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Cruise Diva Goes Ashore in Europe:
The Mediterranean
Sights to see & things to do

Málaga, Spain 

In 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.


From 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. 

The 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 work.

Alcazaba & 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 history.


The 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. 


The 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.

The Legendary Alhambra, a magic carpet ride into visionary enchantment.

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