If you fly into Malaga Airport and want to spend some time looking around the city center, then the good news is that it's only a bus or train ride away from the airport. If you do get the train then the Estacion de Autobuses where the tour starts is literally just across the road from Maria Zambrano Railway Station the C6 bus takes you straight into the bus terminal.
You purchase a ticket which is valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase and this entitles you to hop on and off the bus as many times as you want during that period. There are 12 stops and the entire tour takes about 90 minutes.
You will be given a set of headphones when you board the bus. They provide the pre-recorded commentary in German, English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Swedish, Russian and Japanese. Simply plug them into the socket at the side of your seat and select the volume and language required.
During the high season from June to September the bus departs at 30 minute intervals from 09:30 to 22:00 and in the quieter period of October to May is still leaves at 30 minutes intervals but starts at the later time of 10:00 and the last bus is at 18:00.
The stops are as follows:
- Estacion de Autobuses – bus station
- Correos – post office
- Puerto de Malaga – Malaga Port across the street from the port entrance and to the left is Malaga's shopping areas with wide tiled pedestrian streets crossed with narrower alleyways lined with department stores, shops and boutiques.
- Paseo del Parque – located to the east of the Plaza de la Marina in Málaga, extending along the harbor and flanked by promenades shaded by palms and plane-trees. On its north side are the former Custom House (Aduana 18th century) which is now the seat of the provincial government, and the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall, 1912-19), which has a richly decorated interior. The fountain opposite the Málaga Town Hall, the Fuente de Neptuno (1560), is well worth seeing.
- Playa de la Malagueta – urban beach situated in the center of Malaga which is very popular with the inhabitants of the town. One and a half kilometers long with find dark sands.
- Plaza de Toros – bull ring located near the port in the la Malagueta area of the city. It was built in 1874 and can hold 14,000 people.
- Castillo del Gibralfaro has Islamic architecture being built by the Moors. It is on the top of the hill to protect the Alcazaba from cannon fire attack from the hillside. It has an extended twin wall forming a corridor to the Castle.
- Real Santuario de Santa María de La Victoria is a church which was built between the 15th and 18th centuries. It is one of the most well-known religious sites in the city, and houses the image of the Patron Saint of Málaga, Santa María de la Victoria.
- Plaza de la Merced – meeting point and very well know because Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in a house there. Good place to get a drink and tapas.
- Alcazaba Castle and Fortress at the bottom of the hill next to the Teatro Romano amphitheater ruins and Archaeological Museum. Built in 1065 with fortifications added by the Moors.You will also find Casa Picasso where the great artist was born at Plaza Merced which is close to this stop. It is open from 10: 00-18: 00 and Picasso lived in one of the flats, but the building is now managed by the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Foundation.The Museo Picasso Malaga is situated in the Buenavista Palace which built in the 17th century. The Malaga Picasso Museum contains over 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings or other works of art as well as Phoenician artefacts which were discovered when the palace was renovated.Catedral de la Encarnacion started to be built in 1528 and work has continued for over three centuries but it is still unfinished. The Cathedral Museum is upstairs and houses a selection of manuscripts, paintings and sculptures. Opening Times: 10:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday / 10:00 to 17:00 Saturday. Closed Sunday and holidays.
- La Concepcion Gardens were created over 150 years ago and contain some stunning tropical plants.
- Alameda – botanical gardens and park
Source by Linda Craik