Malaga is one of the most attractive destinations to visit this Christmas. If you cruise the Mediterranean aboard a cruise ship and arrive at the capital of the Costa del Sol at this time, you will find a city full of life and activities to enjoy.
If your time is limited, don’t worry: we help you make the most of your stay in Malaga.
Warm welcome at Pier One
This December, up to nine large cruises make their stopover in Malaga. More than 22,600 travellers will experience the thrilling sensation of arriving from the sea and enjoy a unique perspective of Malaga, with the Cathedral Tower standing out in its skyline, the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro Castle dominating the city.
The first thing that you will find when you get off the boat is a modern leisure space created from the old port facilities: Muelle Uno (Pier One). In this walk you will find shops, bars and restaurants making a lively welcome to all cruise passengers.
If you arrive with an appetite, at Muelle Uno you have an excellent offer of leisure and catering. Here you can also find the restaurant of the chef Jose Carlos Garcia, owner of a Michelin star.
A route through the most beautiful Nativity scenes of Malaga
More than 50 Nativity scenes make Malaga a destination in which you can live all the charm of the Spanish Christmas traditions. One of the indispensable ones is the one of the City Council of Malaga (visits from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 to 9 pm), with detailed scenery and nearly three hundred figures. Then you can continue your walk to the Cathedral of Malaga, a jewel of the Spanish Renaissance, where you can also see a beautiful Nativity scene (visits from 10 am to 2 pm and 4 to 8 pm).
These and many other of these “belenes” are in the centre of Malaga capital, just five minutes from the Port of Malaga. If you want to see the complete route of Nativity scenes in Malaga, you can check it here.
Art in Malaga: visit to museums
Malaga is a city with about thirty museums that has become a cultural reference of southern Europe. We know that you won’t be able to see them all, but the Picasso Museum is well worth a visit. It is located just five minutes from the Cathedral. Another visit you can do is the Carmen Thyssen Museum, where you can see her Neapolitan Nativity scene that recreates one of the pictures of the gallery.
At dusk, we suggest an ascent to the Alcazaba and the Castle of Gibralfaro, an area of great historical value from where you can enjoy an incredible sunset.
The light tunnel of Calle Larios
When the night comes, Christmas in Malaga becomes a light show worth seeing. You cannot leave the city without visiting Larios Street, whose illumination has already gone around the world inspiring big cities like New York. A light vault consisting of 554,782 leds stretches along the most emblematic street of the city.
An experience that culminates in the Plaza de la Constitucion with a magnificent Christmas tree. There will be no better end to your Christmas day in the capital of the Costa del Sol.