London Stansted to Malaga Ruiz Picasso Airport
Malaga is the biggest city on Spain's Costa del Sol. Its airport is located 11km from Malaga city centre and is also within easy reach of many of the Costa del Sol's resorts such as Torremolinos and Fuengirola. London Stansted to Malaga is one of easyJet's most popular routes with up to three flights daily. There are excellent transport links from Malaga Airport. A taxi rank is located outside the arrivals hall. A journey to the centre costs around 12 euros but it is advisable to check with the driver before travelling. The airport's railway station, on the Malaga to Fuengirola line that runs along the coast, is a short walk from the terminal.
Trains depart half-hourly and a ticket to the centre costs 1.20 euros (1.60 euros at weekends). Buses also leave from outside the arrivals hall to various destinations including Marbella, Ronda and Benalmadena as well as Malaga city centre. Malaga and the Costa del Sol are excellent all year round destinations, although temperatures can become a little too oppressive in July and August and heavy rain can occur between October and March.
Places of interest in and around Malaga include:
- Gibalfaro Castle. Malaga was under Moorish occupation for many centuries, as was much of Andalucia. This castle, situated on a hill looking down on the city, was built by the Moors in the 8th century and rebuilt in the 14th. Only the ramparts now remain but it is worth the climb for the fantastic views. Underneath the castle is the 11th century Alcazaba Palace.
- Picasso Museum. Malaga is the birthplace of one of the 20th century's most famous artists. Opened in 2003, this museum displays more than 200 of Pablo Picasso's works including sculptures, ceramics and paintings. Close to the museum in Plaza Merced is Picasso's birthplace which is also open to the public.
- Cathedral. This enormous structure took 200 years to finish. Known to the locals as La Manquita (one-armed lady) because only one of the two bell towers was finished, the main attraction of this cathedral is its fabulous domed ceiling.
- Costa del Sol. Most people flying to Malaga Airport head for the Costa del Sol. There are lively resorts like Torremolinos and Fuengirola, typical Andalucian villages such as Mijas Pueblo and the up-market towns of Marbella and Puerto Banus.
Looking for hotel accommodation near Malaga Airport
There is a great variety of hotel accommodation close to the airport, although it is advisable to book in advance for July and August