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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

Love these ... great way to get an overview of location

Really have come to depend on these buses being available everywhere! Love it when the weather is good and we sit on top. Your drivers are unbelievably capable and safe!

Malaga: Hop-on Hop-off Tour and Experience Cards Reviewed by Gerald, 06/18/2019

Fantastic tour let down by dirty and crowded toilets!

Faultless and fantastic tour with tour guide fully enjoyed it. However this was let down by the awfull toilets and disorganisation of bus stops at end of tour to return back to the start point

Caminito del Rey Premium Guided Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/01/2019

Great day, excellent guide (Pedro) I could not fault anything

The only downside was the toilets. Due to the number of coaches, cars etc I think the number of toilets need to be increased. There are only 3 (three!) at present. But to be fair this did not spoil our day in any way.

Great adventure but not for the feint hearted.

It was a great experience and it is amazing how people used this track to get from one side to the other. No need to be scared just take a deep breath and enjoy the lovely sights.

El Caminito del Rey a must attraction near Malaga - Nerja

Maria was a great guide. She handled the tour very professional but made excited and fun

Málaga: Half-Day Excursion to the Caminito del Rey Reviewed by Justo Julian, 05/30/2019