Explore the port
For those who tire quickly of the beach but who like being by the sea, Malaga’s port is a wonderful place to spend a spring morning or afternoon. Malaga is the oldest continually used port in Spain (it’s been around since Phoenician times), and in recent years, it has received a costly and ambitious redevelopment, most notably with the addition of the balmy ‘Palm Garden of Surprises’ along the main promenade. This area is a lovely space in which to walk and watch the enormous luxury cruise ships coming and going as they voyage around the Mediterranean. At the far end of the Palm Garden, near Malaga’s historic bullring, the Paseo del Muelle Uno is another lively thoroughfare packed with bars and restaurants that lead to the Málagueta beach. It’s also home to one of the city’s most exciting art galleries and museums, the Pompidou Centre, which features a giant transparent cube on top of its structure.