Things To Do In Malaga Cruise Port

Malaga Alcazaba Fountain
Malaga Alcazaba Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

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If your cruise is stopping off at Malaga Cruise port these are the paces you must not miss. The Stunning Historic City of Malaga has many beautiful beaches, bars, cafes as well as cultural and historic places to visit thus making it a popular Spanish port of call. When your cruise ships Docks in Malaga you will want to know where to explore, we have visited Malaga many times and have brought all of our best hidden secrets of Malaga Cruise port for you to find. These are our favourite places we explored when our ship docked in Malaga Cruise port.

Visit the Alcazaba in Malaga

Malaga Alcazaba Ornate buildings view through a door
Malaga Alcazaba Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

This visit is a must! The Alcazaba on top of the cliff side which is an 11th-century castle and palace complex. It is one of the most impressive Moorish monuments in Spain and offers stunning views of the city. From here you can also visit the castle of Gibralfaro. You can get combined tickets for both of these online or at the entrance.

Explore the Roman Theatre

Malaga Roman theatre, Teatro Romano de Málaga View from hill
Malaga Roman Theatre, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

The Roman Theatre in Malaga is right in the middle of the town surrounded by shops and restaurants making rather surreal. You can see the theatre from the square or you can explore inside. The Roman Theatre The Teatro Romano de Málaga is an ancient theatre dating back to the 1st century AD and is one of the best-preserved examples of Roman architecture in Spain.

Explore the Central Old Town of Malaga

Malaga street and shops with sounvenirs in the port of Malaga Spain. Photo Credit: Donna Vallance , Cruising For All

Stroll through the historic centre and explore the architecture such as the quaint old churches hidden around each corner. Malaga’s historic centre is home to a variety of historic buildings, museums, and churches, and is a great place to explore on foot.

Go to Picasso’s Birth Place Museum

Foyer of Picasso Museum Malaga, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance, Cruising For All
Picasso Museum Malaga Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

Visit the Picasso Museum: This museum is dedicated to the work of Pablo Picasso, who was born in Malaga.The museum features over  285 works donated by members of Picasso’s family with a variety of his paintings, sculptures, and other works of art.

Take a Boat Trip or Catamaran out of the Port

Malaga sunset boats on the horizon
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

Take a boat tour, there are many boat and catamaran tours along the coastline. You can hire one to admire the beautiful beaches, cliffs, and coves that make this area so special. Some boat hires are shared with a driver or you can hire one yourself if have a boat licence.

Explore the Paseo del Parque

Malaga Parque de Malaga Spanish men walking along the promenade
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

Explore the palm tree lined Paseo del Parque area in Malaga. This lovely promenade park is located near the port of Malaga and is a great spot for picnics or walking along and taking in the views.

Eat Tapas

Tapas in Barcelona Pintxos with a stick on top
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

Try the local Spanish cuisine in Malaga which is known for its delicious seafood and traditional dishes such as tapas. There are many restaurants and Bars around the city so be sure to try some of the local specialties during your visit.

Admire the Cathdral

Malaga cathedral in Malaga cruise port

Visit the Cathedral, The Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga is a 16th-century cathedral in the heart of Malaga city. It is one of the most impressive examples of Renaissance architecture in Spain and is well worth a visit.

Visit the Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga and the The Pompidou Centre Malaga

Foyer of Picasso Museum Malaga
Picasso Museum Malaga Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

Visit the Museo Carmen Thyssen gallery and the Pompidou Centre. The Carmen Museum is really well displayed collection of unusual turn-of-the 20th century Spanish paintings. It resides within the 16th-century Palacio de Villalón. The museum offers an extraordinary journey through the genres that dominated 19th-century Spanish painting, with a special emphasis on Andalusian art. The collection draws from the personal holdings of Carmen Cervera, the fifth wife of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Málaga’s Centre Pompidou was the first branch of the famous modern art museum established outside France. The museum offers a permanent modern art tour spanning an impressive 1,800 square meters. Within this space, visitors encounter a curated selection of artworks drawn from the Centre Pompidou’s incomparable collection.

You can also visit the Visit the Automobile and Fashion Museum. The Museo Automovilístico de Málaga museum is housed in a historic building and features a collection of vintage cars, motorcycles, and fashion items from the 20th century.

Go Shopping in Malaga’s Shops

Shops in Malaga And street signs
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

Walk down the La Calle Larios which is the Main Shopping Street in Malaga. With beautifully paved streets and beautiful buildings you will be spoilt for choice of shops to explore. This is a pedestrianised traffic free streets with plenty of tapas bars and  restaurants to choose from. Explore the Atarazanas Market in Malaga Old Town. The Mercado Central de Atarazanas indoor market is housed in a historic building. Here you will find a variety of local produce, meats, cheeses, and other food items. The market is open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 3pm.

Relax on the Beach

Malaga Coast and Beaches From airplane view
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

Sit on the beach each of la Malagueta and relax. The long sandy beach of La Magagueta is perfect for sunbathing. There are plenty of chiringuito‘s and places to hire rental loungers and umbrellas. There are also lots of small Children’s play parks along the promenade and beach area.

How to get in to town from the port in Malaga?

Malaga Town Map in the Port
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

It is very easy to get into Malaga Town centre from the Malaga Cruise port. You can get a shuttle bus in to town from the port organised by your cruise ship. The Port Authority of Malaga also offers a bus from the cruise terminal to Plaza de la Marina in the centre of the city. Buses run every 15-20 minutes and the charge from the cruise ship is around 11 euros per person Depending on the cruise line. The bus will take you you to the Plaza de la Marina square in the city centre and takes around 10 minutes. From here it is easy to explore most areas.


  • Donna Vallance

    Donna loves cruising with her husband and two teenage boys. Having cruised with the children from a young age she feels it is the perfect way to experience the world safely. Her boys are social butterfly’s and love meeting other children their own age whilst onboard some of the most extraordinary floating ships. She also writes over at Like Love Do, a travel memoir of her trips, from London to far off beaches. She has an eye for the unusual and like to go off of the beaten track just to find the perfect photo. With a passion for photography and exploring cruising has become the perfect holiday choice.

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