Questions & Answers for your holiday on the Costa del Sol

If you have any questions or queries, please check the frequently asked questions below. The information provided is based on suggestions from our customers. If you can't find an answer to your question, please feel free to contact us.

Please click on any of the questions below to see the answer:

To which airport on the Costa del Sol do I book my flights?

You need to book your flights to Malaga Costa del Sol Airport.

Which airline should I use to book my flights to Malaga Airport?

There are many to choose from and it all depends on where you fly from. If you are travelling from the United Kingdom you can try: Aer Lingus; Easy Jet; BMI; Jet2; Monarch; Thomson or British Airways.

What about booking a transfer from Malaga Airport to the villa or apartment?

I have 2 companies that are both recommended. I suggest you contact both for a comparison quotation. For a company that has English speaking drivers contact Malaga Mini Bus. If you would prefer a Spanish speaking driver contact Sun Transfers. With Malaga Mini Bus you will pay cash on arrival, Sun Transfers is pre-pay.

How do I book a rental car?

There are many companies offering good deals on the internet and so it is really a case of having a look to see what type of car suits you and what offers are available at that time. Many of my visitors have been using a local company for years and the lady who runs it is very reliable. She is English and her details are: Marge Terry. Tlf: +34 (610) 918 686 or email: Terrysrent_a_car@hotmail.com

Can I get public transport from Malaga Airport to the villa or apartment?

Yes, If you would like to travel by public transport you have the option of either the train or bus. Both are good reliable options, very cheap, but will involve a bit of waiting for the bus or train at the airport and a walk at the other end with your cases – the distance depends on which property you are staying at.

For trains: The nearest train station to all the villas and apartments is El Pinillo, but it is worth remembering that there are no taxis at El Pinillo train station. You can continue one stop more to Arroyo de la Miel and get a taxi from there is which is only a short trip.

For buses: There is a new line M-128 bus connecting Malaga Costa del Sol Airport to Benalmadena. You need the bus stop C.C. Benalmar. The buses run from 0900 – 2100, roughly, but are not so frequent as the train service.

Buses: http://www.ctmam.es/lineas/M-128

Train:  http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/cercanias/malaga/index.html

Can I get a train from Malaga Airport to the villa or apartment?

Yes, The nearest train station to all the villas and apartments is El Pinillo, but it is worth remembering that there are no taxis at El Pinillo train station. You can continue one stop more to Arroyo de la Miel and get a taxi from there is which is only a short trip.

Can I get a taxi from Malaga Airport to the villa or apartment?

Yes, there is an excellent taxi service at the airport - just follow the signs from the arrivals hall. Please remember to bring your map and directions with you and check the cost before you get in to the taxi. Most taxis will carry three passengers plus cases.

What time can I arrive at the villa or apartment?

We try to be flexible but the general rule is that accommodation is available after 4pm. Please let me know your arrival time in advance so that we can schedule the cleaning, and if you have an early arrival time we may be able to help. In most cases, even if your accommodation is not ready, you will be able to leave your bags and come back a little later.

Will I need to check in?

Yes, you’ll be sent, via email, a check in form which you will need to complete and bring with you along with a copy of your passport.

What time do I need to leave?

You will need to leave by 10am. Again, we may be able to make arrangements for your bags if you let us know beforehand.

Is there WiFi?

All the properties have wifi internet connection.

Do I need to bring linen?

You will need to bring beach towels with you to use at the beach and on the sunbeds at the villas. Bed linen and bathroom towels are provided based on the number of people in your reservation. If you have requested a cot, please bring cot linen as it is not provided. Linen provided by us is strictly for use only inside. It must not be used outside.

Is there a hairdryer?

All the villas and apartments have at least one hairdryer.

Is there an iron?

Yes, every unit has an iron and an ironing board.

What are the beaches like?

The beaches on the Costa del Sol are lovely and sandy, and have sun-loungers and parasols available for hire. In some areas of the beaches you will be able to hire pedaloes, go banana-boating, parasailing, or play volleyball or boules.

How near will I be to Puerto Marina, the marina in Benalmadena Costa?

The distance to Puerto Marina differs depending on the villa or apartment in which you’re staying, but Casa de los Limones , El Descanso, Villa Vita Nova and Artemarina are within easy walking distance.

What facilities are there at Puerto Marina?

The marina is a lively port with some lovely yachts and buildings. It is a wonderful place to stroll and have a coffee or to do some shopping. There are some excellent restaurants and bars. You can also visit the Sea Life Centre.

What sporting activities are available?

For water sport - From Puerto Marina you can go deep-sea fishing – take a scheduled trip that can be organised when you arrive. There is a dingy club in the Marina and in the summer there are various other activities available on the beaches such as banana boats, pedaloes & parasailing. You can also hire kayaks from Push & Go.

Bicicyles - there are various MTB routes in Benalmadena. MTB and town bikes are available to hire from Push & Go.

You can also ice-skate locally, use indoor swimming pools, gym, play tennis.  Naturally, not forgetting all the local golf courses too!

Which towns do you recommend that I visit while I am staying on the Costa del Sol?

Towns that are within an easy journey from Benalmadena Costa are: Mijas; Ronda; Fuengirola, Malaga. If you can travel a little further, it is worth booking an excursion with a local travel company to Granada where you can see The Alhambra, or to Gibraltar. There are travel companies in Benalmadena Costa where you can book a day excursion to any of these towns and the trips work out good value. If you want to visit the Alhambra independently you will need to make a booking online on one of the many websites offering tickets, for example at: www.alhambra-patronato.es

Can I use public transport to get to any of these Andalucian towns?

There is an excellent train service that runs along the Costa del Sol from Fuengirola to Malaga. The nearest train station to all the villas and apartments is El Pinillo but there are no taxis at El Pinillo train station which is worth remembering. You can get a taxi from the main train station in Arroyo de la Miel. There is also a good bus service all along the Costa. There is a main bus terminal in Fuengirola so you can change there for buses to Mijas and Ronda.

Is a visit to Malaga town centre a good idea?

Malaga town is a wonderful place and very well worth a visit. Get to know the real character of the area by spending a day away from the Costa! Look for the wonderful cobbled alleyways striking off from Calle Larios, stroll along the sea-front in the cool shade of the Botanical Gardens, pause at the well-known El Pimpi Bar to savour a glass of Malaga Dulce Wine. Be sure to visit The Picasso Museum; the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle; the Roman Theatre; the Cathedral – all of which are near to each other. If you have spare time, check out the shops all along the pedestrian street called Calle Larios. It is easy to get the train to Malaga and spend a day enjoying the Spanish Culture and the many tapas bars!

Would you recommend any local restaurants?

There are some that are excellent but they can change and so I hesitate to recommend any, however, there is an information book in each villa and apartment that has the details of some reliable places to eat.

What local facilities are there for my children?

Please have a look at the ‘Activities’ page on my website. You will also find more information about local places to visit in the information book at the villas and apartments. Some ideas are: Bioparc Fuengirola; Aqua Park in Torremolinos or in Fuengirola; Tivoli World; Sea Life Centre; Selwo Marine and Adventure Centres; The Crocodile Park and Paloma Park.

Can I go skiing in the Sierra Nevada?

Yes. To drive to the Sierra Nevada from Benalmadena will take you about 1½ to 2 hours. It is a nice drive. You can hire all the ski equipment you need once you arrive. There is underground parking and slopes for all levels including good nursery slopes. You can also book lessons.

Can I play golf?

Yes. There is a huge range of golf courses available all long the Costa del Sol, plus some inland such as Lauro Golf and Alhaurin Golf. Along the costa there is the famous Torrequebrada Golf course plus many others including one in Benalmadena – Benalmadena Golf. All are easily accessible.

Can I organise golf transport?

Yes, just contact Malaga Mini Bus and they can arrange all your transport to and from the golf course. They have a large trailer so plenty of room for all your clubs!

What will the weather be like?

The Costa del Sol usually lives up to its name! Low season months can be especially great with wonderful clear sunny days. Check out seasonal weather reports by clicking here.

Will I be able to use local trains?

There is an excellent rail network that runs all along the coast between Malaga and Fuengirola. In the centre of Malaga, at the main train station called Maria Zambrano, you can get connecting trains and the AVE to Madrid . Train stations that will be useful to you are: Malaga Airport (el aeropuerto); El Pinillo and Arroyo de la Miel for Casa de los Limones, El Descanso, Villa Vita Nova and Artemarina. A timetable is available in English.

What about local buses?

There is a local bus service that runs along the coast road, A340, between Malaga and Fuengirola. There are bus stops within walking distance to all the villas and apartments.

Are there any local markets?

Yes. The local markets are in Fuengirola on Tuesday, Torremolinos on Thursday and in Arroyo de la Miel on Friday. There is also a car boot sale/craft market on Wednesday in Arroyo de la Miel, or Saturday in Fuengirola. All these markets are easy to get to using local buses/trains.

Where can I hire mobility aids?

You can hire additional items from either Mobility Abroad or Push & Go. They are both local companies and will deliver to the villas or apartments for you. Either has a wide range of items available such as wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, scooters, etc..

Is there a safe?

Yes, each property has a safe.
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