MaLAGA TO SAN PEDRO
70 km - 1 hour
Leave Malaga airport by car, driving very carefully and as you leave the airport. Join the A-7 motorway heading west towards Marbella.
(For a detour to the City of Malaga follow the signs to Malaga heading east on the A-7 motrway towards the city centre.)
As you climb the hillside, there are good views of the coast from this section of road. Venta El Higueron ( exit 217km ) has a commanding view and is a good place to stop, take in the view, fill the car at the petrol station and start to enjoy the trip. Or make a side trip to Mijas Village .
The motorway runs into the AP-7 toll 'Autopista del Sol.' This road will save you time if heading for Marbella, San Pedro, Ronda or Estepona and beyond.
If you don't take the motorway you will find yourself on the A-7 (old N-340 coast road which passes through Torremolinos and Benalmadena and skirts the coast. This road although slower and has been downgraded to 80km /hr speed limit.
You will by-pass Fuengirola town and you will see the Aquapark. Mac Donalds, Miramar Shopping Centre. and Dunns Stores. Leaving Fuengirola behind look out for the 10th Century restored Castillo Sohail on your left. The road now winds through some small coves. Some of the bends on this stretch are sharper than you think so be careful. El Faro the lighthouse is on your right.
At this point you may notice the central reservation painted blue and white. Now you are in Marbella. The coast road by-passes the town. La Cañada shopping center is on you right. Fork right if you dont want to take the AP-7 toll motorway and you enter a tunnel. The A-7 passes a golf course on the right and joins the coast road again just by Puerto Banus, the famous marina. You will also see on the left in front of Puerto Banus the 'El Corte Inglés' shopping centre, a user friendly area for tourists to stock up with provisions, or buy those forgotten items.
Now you arrive at San Pedro de Alcántara, a modern town just set back from the beach and promenade. If you are driving to Estepona keep on the road and enter the underpass. Turn off on the slip road on you right for the San Pedro to Ronda itinerary or double back at the first roundabout to visit San Pedro and the boulevard park or to head down to the beach.