With its history, culture, and sun-drenched beaches, Málaga ranks among the most popular destinations on Spain’s Costa del Sol. The Málaga port is in close proximity to town, so visitors can head straight to the historic center or the beach, or they can venture inland to take in the wineries and whitewashed villages of Andalucia.
Passengers docking at the port of Málaga will find plenty to do right in town, including the Alcazaba (a Moorish fort), 16th-century Málaga Cathedral, Roman Theatre, and Picasso Museum Málaga (Museo Picasso Málaga), all within walking distance of each other.
Spanish tapas originated in this region of Spain, so be sure to indulge—glass of sangria in hand—at one of the many tapas bars and restaurants throughout the city center. Sun seekers hoping to spend a day on the beach have a nice stretch of sand just 650 feet (200 meters) from the dock.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Many guided shore excursions take less than half a day.
- Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk; there’s a lot to see in central Málaga.
- Consider a private tour to ensure you don’t miss anything on your must-see list.
- Don’t forget to bring sun protection; the sun can be intense in this part of Spain.
How to Get to Málaga From the Málaga Cruise Port
The Pier 1 dock used by most passenger cruise ships sits just over 1 mile (2 kilometers) from Plaza de la Constitución in the heart of historical Málaga, about a 15-minute walk away. You can also catch a Port Authority shuttle from the cruise terminal to Plaza de la Marina, and taxis are readily available.
Passenger cruise ships dock at Quays 1 and 2, both located within walking distance of Málaga’s historical center. While English isn’t as widely spoken in Málaga as it is in Barcelona and Madrid, most people understand at least a little. The currency is the euro, and you’ll find ATMs at the port and scattered around downtown Málaga.