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The 10 top places to visit in Malaga

A visit to Malaga combines a sunshine coastline with stylish city living. Enjoy the quirky museums and boutiques, beautiful buildings, and laid-back lifestyle the Spanish are famous for. Not sure where to start? Check out our list of what to see.

Malaga Cathedral

Malaga Cathedral

No tour in Spain is complete without exploring the Roman Catholic religion that underpins its culture. Malaga Cathedral offers breathtakingly ornate stonework, inside and out.

Alcazaba

Alcazaba

Now this is history! An Arabic defensive castle with fabulous views over the city and the harbor - the perfect place to practice that panoramic photography setting on your phone.

Picasso Museum
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Picasso Museum

Never mind the building, which seamlessly combines history and modern architecture, the exhibits inside are amazing examples of this great artist's work, in the city where he was born.

Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol

When your feet need a break, head to this famous sunshine coast, grab a sun lounger and relax. Sandy beaches and the weather are the real draw. Arrive early for a quieter visit.

Castillo de Gibalfaro

Head up to this fortress in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid a very hot climb (or stop halfway for a refreshing sangria!). Not for those with difficulty walking.

Fundacion Picasso

Real enthusiasts will want to check out this archive of all things Picasso, including documents, art collections, and plenty of detailed information on the father of Cubism.

Tivoli World

Find all the fun of the fair here, including classic rides and loads for kids to do. A family wristband offers the best value and refreshments are reasonably priced.

Guadalhorce River Estuary

A birdwatching paradise, the fabulous views also make this a great place for amateur photographers to enjoy Malaga. Easy to access by car, or the No.10 bus from central Malaga.

Sea Life Aquarium Benalmádena

Sharks, unusual sea-life and colorful coral will amaze kids for at least half a day. Ask the knowledgable staff about the animals for extra value on your 9.95€ online ticket.

Museo de Malaga

Culture vultures and history buffs get your fix at the Museum de Malaga, where exhibits are split into two categories – fine art and archeology. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Planning Your Malaga Visit

How long do I need?

Spend a week here to combine plenty of sightseeing with soaking up the sun. Even a two-day break will give you a sense of the city, though.

How do I get there?

Malaga airport is the fourth busiest in Spain, and offers flights from most major European cities.

Do I need a car?

You don't need a car to explore Malaga itself, but rental cars are relatively inexpensive in this part of Spain and offer the freedom of a trip further afield, where there are plenty of things to do. Opt for air conditioning in the summer months.

What should I bring back?

Skip the stuffed donkeys and opt for embroidery or porcelain for a classy, handmade keepsake.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Just before and after the summer rush are the best times to visit. Beach crowds will be more sparse, prices will be lower, but you'll still enjoy the warm temperatures and low rainfall.

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What people are saying about Malaga

Great tour. Knowledgeable guide and awesome walk.

I would recommend a visit to Caminito del Rey to anyone as long as they don’t really struggle with heights. I’m not great with heights myself but the walkway feels safe and secure. I took my two teenage sons who also enjoyed it and our guide Paul engages them and gave us lots of additional information about the history, fauna, and flora. It was a small group and we felt well looked after. The gorge itself as phenomenal and it’s a unique way to experience such an awesome natural phenomenon.

Caminito del Rey: Guided Tour with Drink Reviewed by Olivia, 08/22/2019

A great relaxing experience to add to any vacation in Malaga

I loved going to the bathhouse, it was so unique and made me fee boujie. The massage I received wasn’t the best though and they forgot we bookwd them so we had to get squeezed in between sessions, which the experience on a lower note, but the hot stone room was a cool and very unique item I haven’t seen before.

Hammam in Malaga: Bath and Relaxing Massage Reviewed by Eva, 08/15/2019

Beat the queues and got admission at a reduced rate.

The app did not give me tickets for my children. However the attendant shoved me to the front of the queue where the ticket office issued courtesy tickets for children. The museum itself showed Picasso’s early work which was interesting. Do not expect to see his most famous paintings here.

Museo Picasso Málaga: Ticket & Audioguide Reviewed by Czeslaw, 08/22/2019

Great overview of Málaga and what you should see, do, and eat!

Ester was a very friendly guide who provided great insight into the history of Málaga. We really enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend this tour as a kick-off to your time in the city. She pointed out some great spots to eat and the tour ended with a rooftop drink. Thanks Ester!!

Málaga: 2-Hour Small-Group Evening Walking Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/03/2019

A must if you are visiting the Costa del Sol!

A great day out - breathtaking scenery and our guide, George, was full of interesting facts and information as well as being very considerate and helpful George had a great sense of humour and made the walk even more memorable. Highly recommended!

Caminito del Rey: Guided Tour with Drink Reviewed by Fiona, 07/28/2019