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About Malaga

A gateway to so many Andalucian attractions and Costa del Sol resorts, Spanish cruise port Malaga stands out in its own right as a vibrant destination with its own unique character.

This second city of Andalucia has many Moorish influences, seen at their best in the stunning Alcazaba. Built on the site of a Roman fortress between the 8th and 11th Centuries, the castle's huge walls and fortified gates ensure a grand entrance.  Inside, a restored Roman amphitheatre now acts as an outdoor entertainment centre.

Immediately behind the Alcazaba and rising high above the city with spectacular views, are the ruins of the 14th century Moorish castle, Gibralfaro.

Malaga-born Picasso is recognised with a history of the artist's life at the city's fascinating Picasso Foundation.

 

Shore excursions in Malaga

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Costa Del Sol Sampler

Activity lowShoppingFamily

Duration: 5 hours

Spend some free time in 2 of the Costa Del Sol’s most popular resorts.

The popular resort of Benalmadena stretches from the southern foothills of the Sierra de Mijas range to the sea’s edge. Drive to the area of Benalmadena Costa, where you can take a walk along the seaside promenade to the pretty, yacht filled Puerto Marina, or grab a spot on the beach and soak up some sun.

Afterwards, you’ll take a drive to Fuengirola, the one-time fishing village that dates back to the Phoenicians and has evolved into one of the most popular resorts on the Costa Del Sol. The premier attraction of the resort is without a doubt the 5 miles of sandy beach that hug the promenade, but if you head off the beaten track you will uncover the resorts link to ancient civilisations. If you are feeling peckish why not try a traditional beach shack (Chiringuito) for a delicious seafood snack.

Meander Through Mijas

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the maze of white-washed streets that make up the enchanting hilltop town of Mijas. The ‘jewel’ of the Costa Del Sol.

Leaving the vibrant city of Malaga, the coach will head west along part of the Guadalhorce Valley – the most fertile valley of Malaga, packed full with lemons, oranges and olive plantations before arriving at Mijas. A typical Andalucian village, perched high above Fuengirola, Mijas enjoys spectacular views of the coast and surrounding heavily wooded mountains. Wander through the narrow, cobble-stoned streets of this pretty village and you will see why artists are attracted to this place, with its wonderful panoramic views over the Mediterranean.

You’ll have some free time to browse at leisure through the narrow cobble-stoned streets. Take a look inside the local craft and souvenir shops, many of which display the colourful, local pottery, or enjoy a spot of people watching whilst you enjoy a cool drink in a local café.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The tour involves a moderate level of activity and involves paved but uneven footpaths. This tour is not recommended for passengers who suffer vertigo due to the route taken.

The Best of Malaga

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

A cocktail of highlights featuring the best of Malaga’s sights.

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the city is the Gibralfaro Castle (external view), a 14th century Moorish castle, much of which still remains intact. A photo stop will be made to take in the magnificent panoramic views over the city, so don’t forget your camera.

A visit will be made to the Arabic Fortress of Alcazaba, perched high upon the hillside of the Gibralfaro Mountain and from where fine views of the African coastline can be enjoyed. Your guide will highlight how the Andalusian culture is ever-present within the Fortress, with its many fountains, channels and ponds. At the foot of this ancient Fortress, you can also view the excavated ruins of a Roman amphitheatre.

The tour continues with a walk to the birthplace and home of the 20th century’s most popular and contemporary artist – Pablo Picasso. Passing through the rooms of his house, your guide will bring to life Picasso’s early years and explain that, even as a toddler, Picasso began to draw his surroundings, which included pigeons and, bizarrely, Churros – a dough type pastry.

Leaving the birthplace of Picasso, enter the typical traditional bodega of ‘El Pimpi’, where a glass of sweet wine and some olives will be served.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a walk approximately 200 metres from the coach drop-off point to the Alcazaba.

 

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