Planning Your visit

 

We are excited to welcome you to sunny Málaga and glad that you have decided to come and visit us. Here is a guide to help you to plan your trip and have a wonderful stay.


Arrival in Malaga

The Pablo Ruiz Picasso airport in Málaga is one of the busiest airports in Spain. It serves as the main international airport for the southern region of Spain. Below you’ll find important information about arriving at the Málaga airport, but please visit the Airport Website or Contact Us if you have any unanswered questions.

FAQS

 What do I do once I land in Malaga?

  • If your original point of departure is outside the European Union (EU), your baggage will NOT be at the carousel number assigned to your flight. In order to pass through customs, you will need to go to Carousels 31-34 located in a separate, glass-enclosed room near the end of the baggage claim area.

  • Please take advantage of the free luggage carts.

  • Proceed towards the exit and, if we have arranged to pick you up, a team member should be waiting for you at the point where International arrivals exit Customs.

  • US residents automatically have a 90-day tourist visa, no need to apply.

What’s the airport code?

  • AGP

How big is Malaga Airport?

  • It’s a relatively small airport with most flights arriving and departing from Terminal 2 or 3 (T2, T3), which are all in the same building.

Is there free WI-FI at the airport?

  • There is Free internet access but just for the first 15 minutes with limited speed.

What public transportation runs to/from the airport?

There is a “transportation hub” outside of T3, where you have taxi, bus, and train options.

  • From the arrivals level you can walk to the curb to take a taxi. ‬

  • ‪The bus station is located underground, and can be accessed from the arrivals level both inside and outside.‬

  • ‪The train station is located underground.  It runs to the main train station in Malaga and various points in the area. Signs in the airport clearly mark how to make your way down to the underground stations.  Please note: The train does NOT run from the airport to our town, Alhaurin de la Torre.

What do I do if I am renting a car?

  • If you are renting a car while you are with us, please follow signs in the airport.  Alhaurin de la Torre is easily accessed from the airport in about 15 minutes.

What do I do if I am arriving by train?

  • If you are arriving via long distance train at Malaga’s train station, Maria Zambrano, we will meet you by the tourist information office as you exit the train.

For help translating while traveling, reference this website with useful Spanish travel phrases.

Accommodation

Alhaurín de la Torre is a town in the province of Málaga, Andalusia, in southern Spain. The town is part of Málaga Metropolitan Area, some 17 km from there.

The municipality covers an area of 82 km2 between the Sierra de Mijas and Málaga basin, and is crossed by the river Guadalhorce. It is the most populous municipality in the region of Guadalhorce and third within the province, with 33,567 inhabitants
The origin of the place goes back to pre-historic times, and it is known that the Phoenicians that set up factories in Málaga and Cártama in about 1,000 BC settled in Alhuarín. It was here that Lauro was founded, and centuries later the Romans called it Lauro Vetus.


 


Accommodations in Alhaurin

Whether you’re with us for a few days, a few months, or somewhere in between, please use these recommendations to make arrangements for your accommodations


Hotels & Hostals

Hotel Cortijo Chico
Address: Carretera MA-9001 Avenida de las Américas, s/n 29130 Alhaurín de la Torre
Phone number: +34.952.410.203
For rates and more information, please visit the website
We would highly recommend renting a car if you wish to stay at this hotel, due to its location on the outskirts of town.

Santa Clara Apartments
Address: Calle Segundillas s/n, 29130 Alhaurín de la Torre
Phone number: +34.952.416.524 / +34.952.414.037 / +34.678.798.334
For rates and more information, please visit the website
1 bedroom apartments, Public parking, Free WI-FI and free TV. Really good location.

Hotel Miguel Sanchez
Address: Calle Santa Monica 60, 29130 Alhaurín de la Torre
Phone number: +34.951.900.142
For rates and more information, please visit the website
1 bedroom apartments, Parking paid, only WIFI in common areas, free TV. Good quality

Houses in Pinos de Alhaurín
Contact: eguillaumot@hotmail.fr
Price from:  360€/week (in winter)
We would highly recommend renting a car if you wish to stay at one of these houses, due to its location on the outskirts of town.

Rentals

Aris Inmobilaria – Short and long term rentals 
Recommended agent (English speaking): Esme Blom 
Phone number: +34.952.415.358

Other options 

If you are interested in alternative housing options, such as staying in a local retreat center or staying with someone who lives here, please contact us.

There are also properties available around Alhaurin de la Torre, on the Costa del Sol or in Malaga on Airbnb.

Ground Transportation

Car Rentals

(From the airport)

SIXT | BUDGET | HERTZ | RECORD GO

AVIS | THRIFTY | EUROPCAR | TIPOA

Bus Schedules

Buses run frequently between Alhaurín de la Torre and Málaga and cost 1.40 Euro each way. There are bus stops along the main road in Alhaurín. The times listed on the bus schedule do not give a specific time for each individual bus stop in town, so be sure to arrive at the stop at least 5 minutes early to be safe. The buses stop running around 10-11pm nightly.  From the bus station in Málaga you can easily walk into the downtown area. Click on the link below for the schedule:

Bus Route Between Malaga – Alhaurin de la Torre 

Train Schedules

Estación Maria Zambrano is the train station in downtown Málaga. It is located just behind the bus station and is a great option for day trips or extended excursions throughout Spain. Click on the link to the train company, RENFE, to check train schedules and purchase tickets.

RENFE

*There is no train between Alhaurin de la Torre and Malaga.

Scooter/Bike Rentals

If you’re feeling adventurous, a scooter is a fun option to get around town. Check out some daily rentals at:

MOTO MERCADO | MOTO&GO

MARBESOLBIKE | SCOOTER RENTAL MALAGA

Activities

We want to help you enjoy your visit to the fullest, so below are suggestions for activities when in Southern Spain!

Arts & Culture

Flamenco 

Vino Mio restaurant offers a flamenco show every night except Saturday. You have the option to sit at a table and enjoy dinner with your show or grab some tapas at the bar, though the view is better from the tables.

Kelipé is a show where you can enjoy classic style improvised flamenco sitting at the table around the stage. Shows are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and your ticket includes two drinks.

Theaters

Teatro Cervantes  | Teatro Echegaray  |Teatro Alameda 

Museums & Cultural Sites

Picasso Museum – Free the last Sunday of the month

Alcazaba & Gibralfaro – The Gibralfaro is an old castle which sits up on a ridge that overlooks Málaga. At the bottom of the ridge is the Alcazaba, a palace-fortress. You have the option of hiking uphill to the fantastic views of the city, or you can drive up and park at the top. Cost: Combined ticket for 7.00€, Free on Sundays after 2pm.

Málaga Cathedral – Málaga’s main cathedral. Cost: 3.50€

Carmen Thyssen Museum

Málaga Museum – Fine arts and archeology

Shopping

Calle Larios & Downtown Malaga

Calle Larios and the surrounding area make up a maze of pedestrian alleyways, filled with cafes and many little shops. Great place to wander and explore! See the map of Malaga below for the beginning of Calle Larios. (“Calle” means “street” in Spanish) 

Local Mercados (Markets)

Málaga Central Market (Mercado de Atarazanas) – Even if you don’t intend to buy any fresh fish or veggies in the market, it’s worth a visit to see this beautifully restored building. If you’d like to read a bit of history behind the building, or get an idea of the produce and meat vendors you’ll see there, click here.

Alhaurín de la Torre

Every Wednesday morning until 2pm, it is market day in Alhaurín. A short walk down from the Galloways’ house, you’ll find a long aisle of outdoor market goods. Fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and olives, clothes, and an assortments of other goods can be found here. 

Rebaja Months

If you are with us during January or July, you’ll get to experience the various rebajas that each store offers! “Rebaja” means “sale” in Spanish, so you’ll get to search out some great bargains during these 2 months! 

 

Outdoor Activities

Beach 

Take a drive down the A-7 freeway and you’ll be on the Costa del Sol. See the map for a route from Alhaurín de la Torre to the coast, where you have your choice of beautiful beach towns. 

Parks

La Concepcion Botanical Garden 

If you’re visiting anytime April to September the Gardens are open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30am to 8:30pm. If you’ve visiting from October to March, hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30am to 5:30pm. Cost: 4.20€/person  

Parque de la Paloma- Located in the coastal town of Benalmádena. Beautiful park to walk and explore.
Parque de la Batería- Another great park to explore, located in Torremolinos 

Rock Climbing

If you are interested in rock climbing, please visit Rock Climbing in Andalucia & Southern Spain. This site gives a wealth of information about where to find the best climbs, including the world famous gorge at El Chorro.

El Torcal 

El Torcal de Antequera is a unique natural site, declared World Heritage of Humanity by Unesco. It is a great place for hiking, being in nature and contemplating the landscape.

Caminito del Rey 

Boating 

Discover the coast of Málaga by boat

Kayaking

La Rosaleda Stadium 

La Rosaleda stadium, situated on Paseo de Martiricos, has been the home of football in Málaga since its official inauguration on 14th September 1941. Over 70 years, La Rosaleda has hosted League games, Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League matches, eight Spain games as well as three group stage matches for the 1982 Spain World Cup, with Scotland, New Zealand and the former Soviet Union. 

Miscellaneous

Bioparc Fuengirola – A different type of zoo, where animals live side by side, as in nature. 

Selwo Aventura – Enjoy a great adventure in “Africa”.

Selwo Marina – Discover and enjoy the most exclusive programme of Interactions with sea animals.

SphereMania – Care to roll down a hill in a giant inflatable sphere? Go sphering in Marbella! On the website, click on Our Locations, then Marbella for more details. 

Málaga Bike Tours – See Málaga on bike! The tour meets every morning at 10am next to the Tourism Office in Málaga.

Cooking classes/Food toursDevour MalagaSpanish SaboresSpain Food SherpasA Cooking Day

Wine Tasting – There are many wineries in the Province of Malaga, go and visit them!

Aqualand – Water park in nearby Torremolinos 

Nerja Caves – Discover these magnificent caves, located in the town of Nerja, to the east of Malaga.

Whale Watching – Whales and Dolphins in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Things to Do Around Malaga and the Costa del Sol

Nerja – Nerja is a small fishing and agricultural village in Málaga. 

Frigiliana – A distinctive framework of small white houses, piled one upon another. 

Mijas – Mijas combines to the perfection its condition of mountain village with the important touristic development in its coastal zone. 

Marbella – Marbella offers visitors the most extensive range and quality of tourism products to be found anywhere in the Mediterranean region. 

Day or Overnight Trips from Malaga

Gibraltar | Sevilla | Granada

Córdoba | Ronda | Morocco


Dining

Dining out in Alhaurín

Alhaurín has many small cafes and restaurants. These are just a few recommendations to get you started.

Cafes/Tapas/Churros:
These are smaller cafes that serve churros in the morning and during merienda time (5-7pm, approx.).  They are also good for breakfast or tapas later in the day.

If you’re looking for a nice dinner out, there are great restaurants in and near Alhaurin. For more information, such as location and menus, click on the links below.


Dining Out in Málaga

There are many great options for eating in Málaga. Again, this is a list of recommended places to get you started. If the restaurant has a website, it is linked to help you get a better idea of menus, locations, etc.

Cafes/Churros/Ice Cream:

Restaurants:

 

For more information on dining in Málaga, check out these sites:
Cometemalaga | Gastronomiamalaga