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What to do for port day in Malaga?

What is a good day in Malaga?  We will be there for a day when our cruise ship is in port.  We would like a relaxing day and want something that is easy to navigate.   

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top answer by
David from Júzcar

Málaga is a bit more interesting today thanks to the improvements made over the last few years, cleaner and better appointed for tourists.

The Port of Málaga is right in the centre so one can walk from embarking the ship to the historic old centre quite easily.  In the centre, the Calle Marqués de Larios is the pedestrianised main street heading inward toward the  Plaza de la Constitución. From there, one can continue wondering and exploring on towards the  Plaza de la Merced which was renovated 3 years ago and where one can find various eateries and shops.  In this area overall, one finds cafes', bars, taperias, frieduras, where one can try the fried fish of Málaga.  The Málaga Cathedral is worth visiting as well; there is also the Alcazaba de Málaga.  The Picasso Museum Málaga is also in very near to the Plaza de la Merced as are the Arab baths, called El Hammam where one can try a traditional sauna and/or massage (as requested, something relaxing).

If you are into eating well, try the taperia Manzanilla Bar (now closed) of famous Chef Dani Garcia, also located in the centre of Malaga in the Calle Fresca, just off the calle Larios near the Plaza Constitucion.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Port of Málaga (attraction)
  2. Calle Marqués de Larios (neighborhood)
  3. Plaza de la Constitución (attraction)
  4. Plaza de la Merced (neighborhood)
  5. Málaga Cathedral (attraction)
  6. Alcazaba de Málaga (neighborhood)
  7. Picasso Museum Málaga (attraction)
  8. El Hammam (attraction)
  9. Calle Fresca (metro area)
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answered by
Robson from Istanbul

Hello Cindy,
Malaga is a great city!
From the port you can walk around the old town and visit the Málaga Cathedral,  AlcazabaPicasso Museum MálagaGibralfaro CastlePlaza de la Merced....

Try the Malaga sweet wine at Bodega Bar El Pimpi & eat some seafood in Playa de la Malagueta.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Málaga Cathedral (attraction)
  2. Alcazaba (attraction)
  3. Picasso Museum Málaga (attraction)
  4. Gibralfaro Castle (attraction)
  5. Plaza de la Merced (neighborhood)
  6. Bodega Bar El Pimpi (restaurant)
  7. Playa de la Malagueta (attraction)
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answered by
Oleg from Liverpool


as you ve probably already found out, the port area of Malaga is adjacent / part of its historical center. So, there will be a lot of sites to enjoy right after you step on dry land. Stop by the Informacion Turistica/ Information Center on the way out of the port area. Normally, the personnel are not only friendly, but informative, too :) Here are just a few sites nearby: the ancient castle, called Alcazaba and the upper part of it Gibralfaro Castle (which is within a 20 min. walk up the hill. The views are magnificent and the path is easily accessable, I mean not steep at all.

Also, right by the entrance to the Alcazaba, there are ancient ruins of the Teatro Romano, and within a 10 min. there is Picasso Museum Málaga, the exposition of which contains his real works. Then, there is the central cathedral of Malaga, conversationally called 'La Manquita' (Málaga Cathedral) / One handed Lady - as there is just one chappel.

As far as food is concerned - any tapas bar is worth stopping by. For the economy purposes, I wold recommend to step just a couple of hundred meters off the tourist path, which will save you some 10-15 %.

On the way back to your ship, there is a Parque Botánico (Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción) / Botanical Gardens, right by the port area, a very beautiful place, too

This will be enough for a 1 day walking tour. Enjoy your stay in the capital of Costa del Sol!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Alcazaba (attraction)
  2. Gibralfaro Castle (attraction)
  3. Teatro Romano (attraction)
  4. Picasso Museum Málaga (attraction)
  5. Málaga Cathedral (attraction)
  6. Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción (attraction)
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answered by
Gina from Minneapolis

I don't know what you like to do but the Picasso Museum Málaga is fantastic. He was born there so it's really special to see it in that context. They have a few pieces of his oldest work which is much more "traditional" than his later pieces and it's so interesting to see how he began his career as a painter! 

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  1. Picasso Museum Málaga (attraction)
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