Cruise Ports of Call Cruising Europe

Cruise Port of Call Málaga, Spain

Málaga, Spain, is a popular cruise destination on the Costa del Sol on Mediterranean itineraries.

Málaga cruise pier

Located east of Gibraltar on the Alborin Sea the city Málaga has been inhabited since prehistoric times, as evidenced by the cave paintings of the Cueva de la Pileta (Cave of the Pool) and was established as a city by the Phoenicians. Some 3.000 years ago the Phoenicians came to Málaga, calling it MALACA and using the natural harbor as an important centre for salting fish. Málaga has seen a number of major transitions, being occupied and settled by the Romans and later becoming a major Muslim city in Spain. 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.

The shops along the Paseo de la Farola Marina.


Downtown Málaga
The Old City of Málaga theater

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 now opening its new Metro lines.


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. To use cash you need to convert some money to Euros.


Alcazaba fortress sits above the city

Málaga is very proud of their favorite son, Pablo Picasso and the city is home to a popular museum and gallery dedicated to his works (Websites HERE and HERE).

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 Europe.

Alcazaba stands above the excavation of the Roman amphitheater
The view from the Cathedral

The city also has a number of additional archaeological sites of interest including Roman amphitheater ruins in the old town and standing on the Mount Gibralfaro summit above the Alcazaba, the Castillo de Gibralfaro an additional medieval Moorish fortress.

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 Moorish walls still surround nearby Alcazaba and the Castle of Gibralfaro. There is a local story that the second tower was never finished because the Málaga citizens sent the money intended for construction to America to support their revolution. Not sure if this story is true but it is a popular local legend.

The Málaga Old City also features a wide variety of cafes, restaurants and shops.

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