This port city on Spain’s southern Costa del Sol, it is famous for its high rise resorts towering over its golden beach coastline. Often dismissed as an airport town, this city so much to offer travelers. Its the perfect fusion of old meets new, with its charming old town, modern new museums and attractions, it really does have something for everyone.

Alcazaba de Málaga is the palace fortress of the city’s governing Muslims. set on the hillside beside the mount of Gibralfaro it was constructed on the site of Roman Ruins. With the Roman Theatre and the Aduana Customs Building, it offers visitors the chance to observe Roman, Arab and Renaissance culture, all intertwined with each other.

The Castle of Gibralfaro sits atop the Mount of Gibralfaro, a 130m high hill situated in Málaga. It was built purely for the military objective of protecting Alcabaz and the city of Málaga. Its small museum details the history of the fortress and the battles which ensued there. Visitors are allowed to wander the grounds of the fortress and take in the spectacular views of the city.

One of the most famous facts about Málaga is that it is the birth place of the world famous artist – Pablo Picasso. So it is only right that it is his home city that house the Picasso Museum which details the artist life and showcases some of his greatest achievements.

Málaga’s stunning coastline – or the “Costa del Sol” (Coast of the Sun) as it has become known as one of the most famous stretches of sea and sand in the world. Its many beaches offer everything – from the trendy and cool hotspot of Marbella, to more charming fishing villages of Nerja and La Carihuela.

If geology is more your thing, a visit to the Caves of Nerja, is a must! Formed over 200 million years ago, these caves showcase some of natures finest work. Visitors are able to tour the caves and and museum learning all the the regions geological past. It is also believed to house the worlds largest stalagmite 32m high and 13m by 7m at its base. Now who wouldn’t want to see that!

Travelling to Málaga by Ferry

The closest ferry port to Málaga is Bilbao Ferry Terminal. This ferry terminal is approximately 939km away (584 miles) which would be a pleasant drive allowing you to explore the Spanish countryside, taking around 9 hours.

There are two separate Spanish to ferry ports that will get you within a 9 hour drive of Málaga (Bilbao and Santander). Where ever you live in the world, driving to Málaga should be easy with ferries arriving into Spain from England and the Republic of Ireland.