Planned for cruise passengers and visitors passing through
We have prepared a full day of activities for visitors who are in Málaga for a city break or who have arrived by Cruise Ship for a few hours. It has been difficult as Malaga has so much to offer; Here we present our full day in Málaga.
9:00 – A Bike Ride along Muelle Uno (The Port) and Malagueta Beach.
The day begins in the port, including yachts, cruise ships and terraces, with one of the best views of the city. We recommend renting a bike at The Port. There are standard city bikes and electric bikes in two models, for those who want more comfort. They can be rented by the hour from 4 € or from 15 € a day. Once you have rented your bike, we recommend cycling down the Port and along Malagueta Beach promenade. If you feel up to it, in just 3 km you will reach Pedregalejo, a beautiful little fishing village with a fantastic selection of fresh fish restaurants. The landscape is beautiful along the promenade and there are many Chirringuitos (beach restaurants) where you can stop for a drink and a snack of typical Espetos Sardinas (barbecued sardines). If you decide to leave the bikes back at the port, the obligatory stop is the Pompidou Museum, which is situated just behind the bicycle rental station. If you would rather spend your morning shopping then the port has plenty of shops to keep you entertained.
11:00 – The Alcazaba and surroundings.
You can not come to Málaga without visiting the Alcazaba Castle. From the Port, after a nice walk through the gardens of Paseo del Parque, you come to the ruins of the Roman Theatre, from there you can access the Alcazaba in Málaga. Visiting the Roman Theatre is free and offers a perfect setting for a photo. The Alcazaba is an original palace surrounded by an Arab fortress dating back to 1057. During the tour you will see its ancient streets and doors with old arches. The palace has been preserved almost perfectly and some rooms are like small individual museums with original items from the Palace. The best thing about the visit, are the views of Málaga that can be seen from the viewpoints of the Alcazaba. The price of a normal visit is € 2.20 (€ 3.50 extended visit to Gibralfaro).
12:30 – The Cathedral of Málaga.
Very near the exit of the Alcazaba is the Cathedral of Málaga, so there is no excuse not to visit! It is known as “the Manquita” because one of its towers is half built. The visit will take some time so make sure you are not hungry!. The entrance fee is 5 €.
13:00 – El Pimpi Restaurant and Bodegas
An icon of the city that you must visit. The Pimpi Málaga restaurant and bodegas is famous for its sweet wine and the many celebrities who have been there and left their signatures on the wine barrels and photos on the wall of the impressive bar. If the weather is nice, sit out in the terrace, overlooking the Roman Theatre and enjoy the world go by. There are over 70 different tapas on the menu and plenty of sweet wines.
16:00 – An ice-cream at Casa Mira
This is a Málagaclassic and in my mind, the best I’ve tasted. It is in Calle Marques de Larios, in the historic center. It consists of a large bar where you order your ice-cream but there are no tables or chairs. This has been planned purposely so that you can easily pop to order and continue walking along Calle Larios with ease. Among the most popular flavours are the Belgian Chocolate, the Flan with caramel and cheesecake.
The historic center of Malaga is home to the most desirable global fashion brands, so it is always good opportunity to “keep an eye out” and why not take the opportunity! Among the famous Calle Larios, with its marble floors and beautiful facades are as many stores and brands such as Bimba Lola, Hoss, Benetton, Zara, Bershka, Mango, Misako, Pinsapo, Scarpe, Swarovski, Among Others.
19: 30h – Sunset from Gibralfaro Viewing Platform
Málaga has several points from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city, and the Mirador de Gibralfaro is one of them. Access is on foot from the start of Paseo del Parque and takes about 10 minutes to reach the viewing platform at the Mirador, where you can also have a drink and enjoy the landscape.
21: 00h – Tapas y Drinks Time!
If you’re lucky enough to also be in the city at night, then you really will finish the day in style. There are numerous places downtown for tapas along with a drink. My favorites are undoubtedly the open squares. The Plaza de la Merced has a lot of restaurants with terraces and a great atmosphere, and now has the new Mercado de la Merced, where there are several pop-up restaurants from Malaga offering their products in a comunal space. When it comes to drinks, Mitjanas Square is the most popular meeting point.