As Spain sixth largest city, Malaga offers an abundance of culture, art and tradition in an easy-to-explore little package! Its golden beaches offer no shortage of sunshine in line with its Costa del Sol location, making it a top choice for those in search of a bit of rest and relaxation. From kite surfing to snorkelling, there are plenty of ways to get out into the water, while Moorish, Roman and Renaissance architecture invite you in to explore the city centre. Malaga is a 3000-year-old city on the upswing, with a buzzing nightlife and trendy tapas scene to get the party started.
Apart from its stunning beaches, Malaga offers a bevy of artistic and cultural attractions to keep you busy during your stay! One of the city’s most famous residents is Pablo Picasso, and you can learn more about his life in the Museo Picasso Malaga, dedicated to everything related to this master of the art world! Afterwards, visit the Oleo to see what contemporary artists are up to. The city’s Cathedral is also a must-see, founded in the 16th century on the site of a former mosque. Gain insight into Malaga’s Moorish history by visiting the Alcazaba, which rivals the Alhambra for its ornate architecture and lush gardens
Malaga’s cruise terminal is a busy one, connecting Europe and Africa with daily ferry routes to Melilla! It’s conveniently located near the city centre, which means you can venture over to the Cathedral and Picasso Museum on foot. There are three terminals for passengers here, and the El Palmeral de las Sorpresas terminal boasts a very convenient location allowing visitors to pull up and dock right in the heart of the city’s historic centre. As a result, you don’t have to worry too much about public transportation; however there is a shuttle bus taking you straight to the Plaza de la Marina.
You’ll have your choice of parking facilities located near the cruise terminal, including Red Parking, Express Car Parking, and Parking Holiday lots. Most of these offer secure premises and a shuttle bus to take you to and from your point of embarkation. Be sure to check which Wharf you’ll be departing form – the Eastern Wharf is used by larger cruise ships, while the numbered wharfs are used by smaller Mediterranean-focused cruise lines. For those who prefer not to drive, there are also clearly marked taxi ranks at each dock and a bicycle rental service at the Eastern Wharf.
Get ready to treat your taste buds to some tempting tapas in Malaga! One of the city’s hotspots is Cervantes, which began as a tiny hole in the wall before expanding into four popular bar-restaurants in close proximity to one another. Head to El Meson de Cervantes, the headquarters, for top-notch service and local flavours. Afterwards, take in a flamenco show at Kelipe.
Away from the sandy beaches, why not explore the greener side of Malaga? The city’s botanic gardens date back to the 1800s, with bright blooms and plants both native and exotic to admire.
You’re unlikely to run out of museums to visit, whether it’s the sartorial designs and classic cars of the Museo Automovilistico (housed in a tobacco factory) or the classical and fine arts of the Museo de Malaga (housed in a former palace). There’s also a Russian museum, as well as a museum dedicated to Andalucian art. And if this all sounds a bit stuffy, explore the works of MAUS, a kaleidoscope of street art!
If you’re an early riser, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the Mercado de Atarazanas at its best. This colourful market features a rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables, along with the catch of the day coming straight from the sea.