Today we’ll be visiting Malaga, Spain. It’s the first time for both of us and we were looking forward to our day. After meeting on deck 15, Sister T. and I went to Taste for breakfast. We passed a new holiday decoration next to the Cruise Next desk.
There are 3 different breakfast menus. What changes are the daily features.
I tried one of the daily specials; biscuits and gravy. It was one biscuit with small amount of gravy and three sausage links.
In addition I had ordered scrambled eggs which came with very good potatoes.
Sister T had bagel with smoked salmon and sausage on the side.
We left the ship about 9:30 or so and decided to buy HOHO tickets in the terminal.
This was a popular option but the line moved fairly quickly. Although the 30 euros price included admittance to museums, a free walking tour and a boat tour.
We didn’t take advantage of any of the extras today. Once we had tickets we walked outside the modern terminal and found the line which also moved well. We made it onto the second bus with choice of seats on top.
We decided to stay on for the entire loop and then decide how to proceed.
Malaga City Sightseeing
The lighthouse was on the way out of the port and is over a hundred years old.
The name of this beach is Malagueta and it is long and deep.
I would love to visit it in warmer weather. Next we passed the three graces fountain with the Alcazaba of Malaga in the background.
The alcazaba (citadel) dates back to the 11th century. Somewhere along the ride we passed the hotel California.
The route then took us up to Castillo Gibralfaro which is a moorish castle from the 14th century. I couldn’t see much of the castle but it had fantastic views of the coastline.
The next stop was at the Basilica of Santa Maria de la Victoria.
It was completed in 1700 and the tower is known for being one of the first baroque style in Spain. The next stop was the plaza de la Merced which is the stop to visit Picasso’s home where he was born. Yes, Picasso and Antonio Banderas are both Malaga natives.
We drove along the Paseo Parque which is a very long stretch of public park with beautiful gardens offering an oasis in the city. The first planting was in 1899.
This tree, the white silk floss, is something I’ve never seen anywhere.
If it was warmer, I would have loved to walk the length of this park taking the time to admire it.
Like in Rome, the oranges growing alongside the city streets are not for eating.
The Plaza de la Marina stop gives you a look at the Cathedral of Malaga. It was built in the 17th century although never completed officially.
Nearby was this monument to Marques de Larios. As you can see it’s really three different sculptures.
Near the port we passed the art museum known as the cube.
Throughout the day, it had gotten colder and colder so we decided to get back on the ship when we returned to our starting point. I definitely want to come back to Malaga in warmer weather and explore the interesting sights.
We went to the buffet for lunch where I found tasty food (beef goulash, pork cutlet with vegetable fritters and mashed potatoes). Before heading down to our cabin for a nap, I took a panorama photo of the port from the ship.
I was tired and took a nap. Three hours later (yes, how wonderful it was. I was up to get ready for our night out. Sister T and I met up in Shakers for pre-dinner drink(s). She’s going through the Shaker’s menu. I had the le fizz (yummy) and tonight was the raspberry one for her.
We had dinner at Le Bistro which I’ll detail in the next post. I can’t remember doing anything special after dinner other than watching a show on my iPad. We have an early shore excursion tomorrow and need to be up by 5:30 am.
I walked 2.3 miles and 6,540 steps today.
Below is today’s Freestyle Daily. Click on the image for the full PDF.