Cynthia wrote in last month about getting to Hotel Cortijo Blanco by bus from Malaga airport. I suggested getting the very good bus service from Malaga airport to Marbella bus station (8 euros) and then a taxi from the Marbella bus station to the hotel which would cost around €17 by day and €20 after 10pm and at weekends.
I told Cynthia that she could actually take a bus from the Marbella bus station to just beyond the Cortijo Blanco Hotel but there were big road works going on in right in front of the hotel and the footbridge is more than 500 metres beyond the hotel and will be moved again over the next 15 months as the road works progress.
Gomarbella has a list of all the bus stops between Marbella and Estepona and the Hotel Cortijo Blanco hotel bus stop is clearly marked but bus travellers to the hotel will be getting off on the opposite side of the road and there is no clearly marked or safe pedestrian crossings to cross that stretch of road.
On the way back to Malaga airport however she could take a the bus all the way back because the bus stop is right in front of the hotel. Having said that, there is nothing more than an indentation in the pavement outside the hotel to show it is a bus stop, there are no bus stop signs at all!
If you look carefully at the picture above you will see the bus stop shelter on the left and then a large white lorry coming towards the camera and an ambulance going away from the camera on the other side of the road. Between the lorry and the ambulance you will see a bus parked off the road, it is just in front of the Hotel Cortijo Blanco. There is no pedestrian crossing over this busy and dangerous road without walking back into San Pedro to the San Pedro bus terminal which is 500 metres behind the camera.
My advice to Cynthia was to take a taxi from Marbella bus station to the hotel or take the bus to San Pedro where she could cross the road and walk back or take a minimum fare taxi ride back to the hotel from San Pedro. I am pleased to say everything worked out fine and it was good to meet up with Cynthia and Jim later at the hotel during their stay. On the way back they took the Estepona to Marbella bus from outside the hotel back to Marbella bus station and then the airport bus back to Malaga airport.
PS: You can now do online bus ticket reservations through the gomarbella reservation system.