Top attractions 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Malaga airport is the fourth busiest in Spain, and offers flights from most major European cities.
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.
Skip the stuffed donkeys and opt for embroidery or porcelain for a classy, handmade keepsake.
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- 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
I took a day trip with Get Your Guide from Malaga to Gibraltar. And we had a very patient, excellent driver and fantastic storytelling local guide (Chris?), which I can highly recommend. He also had a focus on the safety relating to the monkeys. But I do also suggest some changes to the set-tup. We were a small group (8-10 total) of which 4 hadn't read / understood the trip guidance, and showed up without no passport/ID, which delayed us at the border. This could have been avoided, if the driver had checked ID/passport-situation before leaving Malaga. Shouldn't be necessary, but.. 2 from that specific group also had challenges committing to the guide's instructions and were constantly late. This meant that we had to cancel our planned trip to the old city in Gibraltar due to timing. I know it is not Get Your Guide's fault, but yet made me change my way for the next trip (Ronda) - I went on my own.
We were picked up on time and arrived at Caminito del Rey no problem. Once we got there however, we were given no instructions on where to go. The bus driver seemed confused as well. She finally walked us toward the 1.5km we needed to walk to get to the entrance. Once we got there it was another mass confusion with all different tour groups waiting to get in. We were then herded like cattle through the caminito del Rey hike as there were many groups waiting their turn since it had rained earlier. The hike was great, but more organization is needed to know where to go when you get there
I would recommend a guided tour of Alhambra to fully understand the history of the different buildings and get the most out of the visit. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered every question thoroughly. We would have preferred more time at Alhambra instead of going into Granada, but otherwise the day was very well organised. The bus journey was also very comfortable with one stop each way for refreshments.
Tour bus and guide was good. The palace grounds are huge. Be prepared to walk three hours non-stop to see the various sections and gardens. There are a lot steps to ascent and descent to see different levels of the grounds and palace sections. Save your energy to the last section where the sultan’s living quarters are. That makes it worth it. !
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!!