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From Dave - FULL

We have contacted Spain Day Tours and they are setting up a shared tour in Malaga for us. They have good reviews on CC and Trip Advisor. They require direct contact from anyone wishing to join this tour.

MALAGA TO GRANADA --- full day shared tour.
- Date: April 19, 2016
- Reservation name/code: Dave Harper 0419
- Number of visitors in your party: 2 persons
- Pick-up: Malaga Port
- Cruise Ship: Celebrity Reflection
- Meeting time: 10:15 am – 10:29 am
- Departure from port: 10:30 am
- Drop-off: Malaga Port
- Duration of tour: 7-9 hours subject to the actual arrival and departure times of the ship
- Price: 79 Euros per person + 13 Euros per person for the Alhambra ticket
- Type of tour: Small group sharing (touring with only 10-18 persons at the Alhambra Complex)

- Transfer from Malaga port to Granada/Alhambra in an air-conditioned mini-coach or motor-coach bus
- Split into a small group of only 10-18 persons for a guided walking tour at the Alhambra complex & Generalife Gardens with an English speaking expert guide (2.5-3 hours)
- Orientation and free time in Granada city center (subject to available time)
- Transfer back from Granada to the cruise ship in Malaga

For more information, go to the CC Post

Malaga Walking Gourmet Tapas Tour Lunch - Doc&Bug -

Walking Tapas tour for up to 8 people

Here is the description:
Malaga Gourmet Tapas Tour Lunch (12PM) takes 3 hours. Daily. It costs 65€ per person and includes 2 tapas and 1 drink in each restaurant we stop, a total of 3 restaurants. Note this tour is private but the more people you have in the party the less you pay, for instance: 1 - 3 people you pay 65€ per person, 4 - 5 you pay 55€ per person and 6 to 8 you pay 45€ per person. Also includes a lovely walk in the city center, shorter than the Malaga Walking Tour version, lunch tour also includes a visit to the local food market (market opens from 8AM till 3PM and close on Sunday and holiday)


Someone found this on Cruise Critic - thought it was good info (Link to post)

Thought this may help give anyone visiting Malaga some ideas of what to do there. Hope it helps. I must add that these are just my personal thoughts - other posters no doubt will prefer to add alternatives that will give you more choice.

Malaga is a fascinating city, sadly often just used as an entrance to Spain via its airport or as a a gateway to other parts of Andalucía (most cruise passengers seem to go to Granada or Nerja rather than stay in port). I hope the following information may tempt some of you to have a look round Malaga and see for yourselves how much it has to offer if you know where to look.

P.S. Many of Malagas attractions have reduced admission rates for pensioners so, if you are eligible, take some form of ID showing your DOB.

It is a 1.5 km walk from the cruise terminal to the port gates so a shuttle bus is provided; it is 18 months since I last used this so I will check the current price and bus frequency when we dock there on 5th November and will post the up to date information when we get home. If you feel energetic and want to walk through the port you will pass the recently built 'Muelle Uno' ('Pier One') bar. restaurant and shops development that is a good place to break your journey. When you get to the port gates go straight across 2 roads (the second is Malagas main artery the Avenida Alameda Principal) and you will be in the heart of the old city.

Malaga is a great place for a bit of retail therapy - the main shopping street is the pedestrianized Calle Larios. As well as all the well known international stores, and the big Spanish department store El Corte Ingles, the city is home to many artisan shops many of which specialise in local food produce, hand crafted Silverware and Flamenco clothing.

Missed by most visitors to Malaga the Arab baths are a great place to unwind and be massaged by experts using centuries old techniques. www.malaga.hammanalandalus.com/es

The Ataranzas indoor market, situated one road back from the Avenida Alameda Principal, is a fascinating mix of stalls selling local food produce - the display of fish, meat and fruit/vegetables is amazing. Recently refurbished, decoration of the markets rear wall revealed a spectacular stained glass window that is now a very attractive feature. The market also has several Tapas Bars where you can sample local Sea Food/Fish, Cheeses, Cooked Meats and Wines. The market is a great place to buy Herbs to take home and the delicious local Malaga Almonds should definitely be sampled. http://www.andalucia.com/cities/mala...zas-market.htm

Gibralfaro - Bus 34 from the Parque del Mar (park opposite the port) will take you right up the hill to the Gibralfaro Castle entrance.
http://www.malagaturismo.com/…...-gibralfaro/12 Soaring over the city, the 14th century castle was built to defend the citadel and provides spectacular views over Malaga bay and over the Bullring. After visiting the Castle walk back down the hill for less than 5 minutes and you will come to the entrance of the Parador Hotel - a really lovely place to stop for a Coffee break; you can get the bus back into the city centre from outside the Parador gates.

Alcazaba - Situated below the Gibralfaro Castle is the Alcazaba, a fascinating Moorish Citadel with many features similar to those found at the Alhambra in Granada (but without the crowds!). You can buy a reduced price joint entrance ticket for both Gibralfaro and the Alcazaba. http://www.malagaturismo.com/…...ail/alcazaba/6

Roman Theatre Ruins and Dig - Situated at the base of the Alcazaba, visitors are now allowed to walk through the ongoing archaeological Dig to get a closer look at the ruins; no entrance charge.

A truly spectacular building known as the One Armed Lady as only one tower was built - probably due to lack of funds but legend has it that money for the second tower was sent to rebel US forces to help them in their battle against the Brits in the War of Independence. Next to the Cathedral is the Bishops Palace Square which is a great place to sit and people watch. http://www.malagaturismo.com/…...l/catedral/132

Malaga is home to far too many museums to list them all but these are my particular favourites:-

Picasso Museum - a great selection of paintings by Malagas most famous son plus family photos and personal items. The museum also has a second gallery with changing exhibitions such as the Dennis Hopper collection www.museopicassomalaga.org/en

Carmen Thyssen Museum - art gallery www.carmenthyssenmalaga.org/en

Glass and Crystal Museum - a personal collection of exquisite crystalware www.museovidrioycristalmalaga.com

Motor Museum - one of the best motor museums that will fascinate car lovers of all ages www.museoautomovilmalaga.com

Malaga is a Foodies paradise. You are spoiled for choice of high class restaurants but, for us, Tapas is the only way to go. Definitely try the local speciality 'Fritura Malaguena' which is a delicious mix of deep fried small fish. Just follow locals into a bar and you won't go far wrong; to get a good feel of the citys bar culture and atmosphere people visiting for the first time may enjoy:

El Pimpi - Accessed down a ginnel off Calle Granada or from immediately opposite the Roman Amphitheatre ruins, El Pimpi is one of the best known bars in Malaga where you can sample local Wines, Hams, Cheeses etc. www.elpimpi.com/en

Bodega Antigua Casa de Guardia - this bar can be accessed either off the main street Avenida Alameda Principal or from opposite the Indoor Market. A Malaga institution (gets packed at lunchtime so visit around noon) it is rumoured to be the oldest bar in the city and was once the prison house. Numerous casks house all varieties of the famous Malaga Wines (fortified wines similar to Sherry) plus wines from other parts of Spain. As you select each glass your running total is chalked up in front of you on the old wooden bar. Good seafood Tapas served too. www.casadeguardia.com

Cafeteria Axarquia - A basic café just up from the Casa Antigua de Guardia on the Avenida Alameda Principal. Don't be put off by appearances, the Tapas and Seafood here are excellent (quality and price).

Bar El Jardin - Situated at the rear of the Cathedral (on the left hand side if you face the Cathedral), this is an Art Deco bar/restaurant that serves great Tapas (best Tortilla anywhere IMO). Although slightly dearer than other Tapas Bars, the decor and food make it a place that we never miss when visiting Malaga. www.eljardinmalaga.com

Port Bar - If you don't want to walk into the city centre there is a bar in the main port/ferry building (opposite the entrance to the port) that is a popular watering hold for local workers - not the most elegant of bars but they offer a good choice of Tapas. This place is a lot cheaper than the bars you will find in the Muelle Uno development within the port grounds.

Churros are deep fried Donut-like fingers served with very thick Hot Chocolate or Coffee (dunking is compulsory lol!) can be found in many of Malagas traditional bars but Casa Aranda is a Churros institution visited by people from all over the world. www.casa-aranda.net

If walking around a city isn't your thing, Malaga has several beaches close to the city centre. The best known is La Malagueta Beach about 5 minutes walk from the port entrance - the beach is especially popular with locals and is fringed with some good Chiringuitos (beach bar/restaurants)..

The sightseeing tour bus stops immediately outside the port gates and takes you all around the city including a trip up to Gibralfaro Castle. http://www.malagatours.net/…/H...-Tour-i…





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