We are going to Mijas : Monday October 1 → Friday October 6, 2018

Latest update on November 14, 2017
Maps : Mijas old town - Mijas region - Malaga & Costa del Sol - Eurail map of Europe
The Camino in style ! - Camino Tour Program - Profile of the Camino walks
Travel options for Santiago → Malaga - Michael's Blog
Adventure walk for the brave : Caminito del Rey
Excursions to other locations in the region
Bar of TRH Hotel Mijas The magnificent bar area with brass covered chairs of TRH Hotel Mijas

Where to stay
The TRH Hotel Mijas is by far the most wonderful place to stay in Mijas. The hotel is located right at the entrance of the village and only a couple of minutes walk to the Plaza Virgen de la Peña.
The bus to Fuengirola stops right in front of the hotel entrance.
I will talk to the Hotel Management within the next few weeks or so, but am confident to get a price of less than AUD $100 per night, which includes an enormous buffet breakfast second to none.
The hotel also has very stylish bar and lounge areas. This may especially be good if we have a bad day weather wise.

Posada apartment with view, without balcony La Posada de Mijas (where I stayed for 4 weeks) is an excellent budget alternative. They are daily serviced apartments with kitchenette or kitchen, but without breakfast. They have 4 two-bedroom apartments with a balcony and sweeping views over the coast.
Another 4 (as shown on the right) are the same but without balconies. These will be around AUD $80 per night.
There are also "studios" without a view but kitchen facilities, sleeping 1 or 2. These will be around $50 per night.   But contact Josefa the Manager direct. Ask me for details if interested.

Two additional budget alternatives are Hostal El Escudo de Mijas (rated 9 on booking.com) and Casa Tejon (rated 7.7). Both are very close to the Plaza de la Constitucion, and around AUD $50 per night without breakfast. Their rooms have no view of the coast.

The four hotel locations are shown on this map.
TRH Hotel Mijas One of the reasons to visit Mijas (in my view) is to enjoy the magnificent views over the Costa del Sol. Both TRH Hotel Mijas and La Posada de Mijas provide this (but specify your requirement with Josefa when selecting La Posada de Mijas).

Spain

Players who are definitely coming to Mijas are :

Ali & Nea, Ann R., Dagmar, Helen & Bill G.,
Judith, Karen, Leonee, Liz T., Nadia
Philippa & Graham, Anne-Marie, Robert
Tom & Barbara, Glen B., Helmy B.

Those who have shown an interest, but are as yet not committed are :

Clare H., Elisabeth, Judy H. & husband
Janice W., Julian S., Rosemary W.
Steve R. and Cathy


Not on the list but interested ?   →   email Michael

Malaga Airport → Mijas transport
There is a bus service from Malaga Airport to Mijas.
A 20 minutes taxi ride to Mijas will cost €45. Well worth it when traveling with 2 or 3 persons together.

Flying to Spain
The main entry point for Intercontinental flights from Asia is Barcelona.
Singapore Airlines conduct regular non-stop flights from Singapore to Barcelona every Sunday and Thursday. They return from Barcelona to Singapore on Mondays and Fridays.
Travel between Barcelona and Malaga is either by budget airline or by high-speed train via Madrid.
(If you have discovered suitable alternatives, please let me know.)

Medicine
It is not unusual to get a stomach upset when in Spain, due to the olive oil rich meals there. So make sure to take some anti-diarrhea tablets with you when coming across.   I find the tap water in Mijas harmless and in fact very tasty. But as you know I have not much experience in drinking water.

When in Spain why not visit Teatre Museu Dali (9) just north of Barcelona

Michael's Camino walk, June 2012 Sixteen players will precede their bridge week in Mijas with a wonderful one week long walk (from Saturday September 22 to Friday September 28) on the Camino de Santiago.
The walk covers the most picturesque stretches of the 'Camino Frances' between Astorga and Santiago de Compostela.

The tour will be conducted by Walks in Spain, which provides the following services :

  1. Pick-up before and drop-off after the week long walk is the Santiago Airport.

  2. Seven nights of 4-star accommodation, including breakfast and lunch each day.

  3. Joint dinner on the first and last evening of the tour.

  4. No luggage to carry at all, it will be waiting for you in the 4-star hotel each day.

  5. Enjoy 3-course lunches of local dishes with wine in Pilgrims pubs along the way.

  6. The lunch stop is 6-10 km from the point you start your walk each day.
    After lunch you can decide to walk on for 10 or 20 km, or have another glass of wine and let Paul drive you to the hotel.

  7. Drop off at Santiago Airport or the Railway Station on the Saturday morning (September 29).
Confirmed
Saturday September 22 → Friday September 28 (2018)
  1. Ali Nur
  2. Ann Rowston
  3. Bill Grimster
  4. Dagmar Bräutigam
  5. Elisabeth Temple
  6. Glen Barnwell
  7. Graeme Hockey
  8. Helen de Silva
    9. Judith Hutchings
10. Karen Stringer
11. Leonee Dixon
12. Nadia Clements
13. Nea Harrison
14. Philippa Hockey
15. Robert Bradshaw
16. Tom Jelly

WHERE TO GO FOR THE CAMINO TOUR START
'Walks in Spain' can pick you up from the Airport at Santiago de Compostela on Saturday September 22, 2018. They will then drive you to Astorga (300 km) where we overnight in a hotel to start our walk the next morning.

Alternatively you may prefer to travel directly to Astorga yourself when this appears to be more convenient, depending on where you come from.
Here is the Eurail map of Europe showing railway connetions to Astorga : Eurail map of Europe

TRAVEL OPTIONS for Santiago → Malalga after the end of the Camino walk.

CAMINO TOUR PROGRAM
Based on my walk in 2012 our approximate program will be as shown below.

Saturday Sep.22, 2018
Optional pick up from Santiago Airport and drive to Astorga.
Or travel to Astorga independently.
Joint dinner and overnight stay in Casa de Tepa, Astorga
Michael's Blog
Day 1 : Sunday Sep.23
Walk 11 km over the highest point of the Camino to our lunch spot at Al Acebo   Optional walk in the afternoon.
Overnight stay in Molinescea.
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Day 2 : Monday Sep.24
Walk 6 km up hill from La Faba to our lunch spot at Hospital de Condesa   Optional walk in the afternoon.
Overnight stay in Sarria.
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Day 3 : Tuesday Sep.25
Walk 14 km or 9 km or 6 km to our lunch spot at Ferreiro
Optional walk in the afternoon. Overnight stay in Portomarin.
Michael's Blog
Day 4 : Wednesday Sep.26
Walk 8 km from Palas de Rei to Lahoreiro for lunch.
Optional walk in the afternoon. Overnight stay in Sedor.
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Day 5 : Thursday Sep.27
Walk 10 km from Arzua to Salceda for lunch.
Optional walk in the afternoon. Overnight stay in Labacolla.
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Day 6 : Friday Sep.28
Walk 6 km into Santiago de Compostela. This is the end point of our tour with a free afternoon in the city.
Final joint dinner and overnight stay in Hotel Monumento de San Francisco.
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Saturday Sep.29
Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to the Santiago Airport or Railway station.
See you after the weekend in Mijas on Monday October 1.

Latest update on November 14, 2017