Why choose a cruise to Malaga?

One of the world’s oldest cities, Malaga’s multicultural heritage is reflected in its eclectic architecture. Wandering the city’s cobbled streets, you’ll discover everything from a Roman amphitheatre to Moorish palaces and a Renaissance cathedral.

But Malaga is also a chic, modern city, with numerous trendy tapas bars, an up-and-coming art district and a strikingly renovated port area. And let’s not forget the beaches – miles of sun-kissed sand bordering the city.

Malaga City

A guide to Malaga’s hotspots

The first stop in your Malaga cruise should be the city’s old town; a network of winding alleys and shady plazas. Most tourist attractions are located here, including the Picasso Museum and an impressively well-preserved 11th-century citadel, La Alcazaba. Directly below it you’ll find the city’s Roman amphitheatre. Round off the day with some tapas and a glass of sweet local wine at one of the many al-fresco restaurants.

Take a trip to trendy Soho, the city’s art district near the Guadalmedina River, to check out the eclectic street art and crowds of hip locals. There are lots of alternative cultural venues here – the CAC (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo) is one of the most highly regarded.

Muelle Uno, Malaga’s recently refurbished port area, boasts an open-air shopping and dining complex located right on the sea. Saunter past luxury yachts and elegant shops, refreshing yourself afterwards with an ice cream or a beer. If you fancy treating yourself, one of Malaga’s Michelin-starred restaurants, Café de Paris, is located nearby.

For sun-seekers wanting to head straight to the beach, Malaga has 15 of them located within city limits. Just over half a mile from the city centre is La Malagueta, a stretch of golden sand popular with locals. Walk a little further and you’ll find El Dedo, a narrow, finger-shaped beach. If you’re hungry after a swim visit nearby restaurant El Tintero, a Malaga institution which serves the best fish in the city.

Beach with Palm Trees at Malaga

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Malaga

The best time to visit Malaga

Malaga averages around 300 sunny days a year. We recommend visiting towards the end of June or beginning of July, just before peak tourist season, when the weather averages a balmy 24°C. The Night of St John, on 23 June, is a memorable festival celebrated with bonfires, grilled sardines and fireworks on the beach.

Surrounded by mountains that block cold-weather fronts, Malaga has one of the warmest winters in Europe. From December to February the temperature averages 15°C, perfect for a day of sightseeing.

Did you know?

· Malaga was the birthplace of Pablo Picasso

· Locals have nicknamed the city’s cathedral la manquita, or ‘one-armed woman’ because one of its towers was never completed

· Founded in 770 BC, Malaga is one of the world’s oldest cities

· People born in Malaga are known as boquerones, or anchovies

· The biznaga – a posy of jasmine flowers on a dried thistle – is one of the city’s symbols