Our journey to Torremolinos
We flew to Malaga with Easyjet from London Gatwick but returned with Monarch as that enabled us to travel at a better time of day, and only cost a couple of pounds more. Monarch also has the small benefit that you can pre-book seats when you check in online at a reasonable charge, eliminating the mad rush for seats that you get on other budget airlines.
We found Malaga to be a large modern airport with a reasonable range of shops, several places to eat etc. At that time of year it was very quiet and pleasant to use on both our outward and return journeys. Our accommodation, the Apartamentos Bajondillo, provided free shuttle service to and from the airport, so we were met on arrival, and after a short wait for another flight to arrive, were escorted to the bus parked in the underground car-park, and in just 15 minutes or so found ourselves at the apartments and ready to start our weekend!
Torremolinos offers an excellent bus service PORTILLO AUTOBUS. Hans and I have used the bus on many occasions. For example, when we go up into the mountains to Mijas, the bus is only 1.25 Euros and it's about an hour trip there. We also took the bus to Marbella to visit our friends. That was 3.70 Euros and it was about an hour trip there.
Other destinations and prices - valid October 2007:
Torremolinos - Algeciras - duration 2 hours 40 min. - 9.56 Euros
Torremolinos - Benalmadena - duration 20 minutes - 1.10 Euros
Torremolinos - Cordoba - duration 3 hours 30 min. - 12.97 Euros
Torremolinos - Estepona - duration 1 hour 40 min. - 5.86 Euros
Torremolinos - Fuengirola - duration 50 minutes - 1.25 Euros
Torremolinos - Granada - duration 3 hours - 10.21 Euros
Torremolinos - Jerez - duration 4 hours 40 min. - 18.55 Euros
Torremolinos - Malaga - duration 35 min. - 1.25 Euros
Torremolinos - Marbella - duration 1 hour 5 min. - 3.70 Euros
Torremolinos - Mijas - duration 1 hour - 1.25 Euros
Torremolinos - Ronda - duration 2 hours 25 min. - 8.49 Euros
Buses are pay on enter to the driver. When at the bus station you can buy your tickets there. All the buses are labelled with their destination point and stops are frequent along the main roads.
Update: February 2010
Took the bus to Marbella and the cost is now 3,95 Euros
Update: February 27, 2012
Took the bus to Marbella and the cost is now 4,38 Euros
MALAGA TO FUENGIROLA TRAIN LINE
While there is a mainline train station in Malaga connecting with the major Spanish cities, it is the local line that most people are interested in. This runs from Malaga to Fuengirola and has stops at all the main tourist areas. The carriages are clean and spacious and the next stop is always shown in lights above every door making them easy to use for visitors.
Examples of prices are as follows:
Hans took the train one way from Torremolinos to the Airport 1,05 Euro
We took the train to the Fuengirola Flea Market - Torremolinos to Los Boliches return 1.70 Euro
We took the train to Fuengirola to meet Carmen & Stace one way 1.30 Euro
Tip: If you plan to go both ways ask for returno, which is cheaper and you don't have to get in line again.
Lines - There are two lines:
C-1 (along Costa del Sol)
Málaga railway station (Renfe)
Benalmádena-Arroyo de la Miel
Málaga railway station (Renfe)
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Not too far from our Apartamentos Bajondillo is located MOTO MERCADO which is an excellent place to rent a bicycle (bicicletas) or if you wish - motorbike.
They are located at Plaza de las Comunidades Autonomas, at the corner of the Paseo Maritimo and Avda. Del Lido.
They had a good selection of bikes and motorbikes / scooters / mopeds.
All ages starting at 16 can rent and of course you need a valid driver's licence.
Rental day is 24 hours and locks are supplied to you so you can keep it at your hotel overnight.
Price per day - Precio por dia (as of February 2008)
Bicycles - Bicicletas - Deposit 50 Euros 1 - 3 days 10 Euros 4 - 7 8 Euros 8+ - 6 Euros
50 c.c. Peugeot Squab - Deposit 100 Euros 1 - 3 days 25 Euros 4 - 7 20 Euros 8+ - 18 Euros
Other vehicles require a Credit Card as Deposit and range in price from 30 - 120 Euros per day.
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A reliable Rental car
When we travel, we like to be independent to do our own thing and it usually involves getting off the beaten track. As a result, we almost always hire a car if it makes any sense at all given the circumstances of where we are visiting. In this case, because Sue's sister was joining us from England for eight days of our trip, I had to go one size larger than normal to accommodate three suitcases. It turned out to be a diesel Ford Focus station wagon with a 5-speed manual transmission. There was enough space in the rear for the suitcases plus a few other odds and ends as well as a flap that covered-up everything from prying eyes. However, I did not like the fact that it had a big 'Goldcar Rental' sticker on its rear window, advertising that fact to the world.
We hired it from Red Ribbon Car Hire Spain but picked it up from the Goldcar desk 500-km distant at the Alicante airport - at a daily rate of 18.26 Euros. However, when all the extras like insurance and diesel surcharge were added in, the total for 18 days came to 618 Euros.
Everywhere we went in Spain, we found the roads to be in excellent condition - even on small secondary roads in the Sierra Nevadas or along some 'off-the-beaten path' coastal roads. I must be a crazy driver, because the legendary Spanish drivers did not bother me at all. The biggest problem with this Group F-size car was in towns, trying to squeeze it into one of the few small parking spots that one might chance upon. It did not give us any mechanical problems during the 3240-km (~2000 miles) we drove it.
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Since Hans and I did our own arrangements this time and did not go through a tour company, getting to our Bajondillo Apartment in Torremolinos was our own responsibility. So after getting our baggage at Malaga Airport, we just went outside, headed for ground transportation - taxi area and took the first cab in line. It's only a short distance to Torremolinos and the cost of the fare was 15 Euros.
On our return trip, we had the person at the Lobby of our Apartment call a taxi for us when we were ready to leave. The taxi was there in a few minutes, took us to Malaga Airport in his impressive taxi with a sun-roof and leather seats and wanted 20 Euros. Of course, I complained that it was 15 Euros to get to our Hotel and it should be 15 Euros to bring us back to the airport. He shrugged his shoulders, said "OK" and took my 15 Euros that I had ready in my coin purse, to pay him. mmm very interesting!!!
Update: February, 2009
The taxi fare from Malaga Airport to our Bajondillo Apartments is now 17 Euros
Update: February, 2010
The taxi fare from Malaga Airport to our Bajondillo Apartments was 20 Euros - way too much for a 20 minute taxi ride in my opinion.
BRAVO CAR RENTAL
We usually have no need to rent a car while in Torremolinos, as public transportation is so good. But this time, Hans wanted to take a drive up the northern coast to the Costa Blanca, and see the area where he once lived and worked forty years ago.
We checked out a few car rental companies and decided upon the local Betica Travel, which arranges car rentals for you. We booked the cheapest car, a Ford Ka which was 97 Euros for three days, plus SCDW (insurance) of 5 Euros per day.
As we wanted to leave early Tuesday morning, a young man from BRAVO CAR RENTAL came to the Hotel Lobby Monday night and delivered our car to us. We got an upgrade to a four-door Ford Focus Diesel - nice little car. They would pick it up Thursday night at our apartment. Great service.
The car was excellent and had good mileage. We drove 1241 kilometres and it only cost us 70 Euros in diesel gas for the trip.
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The train from Malaga to Fuengirola - Renfe.
There is a train running from Malaga to Fuengirola every half an hour. Fuengirola is the final station and from there the train returns back to Malaga. It is a cheap and fast way to travel. I used this train a lot as I love Fuengirola. The train is modern, clean and there is a security guard on-board so you feel very safe. There were incidents some time ago of people being robbed on the train, thus the security guard on-board.
The trip from Torremolinos to Fuengirola lasts ca 15-20 minutes and a return ticket costs 3,20 euros (2010). One way costs 1,55 euros so it is strange really that a return ticket (ida i regres) costs a little more?
The trip from Torremolinos to Malaga lasts longer, ca 25 minutes as it goes first to the airport. A return ticket costs 2.05 euros (2009).
The train station is situated on Avenida Jesús Santos Rein on Plaza de la Nogalera.
You can get a train timetable at the Information centers in Malaga and Fuengirola, but not in Torremolinos. You might be able to get the timetable at the train station in Torremolinos though.
WALKING IN TORREMOLINOS
For those that enjoy WALKING, Torremolinos has a wonderful promenade that runs along the beach for many kilometres. It is possible to walk from the eastern end of Benalmadena all the way through to the far east side of Torremolinos.. There is also no shortage of places to stop and rest, with many benches situated along the promenade and lots of cafe's and restaurants.
Also every other day, I liked to go uptown Torremolinos. I actually counted the steps once and there were 178 steps. I usually take my time and rest if I get winded. Towards the end of our time there, I walked up the steps with no problems at all.
I also walked to the grocery store and to the internet cafe'.
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Bus Torremolinos to Mijas
Mijas is one of the many Andalucian White towns, it can be reached by public bus within around an hour from Torremolinos
We were informed that we had to catch the bus (services 14,16 121) from the bus station, so that's where we headed on Sunday morning.
The 121 was waiting in its bay, checking the time-table and with fellow passengers, we had a short wait, so we had time to grab a pastry from the nearby supermarket, and I grabbed a coffee at the bar of the adjacent cafe.
A ticket to Mijas costs 1.40 Euros one way, which You can buy from the driver-change appreciated!
As we set off, the bus did stop at a few places in Torrie, where it might have been easier for us to wait!!!
It was quite a pleasant drive, passing through Benalmadena, and away from the coast, up on hairpin bends to Mijas.
There were roadworks with traffic lights, but we timed it right, and passed through with no problems.
At Mijas bus station (Don't expect a Bus Terminal/garage etc-it's in a quiet square), there is a time-table-check this out before your return, and double check with the driver!
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By bus to Marbella
One day in April 2011 we took the bus from Torremolinos to Marbella. It runs more or less every half hour and takes one hour to get there.
Please note that you need to buy the ticket in the ticket office across the street beforehand. We asked the driver but he does only sell tickets at the stations after the starting bus terminal. The fare was Euro 4.21 one way in April 2011.
The Marbella bus terminal is not in the city center. It has a kiosk/café and free public toilets (bring your own paper).
Trains to Malaga and Benalmadena
Trains run every 30 minutes between Malaga city centre and Fuengirola, stopping at Malaga Airport, Torremolinos, Benalmadena (Arroyo de la Miel) and several smaller stops en route.
Timetables can be found HERE
The following information was correct as at February 2011:
Trains leave Malaga Centro-Alameda on the hour and half past the hour from 05:30 – 22:30.
Torremolinos' central train station is located on Avenida de Jesus Santos Rein, in the heart of the city centre, just a few minutes walk from the busy shopping street of Calle San Miguel.
The station is recognisable by the unusual appearance of its entrance (something of a space-age look, resembling a greenhouse perched on top of a brick wall - see attached photo), which leads downstairs to the underground platform and rails.
Malaga Airport to Torremolinos takes 11 minutes and costs 1.55 Euros
Torremolinos to Arroyo de la Miel (Benalmadena) takes 7 minutes and costs 1.55 Euros
Torremolinos to Malaga Centro-Alameda takes 27 minutes and is slightly more expensive at 1.65 Euros
Trains are modern, with TV screens on board that show the name of the next stop and the time to the next stop. Additionally, stops are announced in both Spanish and English.
Tickets can be purchased from interactive touch-screen machines at each station. You can choose from several language options available on screen, machines accept both notes and coins and change is given.
Use your ticket to enter the platform via a turnstile (which validates your ticket). Note: keep your ticket at hand as you'll need it at the end of your journey to exit the turnstile at your destination station.
From Torremolinos to Gibraltar
We opted for a "shopping tour" which meant that we were picked up by a coach in front of the hotel. It took forever to pick up all the people in the various towns like Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Mijas costa, Marbella and Estebona.
The trip took almost 4 hours one way and we had a good 4 hours in Gibraltar. We paid Euro 13.90 per person for the trip in April 2011. We booked the trip in a travel agency in La Carihuela.
Alternatively, take the public bus from Torremolinos to La Linea which is 5 minutes walk from the border. It's easy to cross the border on foot. Apparently, the proper bus takes less than 3 hours and costs a bit more than the tour. It doesn't run very often, so carefully check the timetable.
Let the Train take the Strain
I've put this as using the train for getting AROUND Torremolinos, because the train link connects all the coastal towns between Fuengirola, in the West, to Malaga in the East. The trains run every half hour, and are clean and nice to travel in. Buy your ticket at the ticket office, either single or return. We thought the fares were very reasonable, for instance a return to Malaga is (Mar 2003) 1.65 Euros.
Manchester to Malaga Airport
Malaga airport (Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport ) is the nearest airport to Torremolinos, and is the main International gateway to Andalucia. It is located 8km from Malaga.
Planes arrive from over 60 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Russia, Middle East and North America. In 2009 nearly 13 million passengers passed through. In 2010, Terminal 3 opened, and a second runway is due to open in 2012.
We travelled here at the end of January, so it wasn't too busy, but in the Summer Season I should imagine that it is very busy-I spotted at least 40 baggage carousels!
Most UK airports have flights to Malaga, 4 of us flew with Monarch Airlines from Manchester to Malaga. (Due to the price and times - allowing us the longest time in Torremolinos. (Though our flight was altered pre-departure, meaning that we had one day less than intended-and we had a 2 hour delay on the departure to Manchester)
I travelled hand-luggage only, which meant a 10kg weight limit (case/holdall dimensions should not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm) liquids carried in a clear plastic sealable bag in containers upto 100mls only to total up to 1 litre.
The Malaga Airport Guide http://www.malagaairport.eu/ contains lots of useful information about flights to Malaga (and the different carriers), transport to/from the airport (bus/train/car hire/taxi etc)
Address - Avenida Garcia Morato 29004 Malaga
to be continued.......
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