3 Steps To Get The Cheapest Transfer from (AGP) Malaga Airport

Let me guess, you have planned meticulously for your summer holiday.

Suitcase weighed – check

New clothes – check

Passport and booking number confirmation printed off – check

Have you booked your holiday transfer from Malaga Airport? err……. I will just grab a taxi when we get there is the normal reaction.

Dont worry if this is you as we highlight a few tips in this post to help you get the best price.

What You Will Learn

  • How to search for a reliable taxi company
  • Howe to ask the right questions to get the best airport transfer
  • How not to get ripped off
  • How To plan ahead
  • How To Get The cheapest taxi tariffs

 

TAXIS

Malaga Airport is 3 hours from most UK airports and the general consensus is that the holiday starts in the airport bar. Once the hard work of booking the holiday and accommodation is taken care of the transfers are an after thought.

Dont Get Ripped Off

Unfortunately, that’s where you stand to lose out and get hit big time by tax companies waiting for you outside Malaga Airport’s gleeming new terminal.

You see taxis in Spain only take 4 people period.

No squashing an extra one no matter how small, even a toddler. No baby seats are generally on hand so if your traveling with kids forget that. Planning ahead is the only solution.

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A great overview on how to save money below

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Most taxis dont operate using meters, they carry clipboards and gauge the destination by the furthest point on your transfers, then there is the language barrier just to throw a spanner in the works when your not happy with the tariff.

Its surprising how little English they know when its time to pay the bill :-)

Getting the best Minibus company at the Cheapest rates

So our guidelines to follow to get the best rates from Malaga Airport are as follows:

  • Search for a minibus company before you set off.
  • Send a template email requesting a total cost for your transfer to your destination.
  • Note which company gets back first.
  • Shortlist 3 top companies.
  • Send the same questions to all 3 companies.
  • Play off the best priced company against the second best to see if they will reduce the fair
  • Request if they have special luggage trailers for golf clubs or extra suitcase if travelling in groups
  • See if they allow pay on arrival and only pay the first leg of the journey.

From our experience there are several minibus companies that offer a professional service. And the link above compares the best airport transfers from Malaga Airport To Puerto Banus with example prices, its well worth a read.

Comparing Oranges with Apples

When you are comparing prices for different minibus services make sure you are comparing like for like.

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For example if you are only traveling in a group of 4 then don’t book a minibus. If you are in a group of 16 golfers make sure that they include extra trailer to carry your golf clubs. You can hire clubs or contact local golf package operators to organize for free club hire.

Do you have to pay for baby seats? Is the price your quoted the price you pay or are there hidden extras?

Will you get dropped off at your destination or only close by? Will the company wait for you at your destination and charge a extra fee for example if its a day trip to Alhambra Palace.

Some companies operate illegally in Spain so do check they have a license and are fully insured before you book with a company. There are several renowned companies that operate illegally and they will not meet you in the airport as they don’t have a license they will ask you to meet outside or in a car park away from the am in arrivals hall.

And some companies only operate a shuttle service and will ask you to combine your transfer with other passengers to share the experience! Sometimes this involves a stop off or two so will delay your airport transfer.

Some companies also operate via an agent so your request comes in via a website and your transfer gets tendered out to the cheapest company prepared to take this on. Meaning you don’t always get the level of service you are requesting because the agent is touting the price out to the cheapest company prepared to take it.

Alhambra Palace in Granada

INTRODUCTION

“And yet I am not alone to be wondered at, for I overlook in astonishment a garden, the like of which no human eyes ever saw.”

It would be difficult to find a more appropriate introduction to a visit to the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, than those eloquent words of an Arabian poet of the thirteenth century in honour of a building which appears to have been the glory of his age, as the Crystal Palace may become of our own.

Courtyard –  Alhambra Palace

Like the Moorish palace, it contains many wonders which require but the attentive examination of minds willing to “estimate them,” in order that the benefits of many “commentaries may be reaped.” All those who have been engaged in perfecting this glorious enterprise have daily learned more than they could attempt to teach.

History of the Alhambra Palace

At the Great Exhibition of 1851, of which this is the worthy offspring, it was the especial honour of this country to collect together, for the instruction of the present age, and the benefit and progress of the future, a treasury of knowledge from which each, in his own sphere—the mechanic, the manufacturer, the merchant, the philosopher, and the artist—had much to acquire, much to receive in exchange for the little he was himself able to contribute. Under one roof were gathered collections which the life of one man would have been insufficient to discover and to visit.

The Alhambra Palace at night

Of the many advantages which resulted from this gathering, the greatest was that which taught us wherein we are deficient; and it is now freely acknowledged that the Great Exhibition showed us to be far behind other nations in the Practice of the Arts.

When the Exhibition building disappeared from the long cherished spot, the Government like an unnatural parent abandoning it to the more considerate stranger, it fortunately fell into the hands of men animated by the most noble desire of rendering it subservient to the education of all classes, “whilst providing also for their innocent recreation. The defects, which the Exhibition of 1851 proved to exist, may be remedied through the resources provided by the Exhibition of 1854.

When the British public shall have had time to study and profit by the marvellous art-collections here gathered under one roof, with the history of the civilisation of the world before them, with an opportunity of examining side by side portions of buildings of every age, they will more fully recognise the good and the evil which pervade each form of art; they will more readily be convinced of the folly of attempting to adapt to new wants styles of architecture which have ever been the expression of the wants, faculties, and sentiments of the age in which they were produced, instead of seeking in every style for those general principles which survive from generation to generation to become stepping-stones for future progress. They will more clearly discern the absolute necessity of rejecting that which is local or temporary, holding fast only to that which is eternal. They will anxiously look around them for an art more in harmony with the wants, sentiments, and faculties of their own time.

The architecture of Alhambra Palace

The several styles of architecture have uniformly been the result of the religion, habits, and modes of thought of the nations which produced them, and may be said to be the material expression of their wants, faculties, and sentiments, under the influence of climate and of materials at command. They have each undergone a process of gradual decline in proportion to the changes which each nation has been subjected to in the course of ages.

As in the colours of nature we have the primary colours, and the secondary and tertiary colours of every variety of tone and shade arising from the admixture of their primaries, so in architecture we shall find several well marked primary styles, which become more or less broken in hue or removed from the primary source as the local influences affected them, or as successive changes took place in the institutions of the countries which gave them birth.

Artwork on the wall of the Alhambra Palace

Thus in Egypt, under the Pharaohs, we have a well marked primary style, which by admixture with Greek elements became secondary under the Ptolemies, and tertiary and still further reduced under the Romans.

We find in Greece another well marked primary style, which, transplanted to Rome, even with the additional elements added by the Romans, never reached beyond a secondary, but withered and died; transplanted to Byzantium, from its ashes sprang on the one hand, by slow progression, Gothic architecture, and on the other the Arabian, each in its turn to give birth to its secondaries and tertiaries.

Thus we have the Gothic of France, of Germany, of Italy, of Spain, of England, each bearing relation to a primary, but modified in hue to a secondary by the surrounding local influences.

Arabian art had equally its several phases in Egypt, in Turkey, in Spain, in India.

The revived classical style had in Italy its local developments, in Venice, in Lombardy, in Florence, Bologna, and Rome, as it had also in Spain, in France, and England.

Each of these styles, whether primary, secondary, or tertiary, was constantly in a state of progression—was never stationary for a day; every building of importance, which required time for its construction, exhibits in its complete state the various phases -which art underwent during its progress. This is aa true of the temples of the Pharaohs as of the Gothic cathedrals, the Parthenon, and the Alhambra.

Each primary style arose with the civilization which created it, and was more especially the result of its religious institutions.

Religion was the teacher, the priest, the artist. The splendid works of Egypt show how wonderfully architecture is there the expression of a symbolical mythology. Vast, stupendous, mighty as the system on which it was founded. The most simple ornaments which decorate every corner of these magnificent structures, and which to a careless observer would appear only placed there to please the eye, are found on a more attentive examination to contain historical facts, dates, or religious injunctions to the faithful. The walls are covered internally and externally with bassi-relievi richly coloured, relating to the supposed genealogy and history of their divinities, or representing their religious ceremonies, their offerings and instruments of worship.

Concepts of a Limited Company

What is a limited company?

A limited company is an artificially created legal person. It is an entity that is legally separate from all other persons, including those who own and manage it. It is quite possible for a limited company to take legal action, say for breach of contract, against any other legal persons, including those who own and manage it. Actions between limited companies and their owners or managers do occur from time to time. Obviously, an artificial person can only function through the intervention of human beings. Those who ultimately control the company are the owners who each hold one or more shares in the ownership or equity of it.

Limited liability

One of the results of the peculiar position of the company having its own separate legal identity is that the financial liability of the owners (shareholders) is limited to the amount that they have paid (or have pledged to pay) for their shares. If the company becomes insolvent (financial obligations exceed value of assets), its liability is, like that of any human legal person, limited only by the amount of its assets. It can be forced to pay over all of its assets to try to meet its liabilities, but no more. Since the company and the owners are legally separate, owners cannot be compelled to introduce further finance. A well-known example of the effect of limited liability occurred in 2002 with the collapse of ITV Digital plc. This company was established as a joint venture by Carlton and Granada, two media businesses. ITV Digital failed as a result of the reluctance on the part of the public to subscribe for its broadcasts. When this happened, its shareholders, Carlton and Granada, were able to ignore the claims of those owed money by ITV Digital, principally the English Nationwide Football League clubs (members of the three divisions below the Premiership) with whom ITV Digital had a contract. This was because of the separate entity status of ITV Digital. The position of a shareholder in this regard does not depend upon whether the shares were acquired by taking up an issue from the company or as a result of buying the shares from an existing shareholder.

Transferability

As a separate legal entity, the company does not depend on the identity of its shareholders for its existence. Transfer of shares by buying and selling or by gift is therefore possible. Thus a part, even all, of the company’s ownership or equity can change hands without it necessarily having any effect on the business activity of the company. As we have seen, many companies arrange for their shares to be ‘listed’ on a recognised stock market (like the LSE or Wall Street). Listing means that the stock market concerned is willing to act as a marketplace for members of the investing public to buy or sell shares in the company concerned. Listing is beneficial to the company because it will find it easier to attract potential shareholders where they are confident that there is a market where they can dispose of their shares, as and when they wish.

Since it can continue irrespective of precisely who the shareholders happen to be at any given moment, the company can in theory have a perpetual lifespan, unlike its human counterparts.

Formation of a limited company

Creating a new company is a very simple operation, which can be carried out cheaply (costing about £100) and with little effort on the part of those wishing to form the company (the promoters). Formation basically requires the promoters to make an application to a UK government official, the Registrar of Companies (Department of Trade and Industry). The application must be accompanied by several documents, the most important of which is a proposed set of rules or constitution for the company defining how it will be administered. These rules are contained in two documents known as the Memorandum of Association and the Articles of Association. All of the documentation becomes public once the company has been formally registered. A file is opened at Companies House in Cardiff, on which are placed the various documents; the file is constantly available for examination by any member of the public who wishes to see it.

Recognition of companies

Limited companies are required to use the words ‘Limited’ (Ltd) or ‘Public Limited Company’ (plc) after their name in all formal documentation to warn those dealing with the company that its members’ liability is limited. ‘Limited’ is used by private limited companies. These are basically the smaller, family-type companies, which have certain rights on the restriction of transfer of their shares. This is to say that holders of the majority of the shares in a private limited company have the power to stop minority shareholders from disposing of their shares in the company, should the majority choose to exercise that power. Public companies are typically the larger companies with more widespread share ownership.

Shareholders and directors

The shareholders (or members, as they are often known) are the owners of the company. Company profits and gains accrue to the shareholders, and losses are borne by them up to a maximum of the amount of their investment in the company. The shareholders, at any particular time, need not be the original shareholders, that is, those who first owned the shares. Transfers by sale or gift (including legacy on death) lead to shares changing hands. For a variety of sound practical reasons, the shareholders delegate the day-to-day management of the company to the directors. The directors may or may not themselves own some shares in the company. Shareholders elect directors in much the same way as citizens elect Members of Parliament in a parliamentary democracy. They also fail to re-elect them if the directors’ performance is judged by shareholders to be unsatisfactory. Usually, one-third of the directors retire from office each year, frequently offering themselves for re-election. Typically, each shareholder has one vote for each share owned.