To many European tourists, Malaga is simply the airport gateway to the sunshine, glorious sandy beaches, and cheap cocktails of Spain’s Costa Del Sol. While it doesn't have the touristic fame of other historic Andalusian cities like Granada or Sevilla, Malaga deserves more attention with its blend of history, culture, and modernity.
Many cruise guests arriving into the port of Malaga book excursions to Granada, approximately 85 miles to the northeast. That’s understandable because Granada is home to the Alhambra, a stunning complex of palaces and fortresses that’s one of the most iconic examples of Islamic architecture in Spain.
But Malaga itself holds much to interest the day-tripper, including striking Moorish architecture of its own.
Nestled along the sun-drenched Costa del Sol in southern Spain, Malaga is a vibrant coastal city that appeals as a cruise destination due to its proximity to the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea and the historic attractions of Andalusia.
From its Phoenician origins to the Islamic and Christian influences, each era has left a mark on Malaga’s cultural and architectural landscape. Yet this is every bit a modern city, with all the services and attractions you’d expect for a city of more than half-a-million people.
City officials have invested heavily in Malaga Cruise Port in recent years. A modern cruise terminal welcomes visitors, who can choose between using a port shuttle bus or taking a 25-minute walk to the city center.
There’s also an open-top city sightseeing bus, which starts from the cruise terminal and runs on a loop, although you can expect queues for this in the morning even if you’ve booked a ticket in advance.
Those choosing to walk will pass the city beach Playa Malagueta that stretches out eastward. Sun-seekers need not go any further!
Between the cruise ship port and the historic center, an outdoor shopping precinct and a handful of bars line the promenade known as Muelle Uno. Keep walking until you reach the Centre Pompidou Malaga, an offshoot of the famous Parisian art museum. It’s the first of the city’s cultural attractions and it’s here the cruise port bus drops guests.
Between the promenade and the historic center is the wonderful Malaga Park.
Despite being sandwiched between two busy roads, the park’s thick tree cover and its winding pathways revealing beautiful fountains and statues maintains a relaxed atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to cool off in the shade on a hot day.
As visitors delve deeper into Malaga’s historic center, they are greeted by the city's crowning jewel. The Alcazaba, an 11th-century Moorish fortress, stands proudly on a hill overlooking the city. A walk through this historic site reveals lush gardens, bubbling fountains,
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