Lighthouse at Torrox Costa

Lighthouse at Torrox Costa, Spain

The lighthouse at Torrox Costa is approximately 50 kms to the east of the city of Málaga.

This stretch of coastline has bamboo fringed beaches and is immediately east of the “Balcon de Torrox“, constructed as a lookout to the sea and headlands, with transparent flooring looking down on the Roman necropolis unearthed beneath.

I particularly like the contrast of the white-painted lighthouse against the clear, blue, Andalucián summer sky, fringed with the wild bamboo fronds.

The perspective of the height of the structure is completely lost in the vegetation.


All the fun of the Ferias!

Viking ship at Torrox feria, Andalucia, Spain

The ferias are in full flow in the Axarquía region with the latest at Torrox pueblo last weekend.    By day, unassuming white Andalucían village – but by night, OH BOY is it a feast for the senses!

The bright flashing lights of the fairground rides, beautiful flamenco dresses, dancing, live music, the smell and taste of great food and drink, very late nights and, of course, the fireworks!

If you miss one of the nights, don’t worry there are plenty more, as most ferias take place over several days.

This coming weekend it’s Nerja’s turn, with the Feria held on the land between Carabeo and Los Huertos.  Full programme of events, HERE.

See you there! 

Do they know how to party, or what? :)

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Public transport to Málaga Airport from La Axarquiía

ALSA bus, east of Malaga

Last year, I wrote about a daily bus service operating from the Axarquía region to Málaga airport.  I know that many people find my blog by searching the internet for information about buses from Málaga airport heading to the eastern Costa del Sol, so here’s the current situation for Summer 2013.

According to the ALSA bus schedule,  the airport service is operating between 1st July and 8th September 2013.  The bad news being that the service (like last year) will only operate once a day in each direction.

The Alsina Graells (ALSA) website is in English, and from here you can study bus schedules and purchase tickets in advance of your trip.

Travelling to Málaga airport (AGP)

The bus leaves Motril at 8am calling at Salobreña, Almuñecar, La Herradura, Maro, Nerja, Torrox Costa, El Morche, La Caleta de Vélez and Torre del Mar.  The service then travels direct to Málaga without further stops, arriving at the airport at 10.25am.

From Motril a single trip to the airport costs €8.96, or €16.18 for a return ticket.

The timetable shows the bus leaving Nerja at 9am, with a single ticket costing €4.43 or €8.02 for a return trip

From Torrox Costa the bus departs at 9.10am, from where a one-way ticket would cost €3.77 and €6.83 for a return journey.

The bus leaves Torre del Mar at 9.38am and, this time, a single journey ticket is €2.61 with the return trip costing €4.73.

Although there is only one bus each day direct from the Axarquía region to Malaga airport – don’t let this worry you.  There are plenty of buses to Málaga (Larios) bus station from where you can get a further bus to the airport.   This second bus will drop you off right outside the new terminal (T3) building.

Malaga airport bus timetable

If you prefer to continue your journey by train, right next door to the bus station in Málaga is the Maria Zambrano railway station.   Just cross the road and you can jump on one of the frequent trains direct to Terminal 3 of the airport.   You will need to catch the local commuter train (known as Cercanias) C-1 in the direction of Fuengirola.   Trains to the airport leave every half hour between 5:23am and 10:33pm.  The journey only takes 8 minutes and the fare costs between €1.70 and €2.60 depending on the time and day of travel.

Travelling from Málaga airport to La Axarquía

The once-a-day bus from Málaga airport (AGP) leaves from outside the new Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall (Llegadas) at 11am, taking the reverse route to Motril, arriving in Nerja at 12.23pm.  The cost to Nerja is €4.43 for a one-way journey or €8.02 for a return ticket.

If this bus time is not convenient, you can also catch a bus from outside T3 into Málaga bus station, from where you can hop on another bus along the coast.

[Bus timetable image credithere]


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East of Málaga: Flying the Blue Flags

Blue flag beach at Torrox Costa, Spain

At the end of May each year, the independent non-profit organisation Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) awards its prestigious Blue Flags to beaches and marinas in the northern hemisphere for their water quality, safety standards, environmental education and amenities.

The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 3850 beaches and marinas in 48 countries around the world.    With a total of 648 ensigns, Spain has maintained its position at the top of the list in the northern hemisphere.

Here is the list of current blue flag beaches on the eastern Costa del Sol:  Algarrobo Costa in Algarrobo;  Ferrara in the municipality of Torrox;  Burriana and Torrecilla beaches in Nerja;  Benajarafe  and Torre del Mar in the municipality of Velez-Málaga and last, but not least, Cala del Moral in Rincón de la Victoria

The Blue Flag is awarded on an annual basis, and can only be only held for one season before it will be judged once again by FEE.

Beach, east of Malaga

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