Clare Adams asked:  Hi Mike I’m trying to plan a fab holiday to Spain in July,. I’m trying to book into the a hotel in Mijas Costa. It looks fantastic but I’m trying to figure out the buses and not having much luck. I’ve no Spanish and never been to Spain… can you help? My flight arrives (I hope) lunchtime so I have daytime to travel.  🙂 How do I get from Malaga airport to VIK Gran Hotel  in Mijas? Thanks Clare

I replied to Clare:  Hi Clare, thank you very much for writing in. I hope you manage to make your booking OK. The Gran VIK Costa del Sol hotel has a great location in Mijas Costa, it’s easy to get to.

When you arrive at Malaga airport, take the train all the way from the Malaga airport train station to Fuengirola. It’s at the end of the line. It’s about a 40 minute trip around €5, really good value. From the Fuengirola train station walk one block to the Fuengirola bus station and then take the bus which goes to Marbella, there are two buses every hour. When you buy your ticket just say “La Cala de Mijas.”

It’ll be a 20 to 25 minute journey.  After you get off the bus at the La Cala de Mijas bus stop, you can walk to the Gran Costa del Sol Hotel. You can see it in the photo above over on the right.  If it’s very hot, you could even take a taxi. It’ll be a minimum taxi fare not more than €9 but it’s very walkable.  I’ll tell you what, make your booking and then write back and I’ll help you with getting from the Mijas Costa bus stop to the hotel. If all your connections are reasonably in place, to get from Malaga Airport to VIK Gran Hotel should be about an hour and three quarters. 

 Have a read of everything Clare and let me know if you have any doubts. Best wishes and thanks for writing in Mike

PS: I took the photo above this afternoon from a terrace in the Alamar Apartments complex looking down on La Cala de Mijas. On the right you can see the Gran Costa del Sol Hotel on the beach. On the left of the picture, you can see a long red roof tucked into the curve of the A7 (N340) coastal road. The La Cala de Mijas bus stops are next to the red roof.  If it’s a hot day and you don’t fancy pulling a suitcase, take a taxi. The taxi rank is right next to the bus stop. With all the money you have saved on the train to Fuengirola and the bus to La Cala, you can afford €15 (2018) fare to arrive in style!

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