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    The Port of Malaga

    The Port of Malaga

    This guide is tailored for cruise passengers visiting Malaga.

    The port of Malaga is an important component of the local economy. It mainly receives cruise ships and imports. Cruise ships dock at the Eastern terminal called Muelle de Levante, which is 2.5 km long (1.5 miles). The port is only 2 km (1.2 miles) away from Malaga city center. It takes 15-20 minutes to reach the downtown on foot. There is also a shuttle bus near the cruise ship terminal. The buses depart every 15-20 minutes and cost €5.

    There is also a new terminal built specially for smaller cruise ships that are only 200 meters long (656 feet). This terminal is even closer to the city center than Muelle de Levante. In fact, Malaga features the second largest port in Spain (the first one being in Barcelona).

    General description
    Malaga city is located in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia. It’s the capital of Malaga province and Costa del Sol (meaning Coast of the Sun in Spanish), which is a coastal region in Southern Spain, extending on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea and connecting numerous towns and villages. Costa del Sol includes 160 km of coastline.

    Malaga is the sixth largest city of Spain. The area of the city is about 400 square km. The currency is Euro. The population is around 600,000 (as of 2020).

    Spanish is the main language used in and around the city. Other languages like Catalan, Galician and Euskera are also frequently used.


    Andalusia has the most vibrant colors of Spanish culture. Flamenco is in its purest form here. Women are in colorful gypsy-like dresses, carry oversized fans, and wear wild hairstyles. Bullfighting or Corrida de Toros is another event to be visited when in Andalusia, particularly in Malaga. The region is famous for parties/fiestas, loud music, dances in the streets and squares. Locals are extremely friendly and open-hearted. Despite the language barriers, they will gladly hug and welcome foreigners into their homes and parties.

    Eating and Drinking

    The bars and cafes of the old town serve tapas and stage flamenco shows. Other must-try dishes are Migas, a wide variety of salads, Gazpacho (which is consumed in hot weather), Porra Antequerana (a thick soup similar to Gazpacho) and many others. Seafood lovers must try clams cooked in Malaga-specific style.
    Spain is the top second wine-producing country in the world. Therefore, tasting a few glasses of different Spanish wines is a must.


    Brief History of Malaga
    Malaga is among the oldest cities of Spain and the world. It has a history of more than 3000 years. First accounts of colonization date back to 1,000 BC. Phoenicians named the city Malaka, which means “to salt.” The city was later occupied by the Greeks, Carthaginians, and Romans, under the rule of which the art and culture thrived, theatres and art studios were established. The Moorish rule in Malaga started in 711. Traces of Moorish architecture and festivals can be seen even today. In 1487 Malaga was conquered by Christian clans. 17th and 18th centuries were full of epidemics and natural disasters that tortured the region. Today, Malaga is one of the most important tourism and economic centers of Spain.

    Sights & Attractions

    Some of the most popular attractions include:

    > The great master of cubist art, Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga. Although he spent only 10 years here, the fact is still the city’s visit card. So, Picasso Museum is a must.

    > Alcazaba Fortress is the best preserved Moorish palace in the city.

    > Gibralfaro Castlethe is the symbol of Malaga city and province. Its image is depicted on the seal of the province.

    > Hammam or Arabic baths are located in the Historic Center, not too far away from the Picasso Museum. These Arabic baths are housed in an 18th century building with an imposing Arabic atmosphere inside. More than 20 people can be in the steam rooms of hammam at the same time.

    > Malaga Cathedral is a Renaissance building constructed between 16th and 18th centuries. Lack of financial resources left one tower unfinished, which is why the Cathedral is often called “the one-armed woman.”

    > Wine Museum – Malaga Wine Museum is in the Historic Center, housed in a renovated 18th century building. The exhibition guides through the history, art and traditions of local winemaking. The ticket costs €5. The price includes two wine tastings.

    La Malagueta is located near a nice lighthouse, which is only 200 meters away from the port and the cruise ship terminal. This manmade beach is ideal for views to the fishermen in practice and boats in the sea. The beaches of Malaga city are placed along the Promenade of Pablo Ruiz Picasso, which is an active target for bar and café visitors day and night.

    The majority of Malaga beaches have disability features. El Palo and Las Acacias are great for a swim and sunbathing. Both are aimed at family vacations. Sunbed hire, showers and other features are provided.

    The most convenient methods of city transport are buses and cabs. You can purchase either a single or a group ticket for the bus. A single ticket costs €1.30 and can be purchased directly from the bus driver. Tarjeta Transbordo group tickets are sold at newspaper kiosks, cost €8.30, include 10 trips, and can be used by different people. The only drawback is that you have to use it during an hour. Group tickets are a more convenient option when you’re traveling in a group of more than 5 people.

    You can also take the Hop On/Off buses, which include 13 stops at the key attractions of Malaga city. The ticket costs €17 and is valid for 24 hours. The initial stop is not far away from the shuttle bus final stop.

    As for sightseeing in the old town, it’s better to rent a bike or walk. The historic area has many pedestrian streets, where numerous shops, museums, and eating places are found.

    Malaga enjoys 300 days of sunny weather year round, with some rain from November to March. The summers are hot with 30°C, while winter temperature never goes below 9°C, as mountains block the cold Northern winds. In fact, it is possible to swim in the sea even in winters, when the water temperature is approximately 18°C.



    Welcome to the port of Malaga

    This AI-generated guide, courtesy of ChatGPT, is tailored for cruise passengers arriving in Malaga for the first time.

    General Port Information

    Malaga, nestled on the Costa del Sol, is a vibrant port city known for its rich history, art, and beautiful beaches.

    Touristic Information

    Explore Malaga's cultural heritage by visiting the Alcazaba fortress, Picasso Museum, and the stunning Malaga Cathedral.

    Transportation Options

    Train Services

    Efficient train services are available to popular destinations:

    • Ronda: Approximately 1.5 hours, 90 kilometers. Enjoy scenic landscapes. (Train station near the port)
    • Marbella: Around 45 minutes, 60 kilometers. A chic seaside town. (Train station near the port)


    Bus Services

    Discover nearby attractions by bus:

    • Nerja Caves: 1 hour, 60 kilometers. Marvel at spectacular cave formations. (Bus station near the port)
    • Mijas Pueblo: 45 minutes, 35 kilometers. Experience a charming white-washed village. (Bus station near the port)


    Other Means of Transportation

    Taxis and car rentals are readily available for convenient travel within the city and to nearby attractions.

    Top 5 Attractions

    1. Alcazaba: Explore the ancient fortress with breathtaking views. (Entrance fee applies)
    2. Picasso Museum: Immerse yourself in Picasso's art and life. (Entrance fee applies)
    3. Malaga Cathedral: Admire the stunning architecture and climb to the top for panoramic views. (Entrance fee applies)
    4. Nerja Caves: Discover impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations. (Entrance fee applies)
    5. Mijas Pueblo: Wander through a picturesque Andalusian village. (Free to explore)

    Nice to Know Facts

    1. The birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Malaga is steeped in artistic history.
    2. The Malaga Carnival, celebrated in February, is a lively and colorful event.
    3. Malaga boasts over 300 sunny days a year, making it a perfect year-round destination.

    Fun for Families

    Up to 6 years old: Visit the MIMA Children's Museum for interactive exhibits.

    7-12 years old: Explore Tivoli World theme park for thrilling rides. (Approximately 30 minutes from the port)

    13-18 years old: Enjoy watersports at Malagueta Beach.

    Popular things to do

    1. Stroll along Calle Larios for shopping and dining. 2. Relax on La Malagueta Beach and try local seafood. 3. Take a guided tour of the Alcazaba fortress for a historical journey.

    Local Food and Drinks

    Indulge in local flavors: - Savor "espetos," grilled sardines, at beachside chiringuitos. - Try "salmorejo," a refreshing cold tomato soup. - Enjoy a glass of sweet Malaga wine.


    Explore the shops on Calle Larios, a bustling street with a variety of boutiques, souvenir shops, and local crafts.

    Historical and Cultural Tours

    Discover Malaga's history by visiting the Roman Theater and the Gibralfaro Castle, both easily accessible from the port.

    Local Customs

    Respect the afternoon "siesta" when many shops close for a few hours, and enjoy a leisurely pace of life.

    Google maps

    Malaga City Center on Google Maps

    Cruise Ship Terminal on Google Maps

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