Start planning your cruise and book your excursions in Málaga and Granada
Málaga, an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination, is a vibrant coastal city in Spain’s popular Costa del Sol. This thriving port offers a wide range of things to see including the ancient hilltop citadels — Alcazaba and Gibralfaro. Stroll along the modern waterfront or wander the cobbled streets of the old quarter. Málaga is also a gateway to glorious Granada and its dazzling Arab architecture.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
- A slice of Andalusian Paradise
- Málaga: A Beautiful Old Town
- Alhambra in Granada
Andalucia is a truly unique region located in the South of Spain. Discover this region with a scenic 40-minute coach journey up to a traditional Spanish finca located in the countryside of Andalucia. Taste locally grown food for breakfast at the finca and feel energised on your morning visit to the village of Alora, known for its whitewashed stone buildings. Before returning to the ship, enjoy stunning views of the crystal clear water and deep green pine forests of El Chorro Gorge.
Founded by the Phoenicians in 8th-century B.C., Málaga is an ‘open-air museum’ with buildings from the Roman, Arab and Christian periods. An MSC Cruises excursion will have you admiring the city’s most impressive landmarks and exploring its characterful streets. Journey through the cobbled old town, past the beautiful botanical gardens, until the ancient Alcazaba citadel comes into view. Visit Museo Natal, Picasso’s birthplace and museum, before travelling to Puerto de Leon, with its breathtaking views. Then, slowly descend down to the beach where you can dine in style at a waterfront restaurant. Reminisce about the day while you watch the boats sail past from the comfort of your table.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Andalusian destination of Granada on a fantastic MSC Cruises excursion. Enjoy a scenic coach-ride through some of Spain’s most dramatic landscapes including the magnificent Sierra Nevada mountains. Arrive at the Alhambra Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, erected by the Moors in the 13th century. Discover an extraordinary display of Islamic beauty including curvaceous courtyards, vaulted ceilings, arabesques, and tiled mosaics. Afterwards, stop by the Palacio de Generalife, to see its elongated pool and elegant archways. This summer palace of the Nasrid rulers is the perfect way to end the day.
Excursions & Activities
Reach the Port
If you are hiring a car at the airport, take the following route to the port. Leave the airport on the MA21 and then continue along Av. Velazquez to the city centre or, alternatively, leave the airport on the MA21 and after 6 km (4 miles) take the exit for the MA22, signposted Malaga City Centre and Port.
If you are hiring a car at the Maria Zambrano Railway Station, take the following route to the port: Join the Avenida Ingeniero Jose Maria Garnica and continue to the first roundabout, taking the third exit as if you were turning left, then continue along this road for 4 km (2½ miles) until you reach the port.
The Maria Zambrano Railway Station is only 4 km (2½ miles) from Málaga port. There is a taxi rank just outside the station.
Malaga Airport is just 15 km (9 miles) from the city’s port. There is a taxi rank outside the airport building.
Travel time: about 18 minutes, depending on traffic.
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