Malaga Cruise Stop – What to Do

If it’s your first or fifth port stop in Malaga there is plenty to see and do in this vibrant, great-for-shopping city. Or if a spot of relaxing is in order then La Malagueta Beach is only a short walk away.

Museo Automovilistivo, Car Museum, Malaga
Car & Fashion Museum, Malaga

My Favourite Visits in Malaga

Calle Larios (opposite the port) for shopping

Car and Fashion Museum

Muelle Uno for shopping

The Alcazaba and Roman Theatre

Mercado Atarazanas great fresh food market

Mercado Atarazanas, Malaga
Mercado Atarazanas, Malaga

Where I like to Eat

Beach Bars on Playa La Malagueta

Balneario – a decent walk along the beaches

Mercado Merced – Gastro Market, usually busy with an incredible chose of tapas and rations

Pimpi – a great traditionally decorated bar

Playa La Malagueta, Beach Bars, Malaga
Playa La Malagueta  Beach Bar

A Bit Different

If you’ve been to Malaga several times and want something different and unique to do why not choose A Cooking Day. A cookery day with a Malaga local, Maite who speaks excellent English. She will collect you from the port and whisk you inland to her family farmhouse and you will gather fresh ingredients from her vegetable garden, cook and eat together.

What about a Hammam Al Andalus experience. A unique, sensual massage and cold, tepid  and hot Arab Baths to cleanse both body and mind right in the heart of old town Malaga.

Hammam Al Andalus, Malaga
Hammam Al Andalus, Malaga


Hotel Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine

Spanish 5* Vineyard Hotel in Ribera del Duero

The Estate Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, once a 12th century monastery, now a 5* star Relais & Chateaux hotel with the Michelin star restaurant – Refectario.

Nestling between vines along the River Duero it radiates luxury and peace and quiet rule from the inside the historical Romanesque-Baroque monastery walls.

Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine @ Relais & Chateaux

North of Madrid in the region of Castilla y Leon and east of Valladolid this is wine growing country so a vineyard visit is a must but there are plenty of other experiences available, Horse riding, Cycling or Hiking Trails, Historical and cultural guided tours, Medieval falconry and the almost obligatory wine tastings.
Hotel Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine


Luxurious Driving Tour of Andalucía

Spain is a large and beautiful country, and Andalucía is arguably one of its greatest regions, framed by the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and with a wealth of historic landmarks and white sandy beaches.  Andalucía is an ideal location to explore by car, and when that car is a luxury car, you will find that you enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

Malaga is a great place to start and is a typical Andalucian town, offering interesting historical and cultural attractions in its old city and with more museums than any other town in Andalucía, it has plenty to keep visitors entertained.  Located on the Costa del Sol, take a short drive to the luxurious resort of Marbella before heading northeast towards Granada. Choose the shorter inland route via Antequera, that takes you through miles of rolling olive groves, or the longer coastal route via Motril, a journey that will give you about two and a half hours of pure driving fun along the picturesque coastal road.

Granada is most famous for the magnificent Alhambra, a stunning Moorish monument that is both fortress and palace, set within beautiful gardens and considered to be one of the great architectural treasures of Europe.  Facing the Alhambra is the historic labyrinthine casbah or “medina” of Albaicin, where narrow streets lead you on a journey through its Moorish history.

From Granada, take to the road again and drive 260km west along the A-92 highway to Seville, the capital of Andalucía.  Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville was once a prosperous port city and evidence of its rich history is visible across the city.  The huge cathedral, the Moorish palace of Real Alcázar and the magnificent Plaza de Espana are major attractions, not to mention traditional flamenco and excellent tapas.

From Seville, take the road south back towards Malaga via Ronda, enjoying the scenic route, through the famous white villages.  Just 120 km south of Seville and 105 km east of Malaga, Ronda perches dramatically on either side of the Tajo Gorge.  Take a drive across the deep ravine, El Tajo along the grand Puente Nuevo  bridge and explore the historic Moorish centre.  With excellent roads and spectacular scenery, driving in Spain is one of the best ways to enjoy its magnificent landscapes and rich history.  Europe Luxury Car Hire has a superior selection of luxury rental cars in Spain and locations across Europe.

Michelin 2* Restaurant & Hotel in Barcelona

The ABaC Restaurant and Hotel in Barcelona is one of the latest additions to the style gurus Mr & Mrs Smith boutique and luxury hotel collection.

ABaC Restaurant & Hotel
ABaC Restaurant & Hotel

The ABaC in the popular Zona Alta area of Barcelona makes it difficult to leave the premises and explore the city. With plenty of little luxuries: Spa with Jacuzzi, hammam, and chromotherapy room, free WiFi throughout, valet parking, huge flatscreen TV with internet, DVD/CD player, remote control lights and blinds, minibar, Hérmes toiletries.

Between Xavier Pellicer’s fusion style seven-course Michelin cuisine and the sumptuous rooms make sure it’s a several day stay to enable time to explore this amazing city.

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