**Very annoyingly, THIS ROUTE HAS NOW STOPPED - you now need to go to Malaga**(Ryan air have also stopped their flights there) let's hope something is done about this and soon!
We always used to Fly Monarch airline to Granada. I have always found them efficient, friendly and reasonably priced. You can grab scheduled flights, choosing your dates for outgoing and return to suit so they don't have to be weekly/fortnightly (link below).
Flying to Granada rather than Malaga for the Costa Tropical, is much preferred as Granada airport is small (let's hope it stays like that) and much less hassle than the larger Malaga arrival where they are currently building a second terminal and is increasingly taking on the appearance of a posher Gatwick with prices to match. (2 sandwiches, 2 glasses of wine and some fruit, 24 euros last time). At Malaga there is alot of walking to get out of the airport and finding your hire car cn be a hellish experience; whereas at Granada you are off the plane and out of the small airport terminal in a jiffy.
I have also found it to be cheaper than many of the other budget, 'cattle herding airlines' that I have frequented before.
**Update-Monarch lived up to their reputation for a friendly and efficient service. It's nice to be able to recommend a good company.
Carjet - Easy to use website and reliable car hire (mostly running out of the aiports).
The locals recommend Crown :
Paseo San Cristobal, 7, Edf. Vista Azul T: +34 958 880 240 F: +34 958 633 396 Mon-Sun 0900-1300 Mon-Sun 1700-2000 Proceed to above address and look out for Crown Car Hire Signage. Drop off to be arranged with Crown Car Hire when vehicle is picked up
2010 Update - Due to the recession in Spain, there seems to be some problems with hiring a car this year. Prices are double, cars extremely booked up and reports of cars in shoddy condtion as they are not buying new ones. I would be glad to hear from anyone who has rented a car in the ALmunecar area recently and your experience. Thanks
**Update - We used Niza cars in 2010, booked through Bravo Car Hire (link below) - Andrew at Bravo Car Hire is extremely helpful, gets back to you quickly and alwyas when he says he will - Can highly recommend him. Niza cars are rather pricey, so we booked for the second week of our stay only, but the car was delivered to a nearby hotel and it was a painelss experience. Re returnedthe car to Malaga airport on leaving Spain having visited Granada & Malaga with a few mountain stop offs inbetween.
We have used this company before and have found them reliable, efficient and friendly.
We've booked them again for next week (Aug 2010) - will report back.
Easy online booking.
Malaga - Almunecar eu 95
AUG 2010 - All good as usual this year. Met at airport by cheeky, cheerful chap David, who went the extra mile and waited while we picked up our house keys. Highly recommended.
If you arrive in Malaga or Granada after the last bus, I can highly recommend JoseRuiz' who has a high quality cab company. His cars are clean, air conditioned and he is a charming and safe driver who helps with your bags and has that lovely courtious Andalucian manner.
You may need to get a cab back if you are like us and get so laid back during your stay, you can't think about buses!
Jose speaks a enough English and is totally reliable, meeting you from wherever with a smile - Highly recommended.
Jose Manuel Cabra Ruiz
Tel : 608 459834 or 952 523039
Cost (2008) approx 60 euros
We arrived at Malaga Airport and then got a local train into Malaga and the bus from Malaga to Almunecar.
You can book and pay for tickets for bus journeys with Alsina Graells on www.alsa.es .The return fare (Malaga-Almunecar) is 12 Euro with a handling charge of 1.5 Euro. You can avoid the handling charge if you buy your ticket at the kiosk. The web site gives all the journey times of all the services in Spain and the pages are in English.
If you get the local metro train from Malaga airport into Malaga, get off at the penultimate stop, the Renfe main station (do not go to the terminus in Malaga centre). It is about an eight minute walk from upper level of the airport to the station. Price for the ticket was 1.2 Euro (Feb 08) from the ticket machine at the platform. At the Renfe station, it is a short five minute walk to the main bus station. The journey time from Malaga to Almunecar is about 90 minutes and there is no loo on the bus.
On the reverse journey make certain that the local train back to the airport is going to Fuengirola.
Two OAP with luggage and a four year old grandchild managed the journey without a problem.
The train to the airport runs every 30 minutes with a journey time of about 10 minutes. If you have time to kill, then better to do it in the shopping complex above the Renfe station where there are cafes rather than at the main bus station or the airport.