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Boat Trip Malaga – Best Tours to Explore the City on Water (2024)

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Malaga is a province in the south of Spain and is also the name of the province’s capital. It has transformed from a humble fishing village to a new coastal tourist hotspot. It receives millions of travelers annually, all of whom are eager to soak up some sun and take a boat trip of Malaga.

The coastal province of Malaga has up to 16 beautiful beaches waiting to be explored. A Malaga city tour by boat is an ideal way to explore the province and the coast at the same time. Explore hidden caves and cliffs before taking a dip in the Mediterranean sea. Party on a boat before ending the night with a Flamenco show.


  • Mediterranean climate ensures warm weather and waters all year round
  • Easy to book for day tours in Spain if you’re limited on time
  • Beautiful architecture and art throughout

Know before you book:

  • Most cruise companies need guests to arrive 15 minutes early for their bookings
  • Not all tours are wheelchair accessible


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Malaga is home to the beautiful Costa del Sol coastline. Costa del Sol rates as one of the cheapest holiday destinations in Spain which makes it a popular tourist destination. It also has one of Spain’s best climates and enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine a year.

There are many sandy beaches and dazzling blue seas along the coastline to enjoy the weather. Beaches like Nerja and Benalmadena are all wonderful spots on the coast to stop at and have a swim. Stop by one of the many beachside bars and restaurants while you’re there.

You cannot miss the Mediterranean tastes of this coastal city. Fresh seafood and tapas are served at almost every beachside restaurant. Malaga has a lively nightlife as well and is known for its music. You’ll be sure to find a few bars in the Malaga and Costa del Sol area.

Malaga isn’t just filled with beaches and bars. It is also rich in culture and art and was the birthplace of famous painter and sculptor, Pablo Picasso. The province is filled with beautiful architecture and museums. Malaga has its own Picasso museum showcasing the life and art of the great artist.

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Malaga Boat Trip Prices 2021

Prices for a trip by boat in Malaga aren’t too expensive. The cost of the tours starts at about €12 EUR ($14) depending on the length of the trip and what is included in the price. If a show and dinner is included in the cruise package then it will push trip prices up.

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Malaga Boat Tour Times

There are many time slots you can join to take a boat trip. Cruise times in Malaga depend on the seasons.

Sunset cruises in summer start around 19:30 pm but require guests to arrive at least 15 minutes earlier. Full-day cruises can start in the early morning so guests have the most time available to enjoy the sun.

Best Times to Go on a Malaga Boat Tour

Malaga is a great place to visit for a warm and sunny beach vacation. The best time to visit Malaga beaches and hop on a tour is during summer and spring.

The warm months are between June and September with an average temperature of 87°F (31°C). Winter weather still stays moderately warm with temperatures averaging 59°F (15°C). The temperate climate makes it easy to have a boat trip in Malaga any time of the year.

City Sightseeing Malaga by Boat Tours

The best way to get a full scope of the beauty of this coastal province is to experience it by boat. Some options are only a quick ride on a boat while others include activities during or after the cruise. The shortest trip is about an hour and a half long while some can take a few hours.

Sunset Tours

A beautiful end to the day is a sunset boat tour on the mediterranean sea off the coast of Malaga.

sunset boat trip malaga

Scenic Malaga Sunset Catamaran Trip

Enjoy the beautiful horizon after a long day of sightseeing in the city. This romantic boat trip setting is best suited for couples. As the sun sets you’ll receive a glass of traditional Spanish sparkling wine called Cava. Cava is mainly produced in Catalonia so it is a great way to end the day in an authentically Spanish way.

What we liked: Short and sweet way to unwind with a drink after a long day in the city.

  • Complimentary glass of Cava
  • One hour and a half sunset cruise

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food

Tip: Arrive 15 minutes early to avoid missing the chance to see the amazing sunset on board

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sunset and dinner on malaga boat trip

Sunset Cruise and Restaurant Dinner

Relax on deck with a glass of champagne or soda in hand as you enjoy the Mediterranean sunset. This tour is available all year round. After the wonderful cruise step off the boat into a restaurant on the Malaga port. Here guests will enjoy a three-course Mediterranean-style dinner with dessert and wine included.

What we liked: A good end to the day with a three-course dinner and wine included.

  • One hour and a half long cruise
  • Sunset cruise with champagne
  • Full dinner after the cruise

  • Tour guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Not wheelchair accessible

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Family Tours

A beach vacation with the whole family can only get better with a boat tour. It is a great way to get the whole family excited.

child watching dolphin in the sea on boat trip

Benalmadena Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

This tour is best suited for all ages, but families with kids will enjoy it more. Benalmadena is in the province of Malaga about 30 minutes away from the city. The tour takes guests on a boat trip experience of a lifetime where they’ll have the opportunity to see dolphins swimming next to the boat.

During the trip, guests can enjoy a drink from the bar while sunbathing on deck. There’s also an opportunity for a quick swim at the end of the tour.

What we liked: This is a great family activity to try and spot dolphins and have a nice swim in the sea.

  • Bar
  • Two-hour boat tour
  • Time to swim

  • Food
  • Drinks

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two people in a kayak under a waterfall in nerja malaga

Nerja: Sea Kayak Family Tour

Nerja is in the province of Malaga along the Costa del Sol coastline. It is about 50 minutes away from Malaga city. Guests enjoy a guided exploration of the local cliffs and caves as they paddle along in a kayak. After kayaking with the kids, they can enjoy a dip in crystal clear waters. This is a great activity for the whole family to enjoy.

What we liked: Kayaking equipment is included with the option of choosing between a single and double kayak.

  • Photos and videos of your tour
  • Two and a half hour tour
  • Tour guide

  • Food and drinks
  • Not suitable for children under four and non-swimmers

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Afternoon Tour

An afternoon tour is a great tour to take if you want to soak up some sun and go for a swim in the waters.

catarmaran in malaga bay

Malaga Catamaran Cruise with Swimming Stop

The earliest time this tour sets off is at 12 pm in the afternoon for a leisurely sail. Enjoy a drink from the onboard bar service and relax on deck. The catamaran service has a flexible route and sails where the wind takes it. After the sail, go swimming in the crisp Mediterranean sea.

What we liked: This is a good trip to take during some spare time in the afternoon.

  • one and a half hour trip
  • Flexible route

  • Food and drinks
  • Accomodation pick-up and drop-off

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fly blue boat in malaga

Fly Blue Malaga Catamaran Trip with Optional Stop for Swimming

Fly Blue is a very popular catamaran sailing company. They offer unique sailing experiences for up to 20 passengers per trip. The catamaran has a sunbathing area on both the top and main decks. The top deck has a solarium that guests can lay back on and relax. After the cruise, guests have an opportunity to stop and have a swim in the clear blue waters below.

What we liked: This is great for a short boat trip with a panoramic view of Malaga during the day.

  • One hour cruise
  • Restroom on board
  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Food and drinks

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8.6Expert Score
There are great activities for people who like active and outdoor activities like kayaking and dolphin watching. There are also a few wonderful boat trips during the late afternoon or night for a more relaxed atmosphere. This is a great activity to totally experience the city and province of Malaga both on land and at sea.
Value for Money
  • Great experience
  • A short distance from the city and beaches
  • Suited for nearly all travelers
  • Not every trip is wheelchair accessible
  • Kids under 4 are usually not allowed

Specification: Boat Trip Malaga – Best Tours to Explore the City on Water (2024)


Wheelchair accessible (depending on tour)


1-3 hours


Free time to swim, Access to a cash bar


Food and drink (unless specified), Hotel pick-up/drop-off

Meals & Drinks

Mediterranean and Spanish cuisines


Not included

Suitable For

Adventurous travellers, Ocean lovers

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    Great activity

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    Miguel was great!

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    Very enjoyable morning, great value and we had a great guide, Yann. Would definitely recommend it

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