Málaga, Spain, is a popular cruise destination on the Costa del Sol.
Located east of Gibraltar on the Alborin Sea it was originally founded by the Phoenicians, but Málaga has seen a number of major transitions. Occupied next by the Romans it later became a major Muslim city and was then conquered in 1487 by the Christian kings of Europe. Today it is a thriving modern city sitting in the heart of the Spanish Costa del Sol.
Where Your Ship Docks
Cruise ships dock at the terminal at Paseo de la Farola marina. The pier is right downtown and has a number of shops and cafes right in the marina including free public facilities. Getting into the main shopping district is less than five or ten blocks and the old city is just a little farther.
While the city has good public transportation, within the city centre you can see practically all the main sights on foot, as most major attractions are around the historic district. Within the major urban area and in the nearby suburbs, Malaga’s city buses, commuter trains along with the city-bicycle hire service will take you anywhere you want to go. Malaga is also currently testing its new Metro lines, although at this writing they are not open to the public yet.
The local currency is the Euro but most credit cards are welcome virtually everywhere. There are also ATM machines available operated by a number of major banks and networks.
The Alcazaba fortress of Málaga, Spain. This fortress palace, whose name in Arabic means citadel, is one of the city’s principle historic sites and is not only beautiful but holds commanding views of the city and harbor. Built by the Muslim Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century, it is the best-preserved alcazaba (citadel) in Spain.
The Cathedral of Málaga is a Roman Catholic church constructed between 1528 and 1782 in the Renaissance architectural tradition. The cathedral is located within the limits defined by a now missing portion of the medieval Moorish walls, the remains of which still surround nearby Alcazaba and the Castle of Gibralfaro. There is a local story that the second tower was never finished because the citizens sent the money intended for construction to America to support their revolution (not sure if it is true).
The Málaga Old City also features a wide variety of cafes, restaurants and shops.