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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Los Amigos Beach Club Bus Stop

Los Amigos Beach Club Reception
 This is the entrance to the Reception in the Los Amigos Beach Club in the Playa Marina Urbanisation.

The access to the underpass to the Playa Marina beach is at the end of the car park on the right.

When you walk back from the Playa Marina bus stop along the A7 /N340 road, you'll step off the concrete verge and come into the picture from the bottom right.

Shaz asked me for suggestions on getting to Los Amigos Beach Club in Urbanisation Playa Marina

Shaz to Mike: Hi Mike what's the cheapest way to get from Malaga Airport to Los Amigos Beach Club please? We arrive at 10.15am, thanks for your help, Shaz

Mike to Shaz:    Hi Shaz, thanks very much for writing in. That's a great time of the day to arrive at Malaga airport and you have lots of time to get to Los Amigos Beach Club without hurry or worry.Take the train from Malaga airport train station to Fuengirola, it's a 43 minute journey and there are three trains every hour so don't rush when you have collected your suitcases, just stroll to the train station in front of Arrivals and get your tickets from the ticket office or one of the ticket machines just before the barriers.

Only one block away from Fuengirola train station, walking towards the sea, is the Fuengirola bus station. Again no hurry, there are two buses every hour and you'll be catching the M220 bus to Marbella. Here is a list of all the bus stops between Fuengirola and Marbella. The bus stop closest to Los Amigos Beach Club is the Playa Marina bus stop. Just after you have gone past the El Faro de Calaburra lighthouse on top of the hill next to the road on your right, start looking out for the Playa Marina bus stop. The bus fare in 2012 is €1.40.

I hope that helps you Shaz, have a great trip. The weather is absolutely brilliant right now for early June, sunny and warm.  

Here are some more photos to help you, best wishes from Marbella  Mike

Los Amigos Beach Club Playa Marina Bus Stop

On the left you'll see the Playa Marina bus stop. This is where you'll get off the bus coming from Fuengirola bus station towards Marbella.

Walk back along the road, inside the crash barrier for 500meters until the bend in the road. Look to your left and you'll see the Los Amigos Beach Club Reception and the lovely green lawns.

Bus Stop next to Playa Marina

Here's a view of Playa Marina and the bus stop on the sea side of the road. Use this bus stop to travel back towards Fuengirola.

In the distance you'll see the Faro de Calaburra lighthouse. On the other side of the lighthouse is Club La Costa World.

Footbridge to Playa Marina Beach

Use this footbridge next to the Playa Marina bus stop to cross the road. You'll see people walking over the bridge to the beach.

The other access to the Playa Marina Beach for visitors to Los Amigos Beach Club is from the Reception, see the top photo.

Traffic on the right is travelling towards Marbella. Walk back along this verge against the traffic flow to get to  Los Amigos Beach Club Reception. 

PS: for anyone renting a car and driving from Malaga airport, here's the address to put into your GPS:

Los Amigos Beach Club
Playamarina Urbanisation
Carretera de Cadiz Km 204,
29647 Mijas Costa
Malaga, Spain

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Club La Costa Mijas Bus Stop

Sue wrote to me: Hi Mike, have found your page very helpful and would appreciate your advice. There are 6 of us arriving at Málaga airport at about 8.30pm travelling to Club La Costa in Mijas Costa: Would you recommend the train to Fuengirola then the bus, or is there a better way considering the time and the size of our party and the cost? What about the Airport Express Bus, or does that go out of our way?

I wrote to Sue: Hi Sue, thanks for writing in. I'm glad the Gomarbella pages are useful.

Yes, the Malaga Airport express bus goes directly from Malaga airport to Marbella bus station and takes the inland toll road and doesn't stop before Marbella so you are absolutely correct about the train being the most economical way to move the group on the first part of the journey.

There are three trains every hour from Malaga airport to Fuengirola train station so there is no need to hurry to the airport. Because Club La Costa is just outside Fuengirola, if you prefer not to pull suitcases from the  bus stop to Reception and save time, I suggest you take two taxis from the taxi rank right outside Fuengirola train station to Club La Costa. With all the money you've saved by taking the train, you can treat yourselves to this short taxi trip.

If you are all still feeling fresh when you get to Fuengirola and would like keep costs down and use the bus for the last short part of the journey, walk one block to the Fuengirola bus station and take the bus to Marbella. There are two buses every hour.  Ask for Club La Costa when you buy your ticket. This list of bus stops between Marbella and Fuengirola will help you.  The bus will trundle out through Fuengirola and then  join the busy A7 coastal highway road. Almost immediately on your left you will see the Sohail castle on top of a hill. Be prepared to get off at the very next bus stop.

The bus will pull off onto a service road then stop at a BP filling station. This is where you get off. In the top photo you'll see the Fuengirola to Marbella bus stopped at the BP filling station. The two passengers who have just got off the bus are walking towards the footpath which follows the curve of the road inside the crash barrier for 300 metres before they leave the road and walk up to the Club La Costa Reception.

In the second photo you'll see the same bus back on the main road heading off towards Marbella the big sign on the hill says Club La Costa 300metres but it will seem a bit further!

To walk to Club La Costa you'll need to follow the road right around the corner. If you are arriving late at night, if it's very hot or raining or if you are pulling a suitcase, you probably won't want to walk this far and a taxi from outside the Fuengirola train station will be the simplest.

Walking from Club La Costa World to get onto the Fuengirola Paseo Maritimo,  use this footbridge to cross the road to get to the Fuengirola beaches and to get to Beatriz Playa Hotel which is just over the road from the filling station below the Sohail castle. In the top photo on the extreme right you can just see the pinkish colour of the Beatriz Playa Hotel. Just behind the hotel next to the fir trees is the Sohail Castle.

If you click on the top photo to make it bigger, in the background you'll see the white buildings of Mijas Pueblo halfway up  mountain behind Fuengirola. If you'd like a fun outing, you can get from Club La Costa to Mijas Pueblo by bus from Fuengirola bus station.

I hope this helps you Sue, thanks again for writing in and have a great stay. Best wishes from Marbella Mike

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Grand Costa del Sol Hotel

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!