This blog post was originally posted on May 18th, 2016 and was updated on November 21st, 2017
Is your cruise ship stopping by the Malaga cruise port? Make the most of your time in the city and check out these wonderful things to do!
Malaga’s cruise port is located right next to the city center, and being a very walkable city means that with even a quick visit to the city you can explore the historic center and see the best that Malaga has to offer. With so many things within easy reach of the port, there are lots of things to do in Malaga for cruisers, so here are our top suggestions to help you plan the perfect visit to the capital of the Costa del Sol.
Visit the city center
Malaga’s port– the arrival point of your cruise ship– was redeveloped in 2011, and the new, modern port has lots of nice shops and restaurants, as well as our newest museum, the Center Pompidou. But as nice as it is, it’s very easy to explore further afield from here.
- Head to the east if you are planning to spend the day at the beach.
- Head to the west to Plaza de la Marina if you want to explore the city center. You will also find the Tourist Information Office in this square.
To explore the historic center of Malaga: From Plaza de la Marina you’ll enter the center of the city via Calle Larios. This is most popular shopping area in Malaga, and one of the most beautiful — and expensive! — streets of the entire city. From here you can explore the small side streets and hidden alleys, allowing you to both discover the charm of the city and make your way to the important squares and monuments that Malaga is famous for.
Get to Know Picasso
Given that Picasso was born in the city, and that malagueños are still very proud to call him one of their own, Malaga is the perfect place to get to know him a little better.
Go to Plaza de Merced to both visit his birth house (which is today open as a small museum where you’ll see personal items such as his baby clothes and family photos) as well as have your photo taken with the statue of the man himself, which is sitting on a bench on the edge of the square.
Then head to one of the most popular museums to visit in Malaga, the Picasso Museum, which is two floors dedicated to the works of the man himself. However, don’t come here expecting to find his famous pieces, as they are housed in big museums all over the world. What you will find is essentially the development of his life as an artist– many of his unknown and early works are among the pieces here– making for an interesting and educational visit for any art lover!
Find Shade in The Park
Along our port, you will find Malaga’s park stretching over 300 meters and filled with plants and trees from all corners of the globe. Aside from the beautiful flora and fauna, there are fountains, statues, and many benches to sit down and rest or awhile.
The park might be located close to the city center, but you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another world! The vibe is chilled with plants and trees providing shade, making it a place that both visitors and locals alike love to relax in. And if you are traveling with the whole family, there is even a playground in the middle of the park so the children can play.
Discover Malaga’s History
Malaga’s history is almost 3,000 years old with many different civilizations who have come and gone, leaving their impressive monuments in the city. If you are here just a few hours you probably won’t find time to go inside every monument, but you can definitely marvel the architecture from the outside!
- Cathedral: Malaga’s Cathedral is the second largest in Andalusia, and only one of its two tours was every completed. Surrounded by a beautiful square and gardens with orange trees, it’s an absolute must-see when you are in the city.
- Roman Theater: Once used by the Roman’s purely to put on shows for entertainment, it is still used every now and then today. The rest of the time it’s free to enter, so sit down on one of the seats and feel what the Romans felt all those years ago.
- Alcazaba: Above the Roman Theater, you can see the Alcazaba, one of the two Moorish fortresses that still stand in Malaga today. If you go inside you will be treated to fabulous views over the city center, as well as beautiful gardens, patios, and Arabic architecture.
Eat And Drink Like a Local
Call us biased, but we think the best way to get to know a city is to eat and drink like the locals– and with the locals! Join us on one of our Devour Malaga Food Tours to explore the city’s best bites, sample our wonderful local wines, and learn about the history and traditions of the city, as you wander through the streets and stopping in at five of our favourite family-run food businesses along the way.