Docking/Anchoring: Docking at cruise pier near the old quarter.
Itineraries: Features on Mediterranean, North African and Europe cruises.
Getting Around: There are usually taxis outside of the pier, and as shuttle to get you to outside of the port. From there the old quarter is walking distance.
Malaga is a major port of call in Spain’s south, located on the Costa del Sol in the Andalucia province. Increasingly popular with cruise lines as the start and finish port for cruises, it’s also a jumping off point for many visitors hitting the slew of famous beaches east and west of the city. But Malaga is also famous for being the birthplace of the celebrated artist, Picasso, and has an attractive old quarter packed with old architecture, excellent shopping and the insatiable café lifestyle.
Central Mercado de Ataranzanas: If you love food you will enjoy this fascinating local market. It is also the place to stock up on picnic food if you are herding to the beach.
Alcazaba: This is a beautiful palace located in the city centre, boasting three Moorish style courtyards including one with pretty fountains.
Gibralfaro Castle: If you love history and views, this is the place to head for. It is also in Moorish style, and houses a museum, along with ramparts you can walk to snap photos of the city, the beaches, and Malaga’s famous bull ring.
The Picasso Museum: A must for anyone, not just lovers of art. The museum houses a number of the master’s works and his home is also open to view.
Iglesia Catedral de la Encarnacion: This 15th century church mixes both Renaissance and Gothic styles, is as impressive on the inside as the outside, and has 13 different side chapels.
Shopping: Okay it’s not strictly a sight, but fashionistas will enjoy the boutiques and department stores on the popular shopping areas of Calle Larios, going to Calle Granada. All those lovely European brand names are there, and the Euro isn’t as scary as it was so you are likely to grab a bargain! Just remember the siesta as many shops still close.
Eating and drinking: Also not a sight as such, but Andalucian cuisine and wines are well worth taking time out for, not to mention people watching! Dishes to try include the cold vegetable soup gazpacho, clams cooked in wine, fresh grilled sardines, and smoked hams.
If you are new to the Costa del Sol and Malaga in particular, a city tour will give you access to most of the famous sights and some beaches.
If you have been there and done all of that, however, the primary must-do excursion is to Granada and the famous, Moorish Alhambra Palace. Other excellent choices if available include a visit to the stunning city of Rhonda, or for beach lovers, a trip to swish Marbella or Puerto Banus.
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