This blog post was originally posted on April 7, 2016 and was updated on November 16, 2017.
From gorging on seafood and drinking tinto de verano (a delicious local alternative to sangria) by the beach, to checking out the beautiful artwork in the museums (and the streets!), there are so many wonderful ways that you can spend your time in Malaga. But if you're arriving on a cruise ship, your time in town is limited. Plan the perfect day with these ideas for Malaga shore excursions, both in the city and further afield.
The Ultimate List of Malaga Shore Excursions
1. See the stunning views in Ronda
Breathtaking nature and amazing views make Ronda a must.Located on a 7800-meter-high plateau, the town allows fabulous views of the surrounding countryside, as well as plenty of outdoor terraces where you can relax in the sun.
The most famous image of Ronda is the big ravine which splits the town into two parts, connected by an impressive bridge called Puente Nuevo. Aside from its charming and typical Andalusian old town, it's also home to the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain!
Tours In Malaga offers a private day trip to Ronda starting at €65 per person. The experience includes the opportunity to visit some monuments, including the famous 18th century bullring, as well as sample delicious local wines.
2. Visit the world-famous Alhambra in Granada
A very popular shore excursion from Malaga is a day trip to the nearby city of Granada, home to the famous Alhambra Palace. As the last monument to be built in Spain under the reign of the Moors, this is an absolute must-see when visiting the south of Spain for its impressive Arab architecture and gorgeous gardens.
In fact, the Alhambra Palace so famous that people often forget that Granada has much more to offer. The city itself is beautiful and lively, with other fabulous monuments as well as a fantastic tapas culture—here, the tapas come free when you order a drink!
Spain Day Tours offer a trip to Granada & the Alhambra, departing from Malaga's cruise port, and can even help to secure you the hard-to-get tickets to the Alhambra, which can be sold out months in advance.
See Also: The complete guide to visiting the Alhambra
3. Discover the unique caves of Nerja
While the city of Malaga is definitely worth your time, it's also a good idea to dedicate part of our itinerary to discovering the hidden gems of Andalusia. There's a lot to explore in southern Spain, but one of the best spots is the town of Nerja, about an hour and a half drive from Malaga. Best known for its beautiful coastline and charming historic center, Nerja is also home to a great hidden surprise: 30,000-year-old caves where you can see the world's largest stalagmite!
Privateshoretrips offers a 4-hour excursion to the caves. They'll pick you up in the morning, whisk you off on this fascinating adventure, then bring you back to your cruise ship at the end of the excursion!
See Also: More fabulous day trips from Malaga
Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke