tour to Alhambra from Malaga


Jul 28th, 2013, 01:47 PM
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tour to Alhambra from Malaga

Our ship docks in Malaga at 8 a.m. on Sept. 24. Cruise has waiting list for its excursion to Granada and Alhambra AND website says it does not guarantee entry inside Palaces anyway. I called and they confirmed this. We went to the Alhambra ourselves some years ago and still are considering going again, but I can't find a private tour that leaves at the "right" time for us to join them (e.g. they leave at 8 or 8:30 and we just can't be sure we could be off the ship by 8:30). Alternative is to hang around Malaga which would be okay but not as thrilling as the Alhambra. Any ideas?
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Jul 29th, 2013, 05:30 AM
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I understand your wish to go to Granada to see the Alhambra, but Málaga is in itself a wonderful city and you could do very much more here than to just hang around. One of my absolute favourite cities in the country after some 25 years of intensive travelling in Spain. Genuine and laid-back Andalucian atmosphere.

In the very city center you'll find the large 8-11 century Moorish Alcazaba (palace/fortress), well intact and several hundred years older than the Alhambra.

At the foot of the Alcazaba, there is the newly excavated Roman theater:

Close by you have the huge 16th century Cathedral, La Manquita, the "one armed woman":

Within a couple of hundred meters, you also find Picasso's birth place, the Picasso museum and the brand new Carmen Thyssen Málaga museum + several local history, crafts and culture museums.

In the same area, around the main and pedestrianized Calle Marqués de Larios, you'll find dozens of laid-back cafés, bars, terrazes and great restaurants, the wonderful Atarazanas food market and all kinds of boutiques and stores.

Some tips in the very center of Málaga:

Casa Aranda is one of my favourite cafés in all of Spain

The Atarazanas food market is next door:

La Campana, a couple of hundred meters away on the bustling Calle Granada, for the best seafood tapas and great atmosphere:

I also love rustic El Cortijo de Pepe, just where Calle Granada meets large Plaza Merced:

If you want an exclusive lunch, there are 13 restaurants in Málaga mentioned in the Guía Repsol, the Spanish counterpart to the Michelin guide. For example excellent seafood at Marisquería Godoy in the port:

Or perhaps gastrobar tapas at La Cosmopolita Malagueña:

And when in Málaga, be sure to taste the local and fabulous Conchas Finas - pure heaven and pure sea:

Have a look at the article "Málaga, Spain - Secret Spanish pleasures" before you rush off to Granada:
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Jul 29th, 2013, 06:05 AM
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I would have suggested and guided you through making your way to the Alhambra and back using public transport but it appears you are hung up on taking a tour. Also you do not advise the time your ship leaves - however you go it may not be worth the risk.

As advised with all above, Malaga is a fine Andalucian city
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Jul 29th, 2013, 07:14 AM
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You can try contacting,-day...o-granada.html There is a tour on Sep 24 but it leaves too early for you. They can also arrange a private tour with them but at a much higher cost.

Try to connect with fellow cruisers on (roll call section for your departure). Either join someone else's tour or start your own & find others to join.
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