Clare Adams wrote to me:
Hi Mike I'm trying to plan a fab holiday to Spain in July, I'm trying to book into Gran Costa Del Sol Hotel in Mijas, it looks fantastic but I'm trying to figure out the buses and not having much luck, I've no Spanish and never been to Spain... can you help? My flight arrives (I hope) lunchtime so I have daytime to travel :) ) Thanks Clare
I wrote back to Clare:
Hi Clare, thank you very much for writing in. I hope you manage to make your booking OK. The Gran Costa del Sol has a great location in Mijas Costa, it's easy to get to.
When you arrive at Malaga airport, take the train all the way from Malaga train station to Fuengirola at the end of the line. It's about a 40 minute trip around €3, really good value. From the Fuengirola train station walk one block to the Fuengirola bus station and then take the bus which goes to Marbella, there are two buses every hour. When you buy your ticket just say "La Cala de Mijas."
It'll be a 20 to 25 minute journey. When you get off the bus at the La Cala de Mijas bus stop, you can walk to the Gran Costa del Sol Hotel. If it's very hot, you could even take a taxi, it will be a minimum taxi fare not more than €6 but it's very walkable. I'll tell you what, make your booking and then write back and I'll help you with getting from the Mijas Costa bus stop to the hotel.
Here's another link to help you find your way easily from Fuengirola to La Cala de Mijas by bus.
Have a read of everything Clare and let me know if you have any doubts. Best wishes and thanks for writing in Mike
PS: I took the photo above this afternoon from a terrace in the Alamar apartments complex looking down on La Cala de Mijas. On the right you can see the Gran Costa del Sol Hotel right on the beach. On the left of the picture, you can see a long red roof tucked into the curve of the A7 (N340) coastal road. The La Cala de Mijas bus stops are next to the red roof. On second thoughts, on a hot day if you are pulling a suitcase, a taxi from the taxi rank next to the bus stops would be more comfortable. With all the money you have saved on the train to Fuengirola and the bus to La Cala, you can afford €6 (2012) to arrive in style!