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Cruises to Malaga

527 Reviews
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About Malaga

Malaga offers an intriguing blend of culture, history and beaches -- with a contemporary vibe. The city is one of Andalusia's greatest treasures. Located on a stunning sweep of bay, with palm trees lining the seafront, this is the dynamic, friendly capital of Costa del Sol, Spain's "sunshine coast."

Malaga is a wonderful place to wander and explore, particularly in the winding lanes of the old town, with their traditional taverns, plazas and pretty squares. It also encompasses fine architecture and has enough ancient buildings to keep history hounds happy for hours. Unlike Costa del Sol's party zones, including Puerto Banus, Torremolinos and Benalmadena, all great for clubbers, Malaga, although cosmopolitan, retains a distinctly traditional feel.

Malaga's wines are worth more than a sip, too, and visitors can try them at Antigua Casa de Guardia, one of the city's few remaining wine cellars. Also, you can explore the region's wine history at the Wine Museum in the historic city center. For a sense of traditional Spanish life, visit the districts of Pedregalejo and El Palo, fishing communities with some of Spain's best seafood.

The city is an ideal base for trips outside town, allowing visitors easy access to explore southern Spain's delights. The surrounding area is a glorious patchwork of whitewashed villages, almond groves and mountain ranges -- including the Sierra Nevada where a particular highlight is the massive Nerja Caves with their 20,000-year-old wall paintings.

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Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Gem

15 Night
Europe - OtherDetails

2,515 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 15, 2023
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Zuiderdam
Zuiderdam

128 Night
128-day Grand World VoyageDetails

1,006 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2024
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Oosterdam
Oosterdam

14 Night
Passage To RomeDetails

1,037 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 10, 2023
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Norwegian Sun

11 Night
Canary Islands / MoroccoDetails

2,092 Reviews
Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Virgin Voyages

14 Night
Canary Islands / MoroccoDetails

2,092 Reviews
Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Mar 19, 2023
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10 Night
Europe - Canary IslandDetails

2,092 Reviews
Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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9 Night
Best Of Spain & Portugal CruiseDetails

1,591 Reviews
Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
May 15, 2023
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14 Night
Europe - Classic MediterraneanDetails

4,224 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 22, 2023
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15 Night
Portugal & Spain TransatlanticDetails

1,759 Reviews
Leaving:Tampa
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Apr 17, 2023
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15 Nt Portugal & Spain Crossing CruiseDetails

2,007 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Apr 23, 2023
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Transatlantic CruiseDetails

64 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Oct 27, 2023
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10 Night
Europe - Canary IslandDetails

2,092 Reviews
Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 5, 2023
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16 Nt Mediterranean Transatlantic CruiseDetails

1,759 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Nov 6, 2023
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9 Night
Europe - Western Mediterranean - RomeDetails

3,083 Reviews
Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jun 15, 2023
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12 Night
Spanish Transatlantic CruiseDetails

344 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Mar 9, 2023
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More about Malaga

Why go to Malaga?

Pros:

Malaga rarely gets cold -- a perk that pairs well with its alfresco dining scene and plentiful beaches

Cons:

History buffs might be disappointed there isn't much in the way of notable landmarks

Bottom Line:

The city is modern and trendy, yet keeps its culture and natural beauty well-preserved

Malaga Cruise Port Facilities?

The terminal at Quay 1 is home to numerous restaurants, bars and about 70 shops, boutiques and market stalls. This is where to find the Michelin-starred restaurant Jose Carlos Garcia. The quay also has a marina for luxury yachts. Quay 2 has a beautiful waterfront promenade called "The Palm Garden of Surprises" lined with trees and tropical plants, great for families with children. There are gardens, playgrounds, water features, mini-golf and other activities. You'll also find shops a cultural museum and a cycle rental stand.

Boat trips around the harbor are available, and some operators use glass bottomed boats. You might be lucky enough to spot a pod of dolphins!

Good to Know?

As in any city, it pays to be aware of your surroundings and don't flash your cash around. Leave valuables on the ship.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Walking is one of the best ways to explore Malaga. Go to one of the tourist information centers to pick up leaflets offering suggested routes. (Calle Granada 70; 952 21 33 29 or Plaza de la Marina 11; 951 92 60 20; open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends and holidays April 1 to October 31, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and holidays November 1 to March 31)

By Bike: If you are feeling energetic, you can rent a bicycle. Check at tourist information centers. Prices vary, and some bike rental companies offer guided tours.

Try a Trixi. Passengers sit in a small covered carriage, which is towed along behind a bicycle. Your driver acts as a personal tour guide, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the scenery.

By Bus:Bus services connect you to areas in and around the city center. The main bus station is located on Paseo de los Tilos just to the west of the center of town, next to the railway station. There is also a bus station near the port entrance on Avenida Heredia. Single bus tickets cost around 1.30 euros. A day trip card can be purchased from the kiosk in the center of the Alameda and at most estancos (tobacconists). Most bus stops give clear route information.

A "hop-on, hop-off" red, double-decker sightseeing bus takes visitors round the city. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours. The 12 stops start at the main bus station. The second stop is by the main Post Office (opposite El Corte Ingles department store). Tours start at 9 a.m. and leave every half-hour until 8 p.m. They offer multilingual commentary through headphones. Adult tickets are 18 euros and give free entrance to the Botanical Gardens on the north side of the city. (Gardens closed Mondays)

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The national currency in Spain is the euro. Currency exchange can be made in most banks, post offices and train stations. For the best exchange rate, use ATMs found at the port and around town. For currency-conversion rates, visit www.xe.com or www.oanda.com.

Language?

Spanish is spoken in Malaga, but most people understand and speak at least a little English. Residents appreciate it if you make the effort to speak a few basic words in their language. If you speak some Spanish, be aware that the local accent can be strong and difficult to understand.

Where You're Docked?

The port has 10 quays in use for cruise ships, ferries, cargo ships and recreational boats. Around 700,000 passengers pass through the port each year on 220 cruise ships.

Quays 1 and 2 are used for passenger cruise ships, and a modern cruise terminal building was opened at Quay 2 in 2012. Both quays are close to the historic center of Malaga, about a 10-minute walk. Some lines run a shuttle bus service into the town center. Taxis also are plentiful at the port.


Malaga Cruise Reviews
You have the choise of so many places of the Costa del Sol here, Fuengirola and Marbella are our favorites. Malaga itself is very much a big city, but has many nice sites and historical buildings.Read More
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MaggieRock
Never spent much time in Malaga before, but thoroughly enjoyed it. Went to the Auto Museum which was nice and walking through the old part of town was great. Having tapas in the square outside the Alcazaba was perfRead More
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sabre635
What a great place. Lots to see and do. Look up things to do and places to eat before you landRead More
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roamingrhino
Hop on Hop off bus to the Fort on the hill. This had spectacular views of the city. We also enjoyed a great Sangria at one of the restaurants. After our walk we enjoyed a swim at the beach. The beach has lockers anRead More
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