On the southern coast of Spain lies the sunny city of Malaga. Famous for its wonderful weather, stunning beaches and for being the birthplace of the artist Picasso, Malaga is a major port of call on Spain’s Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) and a popular cruise destination.
Relax on sandy beaches, wander through local markets, admire fascinating architecture or sip a coffee at an outdoor café. Malaga really has it all. There are plenty of museums to browse, such as the amazing Picasso Museum as well as the palace of Alcazaba and the Moorish Gibralfaro Castle. Malaga is even home to a famous Bull Ring.
Cruise lines such as Celebrity, Costa, Cunard, NCL, MSC, Star Clippers, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea and Azamura all include Malaga as an exciting destination on their Mediterranean and Spanish Costa del Sol itineraries.
Large cruise ships dock at the new cruise terminal (Pier 1) located only 2 kilometres - or a 15 minute walk - outside of the city centre of Malaga. Smaller ships may dock at Pier 2, which is even closer to town.
The cruise terminal is brand new and offers plenty of comforts for the docking passenger.
- Car Hire
- Shuttle bus from the port to Plaza de la Marina in the heart of Malaga (small fare involved)
- Duty-free shopping when returning to your cruise ship.
The Tourist Office for Malaga is located at the Plaza de la Marina near the harbour entrance. The city is full of great restaurants, bars and cafés and as Malaga is renowned for its excellent shopping, visitors are sure to have an enjoyable and comfortable visit to the Spanish city. There are also many free Wi-Fi spots around town, including newspaper stands and fast food restaurants.
How to Get Around
As a large, populous city, there are plenty of transport options to make getting around easy and comfortable. It’s easy to walk around Malaga as plenty of sights and beaches are within walking distance and it is a great way to soak up the atmosphere and culture of the city. It is also possible to rent a bicycle, from a couple of hours to an all-day guided tour.
For a unique travel experience, consider hiring a Bike Taxi, known as a ‘Trixi’. The carriages escape traffic and your cycling guide will show you the best attractions.
As a tourist, perhaps the best way to get your bearings is the ‘hop on hop off’ tourist bus, which takes passengers to all the major attractions.
Malaga also has efficient bus, train and metro systems for exploring the city and beyond. These are inexpensive as well as fairly reliable.
Travel times from the port:
- It is a 15 minute walk to the city centre
- It is a 20 minute walk to the Picasso Museum.
- It is a 15 minute journey to Playa de la Malagueta
- It is a 30 minute journey to Gibralfro Castle.
- Currency - The official currency in Malaga is the Euro (€). Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and €2 and €1 denominations. Notes come in €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5 denominations. There are ATMs in Malaga and most places accept major credit cards.
- Time Zone - Malaga utilises Central European Time (CET), which is an hour ahead of Universal Standard Time (UTC). Spain switches to Daylight Savings at the end of March, turning the clocks forward 1 hour. The country returns to standard time in late October.
- Weather - Malaga enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. Temperatures usually peak in July, with an average maximum temperature of 31 degrees Celsius. Winters are mild, even during the coldest month (January), when the average maximum temperature is still a pleasant 17 degrees Celsius.
- Picasso Museum - One of the highlights for visitors to Malaga is the Picasso Museum, which holds many of the artist’s important works. The Museum is open daily all year-round from 10am to 6pm with extended hours in summer.
- Playa de la Malagueta - The delightful beach of Malagueta is only a short walk from the port. A gorgeous stretch of sand, with high-rise buildings on one side and clear waters on the other, it is a great place to soak up some Spanish sunshine. There are plenty of restaurants along the beach to enjoy as well.
- Gibralfro Castle - Explore the iconic 10th century castle and enjoy the view it affords over the city – it is a wonderful photo opportunity. You can walk up the hill, or take the Tourist Bus. The castle is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 6pm all year round and stays open for longer in summer.