Malaga stands out as a beautifully vibrant gateway to the delectable Costa del Sol resorts and visually stunning Andalucía allure. As the second most populous city of Andalusia and the sixth largest in Spain, it’s the simplistic nature and beauty of Malaga that makes this port of call popular. The perfect destination for those looking to leave the ship and immediately be able to take a stroll through the heart of a city. Just a five-minute walk separates the cruise terminal from the captivating centre.
Known as the ‘Jewel of Moorish Spain’, the beauty of Alhambra is breath-taking. Located in the foothills of Spain’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Alhambra is one of the world’s finest examples of Islamic Art. Each room appears more richly decorated than the next, where guests can marvel at the painstakingly beautiful marble columns, graceful arcades and fine craftsmanship throughout.
Elsewhere, perched high on the hillside of Gibralfaro Mountain, the Arabic Fortress of Alcazaba offers panoramic views over Malaga’s coastline. Visually captivating this amazing location welcomes visitors with its grand entrance of towering walls and fortified gates. Here a restored Roman amphitheatre has been redesigned to create a brilliant outdoor entertainment centre.
With over 200 drawings, paintings, sculptures and more inside, a visit to Malaga wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Picasso Museum. Situated in Palacio de Buenavista in a beautiful 16th century building in the heart of the Old Town, the museum is only a few minutes away from Plaza de la Merced, where Picasso was born. The Picasso museum and Botanical Gardens provides the perfect opportunity to view some of the incredible work that made Picasso one of the most important artists in the modern world.
The entertainment does not stay within the city centre itself; enjoy the enchanting destinations slightly further afield such as a visit to one of the Costa del Sol’s most famous holiday locations for a day at the beach in Torremolinos. There’s also the opportunity to visit the Aquapark in Torremolinos for a day full of twisting, turning, splashing and a whole lot of fun. Those who feel brave enough can take on the Boomerang, the parks most daring ride or try the Kamikaze slide. For a more educationally fascinating experience, head over to the outstanding Selwo Marina. Here guests can discover marine life from South America to the ice lands of Antarctica, and make the most of a great day out.
If it’s shopping you’re looking for then it does not get much better than a visit to the divine Puerto Banus for the ultimate designer resort. Exclusive designer boutiques complimented by sublime restaurants and a yacht marina exude the reputation of the wealthy clientele.
Take home edible treats including Malaga’s classic confection, turron, which is made from almond and honey and buy sweet Malaga wine by the bottle which was first made in 600 B.C. You can also seek out high-quality glassware that is made locally in Malaga, handmade soaps and olive oil to give as gifts for friends and family.
Malaga enjoys a sensational climate of subtropical Mediterranean weather and with average temperatures of 17 degrees Celsius during the winter period; it also makes for a fabulous year round destination, ranking as one of the warmest winters in Europe.
Malaga has something for everyone, a great port of call that continues to be welcoming an ever increasing range of cruise lines to its shores. No matter how you wish to spend your day, you are certainly in for a treat at this magnificent destination.