When you’re travelling from Malaga Airport to Marbella, our transfer services are not only economical and comfortable, but also informative. Our local drivers know Spain’s Costa del Sud inside out, and often enjoy sharing their extensive knowledge of the area with their curious passengers. We’ve assembled a list of our favourite spots along the route – don’t hesitate to ask your driver about them as you pass by.
About 15 minutes into your journey from Malaga Airport to Marbella, you will drive past Torremolinos. This is a world-renowned beach town – it was even visited by Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly back in the day – and attracts a whopping 3.5 million tourists every year.
Torremolinos is popular for several excellent reasons: for one thing, it boasts one of the most impressive beaches in all of Spain. Playa La Carihuela, ideally situated right next to the town centre, is an impressive 9 kilometres long. Thanks to its crystal-clear waters and golden sands, it’s received a well-deserved Blue Flag award. During a day trip you can either plop down in one of the heavenly sun beds, go for a dip in the balmy waters or – if you’re really adventurous – take some jet skiing lessons.
A leisurely stroll around Torremolinos is also well worth your time, especially if you’re a shopaholic. Take your time when you reach the town’s hottest shopping street: Calle San Miguel, situated atop a steep hill. Along with finally using your new credit card and acquainting yourself with Spain’s unforgettable fashion sense, get a taste of the local cuisine and take Torremolinos’ traditional restaurants and ice cream parlours by storm.
Recommended Visit Time: If Torremolinos’ beach and shopping are both on your bucket list, opt for a full-day trip.
Next up on the route from Malaga Airport to Marbella: Benalmádena. Just down the road from Torremolinos, this scenic spot is famous for Santa Ana Beach, which has won a prestigious Blue Flag award. Why not come back during your holiday to soak up some sun and laze in the sand?
When you’re ready to stretch your legs have a wander around the Old Town, called Benalmádena Pueblo. This area’s winding streets and charmivng houses will take you back in time to medieval Spain – it’s amazing how little has changed in the past 500+ years!
If you think that Benalmádena is just a typical beach resort, think again. The town is home to Colomares Castle, which is actually not a historical castle but a twentieth-century monument to commemorate Christopher Columbus. While it’s the biggest tribute to Columbus in the world, it also encloses the smallest church in the world. Two spectacular sights in one spot – how’s that for convenience?
And there’s more: take a look at the Benalmádena Stupa, the biggest stupa in all of Europe. This structure rises an impressive 33 metres above the ground, offering picturesque views of the Costa del Sol.
Recommended Visit Time: Plan on a half-day trip for either beach or cultural excursions, and on a full-day trip for both.
4. Mijas Pueblo
Shortly before concluding your trip you will drive past Mijas Pueblo, one of the most beautiful hidden gems of Costa del Sol… and that’s saying something!
Mijas Pueblo is an ancient Andalucian town, situated far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday stresses. At 428 metres above sea level, this secluded mountain village has retained its antique charm, serving as a haven for tourists looking to relax and recharge. In addition to taking a much-needed break from the noise, obligations and pollution that accompany city life, Mijas Pueblo’s flourishing artisan industry features many stunning pieces, including paintings and pottery. For the perfect holiday souvenir, look no further than the village centre – with so many local artistic wonders to choose from, it’s almost impossible to leave empty-handed.
Recommended Visit Time: A half-day trip gives you plenty of time to explore the village.
About halfway through your ride from Malaga Aiport to Marbella you will pass Fuengirola, a historic fishing village. Today the town is an eclectic mix of old and new: medieval streets, buildings and squares such as the Plaza de la Constitución are scattered between up-and-coming boutiques and modern tapas restaurants. A visit is particularly worthwhile in summer, during which the town hosts a street festival, or in winter, when the plaza is illuminated with myriad Christmas lights and other festive decorations.
After shopping until you drop or heading to the beach for some parasailing or speed boating, a visit to Fuengirola’s archaeological park is ideal for history buffs. The park contains Roman ruins that date back as far as the first century AD, including pieces of pottery, baths, a private bathroom and even a salting factory. The artefacts are astonishingly well-preserved and will add the perfect dose of culture to any beach holiday.
Recommended Visit Time: A half-day trip is perfect for touring the village and archaeological park, whereas planning on a full-day trip is best if you’re also visiting the beach.
From Malaga Airport to Marbella
During your ride from Malaga Airport to Marbella, don’t hesitate to ask about the natural and cultural troves of Costa del Sol. Oftentimes, our drivers are able to offer insider tips to passengers who are interested in organising half- or full-day trips.
About Shuttle Direct
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NB. This route guide has been compiled as an aid to visiting the region. Your airport transfer service from Malaga Airport does not include stops to these destinations.