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About Malaga

A gateway to so many Andalucian attractions and Costa del Sol resorts, Spanish cruise port Malaga stands out in its own right as a vibrant destination with its own unique character.

This second city of Andalucia has many Moorish influences, seen at their best in the stunning Alcazaba. Built on the site of a Roman fortress between the 8th and 11th Centuries, the castle's huge walls and fortified gates ensure a grand entrance.  Inside, a restored Roman amphitheatre now acts as an outdoor entertainment centre.

Immediately behind the Alcazaba and rising high above the city with spectacular views, are the ruins of the 14th century Moorish castle, Gibralfaro.

Malaga-born Picasso is recognised with a history of the artist's life at the city's fascinating Picasso Foundation.

 

Shore excursions in Malaga

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Caminito Del Rey Trekking Adventure

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 7 hours

Follow in the King’s footsteps on a spectacular hike along a walkway pinned along the steep walls of the El Chorro gorge.

Sit back relax and enjoy the picturesque Andalusian countryside as you head to the Caminito del Rey - a trail that crosses the beautiful Gaitanes Ravine and was once called 'one of the world's scariest hiking routes'.

Originally a supply path for the construction of the railway and a hydroelectric power station, the path, more than 100 years old, fell into disrepair over the course of decades. The path is named after King Alfonso XIII, who walked part of the way to mark the inauguration of the hydroelectric power plant and the reservoir.

Nowadays, a comprehensive rebuild has placed it firmly on the map and on many a bucket list. About two thirds of the trail is through the valley, with gorges at both ends.

Set out on this stunning walkway that is carved into rocky faces soaring heavenward above the path and plunging hundreds of feet below it. As you walk for approximately 3 hours, learn about the flora and fauna of the gorge, as well as some interesting facts about its geology, discovery and role in the region's production of electricity.

Exhilarated and impressed, enjoy some tapas and a drink at a local bar before reboarding the coach for the ride back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion is operated by coach and on foot. The journey time to the Caminito Del Rey is approximately 1¼ hours. This excursion is only suitable for those in good physical condition. Children under 8 years old may not participate. This tour is not suitable for passengers who suffer from vertigo or have a fear of heights. The distance covered is approximately 5 miles. All participants must wear the safety gear provided. The boardwalks are quite narrow and are very high. If access to the trail is denied upon arrival due to security concerns e.g. inclement weather, strong winds, an alternative tour will be offered such as a visit to the village of Mijas or Malaga City tour with refreshments. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraph.

Charming Malaga and Flamenco

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Discover Malaga’s rich archaeological remains on a panoramic drive through the city and enjoy a typical Andalusian Flamenco show.

Departing the port, embark on a leisurely drive through the city passing by fascinating monuments and renowned landmarks. View the stunning architecture of the Alcabaza Palace before catching a glimpse of the Renaissance-style Cathedral, which is now a national monument. During your drive you’ll also see the façade of the bullring and other interesting buildings including the City Hall, the Justice Court and the Central Post Office. Venture into the city by coach to explore the beauty of Malaga, taking in some of the sights such as Picasso’s birthplace, Fuente de Las Tres Gracias and Plaza de la Merced. An exterior visit to Malaga’s famous cathedral will also be included, followed by free time for shopping at Malaga’s famous Calle Larios, located in the city’s Old Quarter and one of the main shopping areas. Next, experience an extraordinary and authentic Flamenco show, where you can enjoy some tasty tapas and discover a musical style full of passion and emotion. Undoubtedly one of the icons of Spanish culture, Flamenco is provocative, fun and full of gestures and unscripted movements.

Essential information

This excursion is operated by coach and on foot and guests are advised that there is approximately 45 minutes of walking included. There are 10 steps to negotiate to access the venue.

Free Time on the Costa Del Sol

Activity low

Duration: 5 hours

Spend some free time in 2 of the Costa Del Sol’s most popular resorts.

The popular resort of Benalmadena stretches from the southern foothills of the Sierra de Mijas range to the sea’s edge. Drive to the area of Benalmadena Costa, where you can take a walk along the seaside promenade to the pretty, yacht filled Puerto Marina, or grab a spot on the beach and soak up some sun.

Afterwards, you’ll take a drive to Fuengirola, the one-time fishing village that dates back to the Phoenicians and has evolved into one of the most popular resorts on the Costa Del Sol. The premier attraction of the resort is without a doubt the 5 miles of sandy beach that hug the promenade, but if you head off the beaten track you will uncover the resorts link to ancient civilisations. If you are feeling peckish why not try a traditional beach shack (Chiringuito) for a delicious seafood snack.

Essential information

You’ll have approximately 90 minutes of free time in each resort. A tour escort will accompany the transfer and will be on hand to provide practical information about where and when to meet for the onward transportation, however please note that a guided tour will not be provided.

Free Time on the Costa Del Sol

Granada and Alhambra

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 8¼ hours

The Alhambra is described as 'the Jewel of Moorish Spain' and its beauty will overwhelm you.

Lying in the foothills of Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains, the Alhambra is the ‘Palace of the Sultans’ and one of the world’s finest examples of Islamic art. Although damaged and restored over the centuries, it is not difficult to picture the place as it was in all its glory 600 years ago. The ceilings drip with stalactites in stucco and each room appears more richly decorated than the previous one. Marvel at the delicate marble columns, graceful arcades and fine craftsmanship in the sultans’ ‘paradise on earth’.

The Generalife is a small Summer Palace, the highlight of which is its garden and numerous fountains. The stately cypress trees, trimmed flowerbeds, myrtle bushes and fountains provide good photo opportunities. The view from here is splendid, gaze down over the Sierra Nevada, to the Darro Valley and across to the old quarter of Albaycin.

During your tour, a delicious buffet lunch will be offered at a leading hotel in Granada.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The estimated journey time to Granada is 2 hours each way. There are around 400 steps at the Alhambra and Generalife to negotiate, with approximately 2 hours of walking involved on the tour.

Leisurely Malaga

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 2½ hours

An ideal introduction to Malaga - at a leisurely and relaxed pace.

Birthplace of Picasso, Malaga boasts pretty streets, leafy boulevards and lush gardens. Find out why the city's cathedral is called 'La Manquita' - the one armed lady. Hear all about the old palace fortress and its two rings of walls and learn why Arab geographers praised the city as an ‘earthly paradise’.

Your guide will bring the city to life, show you the main streets and places of interest and explain all about its rich and chequered past.

You'll see sub-tropical gardens and the bullring on the eastern side of the city. The coach will wind its way upwards to the Castle of Gibralfaro, ‘The Mountain of the Lighthouse’, for a short photo stop. You may opt to stretch your legs or remain on the coach.

Enjoy the street life of Malaga sitting on the terrace at a local café, whilst enjoying a tea, coffee or soft drink.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is been created for those passengers who prefer to tour at a leisurely pace.There is a walk of approximately 500 metres to reach the refreshment venue.

 

A selection of cruises to Malaga

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