Plaza de la Merced
This bourgeois, tree-fringed piazza was once site of Málaga’s main produce market and is today lined with smart, shuttered and balconied townhouses, cafés and top-end restaurants. It lies at the very heart of the city and each night locals gather here to promenade and chat in the tapas bars. The last Sunday of the month sees Málaga’s main craft market held in the square, where local delicacies such as Serrano ham and tortilla are also on sale.
Perhaps surprisingly there is only a rather low-key statue dedicated to the world’s most famous artist in one corner of the square, but Picasso’s house is given over to the Museo Casa Natal (Picasso Birthplace Museum), which has three rooms on the first floor given over to his ceramics and drawings. The five-story mansion is also headquarters to the Fundación Picasso, which holds thousands of paintings, sculptures and drawings by Picasso and his contemporaries.
Tours & Tickets
No matter what cruise ship you arrive on, this is the perfect do-it-yourself shore excursion in Malaga. While in port, explore the capital of Costa del Sol ... Read more
Duration: Ticket valid for 24 hours
When your cruise ship arrives in port in Malaga, head out on a city sightseeing shore excursion. This half-walking, half-bus private tour is the best ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)