Granada (from Malaga) cruises

The birthplace of Picasso and known as ‘Málaga the Beautiful’, Málaga’s privileged location has attracted travellers, merchants, artists and explorers for centuries who have left their mark on this cosmopolitan city. It is the gateway to the beaches of Torremolinos, the exclusive clubs and marina of Marbella and Puerto Banus and its striking old quarter by the cathedral offers a relaxed atmosphere with spectacular views.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Cars & Couture

    From Bond to Balenciaga, discover the links between cars and fashion in Malaga’s fascinating Vintage Car Museum.

    Cars & Couture

    Drive into the hills of Malaga to the old quarter of Gibralfaro and call in at the Parador Hotel. Enjoy a refreshing glass of wine on the terrace while you soak up the stunning panoramic views of the city and coastline.

    Step through the doors of the old tobacco factory and into the Vintage Car Museum to find yourself back in the 19th century. Set off through decades of motoring history, starting with the first motor car alongside its predecessor, the horse drawn carriage and through to popular cars that include Maserati, Mercedes, Aston Martin and Rolls Royce. Don’t miss the alternative energy display which demonstrates that these cars are not such a modern concept.

    When you hear the names Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior you think of luxury and style. Cars and fashion have a long intertwined history and the museum’s collection of Vintage hats and clothing complement the vehicles and take you back to a bygone era.
    If all that luxury has put you in the mood to shop, there will be some free time to visit Malaga’s premier shopping street Calle Larios, where there are a plethora of high street and designer stores.

    Guests are advised that there is approximately 1½ hours of walking included, over some uneven and cobblestoned ground. It is recommended that comfortable walking shoes are worn. Coffee and tea may be served instead of wine if the stop at the Parador is early in the morning.

    Tour code

    MAL_029

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Malaga by Trolley Train

    Explore the sights of Malaga by solar-powered trolley train.

    Malaga by Trolley Train

    The unique solar-powered and electric train will make its way from the pier, taking you on a panoramic tour of this busy centre of the Costa Del Sol. In the 1920’s, stunning Baños del Carmen was home to a beautiful public bath for the upper class society in Malaga. As you sit back and soak up the tranquil atmosphere at Los Baños del Carmen, enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and admire the views.

    As you continue your drive, you will see the facade of the bullring and the Renaissance-style cathedral that is now a national monument.

    Prepare for a museum visit with a difference as you enter the Vintage Car and Hat Museum while still onboard your trolley train. The museum is housed in the architecturally stunning Fabrica de Tabacos (Tobacco Factory). The factory was constructed in 1927 and has been transformed into a museum with over 80 vintage and modern cars, including some of the most fashionable cars from the 1920’s to the 1950’s and is one of the most important private collections from around the world.



    There is approximately 40 minutes of walking inside the museum at your leisure. Interior visits of the bullring and cathedral are not included. The order of sights may vary depending on traffic.

    Tour code

    MAL_021

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • The Best of Malaga

    A cocktail of highlights featuring the best of Malaga's sights.

    The Best of Malaga

    Perched on a hilltop overlooking the city is the Gibralfaro Castle (external view), an 8th century Moorish castle, much of which still remains intact. A photograph stop will be made to take in the magnificent panoramic views over the city, so do not forget your camera.

    A visit will be made to the Arabic Fortress of Alcazaba, sat high upon the hillside of the Gibralfaro Mountain and from where fine views of the African coastline can be enjoyed. Your guide will highlight how the Andalusian culture is ever-present within the Fortress, with its many fountains, channels and ponds. At the foot of this ancient Fortress, you can also view the excavated ruins of a Roman amphitheatre.

    Take a walk to the birthplace and home of the 20th century's most popular and contemporary artist - Pablo Picasso. Passing through the rooms of his house, your guide will bring to life Picasso's early years and explain that, even as a toddler, Picasso began to draw his surroundings, which included pigeons and, bizarrely, Churros - a dough type pastry.

    Leaving the birthplace of Picasso, enter the typical traditional bodega of 'El Pimpi', where a glass of sherry and some olives will be served.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a walk approximately 200 metres from the coach drop-off point to the Alcazaba.

    Tour code

    MAL_008

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Granada & Alhambra

    The Alhambra is described as 'the Jewel of Moorish Spain' and its beauty will overwhelm you.

    Granada & Alhambra

    Lying in the foothills of Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains, the Alhambra is the ‘Palace of the Sultans’ and one of the world’s finest examples of Islamic art. Although damaged and restored over the centuries, it is not difficult to picture the place as it was in all its glory 600 years ago. The ceilings drip with stalactites in stucco and each room appears more richly decorated than the previous one. Marvel at the delicate marble columns, graceful arcades and fine craftsmanship in the sultans’ ‘paradise on earth’.

    The Generalife is a small Summer Palace, the highlight of which is its garden and numerous fountains. The stately cypress trees, trimmed flowerbeds, myrtle bushes and fountains provide good photo opportunities. The view from here is splendid, gaze down over the Sierra Nevada, to the Darro Valley and across to the old quarter of Albaycin.

    During your tour, a delicious buffet luncheon will be offered at a leading hotel in Granada.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The estimated journey time to Granada is two hours each way. There are around 400 steps at the Alhambra and Generalife to negotiate, with approximately two hours of walking involved on the tour.

    Tour code

    MAL_023

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    8¼ hours

  • Charming Malaga & Flamenco

    Enjoy a typical Andalusian Flamenco show at one of the most historical fortresses in Spain, with breathtaking views over the city of Malaga.

    Charming Malaga & Flamenco

    Departing the port, embark on a leisurely drive through the city passing by fascinating monuments and renowned landmarks. View the stunning architecture of the Alcabaza Palace before catching a glimpse of the Renaissance-style Cathedral, which is now a national monument. During your drive you’ll also see the façade of the bullring and other interesting buildings including the City Hall, Justice Court and the Central Post Office.

    Next, experience an extraordinary and authentic Flamenco show, where you’ll discover a musical style full of passion and emotion. Undoubtedly one of the icons of Spanish culture, Flamenco is provocative, fun and full of gestures and unscripted movements.

    After the show, venture into the city by coach to explore the beauty of Malaga, taking in some of the sights such as Picasso’s birthplace, Fuente de Las Tres Gracias and Plaza de la Merced.

    An exterior visit to Malaga’s famous cathedral will also be included, followed by free time for shopping at Malaga’s famous Calle Larios, located in the city’s Old Quarter and one of the main shopping areas.

    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. Guests are advised that there is approximately 45 minutes of walking included on this tour.

    Tour code

    MAL_030

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Ronda Rediscovered

    Discover one of Spain’s hidden gems; the historic city of Ronda.

    Ronda Rediscovered

    Leave the metropolis of Malaga behind and head for the hills, as your coach travels towards the city of Ronda.

    One of Spain’s oldest cities, located in the Andalusian mountains and 750 metres above sea level, Ronda stills displays aspects of its ancient Roman origins. This historical town has been a much loved destination for many painters, architects and creative artists; including Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway.

    The best way to explore Ronda is on foot and throughout your guided walking tour you will pass several of the city’s highlights; including the ‘Puente Nuevo’ (New Bridge), which alongside the bull ring is said to symbolise the soul of the city. An interior visit will be made to the ‘Plaza de Toros’, known to be the oldest bull ring in Spain and the site where the tradition of bull fighting originated.

    Following a brief refreshment stop at a local cafe, enjoy some free time to explore at leisure. Choose to visit the Santa Maria Church, the modernist palace of San Juan Bosco, or the remains of the ancient Arab Baths. As you stroll through the city, follow the curves of the Arab Walls and meander through the City Gates whilst imagining the atmosphere of the bustling Medina, situated within the Old Quarter centuries ago.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive between Malaga and Ronda is approximately 2 hours each way. There is approximately 2 hours’ walking included throughout this tour with some uneven ground and steps to negotiate. Lunch has not been included to allow maximum flexibility during your free time.

    Tour code

    MAL_031

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Walking the Caminito Del Rey

    Follow in the King’s footsteps on a spectacular hike along a walkway pinned along the steep walls of the El Churro gorge.

    Walking the Caminito Del Rey

    Travel approximately 1¼ hours by coach to reach the Caminito del Rey - a trail that crosses the beautiful Gaitanes Ravine and was once called 'one of the world's scariest hiking routes'.

    Originally a supply path for the construction of the railway and a hydroelectric power station, the path, more than 100 years old, fell into disrepair over the course of decades. The path is named after King Alfonso XIII, who walked part of the way to mark the inauguration of the hydroelectric power plant and the reservoir.

    Nowadays, a comprehensive rebuild has placed it firmly on the map and on many a bucket list. About two thirds of the trail is through the valley, with gorges at both ends.

    Set out on this stunning walkway that is carved into rocky faces soaring heavenward above the path and plunging hundreds of feet below it. As you walk for approximately 3 hours, learn about the flora and fauna of the gorge, as well as some interesting facts about its geology, discovery and role in the region's production of electricity.

    Exhilarated and impressed, you'll re-board the coach for the ride back to the ship.

    This excursion is only suitable for those in good physical condition. Children under 8 years old may not participate. This tour is not suitable for passengers who suffer from vertigo or have a fear of heights. The distance covered is approximately 5 miles. All participants must wear the safety gear provided. The boardwalks are quite narrow and are very high. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    MAL_037

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Captivating Cordoba

    Discover the captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cordoba and the Mesquita.

    Captivating Cordoba

    Leave Malaga behind and embark on a scenic drive through the Andalusian countryside towards the historical city of Cordoba.

    Cordoba was once the largest and probably the most beautiful city in the world. It is a city that demonstrates a past where Jews, Christians and Muslims peacefully co-existed and left a beautiful legacy of architecture to be appreciated for centuries to come.

    Cross the Guadalquivir River via the Roman Bridge and enter the city close to the Mesquita (Grand Mosque) which is one of the largest Mosques in the world. When the city was re-conquered by the Christians they were so impressed by the beauty of the Mosque that, rather than demolish it they simply built a Cathedral inside it. Weave your way through the arches and columns to discover this stunning and bizarre piece of art and architecture.

    Step back out into the city for a walk around the Historic Quarter – La Juderia. Once the home of the Jewish Community, it is an intricate network of narrow and winding streets lined with flower filled patios and traditional buildings hiding just around the corner. Make a visit to the Mudejar Synagogue which is one of only three remaining Synagogues in Spain.

    Luncheon will be served in a local restaurant and afterwards enjoy some free time to shop for souvenirs or simply take a last look at the city.


    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately two hours of walking on this tour, therefore flat comfortable shoes are recommended. The drive to Cordoba is approximately 2½ hours, a stop will be made en route. For Sunday calls the itinerary will operate in reverse order due to services taking place in the Mosque.

    Tour code

    MAL_027

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8½ hours

  • Picasso Museum & Botanical Gardens

    Enjoy the tranquillity of the lush Botanical Gardens and see some of the master pieces of Picasso at the Picasso Museum.

    Picasso Museum & Botanical Gardens

    Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city to an ‘oasis in the hills of Malaga’ - La Concepcion, Embrace the tranquillity and take a stroll with your guide through the Botanical Garden, discover one of Europe’s most beautiful collections of fruit trees, bamboos, palms, vines, Mediterranean and aquatic plants.

    Once you’re back in the city follow in the footsteps of some of Malaga’s most famous residents with a visit to El Pimpi Bodega for a taste of local life and the local tipple, sweet wine. Meander through the city’s old quarter to the Picasso Museum and then enjoy a fascinating insight into the artist’s work. Where better to see some of the 200 paintings, drawings, sculptures and etchings than in the artists birthplace?

    An additional treat is waiting for you as you as you descend to the level beneath the ground floor where you can see the beautifully preserved and sensitively displayed Roman and Phoenician ruins, which were discovered during the restoration of the building.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 3½ hours of walking on this tour. Comfortable non slip shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    MAL_019

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Leisurely Malaga

    An ideal introduction to Malaga - at a leisurely and relaxed pace.

    Leisurely Malaga

    Birthplace of Picasso, Malaga boasts pretty streets, leafy boulevards and lush gardens. Find out why the city's cathedral is called 'La Manquita' - the one armed lady! Hear all about the old palace fortress and its two rings of walls and learn why Arab geographers praised the city as an ‘earthly paradise’. Your guide will bring the city to life, show you the main streets and places of interest, and explain all about its rich and chequered past. You will see sub-tropical gardens and the bullring on the eastern side of the city. The coach will wind its way upwards to the Castle of Gibralfaro, ‘The Mountain of the Lighthouse’, for a short photograph stop. You may opt to stretch your legs or remain on the coach. Enjoy the street life of Malaga sitting on the terrace at a local café, whilst enjoying some refreshments.

    This excursion will operate by coach. This tour is been created for those guests who prefer to tour at a leisurelyv pace. There is a walk of approximately 500 metres to reach the refreshment venue.

    Tour code

    MAL_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Meander Through Mijas

    Discover the maze of white-washed streets that make up the enchanting hilltop town of Mijas. The ‘Jewel’ of the Costa Del Sol.

    Meander Through Mijas

    Leaving the vibrant city of Malaga, the coach will head west along part of the Guadalhorce Valley – the most fertile valley of Malaga, packed full with lemons, oranges and olive plantations before arriving at Mijas. A typical Andalucian village, perched high above Fuengirola, Mijas enjoys spectacular views of the coast and surrounding heavily wooded mountains. Wander through the narrow, cobble-stoned streets of this pretty village and you will see why artists are attracted to this place, with its wonderful panoramic views over the Mediterranean.

    You will have some free time to browse at leisure through the narrow cobble-stoned streets. Take a look inside the local craft and souvenir shops, many of which display the colourful, local pottery, or enjoy a spot of people watching whilst you enjoy a cool drink in a local café.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The tour involves a moderate level of activity and involves paved but uneven footpaths. This tour is not recommended for guests who suffer vertigo due to the route taken.

    Tour code

    MAL_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4¼ hours

  • Costa Del Sol Sampler

    Spend some free time in 2 of the Costa Del Sol’s most popular resorts.

    Costa Del Sol Sampler

    The popular resort of Benalmadena stretches from the southern foothills of the Sierra de Mijas range to the sea’s edge. Drive to the area of Benalmadena Costa, where you can take a walk along the seaside promenade to the pretty, yacht filled Puerto Marina, or grab a spot on the beach and soak up some sun.

    Afterwards, you’ll take a drive to Fuengirola, the one-time fishing village that dates back to the Phoenicians and has evolved into one of the most popular resorts on the Costa Del Sol. The premier attraction of the resort is without a doubt the 5 miles of sandy beach that hug the promenade, but if you head off the beaten track you will uncover the resorts link to ancient civilisations. If you are feeling peckish why not try a traditional beach shack (Chiringuito) for a delicious seafood snack.

    Tour code

    MAL_028

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    5 hours