Most of our retreats are held in Orgiva in the Alpujarra mountain area, near the Costa Tropical.
It's nearly a 2 hours drive away from Malaga and 1 hour from Granada.
For flights it is best to fly to Malaga or Granada and there are many cheap tickets to find, have a look for example with transavia.com, ryanair, monarch.com or vueling
We provide a low cost group transfer on the arrival and departure dates of our retreats from Malaga airport. For one way when 3 people share it is € 35€ p.p, with 2 people it comes to € 45 each and when alone it is € 80 each. Transfers are NOT included in the price of your retreat and are paid in cash to the driver.
At your arrival day the transfers are arranged between 10.00 and 15.00hrs. When booking your flight please choose a flight that lands not later than 14.30 pm, to give you adequate time to get to the Meeting Point outside Terminal 3 (see photo)
At your departure day the transfers will leave the venue from 10 am onwards and you will arrive 2 hours later. If your flight departure time is quite late you might prefer to go to the beach - about 10 mins by taxi, bus, or train.
Malaga Airport Meeting point:
Please wait for your driver outside the RELAY boutique outside the arrivals area - see image
Transfers are operated by friendly, self-employed locals who know the area and provide a personal service in English/Spanish. This service is offered because there is no taxi company in our local town and our drivers know exactly where to go, saving you time and money.
COMING BY BUS:
There is one direct bus to Orgiva, leaving at 15:00 hrs from Malaga bus station and arriving at Orgiva at 18:00 hrs, stopping at every little village along the way. It is lovely when you want to see a little more from the coast of Spain.
As you come out of the terminal onto the paved area into the outside air just walk straight ahead of you underneath the overhead building . There directly in front of you is the bus stop. "A" bus, ask for Estacion de Auto-buses. The "A" runs about every 35mins. Don't be tempted to get on a FREE bus that uses the stop, it's the wrong one, goes to parking lot!
Once at the bus station you will need to buy a ticket for a coach to either Orgiva or Granada depending on which of the two onward routes (detailed below) that you choose. Buy your ticket from the "ALSA" (name of bus company) window. Or buy your ticket online: www.alsa.es
There are direct buses from Malaga airport to Granada bus station without having to go first to Malaga bus station:
Busses from Malaga airport to Granada depart at 8:30, 10:45, 11:00, 11:30, 16:00, 18:30 and 20:45 with a journey time of 2 hours 30 minutes. The fare is €11,43 single or 13,72€ depending on bus.
For more detailed timetable information visit: www.alsa.es
COMING BY CAR
Hiring a car can be an easy way to get to Órgiva from airports, and can be very cheap as well. Most car hire companies allow you to pick up and drop off at different locations. If there are a few of you, it may work out as cheap as getting a bus.
- check whether the car hire is in the airport terminal or if you have to get to a pick-up point
- check what the petrol policy is – information about hidden car fuel charges
Distance and approximate driving time to Órgiva:
- Granada: 75 kms – 1 hour
- Málaga: 135 kms – 1.5 to 2 hours
On leaving the airport follow signs for Malaga and then signs for SEVILLA, CORDOBA, GRANADA, ALMERIA and MOTRIL (A7). After about 10 km the motorway splits into two motorways, it is important that you now keep to the left on the A7 in the direction of ALMERIA and MOTRIL and that you don’t follow signs for Cordoba, Sevilla and Granada. You are on the Autovia del Meditaraneo driving east along the side of the sea.
The name changes to Autovia de Sierra Nevada and you are now driving north and inland.
Continue on this motorway until junction "175" (about 20kms from the coast), and turn off in the direction of ORGIVA and Las Alpujarras. The slip road brings you down hill to the large dam and roundabout where you turn right towards ORGIVA. Keep going until you go through a tunnel, then turn left over the River Guadalfeo towards ORGIVA.
When you enter Orgiva, you will see a supermarket called "DIA" on your right side, after that is the bus stop and then a road on the right going straight up. Take that road and follow it, pass the school on your left side until you come to a junction, take the road to the right saying: Tijola. Drive this road for about 1 1/2 km, when you pas the dry river bed, you will see a green sign saying: Cortigo Romero, go onto this dirt track and follow until the end, you will see two black gates open and a sign saying: La Canada, that is where we are, Welcome!
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