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Monday, 14 March 2011

Places to eat at Malaga Airport

This is my favourite café on the passenger side of security checks at Malaga Airport. My wife and I most often travel in the early part of the day and once we've left the car with Parking Sur we head for security, buy the papers just inside and then make for the La Lechera - Helados Nestlé cafetería.

It's over on the back wall next to the National Geographic shop on the left as you come out of security. If you are flying with Easyjet or Aerlingus, Departure Lounges B and C are a short walk away.

For us it's as good as our local coffee shop at home. The staff are friendly and serve with a smile and their tostada con aceite y tomate (toasted roll with olive oil and crushed tomato) is excellent and they've got all sorts of pastries to have with your coffee. You'll see cabin and ground staff eating there which means the prices are reasonable and the quality good. They're open from 6am through to 10pm at night. I pick up my inflight bottle of water there also. They

If my wife is flying out of Malaga airport later in the day she'll visit the Dehesa Santa Maria restaurant which serves Iberian tapas restaurant, with cured Iberian ham and a crusty roll, it's a real taste sensation. It's at the far end of Departure Lounge D, and if you are not in a hurry, it's worth the walk.

Of course you have the normal range of bars and restaurants, Whopper Bar hamburger bar, Starbucks, Sea Food, Pizza Hut, O' Learys, and the famous La Moraga Airport Gastrobar run by Michelin chef Dani Garcia who I am proud to say comes from my home town. Get to the airport at least an hour earlier to enjoy an unhurried meal of this category.

Whether you are a local wanting home comforts at the airport, a hungry teenager needing a pizza fix or a returning UK golfer seeking the comforting solid dark woods and delights of an Irish bar before going home, you'll find the new T3 terminal a very pleasant place to wait for your flight.


Anonymous said...

Dear Mike, arriving Malaga to visit Granada by Easyjet 11 May. Not sure how long we need to get to Malaga bus station. Can we just get on the hourly bus to Granada or is reservation essential?
thanks, Micro.

Mike Drury said...

Hi Micro

Sorry not to write back immediately. There is a train every 30 minutes from the airport to the Maria Zambrano train station in Malaga and also a bus directly from the airport to Malaga bus station every 30 minutes. The bus station and train station in Malaga are right next door to each other so between those two possibilities, the very longest you will have to wait from exiting the airport building and arriving at Malaga bus station is around 45 minutes.

The quicker option if you have the luxury of choosing and the timing works out is by train. The bus is a 30 minute journey and is subject to traffic.

It is very unlikely that the bus to Granada will be full on a Wednesday, With luck you will get your ticket and get on immediately, if you do just miss an outgoing bus you'll be in good time to board the next one an hour later.

If you have to wait after buying your tickets, walk back into the train station and make your way up to the restaurants and cafeterias on the first floor, it's a more pleasant place to wait than at the bus station. While you're at the bus station buying your tickets and boarding your bus, keep an eye on your luggage and be alert for any distractions. I always remind travellers of this, it's not because Malaga bus station is any more dodgy than any other bus station! I hope this helps you and that your travel plans work out well.

Thanks for writing in and best wishes from Marbella Mike

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for this helpful reply!

Great website - really interesting.

Looking forward to Andalucia in May.

Thanks again, Micro.

Mike Drury said...

Hi Micro,

Thank you very much for writing back, it's really good to get feedback.

My next project is to come up with a list of places to go and things to do in the different cities in Andalucia. It won't be ready for your visit but have a great time. The weather is perfect for exploring right now.

Please let me know how things go if you have time.

Best wishes


cesnjak said...

Hi Mike,

I have one question and I would be grateful if you could answer it.
What is the best way to get from Malaga to La Linea? How long it takes and how approximately it costs?

Thanks in advance!

cesnjak said...

Hi Mike,

I would be grateful if you could help me out. I am wondering what is the best way to get from Malaga to La Linea? How long would it take and what would be approximately the price?

Thanks in advance!

Mike Drury said...

Hi Cesnjak

Thank you for writing in. Malaga airport to La Linea works best if your flight gets in early. The later it arrives, the less easy it is to get to La Linea economically, by that I mean avoiding having to take a taxi!

There are three ways:

1) From Malaga airport take the train or bus to Malaga. The train and bus station are right next to each other in Malaga so you can take whichever one leaves first. They both run at 30 minute intervals. There are two buses from Malaga airport into Malaga city but only one of them goes to the bus station. It's a 30 minute journey from the airport to the bus station and probably only slightly quicker if you take the train to Malaga station and then walk next door to the bus station.

From Malaga bus station take the bus La Linea. I'll give you the link to the timetables below.

2) From Malaga airport, take the shuttle bus service to Marbella bus station (45 minutes) and at Marbella, buy a ticket to La
Linea. It'll actually be the same bus you would have caught if you had started your journey from Malaga bus station! The time your flight arrives will help decide whether Option 1 or Option 2 is more convenient.

3) If your flight arrives too late to take the bus from Marbella to La Linea then you'll need to take a taxi to complete your journey to La Linea. At least it'll be cheaper than taking a taxi all the way from the airport. I have just phoned Taxisol the Marbella taxi company 00 34 95277 44 88 and a taxi on a weekday from Marbella to La Linea costs approximately €79 (2011) and over a weekend or public holiday costs approximately €94 (2011). Travelling after 10pm on a weekday is a few euros more.

Here is the page with all the bus timetables. You'll find the Malaga airport bus to Marbella timetable, look at Malaga bus timetables to find buses departing to La Linea and look at the Marbella bus timetable to find times for buses leaving to La Linea.

If you print off and carry these timetables with you, you'll be fully prepared to make any decisions and change of plans as you travel.

I hope this helps you Cesnjak, please feel free to write back and ask me any other questions that come up.

Best wishes from Marbella and travel well.