This is a very popular route for those planning a beach holiday on the Costa del Sol or wanting to travel around the Andalusia region. There are many direct flights to Malaga from London, and specifically Stansted also operated by many major low-cost airlines.Flight time: about 2 h 50 min Distance London to Malaga: around 1080 miles
The region around Malaga is popular throughout the year.
It is advisable to travel during spring and autumn to avoid summer heat and more unpredictable winter weather. Peak holiday times can be crowded. It is also advisable to avoid school holidays. Winters on the Costa del Sol are mild but can also be surprisingly cold and wet. Inland will be hotter during the summer, when a sea breeze can make the heat more bearable on the coast. Swimming in the Mediterranean is pleasant from May until October - winter temperatures can be unpleasantly cool. Those planning a beach holiday out of season could head for the Atlantic beaches around Tarifa for warmer temperatures, but watch out: high winds and sea fog may ruin your plans.
Make sure you arrive at the airport in plenty of time even if you are only travelling with hand luggage. There might be a long queue for security checks and some of the gates at Stansted airport are quite a walk from the main entrance. One hour of free wifi is available to passengers and there are many shopping facilities in the terminals as well as cafes and restaurants. Many airlines require that passengers check in online prior to arriving at the airport and for some an airport check-in incurs extra costs - check with your airline for further details if unsure.
Very many travellers hire a car on arrival at Malaga airport. Most major car hire companies have desks in the arrivals terminal (floor -1 terminal 2), follow the exit/salida signs.
Malaga local transport
Malaga airport is located 8 km or so from the centre of Malaga.Trains to Malaga city, Tomrremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Alora etc. from Terminal 3 arrivals. Buses: Malaga, Estepona, Marbella etc. from the arrivals hall.
Basic facts about Malaga
The cost of living in Spain is generally lower than in the UK. Note that many shops are closed during the siesta between 2 pm and 5 pm.