Malaga, Spain cruise holidays
A gateway to so many Andalucian attractions and Costa del Sol resorts, Spanish cruise port Malaga stands out in its own right as a vibrant destination with its own unique character. El Caminito del Rey steps things up a level. Dating to the early 1900s, its recent renovation puts it back on the map for hikers: boardwalks cling to sheer rockfaces, walkways span gorges and canyons, and paths tunnel through chalky mountain. Simply breathtaking.
From its perch on the Costa del Sol, Malaga triumphs when it comes to beaches. Benalmádena has 10km of them to choose from, ranging from quiet coves to lively areas packed with activities.
This second city of Andalucia has many Moorish influences, seen at their best in the stunning Alcazaba. Built on the site of a Roman fortress between the 8th and 11th Centuries, the castle's huge walls and fortified gates ensure a grand entrance. Inside, a restored Roman amphitheatre now acts as an outdoor entertainment centre. Immediately behind the Alcazaba and rising high above the city with spectacular views, are the ruins of the 14th century Moorish castle, Gibralfaro. Malaga-born Picasso is recognised with a history of the artist's life at the city's fascinating Picasso Foundation.
In Malaga, the Picasso Museum salutes the prolific artist in his hometown, but it shares the spotlight with a raft of creative hubs, including buzzing art district Soho. It’s where you’ll find contemporary art museum CAC and is a canvas for striking street art. Join a guided walk to hunt out the best. Nearby, the multicoloured glass cube of the Pompidou Centre is a beacon for cutting-edge exhibitions.