ROUTES FROM MALAGA AIRPORT TO MOLINO DEL SANTO
There are a number of routes from the airport to Molino, some of which are very picturesque but involve secondary roads and will take a long time.
We recommend one of the following:
1) THE COASTAL ROUTE TO RONDA (approx 90 minutes)
From the airport complex, head for the main coastal highway which is signed for Algeciras and Cadiz, the N-340 or E-5. This is a busy three lane dual carriageway. After about 3 km you need to take a right hand slip road again signed for Algeciras. Follow this fast road as it bypasses Torremolinos and Benalmadena. As you drop down the hill towards Fuengirola, you have the choice of taking the Toll motorway to Marbella, the AP-7, E-15. This road will save you approximately 15 minutes on your journey, depending on traffic, at a cost of about 6 euros. If you continue on the main N-340 or use the toll road after approximately 40km, you arrive on the Marbella by-pass.
Stay on this road heading for San Pedro and Cadiz. After 5km. you have the option of another toll road on the Western side of Marbella. On the toll road (toll in the region of 2 euros depending on season) you travel just one junction to signs for Ronda and San Pedro de Alcantara. Taking this exit, after the toll booth, you come immediately to a roundabout where you need to double back on yourself following signs for Ronda, 45 km away.
If you have not used the toll road, follow the Marbella bypass through a tunnel and then pass Puerto Banus and Nueva Andalucia. Shortly you will see signs for Ronda and need to stay in the right hand lane. There are a lot of roadworks here (Spring 2010) but Ronda is clearly signed. 100m metres after leaving the coastal highway you arrive at a large roundabout where you need to keep following signs to Ronda. At the next roundabouts after another kilometre or so, keep following signs for Ronda, which is approximately 48 km away.
Enjoy the mountain road which may well give you sights of Gibraltar and on really clear days, North Africa.
Arriving on the outskirts of Ronda, stay on the road to Sevilla, until you come to a set of traffic lights which are often just flashing orange. You have priority here – but do proceed with caution. Keep taking the Sevilla road and then follow the route below from these lights to Molino.
2) THE INLAND ROUTE TO RONDA (approx 80 minutes)
Leaving the airport complex, you need to follow signs for Malaga Centro via the N-340 by using the overpass. Once you are heading towards Malaga on the Avenida de Velazquez, the N-340, after 2km take the right hand exit signed to Palacio de Ferias/ Motril/Antequera. This swings round in almost a whole circle to bring you to the A7/E15. Follow this road for nearly 3 km , then taking the 236A exit signed for Centro/Palacio de Ferias.
At this junction, TAKE CARE. You need to immediately stay in the left hand lane once you have left the A7/E15, following signs for the A357, indicated for Campanillas/Parque Tecnologica/Universidad/Parque Cementerio/Hospital Clinico. Don’t go in the right hand lane for city centre, Centro Cuidad.
Now it’s easier! Follow this A-357 for nearly 50km until you bypass the village of Ardales to your left. (There are occasional speed checks on this road so observe speed restrictions too – experience speaking here.) 8 km further on there is a junction to the right signed Ronda. Follow this road, from the roundabout, the A-367, signed for Ronda for approx. 40 km until you arrive at traffic lights on the outskirts of Ronda, where you need to filter right following signs to Sevilla. Now follow the route below.
FROM RONDA TRAFFIC LIGHTS TO MOLINO (approx 12 minutes)
From the traffic lights in Ronda, follow signs for Sevilla on the A-374 for 4km. Approximately 1 km after a deep cutting and a hairpin bend, take the left hand turning signed for Benaojan and Cortes de la Frontera, the MA-7401, and follow this road for 9km until you cross a river and a railway in quick succession.. Take the next left to the station of Benaojan, (Estacion de Benaojan). Drop down to the railway line and turn right. At a T-junction, with a level crossing to your left, turn right and follow signs to Molino.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT FROM MÁLAGA
Let the train take the strain ……. although there are not many trains each day, they are very reliable, reasonably priced and relaxing. You can see the latest links here.
There are also about eight buses on weekdays to and from Ronda from Málaga.