Malaga is one of the best-known cities in Spain’s Andalucia region and is the capital of the scenic Costa del Sol. Malaga sits in the far south of Spain and is known for its exciting and diverse range of activities. History-lovers will enjoy the ancient architecture that can be found throughout Malaga, including Roman ruins and buildings with an Arabic influence. Many of the city’s historic landmarks are located on hills, offering stunning views over the city and the sea. With a location on the Mediterranean, Malaga is loved for its beaches and coastline. Lots of beaches are within walking distance of the city centre, and the palm-tree lined coastal streets are the perfect place to take in the views. Malaga is also known as the hometown of artist Pablo Picasso. Throughout the city, you’ll notice reminders of its most famous historic resident, including the Picasso Museum and several old restaurants and bars that he once frequented. Malaga is always buzzing with excitement between its great local cafes, boutique shopping, and lively tapas bars. There is so much to experience around the Malaga region, making it the perfect first stop on a cruise through the Mediterranean.
Puerto de Malaga is located a short distance south of the city centre. Cruise ships embark from Pier 1, the Eastern dock. In order to reach the cruise terminal, passengers can walk from the city centre in about 15 minutes. Alternatively, the Port Authority of Malaga offers a shuttle service to cruise passengers. The shuttle travels from Plaza de la Marina in the heart of the city centre regularly throughout the day and costs €5 ($7.90 AUD) to ride. Cruise passengers arriving to the port by car can take advantage of a car park located directly at Puerto de Malaga. Nearby parking garages are also available on Alameda Colón and Calle San Lorenzo.
For a quick and easy journey to your ship on the morning of departure, you could plan to stay at a hotel near Malaga Port the night before. There are several budget-friendly hotels located within easy walking distance to Puerto de Malaga, including Hotel Alameda Malaga, Soho Boutique Malaga, Hotel Zeus, and Mariposa Hotel Malaga.
The Castillo de Gibralfaro is Malaga’s castle that was was first built in 929 AD and then rebuilt about 400 years later. The castle was first used as a way to protect both the city and the nearby Alcazaba palace. It sits on top of a large hill overlooking central Malaga and the Mediterranean, offering some incredible views. Visitors to the Castillo de Gibralfaro can walk all throughout the castle and along the fortified walls overlooking the city. It also includes a military museum, which touches on the castle’s role in Malaga’s military history.
The Alcazaba was built as both a palace and fortress during the time of Muslim rule in the city. It features some gorgeous architectural elements that feel distinctly Arabic. It is known for featuring some of the most prominent Muslim designs in Spain. Visitors can walk through the enormous palace and catch some breathtaking views over the city. The palace was also built on top of Roman ruins, some of which can still be seen today. At the base of the Alcazaba, visitors can see the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre that was constructed in the first century BC.
Malaga is known as the hometown of one of the most famous artists in history, Pablo Picasso. Picasso was born in Malaga in 1881, and many of his early works were inspired by the city he grew up in. Picasso’s art featured a range of styles, including his Blue and Rose Periods, Cubism, and Surrealism. The Museum’s exhibits change all the time as different paintings from Picasso’s life are rotated through the museum. Entrance to the Picasso Museum normally costs €8 ($12.65 AUD), but it is free after 4pm on Sundays.