Cruises to Malaga, Spain

Hop on board one of MSC's Mediterranean Cruises to Malaga, Spain. Nestling between the mountains and the sea, Malaga, on Spain’s east coast, is known as the capital of the Costa del Sol. MSC is offering some of the best Mediterranean cruise deals around for cruises to Malaga, Spain.

Malaga: Fantastic beaches nestled between the mountains and the sea


Nestling between the mountains and the sea, Malaga, on Spain’s east coast, is known as the capital of the Costa del Sol.

This region has long been popular with holidaymakers who are drawn by the area’s fantastic beaches and made the Costa del Sol one of the most visited regions in Spain. But this town has more to offer than just seaside and sunshine! Founded around 3000 years ago, Malaga went on to become an important part of the Roman Empire as a center for both commerce and culture before being dominated by the Moors. Several ancient Moorish monuments remain in Malaga and the surrounding region.

Why not take a day away from your luxury MSC cruise ship and join us on one of our fascinating excursion packages to local sights. As well as enjoying the best deals on Malaga attractions, you can immerse yourself in the history and folkloric traditions of the area.

The Andalusia town of Mijas, for example, with its cobbled streets and picturesque whitewashed houses is a peaceful spot where time seems to have stood still. History lovers will not want to miss our outing to the Alhambra, the fortified royal residence and UNESCO heritage site located in the beautiful city of Granada.

Families with children will love the Nerja caves with their impressive stalactites and stalagmites, which are considered the most beautiful caves in Europe.

From its beautiful landscapes to picturesque villages, Malaga makes for a worthwhile day away from ship and is a very pleasant stop during your Mediterranean cruise vacation.

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Port average temperature

The climate is Mediterranean-Subtropical with mild winters and comfortable summers. Malaga enjoys plenty of sunshine throughout the year, with an average of about 300 sunshine days and only about 50 days with precipitation annually. It is located on the coastline, the winds blowing from the Mediterranean Sea makes the heat manageable during the summer. It experiences the warmest winters of any European city with a population over 250,000 and over 100,000 jointly with two other cities from Andalusia: Almería and Algeciras. Its average annual temperature is 18°C : 23°C during the day and 13°C at night.

In the coldest month - January, the typically temperature ranges from 11 to 18°C during the day, 4 to 12 °C at night and the average sea temperature is 15–16°C. In the warmest month - August, the typically temperature ranges from 26 to 32°C during the day, above 20°C at night and the average sea temperature is 23°C. Average number of days above 21°C is 206, average number of days above 32 °C is 18. Average morning relative humidity 79%, evening relative humidity 57%. Average number of frost days is 0. Sunshine hours is till 2,815 per year, from 158 in December to 338 in July rain occurs mainly in winter, the summers are generally dry season, with the summer temperatures lasting 8–9 months. December, January and February are characterized by early-autumn/spring temperatures.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

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 MAL01 - CITY TOUR (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Situated in the deep south of Spain on the Mediterranean coast, the city of Málaga is not just a popular tourist attraction for its sunny climate and beaches, it is also one of the world’s oldest cities and the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Your half-day excursion begins with a guided tour through the main streets of the city, passing the Alameda Principal – a grand boulevard flanked by lush trees – on the way. A visit to the 16th-century Cathedral, one of the most important examples of Andalusian Renaissance architecture, as well as a look around the Gibralfaro fortress are equally on the tour itinerary. Your return to the port and your ship brings the tour to an end. Please note: the visit to the Cathedral and the Gibralfaro fortress must be reconfirmed during your cruise. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting places of religious importance.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 MAL01WI - CITY TOUR (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Situated in the deep south of Spain on the Mediterranean coast, the city of Málaga is not just a popular tourist attraction for its sunny climate and beaches, it is also one of the world’s oldest cities and the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Your half-day excursion begins with a guided tour through the main streets of the city, passing the Alameda Principal – a grand boulevard flanked by lush trees – on the way. A visit to the 16th-century Cathedral, one of the most important examples of Andalusian Renaissance architecture, as well as a look around the Gibralfaro fortress are equally on the tour itinerary. Your return to the port and your ship brings the tour to an end. Please note: the visit to the Cathedral and the Gibralfaro fortress must be reconfirmed during your cruise. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting places of religious importance.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 MAL02 - MIJAS, THE WHITE TOWN (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Situated only a little way inland from the beautiful Costa del Sol coastline approx. 1 hour’s coach ride from Malaga lies Mijas, a pretty little Andalusian town with cobbled streets and typical white-washed buildings. Thanks to its elevated location at a height of 428 metres above sea level, the town’s Pueblo Mijas district is known for its views of the African coast, the Atlas mountains, the rock of Gibraltar and a generous portion of the Costa del Sol. There are many small independent stores mainly selling meticulously crafted artisan products, including attractive pottery and clothing. You will have some free time to enjoy Mijas on your own before heading back to Malaga and your ship.

Price per person $52.00 Adults $36.00 Children

   


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 MAL02WI - MIJAS, THE WHITE TOWN (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Situated only a little way inland from the beautiful Costa del Sol coastline approx. 1 hour’s coach ride from Malaga lies Mijas, a pretty little Andalusian town with cobbled streets and typical white-washed buildings. Thanks to its elevated location at a height of 428 metres above sea level, the town’s Pueblo Mijas district is known for its views of the African coast, the Atlas mountains, the rock of Gibraltar and a generous portion of the Costa del Sol. There are many small independent stores mainly selling meticulously crafted artisan products, including attractive pottery and clothing. You will have some free time to enjoy Mijas on your own before heading back to Malaga and your ship.

Price per person $52.00 Adults $36.00 Children

   


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 MAL05 - MARBELLA & PUERTO BANÚS (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Your half-day excursion to the seaside resort of Marbella – one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations on the Costa del Sol and certainly one of the prettiest – begins with a scenic 1-hour coach ride from Malaga port. Marbella is ideally set, tucked away in between the Sierra Blanca mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Your guide will show you around the key sights of the city, such as the 16th-/17th-century Iglesia de la Encarnación, a fabulous church built in late Gothic style that features an ornate golden altar. The next stop is the pretty marina at Puerto Banús, a suburb of Marbella. You will have some free time to have coffee (not included in the price of the tour), explore the resort and admire the beautiful yachts moored in the luxury marina before returning to the port and your ship. Please note: external viewings only of the places visited.

Price per person $58.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 MAL05WI - MARBELLA & PUERTO BANÚS (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Your half-day excursion to the seaside resort of Marbella – one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations on the Costa del Sol and certainly one of the prettiest – begins with a scenic 1-hour coach ride from Málaga port. Marbella is ideally set, tucked away in between the Sierra Blanca mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Your guide will show you around the key sights of the city, such as the 16th-/17th-century Iglesia de la Encarnación, a fabulous church built in late Gothic style that features an ornate golden altar. The next stop is the pretty marina at Puerto Banús, a suburb of Marbella. You will have some free time to have coffee (not included in the price of the tour), explore the resort and admire the beautiful yachts moored in the luxury marina before returning to the port and your ship. Please note: external viewings only of the places visited.

Price per person $57.00 Adults $40.00 Children

   


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 MAL06 - THE CAVES OF NERJA (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  A 1-hour drive by coach from Malaga port will take you to the coastal town of Nerja, home to a famous network of caves that were re-discovered in modern times by a group of potholing friends in 1959. The caves were inhabited from approx. 25,000 B.C. to the Bronze Age, with cave paintings delivering lasting proof of human habitation. Considered to be one of the most beautiful complexes of its kind in Europe, the cave system is made up of various chambers with their characteristic stalagmites and stalactites, including the amazing Cataclysm Chamber – which houses a perpendicular central column that rises 32 metres into the air – and the so-called Hall of Nativity. You will also have some free time to enjoy the panoramic view from the “Balcony of Europe” before your tour concludes with your return to Malaga. Please note: the visit to the caves involves walking up and down winding steps, stairs, narrow passages and on slippery ground. Only cameras without a flash are allowed inside the caves.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 MAL06WI - THE CAVES OF NERJA (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  A 1-hour drive by coach from Málaga port will take you to the coastal town of Nerja, home to a famous network of caves that were re-discovered in modern times by a group of potholing friends in 1959. The caves were inhabited from approx. 25,000 B.C. to the Bronze Age, with cave paintings delivering lasting proof of human habitation. Considered to be one of the most beautiful complexes of its kind in Europe, the cave system is made up of various chambers with their characteristic stalagmites and stalactites, including the amazing Cataclysm Chamber – which houses a perpendicular central column that rises 32 metres into the air – and the so-called Hall of Nativity. You will also have some free time to enjoy the panoramic view from the “Balcony of Europe” before your tour concludes with your return to Málaga. Please note: the visit to the caves involves walking up and down winding steps, stairs, narrow passages and on slippery ground. Taking pictures with flash inside the caves is prohibited.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 MAL07 - A TASTE OF ANDALUSIA (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Cultural  Enjoy a guided tour of Malaga, Spain’s fifth-largest city, plus an inside viewing of Gibralfaro Castle, an imposing fortification built by the Caliph of Granada in the 14th century. Located on top of Mount Gibralfaro at 130 metres above sea level, the castle also delivers wonderful views of the surrounding scenery. Indeed, the name Gibralfaro is derived from a Phoenician word meaning “rock of light”. Next up is a visit to the La Malagueta bullring. A look around the arena and the museum will give you a real feel for this popular Spanish pastime. The Spanish folk theme continues with a trip to a dance studio for a flamenco show put on by a troupe of dancers. A snack will be served while you enjoy this performance of one of the country’s leading art forms. Please note: as the viewing of Gibralfaro Castle involves climbing numerous steps, it is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $102.00 Adults $71.00 Children

   


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 MAL07WI - A TASTE OF ANDALUSIA (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Cultural  Enjoy a guided tour of Málaga, Spain’s fifth-largest city, plus an inside viewing of Gibralfaro Castle, an imposing fortification built by the Caliph of Granada in the 14th century. Located on top of Mount Gibralfaro at 130 metres above sea level, the castle also delivers wonderful views of the surrounding scenery. Indeed, the name Gibralfaro is derived from a Phoenician word meaning “rock of light”. Next up is a visit to the La Malagueta bullring. A look around the arena and the museum will give you a real feel for this popular Spanish pastime. The Spanish folk theme continues with a trip to a dance studio for a flamenco show put on by a troupe of dancers. A snack will be served while you enjoy this performance of one of the country’s leading art forms. Please note: as the viewing of Gibralfaro Castle involves climbing numerous steps, it is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $101.00 Adults $71.00 Children

   


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 MAL09 - THE MANY FLAVOURS OF MÁLAGA (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Shopping  After boarding a modern coach at Málaga pier, your journey of discovery begins with an orientational spin to see the city’s most prominent sights and includes a brief photo call at Mount Gibralfaro, from where superb views are yours to enjoy. Moving on, prepare your senses for the myriad colours and aromas of Málaga’s main market, the Mercado Atarazanas, a so-called “Historic-Artistic Monument”. The market’s old gate continues to stand proud as a reminder of the site’s Moorish past. With your appetite whetted by this temple of foodie goodness, the next stop will be a classic Spanish café to indulge your palate with a thoroughly moreish sweet surprise: some deep-fried, sugar-dusted churros and a hug-in-a-mug serving of hot chocolate. Similar to a doughnut in texture, churros deliver a melt-in-the-mouth moment you’ll love to savour. Suitably fortified, the journey then continues on through town towards the historical district, culminating at the elegant old-world environs of Málaga’s main drag, which bears the grand name of Calle Marqués de Larios. Some time to call your own and do as you please then follows before you begin to make your way back to the port and your ship. Please note: this excursion is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $46.00 Adults $32.00 Children

   


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 MAL09WI - THE MANY FLAVOURS OF MÁLAGA ( approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  After boarding a modern coach at Málaga pier, your journey of discovery begins with an orientational spin to see the city’s most prominent sights and includes a brief photo call at Mount Gibralfaro, from where superb views are yours to enjoy. Moving on, prepare your senses for the myriad colours and aromas of Málaga’s main market, the Mercado Atarazanas, a so-called “Historic-Artistic Monument”. The market’s old gate continues to stand proud as a reminder of the site’s Moorish past. With your appetite whetted by this temple of foodie goodness, the next stop will be a classic Spanish café to indulge your palate with a thoroughly moreish sweet surprise: some deep-fried, sugar-dusted churros and a hug-in-a-mug serving of hot chocolate. Similar to a doughnut in texture, churros deliver a melt-in-the-mouth moment you’ll love to savour. Suitably fortified, the journey then continues on through town towards the historical district, culminating at the elegant old-world environs of Málaga’s main drag, which bears the grand name of Calle Marqués de Larios. Some time to call your own and do as you please then follows before you begin to make your way back to the port and your ship. Please note: this excursion is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This tour is not available on 05.01.2014

Price per person $46.00 Adults $32.00 Children

   


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 MAL10 - ROMANTIC MÁLAGA (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Shopping  Make a date with Málaga and discover all the romance of this lovely seaside city – the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Your first stop on this half-day jaunt will be the vantage point at Mount Gibralfaro for you to savour the amazing views of the surrounding area – and capture the moment by taking some photos. On returning to the city, a guided walk will give you a chance to amble down the main streets of Málaga. Your guide will keep you entertained with interesting snippets about the city’s history and stories of some famous weddings that were celebrated in the town. A well-earned chance to have a rest and enjoy the lively ambience of one of Málaga’s best tapas bars then follows at “El Pimpi”. Your snack of tasty tapas and a drink will be accompanied by the soothing sounds of serenades sung to a soft guitar by a group of costumed university students known as a “tuna”. Having originated in 13th-century Iberia, the tradition remains popular as a means for students to earn money for their keep. Your guide will tell you all about it as you sit, sip and savour the authentic flavours and sounds of Spain. Your return the port brings your tour of romantic Málaga to a close. Please note: this excursion is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $55.00 Adults $39.00 Children

   


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 MAL10WI - ROMANTIC MÁLAGA ( approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Snack included  Cultural  Make a date with Málaga and discover all the romance of this lovely seaside city – the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Your first stop on this half-day jaunt will be the vantage point at Mount Gibralfaro for you to savour the amazing views of the surrounding area – and capture the moment by taking some photos. On returning to the city, a guided walk will give you a chance to amble down the main streets of Málaga. Your guide will keep you entertained with interesting snippets about the city’s history and stories of some famous weddings that were celebrated in the town. A well-earned chance to have a rest and enjoy the lively ambience of one of Málaga’s best tapas bars then follows at “El Pimpi”. Your snack of tasty tapas and a drink will be accompanied by the soothing sounds of serenades sung to a soft guitar by a group of costumed university students known as a “tuna”. Having originated in 13th-century Iberia, the tradition remains popular as a means for students to earn money for their keep. Your guide will tell you all about it as you sit, sip and savour the authentic flavours and sounds of Spain. Your return the port brings your tour of romantic Málaga to a close. Please note: this excursion is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $55.00 Adults $39.00 Children

   


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 MAL11 - A SLICE OF ANDALUSIAN PARADISE (approx. 5.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  A whole host of authentic Andalusian impressions that go beyond just sea and sand are yours to enjoy on this leisurely outing that will take you through Málaga’s surprisingly varied hinterland and begins with a scenic 40-minute coach journey up to a traditional Spanish finca. Your entertaining and welcoming host will introduce you to the wonderful flavours of produce grown in the so-called “Sunshine Valley”, before you move on to have breakfast in traditional Andalusian style – delicious! Next on your Andalusian adventure is the traditionally whitewashed village of Álora – one of the many pueblos blancos for which the region is known – that sits tucked away amid three rocky spurs. After a chance to stretch your legs and explore the narrow lanes of this appealing village, a further coach leg through breathtaking scenery will see you reach the mesmerisingly beautiful El Chorro Gorge, aka the “Málaga Lake District”. The beguiling turquoise of the crystal-clear water surrounded by deep-green pine forests make these lakes a certain highlight of your outing. Some free time to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings brings the excursion to a close before you return to the port and your ship. Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests in a wheelchair.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 MAL11WI - A SLICE OF ANDALUSIAN PARADISE (approx. 5.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  A whole host of authentic Andalusian impressions that go beyond just sea and sand are yours to enjoy on this leisurely outing that will take you through Málaga’s surprisingly varied hinterland and begins with a scenic 40-minute coach journey up to a traditional Spanish finca. Your entertaining and welcoming host will introduce you to the wonderful flavours of produce grown in the so-called “Sunshine Valley”, before you move on to have breakfast in traditional Andalusian style – delicious! Next on your Andalusian adventure is the traditionally whitewashed village of Álora – one of the many pueblos blancos for which the region is known – that sits tucked away amid three rocky spurs. After a chance to stretch your legs and explore the narrow lanes of this appealing village, a further coach leg through breathtaking scenery will see you reach the mesmerisingly beautiful El Chorro Gorge, aka the “Málaga Lake District”. The beguiling turquoise of the crystal-clear water surrounded by deep-green pine forests make these lakes a certain highlight of your outing. Some free time to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings brings the excursion to a close before you return to the port and your ship. Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests in a wheelchair.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.