Malaga, Spain


Take sunny days, golden beaches and clear, cool waters, shake it up with lovely tapas sessions, sparkling wine, cultural heritage and you get a delightful cocktail called Malaga. When your cruise ship makes a call at Malaga, get ready to hit the beaches, and mingle with warm friendly people. Welcome to the Costa del Sol.

DON'T MISS

If you are an art lover, then do pay a visit to the Picasso House Museum that is dedicated to Málaga's most famous son, Pablo Picasso. It is located in the old quarter of Málaga at the Plaza de la Merced, and houses round 200 of the artist's works.

THINGS TO DO AND SEE

  • Make a visit to the Cathedral of Malaga. Built over two hundred years, on the site of a former mosque, the original plans were to build two towers but they ran out of money and till today there is only one tower, prompting the residents to fondly refer to it as La Manquita or one-armed lady!
  • The Alcazaba fortress is the most well preserved fortress palace in Spain, and overlooks the city from a hilltop inland. It is one of two Moorish fortresses in the city, the other being the Castillo de Gibralfaro, located just above.
  • If relaxation is what you want hit the beaches and soak up the sun on a sunbed on the sands

SHOPPING

A walk on Calle Larios the city's hub, will give you plenty of options for shopping – from ultra-modern stores to little boutiques where you can buy souvenirs to take back home. From lace mantillas to painted ceramic tiles and other curios, or even a bottle of Malaga wine, you are bound to find something to take back home.

GRAB A BITE

If you love seafood, have grilled sardines on a stick and cooked on a fire on the beach! In the evenings take a walk down the main street of the city Calle Larios, stop by at a cafe or tea shop and have crepes, and coffee while you soak in the buzzing atmosphere on the streets. And how can you miss going to a tapas bar.

At night head for Pier 1 as this is where the action is – lots of bars, restaurants and nightlife.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES

Summer starts pleasantly with temperatures in the 72°F/22.22°C range in May and June with it warming a bit to 78°F/25.6°C in August that is probably the hottest month in the year. All in all it never gets really hot, as the sea breeze bring in cool air from the ocean.

LOCAL CURRENCY

The Euro is the of Spain and credit cards are freely accepted everywhere.