View of Downtown Malaga and the Port from the Gibralfaro Castle
Language and Currency
What is Malaga Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
A valid passport is needed by all visitors but no visa is required for stays of less than 90 days.
The official language of Cadiz is Spanish, however some English is spoken in the major tourist areas and stores. The Official currency is the euro.
Malaga is a wonderful city that satisfies everyone that visits it. Malaga offers wonderful beaches, excellent shopping and many sights to enjoy. As one of Spain's largest cities, Malaga is used as a jumping off point for exploring the Costa Del Sol. Considered a resort city for the rich and famous, you will be mesmerized by Malaga's wealth of beauty.
Malaga is blessed with a perfect Mediterranean climate that offers mild temperatures year around. The best time to visit Malaga is between May and October when you will be treated to dry and warm days (70s to 80s) and mild evenings.
Oceania's Regatta Docked in Malaga
Ships dock right in the commercial harbor adjacent to downtown Malaga. Everything is within easy walking distance.
Typical Malaga Shopping Scene
Directly across the street from the port entrance and to the left is the entrance to Malaga's superb shopping areas. Broad tiled streets intersected by narrower pedestrian streets are lined with department stores, shops, boutiques and vendors.
Men's and women's fashions and accessories, leather goods of all types (coats are especially good buys) jewelry and other old and silver items, ceramic items, local wines and antiques are all widely available at excellent prices.
Malaga's Beautiful Playa de la Malagueta
There is lots to do in Malaga. First, if you want to go to the beach, there is an excellent beach (Playa de la Malagueta) within walking distance of the ship. Simply exit the port turning right and walk along the edge of the port and then past the high rise buildings and you will run smack into a wonderful beach begging for you to enjoy the sunshine and ocean. As is typical in Europe, one will see many women topless enjoying the environment. The beach offers several small restaurants serving beverages and snacks. We enjoyed some of the local beer with a plate of home made olives that was simply wonderful.
Malaga's Gibralfaro Castle
Towering over Malaga is the Gibralfaro Castle, which is well worth the hike to get to it. There is a small museum that resides within its walls and the views are spectacular from the castle's height. Also, don't miss the Alcazaba close to Malaga's city center. This ancient (over 1,000 years old) palace is now an archeological museum and botanical garden. From the Gibralfaro Castle just walk down the ridge towards the city of Malaga to get to the Alcazaba.
Another View from Gibralfaro Castle into Malaga's Bull Ring
Of course, no visit to Malaga would be complete without a shopping tour of the downtown area. Malaga's pedestrian streets are filled with excellent shopping opportunities, but be aware that siesta is widely observed here and most of the shops will close from 2 pm until 5 pm or so. If you intend to shop, plan to do so in the morning.
The Malaga Cathedral (right amidst the downtown shopping area) is also well worth a visit. The intricacy of the interior carvings and statutes is stunning and the setting simply breathtaking.
A great half day trip from Malaga is the quaint village of Mijas. Mijas is located high above the ocean in Costa Del Sol's foothills and is alive with whitewashed buildings with their red tile roofs and wrought iron grillwork and balconies. Mijas offers one twisting cobble stoned narrow pedestrian street after another filled with shops selling all kinds of items of interest to tourists. Ceramics, leather goods, linens, blankets, jewelry, and numerous collectible items among its offerings. Don't hesitate to try one of the donkeys to make your way up the steep inclines and be sure to make time for an enjoyable lunch during siesta time when most of the shops will close for the afternoon
Every ship that ports in Malaga will offer a full day's tour out to the Alhambra, the ancient Moorish palace that has been fully refurbished. The trip to Granada will take at least two hours each way and requires a good amount of walking to boot. Many that do the tour are interested in seeing the Alhambra, but feel the all day ordeal is very trying.
Yes, don't miss shopping in Malaga's downtown area. Great prices and a wonderful selection of products and services.
Numerous, but none stand out as special.