Malaga, Spain

One of Spain's oldest cities, Malaga has been inhabited since the time of the Phoenicians, who called it Malaka. A city of narrow streets, whitewashed houses, churches and sunny plazas, Malaga offers an idealized image of Spain. Malaga was the chief port for the Kingdom of Granada, the last stronghold of Moorish Spain. The city fell to Ferdinand and Isabelle in 1487. The re-conquest of Spain ended with the fall of Grenada in 1492, the year Columbus discovered the New World.

In addition to the fabled Alhambra, Granada boasts some significant landmarks such as the Old Quarter, the majestic Granada Cathedral, Alcazaba – an ancient Moorish fortress nestled above the city, and the Royal Chapel – the final resting place of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Andalusia's main port is also your gateway to the resorts of the Costa del Sol.

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Points of Interest

  • Generalife
  • Alhambra
  • Malaga Cathedral
  • Ronda
  • Museo Picasso
  • Alcazaba
  • Marbella
  • El Castillo de Gibralfaro

More about Malaga, Spain Points of Interest

  • Generalife

    The Moorish country palace for rest and contemplation, this ancient retreat was the summer home of emirs and emperors. Poems and novels have been written of this Eden.

  • Alhambra

    Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, . It was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-11th century by the Moorish king Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Kingdom of Granada, who built its current palace and walls. It was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada.

  • Malaga Cathedral

    Malaga's cathedral boasts a Baroque exterior, a Renaissance altar and superb choir stalls.

  • Ronda

    One of Spain's oldest cities, Ronda sits atop dramatic cliffs and is divided by a gorge. Its historic and picturesque views make for a prime tourist destination.

  • Museo Picasso

    Over 155 works of the famed painter, donated by Picasso's family, are proudly displayed in this museum dedicated to its celebrated resident.

  • Alcazaba

    The Alcazaba is a fortress in Málaga, Spain, perched above the city. Alcazaba offeris panoramic views of Malaga.

  • Marbella

    The most famous resort on the Costa del Sol, Marbella retains its original charm, with cobbled streets and whitewashed houses and Gothic-style architecture. Trendy boutiques and open-air cafés add a bit of the contemporary to this tourist favorite

  • El Castillo de Gibralfaro

    El Castillo de Gibralfaro is a Muslim fortress built on a hill in the middle of the city. As the highest point in the center, you can view all of Malaga, including the harbor in the south and the fisherman's neighborhood.

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Best of Alhambra & Generalife

9 hours | Malaga | A G P - 1 0 0
  • Generalife
  • Alhambra

Travel to the heart of Moorish Spain for a guided walking tour of the Alhambra, an imposing structure dating back to the 14th century. Also on your itinerary is the nearby Generalife, a fortress surrounded by water gardens, fountains and ponds. Shopping at the Alhambra gift shop and a buffet lunch round out this tour.

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Best of Granada

9 hours | Malaga | A G P - 1 0 5

Fall under the mesmerizing spell of Granada on this exceptional full day excursion that includes tours of two of the city's most renowned landmarks. Explore the awe-inspiring Granada Cathedral, the first Renaissance church built in Spain. Behold the Royal Chapel, the final resting place of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.

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Ronda

8 hours | Malaga | A G P - 1 2 0
  • Ronda

A walking tour of Spain's oldest city unveils historic - and breathtaking - views. You'll travel to Ronda and walk the narrow cobblestone lanes that bring you to the oldest bullring in Spain and a church transformed from a 13th-century mosque. Cap off your tour with a traditional lunch in a local restaurant.

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Granada on Your Own

9 hours | Malaga | A G P - 1 8 5

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking sights and sounds of Granada's Old Quarter during this tremendous create-your-own adventure tour that leaves the sightseeing up to you. Marvel at the majestic Granada Cathedral, shop for bargains in the Alcaiceria, see some of the oldest Moorish building in the city, and more.

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Malaga Cathedral & Alcazaba

4.5 hours | Malaga | A G P - 2 0 0
  • El Castillo de Gibralfaro
  • Malaga Cathedral
  • Alcazaba

Experience the charm of Malaga on a narrated drive that takes you to the Malaga Cathedral and Alcazaba, an ancient Moorish fortress nestled above the city. You'll see the Plaza de la Merced, birthplace of Picasso, and El Castillo de Gibralfaro.

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Mijas & Malaga Cathedral

6 hours | Malaga | A G P - 2 0 5
  • Alcazaba
  • El Castillo de Gibralfaro
  • Malaga Cathedral

Travel from Malaga to Mijas, a traditional Andalusian village, for a touch of history.You'll visit the Malaga Cathedral, built on the site of the city's old mosque, and a taste of wine at a local bar.

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Marbella & Puerto Banus

4.5 hours | Malaga | A G P - 2 2 0
  • Marbella

Travel to the jet set resort of Marbella where you'll experience the charm of the Old Town on a guided walking tour that brings you to a plaza lined with orange trees, a 15th-century Town Hall and trendy boutiques. You'll cap your day off with a visit to a favorite haunt of the rich and famous, Puerto Banus.

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Malaga Highlights & Vintage Car Museum

4.5 hours | Malaga | A G P - 2 9 0
  • Malaga Cathedral
  • El Castillo de Gibralfaro

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with a little walking involved. You'll enjoy a panoramic drive with a photo stop at the Castillo de Gibralfaro and then travel to the Vintage Car and Hat Museum. The museum houses an extraordinary collection of cars with different styles and is the biggest private collection in Europe. Afterwards you will drive to the Plaza de la Merced from where you will take a short walk to the cathedral where you will then enjoy some free time.

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4X4 Andalusian Adventure

5.5 hours | Malaga | A G P - 3 4 0

A 4x4 Jeep safari ride explores the Natural Park Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama, a mountainous and coastal area that borders Malaga and Granada. Later, sample the famed sweet wine in Competa.

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Malaga's Alcazaba & Picasso Museum

4 hours | Malaga | A G P - 3 8 0
  • Malaga Cathedral
  • Museo Picasso
  • Alcazaba

Explore Málaga's historic and colorful sights with a leisurely drive through the city's 800-year-old main square. Tour the 480-year old "one armed lady" known as the Cathedral of Málaga. The birthplace of Picasso, no tour of Málaga would be complete without a visit to the Pablo Picasso Museum.

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Hiking the Caminito Del Rey

6 hours | Malaga | A G P - 4 7 0

El Caminito del Rey is a structure that has been refurbished to be adapted for active tourism in a protected natural environment surrounded by mountains. This is a guided experience..

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