Discover Pier One at Malaga port

Today we will discover Pier One at the Port of Malaga, the second most important cruise terminal in Spain.

Perfect for strolling, Muelle Uno offers a wide variety of bars and restaurants, shops and boutiques. Furthermore take place events, concerts and street markets throughout the year.

This port is one of the oldest in the world, established by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC.

Malaga port 1572
Malaga port in 1572

For centuries, it was a typical “normal” port, with only practical infrastructures for loading and unloading in a rather ugly and fenced enclosure.

Port of Malaga
The Port of Malaga at the beginning of the 20th century

In 2021 it has been 10 years since that port has been reborn after a complete refurbishment, giving birth to Muelle Uno (Pier One): A modern and urban space, open to the sea and just a few metres from the historic centre of Malaga.

Pier One in Malaga
Muelle Uno Malaga Photo Malaga Ciudad Genial

Cruise & Ferry Terminal

Cruise terminal
Photo DiarioSur

The port of Malaga is currently the departure, arrival and stopover point for the most prestigious cruise companies in the world. It is the second most important cruise port in Spain.

It has a modern terminal. From there is also a ferry line to Melilla for passengers and vehicles.

The terminal has its own free open-air car park. There is a shuttle bus that takes cruise passengers to the centre about 2.8 km away.

Lightouse Malaga
Photo Águeda Ramos

If you prefer to stroll, it’s a nice walk to see the docked cruise ships, one of the city’s landmarks, the Malaga lighthouse and finally we arrive at Pier One.

Restaurants & Cafés

Muelle Uno has a number of cafés for breakfast, snacks, a bite to eat or a drink.

Among the restaurants there are options as varied as some of the best seafood restaurants in Malaga, Godoy or the restaurant José Carlos García, one of the Michelin-starred restaurants in Malaga.

Jose Carlos Garcia Michelin Restaurant Pier One

In addition we can choose among Lounge Bar Plaza, Gaucho Grill, Nusa Cockatil Bar, Restaurante Cambara, Cervecería La Sureña, two italian restaurants La Tagliatella and O Mamma Mia, the Restaurante Gorki, a greek restaurant  Saloniki, a restaurant with mediteranean cuisine Casa Carmen, another one with spanish ciusine Toro, an argentinian restaurant Angus, a restaurant with mexican and indian food Amigos Grill, a wine bar La Mar de Vinos, an artisan ice cream parlour Martonela,  a Hard Rock Café, in addition to Tasty Poke, Burger King, Kentucky Fried chicken, 100 Montaditos and Häagen Dazs.


Shopping market

If you feel like combining your stroll with some shopping, you can find Boss, Bailly, Cooligan, Cool Beauty, Deichmann, Ale-Hop, Kiki, Primor, Oteros, Lacoste, a soap and natural cosmetics shop, a beauty salon, an optician’s, a pharmacy and a rental shop for electric bikes, electric scooters and segways QQBIKES.

In addition, throughout the year there are usually different craft, accessories and fashion markets.

The Chapel

The small Chapel built in 1725 adds another charming element to the grounds of Pier One, whether you want to take a nice photo or enjoy evenings of music, as there are regular classical music events to enjoy free of charge.

Palm Grove of Surprises

Palmeral de las Sorpresas
Palmeral de las Sorpresas seen from Pier One Photo Tarja Rönkkö

Part of the port of Malaga and with its own name, the Palmeral de las Sorpresas (Palm Grove of Surprises) is an open space created to get from the historic centre and the central Plaza de la Marina to Muelle Uno.

This beautiful urban space is very popular both day and night and is home to several restaurants and play areas with some surprises for both children and adults.

Aula del Mar

If you like the sea you might like to visit the Aula del Mar, an interactive museum to discover the extraordinary marine flora and fauna of the Alboran Sea, located in the Palmeral de las Sorpresas

Centre Pompidou 

Pompidou museum
Photo Jose Ppese

Do you want to combine your walk with some art? No problem. On the corner of Muelle Uno is the Malaga branch of the famous Parisian art museum in a subterranean gallery with a colourful glass cube above it, impossible to miss!

Events calendar

Muelle Uno is a hive of activity all year round. There are live music, events of all kinds and plenty of markets for every occasion. In this link you can find the Muelle Uno Agenda for upcoming events, so you won’t miss a single one.

Don’t miss the Sunsets

Malaga Pier One sunset
Photo @imadbadour

Malaga has a free privilege 365 days a year: Its magnificent sunrises and sunsets. Depending on your location and the time, you can enjoy one or the other; Muelle Uno is ideal for a “sundowner” and enjoying this celestial spectacle.

Thanks to the mild temperatures, you can almost always do this outside.

Parking near Pier One

Muelle Uno has its own car park and is the best option for parking in the centre. It is just a five-minute walk from Calle Larios, with three parking plants and large parking spaces.
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