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Friday, 29 February 2008

Three hours to Marbella

"Three hours? Forget it!" You could drive from Seville to Marbella and back again in less time than it took us to walk from Istan to Marbella along a new track last week.

A new track for my walking friend Philip and myself because we worked out that we have now climbed La Concha, the mountain behind Marbella along 7 different routes.

Do you remember in my October blog last year I told of how low clouds and rain blowing in sideways forced us off the mountain? We waited as patiently as we could for the first opening in the weather this year before setting off again.

We left from just behind the hotel perched above Istan, the little pueblo blanco about 17 kms inland from the coast. A sign marks the departure point and indicates a walk of 3 hours to get to Marbella. It's a great route, very scenic and not at all direct, following the ridges, valleys and contours of the mountain above the La Concepción lake.

The picture shows the summit of the ridge seen from the other side above Marbella. We nearly didn't make it again, you can see the clouds curling from either side of the faint track.

Ten hours after starting out we dropped down onto the coast, just behind the big La Cañada shopping centre. Don't believe all the timings on the signs on the walking tracks you come across on the Costa del Sol!


katiecass said...

Hi! I'm not sure if this is where I'm supposed to be typing my question, but I hope so.

Anyway, I am planning a trip to Spain and Portugal this summer (in July). I will be flying in to Granada, and was hoping to visit Gibraltar, before journeying on to Faro, Portugal. I know that there are buses that run from Granada to La Linea station, but I have no idea how to get from La Linea to Faro, Portugal.

Do you have any suggestions? We are trying to keep the trip as inexpensive as possible. Thanks!!

Mike Drury said...

Hello Katie

Thank you very much for your email.

I picked it up on Sunday night, having just got back from the Algarve, we were in Lagos for one night and then stayed inland from Faro for two nights.

It will be a pleasure to send you all the information you need to make the journey. Give me a week or so and I will put up a page with all the travel info on that I can find.

From Gibraltar/La Linea, you will take the bus from there to Sevilla, change bus stations and then bus on to the Algarve. I have the bus timetables from Sevilla to Portugal and I will put them up as well.

Looking forward to being in touch shortly

Best wishes


Anonymous said...


I have enquiry about the public bus from Malaga Airport to Marbella bus station. I'm going to be staying in the Sultan Palace Hotel and wondered where the nearest bus stop to this hotel is? Also, do you know if we'll have to take a taxi from the bus stop to the hotel? How long will it take and how much is it?

Any information would be much appreciated.
Thanks, Aileen

Mike Drury said...

Hello Aileen

Thanks for writing in to gomarbella. From Malaga Airport you should take the special shuttle bus service to Marbella. You can find more detail about the schedule on this page:

The ticket costs 4.15 cents for each passenger. When you get to the Marbella Bus Station, I suggest you take a taxi. It will be around 8 euros and will take you directly from the bus station to the Sultan Hotel.

You can get there on a local bus but it is not very direct and you will have to pull your suitcase about 300 metres from the main road through Marbella down towards the beach.

There are taxis right outside the Marbella bus station. Believe me, with the time and money you will save on the fantastic airport bus service you can treat yourself to this taxi ride for the last 10 minutes of your journey.

I hope this helps Aileen and that you have a great stay at the Sultan Hotel.

Best wishes from Marbella


Anonymous said...

Hi, could you please tell me how much a taxi would be from Marbella Bus Station to Gibralta.
Thank you

Mike Drury said...

I will need to check to see how much a taxi will be from Marbella to Gibraltar when I get home on Wednesday evening, I am in Germany right now but I am sure it will not be less than 50 euros, more like 60/65 euros I would guess.

Look out for a reply from me from the blog on Thursday morning, I will phone the local taxi company then.

Hope that's not too late for you, thanks for checking in to gomarbella and best wishes from Essen.


Mike Drury said...

I'm just back from Germany and I phoned the Marbella taxi company. If you travel by day, on a weekday, it will cost 76 euros. I am always behind the times with my prices.

If you would prefer to save the money and are not in a hurry when you travel, then check out which will give you complete information about how to take a bus from the Marbella bus station to La Linea right on the border with Spain.

I hope this helps, best wishes from Marbella