Date: * 1st November 2014
- Weather: * Bright and sunny all day, 26c
On arrival we were greeted with the sight of another of the P&O fleet the “ Aurora” this is most unusual to be in foreign ports and see other ships of the same fleet, for us it has been two days in a row. Also while here another cruise ship from MSC line came in, she was a big ship.We`d been to Malaga before but we could only remember certain aspects of it, but on our arrival it just refreshed our minds as to layout of the port and the city. With regards to the cruising side of things, the port has really developed since we were last her, it now has the capacity to take four cruise ships, with a large terminal and infrastructure to go with the terminal. Inside the cruise ship berths there was a busy harbour with smaller vessels, this area was also well served with cafes and bars and a nice promenade with palms which leads you towards the city.
After a late breakfast we made our way to the city by means of the shuttle bus which is provided. We took the option of the city guided tours bus, the one you hop on and hop off at the stops you wanted, these sightseeing buses are usually good for giving you a good overview of a place. We passed many sights and our trip around the city which took 1 ½ hours. Some of the highlights are the “ Passo del Parque” with a fine avenue of trees, one of their great looking buildings is their town hall. During our route we took the option to jump off at the Castle Gibralfaro, the castle was an old Moorish one which was rebuilt in 788, it has great views of the whole surrounding area. With our bus trip over, it was now early afternoon ,so we got our baring’s and were started looking for something to eat, and there are plenty of options available. After studying several café menus we found something that we both wanted, it was nice to stop and watch the world go by, and the food was excellent and we had an Iced tea to follow.
We were supplied with street maps by the local tourist office, we took the option of a walking tour of the city which takes in a lot what the city has to offer, these walking tours are done by yourselves there is no guide. But most the tour is pedestrianized and the surface you walk on is great, it`s like marble( I don`t know if it is or not, ) While in the pedestrianized area we got to see a lot of places which were not possible with the bus earlier in the day.
So with tired feet, with a good feeling of our time in Malaga well spent, we made our way back to the ship via the shuttle bus service. So we say goodbye Malaga and head towards our next port of Cadiz, just a short distance away in southern Spain.