Malaga

The Picasso Museum 
The formidable citadel of Gibralfaro
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The elegant central zone of Málaga – a stop-off on your MSC cruise of the Mediterranean – is largely pedestrianized with the focal point, marble-paved Calle Marqués de Larios, lined with fashionable stores, its most elegant thoroughfare.
Plaza de la Constitución, Málaga’s main square, hosts a monumental fountain flanked by slender palms and the terraces of numerous cafés and restaurants. Málaga centre has a number of interesting churches and museums, not to mention the birthplace of Picasso and the Museo Picasso Málaga, housing an important collection of works by Málaga’s most famous son.

Perched on the hill above the town are the formidable citadels of the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro, magnificent vestiges of the seven centuries that the Moors held sway here.

Málaga is also renowned for its fish and seafood, which can be sampled at tapas bars and restaurants throughout the city, as well as at the old fishing villages of El Palo and Pedregalejo, now absorbed into the suburbs, where there’s a seafront paseo lined with some of the best marisquerías and chiringuitos (beachside fish restaurants) in the province.

The impressive Alcazaba is the place to make for if you’re joining a shore excursion. Clearly visible from your cruise ship, to the left of its entrance on c/Acazabilla stands the Roman Theatre accidentally discovered in 1951, and – following excavation and restoration – now a venue for various outdoor entertainments.

The citadel, too, is Roman in origin, with blocks and columns of marble interspersed among the Moorish brick of the double- and triple-arched gateways. Above the Alcazaba, and connected to it by a long double wall (the coracha), is the Gibralfaro castle. Like the Alcazaba, it has been wonderfully restored and now houses an interesting museum devoted to its history.

Must see place in Malaga

  • Cobbled streets in Mijas

    Cobbled streets in Mijas

  • Nerja caves

    Nerja caves

  • The Alhambra palace

    The Alhambra palace

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  • CITY TOUR

    CITY TOUR

    MAL01

    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 recommended for visiting places of religious importance.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$62.00Price per person

      • Children$49.00Price per person

    • MARBELLA & PUERTO BANÚS

      CITY TOUR

      MAL05

      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. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
      • 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.

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$59.00Price per person

      • Children$42.00Price per person

    • MIJAS, THE WHITE TOWN

      CITY TOUR

      MAL02

      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. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$55.00Price per person

        • Children$39.00Price per person

      • THE MANY FLAVOURS OF MÁLAGA

        CITY TOUR

        MAL09

        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 will love to savour. Suitably fortified, the journey then continues 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. The visit to the Market will be external on Sunday calls or in case of afternoon calls.
        • Shopping

        • Snack included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$52.00Price per person

        • Children$39.00Price per person

      • THE CAVES OF NERJA

        NATURAL WONDERS

        MAL06

        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, and narrow passages and on slippery ground. Only cameras without a flash allowed inside the caves. Guests will have no access to the area where cave paintings are.
        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$62.00Price per person

        • Children$49.00Price per person

      • MLT01 - VALLETTA AND MDINA

        SCENIC ROUTE

        MAL11

        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 ends the excursion before you return to the port and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair.
        • Snack included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          5:30 h

        • Adults$62.00Price per person

        • Children$49.00Price per person

      • A TASTE OF ANDALUSIA

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        MAL07

        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
        • Snack included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$99.00Price per person

        • Children$72.00Price per person

      • ROMANTIC MÁLAGA

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        MAL10

        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.
        • Snack included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$59.00Price per person

        • Children$42.00Price per person

      The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
      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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Reach the port

      Port of Malaga

      This section contains information on how to reach the port.

      Cruise Terminal:

      Dique de Levante

      Reach the port by

      • Car

        If you are hiring a car at the airport, take the following route to the port. Leave the airport on the MA21 and then continue along Av. Velazquez to the city centre or, alternatively, leave the airport on the MA21 and after 6 km (4 miles) take the exit for the MA22, signposted Malaga City Centre and Port.

        If you are hiring a car at the Maria Zambrano Railway Station, take the following route to the port: Join the Avenida Ingeniero Jose Maria Garnica and continue to the first roundabout, taking the third exit as if you were turning left, then continue along this road for 4 km (2½ miles) until you reach the port.
        Car
      • Train

        The Maria Zambrano Railway Station is only 4 km (2½ miles) from Málaga port. There is a taxi rank just outside the station.
        Train
      • Plane

        Malaga Airport is just 15 km (9 miles) from the city’s port. There is a taxi  rank outside the airport building.
        Travel time: about 18 minutes, depending on traffic.
        Plane

      Spain

      Love at first sight
      Love at first sight

      If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a cruise holiday, a walking tour or a city break, but before you know it you’ll find yourself hooked by something quite different – the celebration of some local fiesta, perhaps, or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona.

      Even in the most over-touristic Mediterranean resorts of the Costa del Sol, you’ll be able to find an authentic bar or restaurant where the locals eat, and a village not far away where an age-old bullfighting tradition owes nothing to tourism. 


      A holiday to Spain can also show you the large cities of the north like Barcelona, which have reinvented themselves as essential cultural destinations (and don’t all close down for hours for a kip every afternoon). 


      And when the world now looks to Spain for culinary inspiration – the country has some of the most acclaimed chefs and innovative restaurants in the world – it’s clear that things have changed. Spain, despite the current economic uncertainty, sees itself very differently from a generation ago. 

      So should you – prepare to be surprised.

       
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