Cruise to Malaga

This is where northern Europe comes to catch some rays — or, more accurately, where planeloads of Brits, Germans and Belgians fly into before being shuttled off to resorts along the famous Costa del Sol. It's their loss: Malaga herself is full of top-tier sites that skew artistic and historical. Pablo Picasso — you may have heard of him — is from Malaga and the museum in his name is a must-see. The Alcazaba is an 11th century Moorish castle that sits atop a hill in the middle of town; its counterpart, the Castillo de Gibralfaro, sits higher above the city. Take a hike or bus for the amazing views. Walk the classic Spanish streets. Wash down plates of tapas with wine or an ice-cold caña of beer. Or, if you prefer, do what the Europeans do: Find a stretch of sand and enjoy that Spanish sun. It's your decision — and they're all the proper way to enjoy this destination.