Málaga Airport, officially Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport, "Aeropuerto de Málaga Costa del Sol". It is the fourth busiest airport in Spain, after Madrid–Barajas, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. It is an important airport for Spanish tourism as it is the main international airport serving the Costa Del Sol. It is 8 km's southwest of Málaga city and 5 km's north of Torremolinos. The airport has flight connections to over 60 countries worldwide, and over 12.5 million passengers passed through it in the last year alone.
The airport operates with three terminals. The third terminal adjacent to the previous two which opened on 15th March 2010, and flight operations started on the 16th March 2010. A second runway opened at the airport on 26th June 2012.
Málaga Airport is the busiest international airport of Andalucia, accounting for 85 percent of the region non-domestic traffic. It offers a wide variety of international destinations. The airport, connected to the Costa del Sol, has a daily link with twenty cities in Spain and over one hundred cities in Europe. Direct flights also operate to Africa, the Middle East and also to North America in the summer season. Airlines with a base at the airport are Helitt Líneas Aéreas, Norwegian, Ryanair and Vueling.
Distances to local destinations
Torremolinos (10 mins), Benalmadena (15 mins), Fuengirola (20 mins), La Cala de Mijas (25 mins), Marbella (35 mins), Puerto Banus (40 mins), San Pedro de Alcantara (45 mins), Estepona (60 mins) and Puerto de la Duquesa (90 mins).
Torremolinos is located 7km west of Málaga airport and was the first Costa del Sol resort to be developed back in the early sixties when it was little more than a sleepy village, still today the town reflects its heritage with several of the original fresh fish bars located right in the shopping centre, incongruously flanked by exclusive boutiques and gift shops. In general, however, the wave of tourists who descended on the town in the fifties and sixties changed the face of Torremolinos forever.
Over the years, Torremolinos has evolved as an attractive and appealing resort, noted for its clean sandy beaches, wide choice of hotels and restaurants and unparalleled variety of entertainment, activities and nightlife available. At the height of summer, the resort has a great appeal for the younger set, with a reputation for its hectic nightlife. Now practically a suburb of Málaga, the atmosphere is much more Spanish, especially at weekends, with an air of friendliness and welcome!
Covering an area of almost 30Km², and with an official 30,000 inhabitants, Benalmadena is just 19 kilometers from Malaga Airport. It's easy to reach from both Malaga capital and International Airport by road, train or bus and its privileged position looking out onto the Mediterranean Sea, it is little wonder that it has grown so rapidly in size over the last 20 years and become so popular - especially with the British. It is always lively, but the busiest time of year is during the hot summer months, when holidaymakers swell the population to triple that number.
This area offers an easy lifestyle and a comfortable climate withminimum temperatures of 5º and a maximum of 35º, with light sea breezes. Many thousands of British families have bought holiday homes and a large number of them have settled down permanently to live the life of their dreams. Benlamadena also offers a very pretty Old Town known as Benalmadena Pueblo.
Only 25km from Malaga International Airport is the town of Fuengirola – one of the most popular destinations on the Costa del Sol. Easily accessible by road, rail or bus, it is not difficult to see why this buzzing cosmopolitan town on the Mediterranean is the number one choice for so many different kinds of people.
Previously, a tiny fishing village, Fuengirola has become a vibrant metropolis with character. The advent of many up-market tapa bars, good cafes and restaurants, interspersed with chic boutiques and other shops of interest, as well as fabulous beaches makes it the perfect holiday destination. The main square, Plaza de la Constitución, has been re-designed but still retains its unique enchantment. It looks pretty especially at Christmas, when it is decorated with very attractive lights and ornaments. It is also attractive during the Fuengirola summer feria, when the whole town takes part in the annual street celebrations. A walk down the narrow, pedestrian streets leading off the main square is a voyage of discovery for the many visitors, who come across some of the hidden secrets and delightful corners of this friendly, Andalucian town.
"La Cala" as this charming village is affectionately known to local residents, lies on the Costa del Sol in Spain approximately 25 minutes drive west from Malaga International Airport. The long beaches are well cared for, clean and soft golden sand. Whilst La Cala has maintained a level of the real Spain it has also taken on, in a small way, something of an international flavour. You will find many different languages and banks, doctors, lawyers, dentists equal to those in the UK or any part of Europe. This has helped to make the area a first choice for many wishing to retire away from the harsher climate of Northern Europe. Medical care is first class - the new Costa del Sol Hospital is no more than 15 minutes in the direction of Marbella.
Marbella's motto is "A Way of Life" and, certainly, this luxurious resort town seems to have it all and is, once again, rising to the fore as a favourite location with the rich and famous, as well as more ordinary folk who are willing to pay just a little bit extra for southern Spain's "California of Europe".
Marbella sharpened its image still more thanks to a considerable investment initiated by the town's colourful and controversial late mayor, Jesus Gil which resulted in a massive landscaping drive.
Marbella has a down to earth side as well, an air of individuality which can be best appreciated by exploring back streets in the old part of town. There is parking throughout Marbella centre and the Its famous "Old Town" making it convenient to drive to and visit. One of the prettiest places is the 'Orange Square' which is located just off the main street in the older district and is also home to the 16th century town hall and tourist office, you can sit in any of the many streetside Cafeterias and watch the world go by or even enjoy the five star shopping facilities throughout the town.
Puerto Banus is located in the Nueva Andalucia suburb of Marbella, 6km to the west of the town centre, just before you reach the small town of San Pedro de Alcantara and just a 40 minute drive from Malaga Airport.
Although it may at first appear as a developed old Spanish fishing village with an impressive mountain backdrop , Puerto Banus was in fact designed and built in 1970 by local property developer José Banús as a luxury marina and shopping complex. Officially named Puerto Jose Banus, after the architect who designed the town, Puerto Banús is known as Costa del Sol's playground for the rich and wealthy that come here for the beaches, the beach clubs and the buzzing nightlife. The shops and restaurants reflect this expensive lifestyle, with plenty of designer names on offer around the marina. If you enjoy people-watching and are there during the summer months you'll never be short of popstars or reality TV stars to spot. If sports cars and big boats are more your thing, don't worry, there are plenty of Ferraris and luxury yachts to admire.
San Pedro de Alcántara is in an ideal situation, just 10 kilometres west from all the glitz and glamour of Marbella, yet just a few minutes drive away from the natural beauty of the Sierra de Ronda mountain range and 20 km from the town of Estepona. An ancient farming community, once famous for sugar cane, today San Pedro is a refreshingly unspoilt pueblo with an appeal all of its own.
Recently the local Goverement has invested in vast new parks and recreational areas, located above the new San Pedro tunnel that takes the busy through traffic descreetly away under the town centre.
A pleasant walk is from the centre of town is to the beachfront along the Avenida del Marques del Duero which is a particularly attractive wide avenue flanked by palm trees and the modern wide promenade which is ideal for continuing your stroll. There are several excellent chiringuitos (beachside restaurants) specialising in all types of fish dishes. Visit Bora Bora if only for a drink at the bar. It is one of the best beach clubs on the coast, with a superb restaurant and all the usual beach facilities, a tropical paradise.
Estepona town located to the west of the Costa del Sol, Southern Spain - at the foot of the Sierra Bermeja Mountains. Estepona is well known for its lovely beaches and tiny coves which stretch along 20 Km's of coastline. At the western end of the Paseo Maritimo is Estepona's charming port and harbour that is located only a short walk from town.
Estepona is peppered with many excellent restaurants and lively bars for you to enjoy. In history and culture the town remains unspoiled and the warm and friendly people preserve tradition with pride. Estepona’s narrow, cobbled streets and quaint little shops just add to the charm of this lovely town.
La Duquesa enjoys an advantageous location to the west of Marbella sometimes called "the Other Costa del Sol". The essence in this distinction is that the area retains a vast amount of unspoiled natural scenery and authentic local character - while sharing the fantastic climate and all the excellent services and infrastructure of the rest of the Costa del Sol. This is primarily due to a limited and well managed development which gives an ideal balance of relaxed living with easy access to every imaginable amenity. In other words, quality of life.
The beautiful port of La Duquesa offers full Marina services for boating enthusiasts as well as a myriad of attractions for those with no aspirations to take to the water. For those that a do, a number of companies offer Jet Boat, Wake Board, Boat trips and Scuba Diving. The attractive promenades surrounding the port offer a variety of restaurants, intimate bars and cafes in which to while away the days.
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