Cruise Diva Goes
Ashore in Europe:
to see & things to do
the region of Andalucía, and considered the gateway to the Costa
del Sol, the capital city of the Province of Málaga has a rich
history dating to the time of the Phoenicians.
This intriguing and ancient city bears evidence of the
Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, and Moors who occupied the region.
With a relaxed nature, it’s a wonderful place to explore
and is a jumping-off point to nearby Granada,
site of the legendary Alhambra.
the pier, simply walk outside the gate, cross the street, and
you’ll find yourself in town within 10 minutes.
Taxis are available for nominal cost.
14th century Phoenician fortification of Gibralfaro with
its Moorish castle ruins is best reached by taxi—the view at the
top is worth the trip. Málaga’s
Cathedral is a mix of Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance styles.
Built between the 14th and 16th
centuries, it remains unfinished but contains delicately carved wood
panels by the artist Pedro de Mena.
Museo de Bellas Artes (or Fine Arts Museum) contains works by
notable 19th and 20th century artists as well
as those of Picasso, a native of Málaga.
The Fundacíon Pablo Ruiz Picasso (Picasso Foundation) is
located in the actual 1881 birthplace of Pablo Picasso and is a
research center and museum dedicated to him and his exceptional
& Museo Arqueológico (The Fortress and Archaeological Museum)
offers one of the city’s most impressive sights.
From the 11th century structure are expansive
views of the harbor and Mediterranean Sea.
During restoration, a Roman amphitheater was uncovered at the
entrance to the Fortress. The
Museum contains exhibits dedicated to Málaga’s Roman and Moorish
main shopping area is located on Calle Marqués de Larios.
The local branch of El Cortes Ingles, the huge Spanish
department store, is located on Avenida de Andalucía.
best swimming beaches are seven miles from Málaga in Torremolinos.
The playground of the rich and famous, Marbella, is about 17
miles away. Both areas
can be rather crowded.
Legendary Alhambra, a magic carpet ride into visionary
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