Thank you for the reply. It did not appear until after I had left home -- but since the map is rather misleading that may be just as well.
I had obtained the same map from Google but did not believe it since I had previously visited Sol Timor. (I managed to use Google's Satellite view to work out a good route.)
I have prepared an edited version of Google's map with the best walking route shown in purple and a description in words in another file.
I would recommend the railway rather than a taxi or booked transfer to anyone (a) reasonably fit and (b) arriving outside peak local travelling times.
From the Airport to the Railway Station
, take the escalator up to the Departures
level and exit at the end furthest from the check-in area. There are a few direction signs for the railway but not enough. There is an elevated walkway across airport roads which seems to terminate at a parking garage. In fact, you enter the garage and pass through it, bearing slightly to the left to exit on another open-air walkway that takes you to the station. Buy your tickets from a machine at the entrance. You can select the language you want it to use and it takes notes or coins and gives change.
Trains in both directions stop at the same platform but announcements are clear and are made in Spanish and English. For Torremolinos you want the trains to Fuengirola. The only thing that might give trouble to English speakers is that place names are always pronounced the correct, local way -- which may be a little different from what you expect! However, the name of each stop is both announced in advance and shown in writing above the train doors.
From El Pinillo Station to Sol Timor
Leave the station by taking the tunnel under the tracks (there are lifts at each end of it ) to exit down a short stairway on the side nearest the sea. After crossing Avenida de Benalmádena
with a petrol station on your left, take the path through a small park to its corner by a roundabout on the dual-carriageway bypass. There is a pedestrian pavement on the side marked in purple on the map, though in March 2009 it had not had its top surface applied and was slightly rough.
At the bottom of the hill, past another roundabout, there is a pedestrian crossing (shown dotted on the map) with a push-button to change the traffic lights. Wait patiently until the lights change (and even until the traffic actually stops) because some cars come round the blind corner at frightening speed! (Just to the right, before you cross, there is a fair-sized Lidl supermarket.)
The road opposite has no name on the Google map but is the Calle Decano José Gomez Rando
. It takes you all the way to the entrance to Sol Timor, whose sign you can see from near the top of the road.
The route is all downhill, so even with a wheeled suitcase it is a fairly easy 20-minute walk. Since train tickets cost 1.25 and a taxi from the airport could be 20 euros or more, this is an option I would recommend to anyone reasonably fit. (I am nearly 70.) A taxi up the hill for the return journey cost 7 euros for two people with a case each. This is double a tariff I found on the web, but two taxi-drivers agreed that it was normal...