Hmmmm... There's really only one way to get to Spain (poor Mary Christopher) and yes, that's jumping on a plane and flying. The nearest airport to Fuengirola is in Málaga. The airport code for here is AGP. Since Spain is six (from EST) to seven (from CST) hours ahead, we would recommend flying no later than Wednesday, November 2nd. You will most likely have jet lag, but hopefully we can all get enough rest on the plane. A good airline to look for tickets to Spain is Iberia Airlines. If you need help searching for a ticket, please let us know and we can help you find the best flight for your schedule. We will also be arranging travel from the airport to the hotels, so please contact Jenni in order to make plans ahead of time and to make sure we have your flight schedule.
Depending on where your first arrival into the European Union is, we have a few tidbits of information. On the plane, you will have to fill out a customs form and you should write down the address where you will be staying in Spain on a paper and keep this with you so you have it readily available. The customs form should be pretty easy to fill out and if you have questions, you can ask a passenger sitting next to you or the flight attendants. As soon as you arrive into the European Union, you must go through customs. More than likely, this will be a connecting flight in Madrid, London, Barcelona or Paris. Once you do this, you don't need to do it again once you arrive in Málaga since you will already be in the EU. So you will only be getting your passport stamped once when you arrive into the EU and once when you leave.
A few words of advice when it comes to flying to Spain. Don't forget that airline specifications have changed in recent years. Most airlines now only allow you to have one checked bag as well as one carry on and one personal item which all must have a certain weight. Typically larger bottles of liquid should be put in the checked luggage. The maximum capacity of liquid you can take with you on a carry on is 3.4 ounces and these must all fit into one quart size Zip-lock bag (according to the TSA website). Here are some links to different airlines specifications in regards to luggage: