Málaga, Spain

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While Málaga was long considered just a stopover on the way to southern Spain’s Costa del Sol beach resorts, in recent years a buzz has developed around the Andalucian city. There is a brand-new $100 million port promenade filled with restaurants and a bold new branch of Paris’ Centre Pompidou built in the form of a colorful glass cube. A handful of other major new museums include one devoted to one of the city’s most famous sons, Pablo Picasso—it’s also the hometown of another famous Spanish export, actor Antonio Banderas. Where once many buildings were dilapidated, an entire swath of the historic center is now pedestrianized and filled with shoppers, diners and street musicians. Tapas bars with outdoor tables line the old town’s Calle Strachan, while all over Málaga a boom in fine dining is taking place. The city makes a fine base for day trips to many of Andalucía’s most famous sites. Unlike many southern Spanish cities, Málaga doesn’t really shut down over the hot summer months; its waterfront location helps keep temperatures from soaring to uncomfortable heights. The 10-day summer Feria is becoming more popular each year, drawing visitors with its calendar of bullfights as well as dancing and drinking—activities the city’s residents enjoy before and after the Feria too.


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Port Name & Location

Below are the berthing locations of the Oosterdam:

May 4 – Muelle Norte / Terminal A
May 12 – Muelle Norte / Terminal A Or Muelle Sur / Terminal B. (It Will Be Confirmed 48H Before Arrival).
May 18 – Muelle Sur / Terminal B

Please note these are the expected berths and are subject to change.

Famous For

At the heart of town is the unusual Cathedral of Málaga, built over two centuries ago on the site of the former main mosque. It features 17th-century carved choir stalls, fine pictures and 103 individually carved saints.


The local language is Spanish. Say “I don’t speak Spanish” in Spanish: “no hablo español.”


May 2023 Weather
Averages: 74º F high / 50º F low


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Transportation Options

Uber | Getting Around

Redwood Travel Partners (airport transfers)
VIATOR (airport private transfers)

Time Zone

CET (Central Europe Time)
UTC/GMT +2 hours