Our Guide to Malaga Spain
Located along the world-famous Costa del Sol in southern Spain, not only is Malaga the perfect gateway to many Andalucian destinations, the city and the cruise port stands out as destinations within themselves.
Malaga is the second-city of Andalucia, and it has many Moorish influences that are seen at their best with a visit to the stunning Alcazaba castle. This was built on the site of a former Roman fortress and the huge castle walls and fortified gates. The interior features a number of quaint little courtyards and a recently restored Roman amphitheatre, which now acts as an outdoor entertainment centre. Just behind the Alcazaba you will find the ruins of the Gibralfaro, a fourteenth century Moorish castle that offers spectacular views of the city and the warm, Mediterranean Sea.
The world-renowned artist Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga; and although he left the city at a young age and rarely returned, the Museo Picasso Malaga offers an insight into the great painter himself. You don’t really need to rely on public transportation to make your way around this great city, a gentle stroll will take you along the winding lanes of the old town and past a number of chic boutiques and quaint little cafés, perfect for an ice cold drink in the summer months.
In terms of cuisine, the city has some of the best tapas bars in the whole of Spain. These Tapas eateries specialise in using only the freshest of ingredients, including fresh seafood that is caught in the local waters each morning.
When arriving into Malaga on a cruise ship, the port is within walking distance to the majority of the places of interest. Since the best-part of Malaga is pedestrianised, it is usually quicker to get from A to B by foot, unless you’d have mobility issues, as the cobbles can be a problem. In that case, a short taxi ride from the port to the main cathedral should cost roughly 8 Euros.