticket reservations through the gomarbella reservation system.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Los Boliches train stop to Aparthotel Ronda 4

Maddy wrote to me: "Hi Mike, I have just read someone else's question and your answer, it seems quite straight forward from Malaga airport to Los Boliches train station, I just wanted to know if we can walk to the Ronda IV apartments (two young fit people with suitcases) and how long it would take or whether it might be better by taxi? Many thanks, Madeleine"

"Oh, just one more question, how long do you think it might take to walk it?"

I wrote back to Maddy:

"Hi Maddy

It's good to know you are fit and willing to walk! Long may that be.

One route from Los Boliches train station would be to walk down towards the Fuengirola Paseo Maritimo and then turn left and it is a very pleasant short walk. The weather is great at the moment, warm during the day and cool at night. It will be a nice stroll with the sea on your right, tempting smells of frying seafood, sea breezes and the promise of a cold beer or two at the end. About 12 minutes pulling a suitcase I calculate. Longer if you stop for a beer or sangria on the way.

Here is a link with a map showing Ronda IV apartments in relation to the Los Boliches train stop.

If you look at the map you will see the railway line apparently disappearing under a wider road, the Malaga airport train stop to Fuengirola train station rail line actually goes overhead at that point. You will see the road called Avda Jesús Santos Rein. Los Boliches station is where the "Av" is, closest to the river.

You could also actually walk back along that road until it merges with Avda de Las Gaviotas and then drop down to the Ronda IV. That wouldn't take more than 10 minutes.

I think between the two routes, I would choose to walk along the Paseo Marítimo along the beach, just to get an early taste of your beach holiday!

Have a great stay Maddy and thanks very much for your contact. Mike"

The address of Aparthotel Ronda IV is:

Aparthotel Ronda 4
Paseo Marítimo 96
29640 Los Boliches
Fuengirola Málaga

Tel: + 34 952 660 716

Monday, 3 August 2009

Economy car rental Malaga airport

Justin wrote to me to say: "Mike, I need to rent a car from Monday 22nd June until Monday 29th June. Pick up and return at Malaga Airport, economy car ideally and 2 drivers. I need to pick the car up at 15:00 and return 22:00. Do you have anything available and can you give me an idea of prices, in £ sterling if possible. Many Thanks, Justin"

I wrote back: "Hello Justin, I had a look at my Cartrawler car rental search engine for Malaga airport car hire and in the economy range (that's one up from the mini range) came across a Toyota Agya for 161.98 pounds for the seven days. This is a four seater.

There was also a Ford Fiesta five door for 168.83 pounds for the seven days. The Fiesta is a five seater

Adding on an extra driver comes to a maximum of €20 for the seven days, it is around €3.20 per day to a maximum of €20.

To find these deals and also to have look at the mini range, click through to and fill in the dates and times on the car rental search engine box and Cartrawler will automatically find you the best car rental deal available at Malaga airport.

Best wishes from Marbella, Mike

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Marbesol hire car pick up Malaga Airport


I wrote back to Joan:

"Hi Joan thank you very much for writing in again and especially for using Cartrawler. Marbesol is one of the car hire and rental companies at Malaga airport that is most used by the Cartrawler rental and hire car search engine.

I checked with the Marbesol car hire office at Malaga airport and they confirmed that you will be met by a Marbesol representative just outside the baggage retrieval area automatic exit door before you enter the public waiting area. Just look for the Marbesol sign held by the representative.

You´ll be taken in their mini-bus to the Marbesol car hire offices which are right at the entrance to the airport and you'll pick up your car there.

If you are using a GPS to get back to the airport you´ll need the address of the Marbesol offices at Malaga airport:

Avda García Morato 50
Edif. Checkpoint Malaga Airport
29004 Malaga

Tel: + 34 952 233 507

Out of interest the Marbesol fuel return policy is pick up half full, return half full. There is a garage right next to the Marbesol car depot so it's very easy to top up the tank if needed.

As you drive out of the Marbesol office, go anticlockwise around the roundabout keeping to the right with the big San Miguel factory on your immediate right before you swing right to pick up the A7 down the coast.

March will be a great month to come out in. With the heavy February rains behind us and all the reservoirs on the Costa del Sol full for the first time in as long as I can remember, the countryside will be stunning especially with all the rivers running.

I hope that helps you Joan and don't hesitate to ask for any more information.

Best wishes from Marbella Mike"

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Tango in Marbella

World renowned tango teacher Eduardo Tapia fourth from the left in the back row was giving his last tango class on his tour of Spain before returning to Buenos Aires back in May this year.

Well known Costa del Sol tango teacher Graciela Heredia fourth from the right in the back row organised the class held at the Argentinean restaurant El Teleuche on the road to Benahavis.

Tango in Spain is big and there is a milonga at least once a week somewhere on the Costa del Sol.

If you are looking for information on tango classes and milongas in the area, let me know in the contact box on this page.
By the way, have you spotted me in the group?