Los Jarales Rural Hotel Istan

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

Ctra. Marbella-Istan km 14, Istan, Málaga, Costa del Sol, 29611, Spain
Los Jarales Rural Hotel Istan
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Transport from port to Nerja Caves

by Numberfive1

We're arrive in Malaga port on Friday, 12/10 and want to arrange a tour/ride to the Nerja Caves. Any ideas?

Re: Transport from port to Nerja Caves

by ranger49

How long do you have?
Bus from the centre of Malaga (use shuttle bus or taxi to get there)is about an hour and a bit. There are buses from Nerja to the caves can't remember how often they leave - journey time 15 minutes or so. But depending on time constraints a taxi might be best option.

The tour of the caves took an hour or so when I did it independently quite a few years ago.
If a tour bus from your cruise gets there before you with a pre-booked admission ticket it is possible you will be in the queue for a timed admission.
It is certainly a trip worth doing.

Re: Transport from port to Nerja Caves

by Numberfive1

Thanks for your answer. We pretty much have all day. Ship arrives at 8am and leaves at 7pm. There is a ship excursion to the caves, but I guess it's booked. My list of excursions said "unavailable" for that tour.
I've been trying to find a private tour company that doesn't charge $$$. I suppose we could do a regular bus, but I figure we would arrive just in time to stand in a long line behind the other ship passengers....wish me luck!

Re: Transport from port to Nerja Caves

by ranger49

Passengers going ashore as pedestriams are often able to disembark before those taking one of the shore excursions. In which case, by getting off as early as possible, hopping into a taxi at the berth - ask for the central Bus station in Malaga; once there ask for the bus to Nerja. Then take a taxi to the caves which should not be too expensive.That would give you a headstart! ( A return trip Malaga -Nerja - taxi would probably cost more than the price of two excursion tickets - one of our family regularly pays about £90 return))

It occurs to me that a visit only to the Caves is not really a full day tour. If the excursion is scheduled as a full day trip it is possible that the tour could include a stop in Nerja with a stroll and time for refreshments on the Balcon de Europa, and also a visit to the picturesque mountain village of Frigiliana, only a couple of miles away.
Both of these are "must sees" in their own right. Lunch might also be included -depending on your cruise line's arrangements.
Buses run from Nerja to Frigiliana.
With the time you have available a do it yourself tour should be feasible but I would advise you time your return to the ship at least an hour before the "Last time aboard" that will be indicated.
Ships will not wait for you and there will not be another in 10 minutes!!
Good Luck and have a great trip.

Travel Tips for Málaga

Explore and enjoy

by Helga67

To fully appreciate Málaga, spend some hours exploring the tiny backstreets with their Moorish character, explore the many churches, squares and historic buildings, and stop for a coffee or tapa in a typical bar. What I loved about Málaga was its ambience. Malaguenos (people from Málaga) like to socialise, just walk around on the street or stroll through the park with the whole family or have a coffee or tapas with friends. The city is always very lively with local people enjoying life.

What The Malagueños love to eat?

by Danalia

The Malagueños eat typical Spanish food and enjoying all fishes and fresh sea friut coming out from the mediterranean sea. There are many restaurants, Tapas bars, and pubs. Featuring Malaga’s cuisine is light and nutritious. Food cooked close to natural, not to much salsa (souce) or oil. A la Plancha is a quick simple way to serve fishes without destroy their taste.
Some of the thing that the Malaguenios use to eat and you better try them toob are:

Gazpacho (Cold tomato soup), Adobo ( Fried fish marinated with wine) Pescaditos fritos (little fried fihes) and off course - Tapas.

Hire a car and go explore the province

by Senoritasmile

Please see my Antequera page where I am adding most of the inland sights and things to do. Antequera is a large governing town situated at the heart of the Malaga province and is an ideal base for getting to see more of what the 'Malaguenos' have to offer.

The bus to and from Malaga airport

by Pauldelabar

From Malaga airport you obviously need to get to some other location. Unless your holiday includes airport transfers or you take a taxi, (which can be expensive), you will need to get to Malaga's main Coach or Railway stations.

Out through the glass exit doors from the airport arrivals terminal (oposite the refreshments bar). Turn right and about 30 metres along is a bus stop.

The Nr. 19 from the airport to Malaga runs half hourly from 07.30 until midnight, and from Malaga to the airport from 06.30 until 23.30.
(journey time around 15 minutes) and only costs €1. The destination blind on the bus will usually say 'Centro'.

From the main Coach and Railway stations, you can book onwards to your chosen resort still more cheaply than taking a taxi for the whole journey.

Example: A taxi from the airport to Nerja costs between €70-€80.
Example: Alsina Graells coach company only charge around €3.60 to Nerja, which is a 1.25 hour journey!

The main Railway station is adjacent to the Coach station.



First off, we found this place by chance and went to it a couple of times, but I don't remember the name! Sorry! It's in Fuengirola town and just a block away from the bus station. Not much of an ambience just enjoy the food and the people are quite nice too. The kebabs are the best because theirs is home-made. They don;t get it formt he kebab supplier. The spices and herbs are much more distinct and just taste better! And believe me, we tried a couple of kebab shops during our stay there!


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