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Getting There

From Torremolinos, take the Metro at La Nogalera station (under the RENFE sign). Trains depart every 30 minutes. The fare is 1.15€ ($1.90). Fuengirola is on the main Costa del Sol bus route from either Algeciras in the west or Málaga in the east. Call Empresa Portillo, Av. Matías Sáenz de Tejada s/n, in Fuengirola (tel. 90-214-31-44; www.ctsa-portillo.com). The one-way fare is 1.65€ ($2.70) from Málaga to Fuengirola or 8.75€ ($14) one-way from Algeciras to Fuengirola. If you're driving from Marbella, take the N-340/E-15 east from Marbella.

Highway of Death -- The N-340 -- known variously as the Carretera Nacional and the Carretera Cádiz (the road to Cádiz) -- is one of the most dangerous in all of Europe. More like a city street than a highway, it stretches for 100km (62 miles) right through the town centers, where there are a lot of drunken revelers even at midday, and divides urbanizaciones (overcrowded urban developments).

Even so, motorists -- both Costa del Sol natives and visiting foreigners -- treat it like a raceway. There are some 100 fatalities a year. A lot of the accidents are caused by Brits unfamiliar with driving on the right-hand side. Two particularly horrendous areas are the stretch of highway between the Málaga airport and the resort of Torremolinos to the west, and the stretch of road west from Marbella along the highway to the port of Algeciras.

Fortunately, the opening of Autopista del Sol, a four-lane motorway, has somewhat alleviated the dangers. This new toll expressway links Estepona in the west to Nerja (via Málaga) in the east.

Visitor Information

The tourist office, Paseo Jesús Santos Rein 6 (tel. 95-246-74-57; www.fuengirola.org), is open Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 2pm and 5 to 7pm, and Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.