Large ships dock at the exterior quay in Málaga port; smaller ones dock at the interior quay next to the port entrance and Plaza de la Marina. All cruise companies provide transfers between the exterior quay and the port entrance. From here, Calle Marqués de Larios and Málaga main attractions are just a few minutes’ walk. The main tourist information office is in Plaza de la Marina.

If you’re planning to explore beyond Málaga center, plan on taking a taxi to your destination (there’s a taxi rank just outside the port entrance). Fares are metered within city limits, and fixed rates apply for destinations beyond Málaga proper. A cheaper option is to take a taxi to the train or bus stations (both about 20 minutes’ walk) and then get public transport to your chosen destination. Renting a car is only practical if you’re staying in Málaga for longer than a day. Most rental companies have offices near the port or will meet you there.

Best Attractions for Cruise Ship Travelers to Málaga

The Old Quarter: Explore the streets and monuments off Calle Marqués de Larios.

Walking Tour: Pick up a free audio guide from the tourist office for one of five tours at your own pace.

Feast of Art: Take in contemporary art at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, street art in the Soho District. Then hit the Museo Picasso and Museo Thyssen.

Tapas Time: Málaga is filled with many bars, and each has its own tapas specialties. Sign up for a tour or take off on one of your own devising.

El Palmeral and Muelle Uno: Stroll port side along El Palmeral de las Sorpresas and then grab a drink in one of the bars in Muelle Uno, where there are great views of the city.