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City Centre and old town in Malaga

Picturesquely situated in a bay surrounded by mountains and bounded by the rivers Guadalmedina and Guadalhorce, Malaga city with its two thousand-eight hundred years of history is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Walking by the old town is a experience you should not miss.

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The city experienced the greatest civilizations of the Mediterranean, from the Phoenicians and the Greeks to the Romans, thanks to the strategic location of the port, an important site along the trade routes since ancient times.

This introduction is to say that Malaga is not only the capital of the Costa del Sol, a destination known throughout the world since the beginning of the tourist boom in this area, where the climate, the sea, beaches and golf courses represent an irresistible attraction for national and international tourists. If you plan to spend your holidays in Malaga or surroundings, dedicate at least one day to visit the city.

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Guide and map is recommended for visiting the city

The centre of Malaga is a place where you can spend hours and return to visit without ever getting bored; there’s so much to see that it’s impossible to even enumerate. Malaga is rich in culture, modernity and historical monuments. It is recommended the use of a tourist guide or a monuments/street map for getting the most from your visit, check our resources page for maps and guides .

It’s a cosmopolitan city, capital of the Costa del Sol and with a history that dates back to the Phoenician times when it was founded , and later on passed onto the Romans and Arabs, who left us part of their culture and constructions. Malaga was finally conquered by the Catholic Kings in 1487, leaving us an incomplete cathedral due to the lack of funds back then, known as ‘La Manquita’.

Of its even further past we must mention several monuments to visit, highlighting the Alcazaba Arabic Castle and the Gibralfaro castle with beautiful gardens located by the coast.

Apart from the above mentioned, Malaga is the city of Pablo Picasso’s birthplace, and the square where he used to play as a child still exists today, as well as his house which is now a museum that we can visit during our stay in Malaga.

Malaga has the second biggest port in Spain, recently modernised and is now also a great place to spend a day’s shopping.

If we visit Malaga we cannot go without visiting the surrounding villages, like Torremolinos for example, a well-known and popular touristic town that had its boom in the 1960’s and where an endless number of movies were filmed. Visiting its villages we’ll discover more of Malaga, as well as enjoying a wide variety of services and attractions for the tourist: golf lessons, theatre, flamenco, restaurants, tapas bars, etc..

The infrastructure makes Malaga an ideal city to make it our starting point from where to start exploring Andalusia, with great access by road to Granada, Seville and Cordoba, that will make life easier if we decide to hire a car in Malaga, or if we travel in our own vehicle.

Malaga airport , also known as the Costa del Sol airport, is international and receives flights from USA, Asia and from almost all the European capitals.

Things to do in the old town

If you like football, you can watch a match between the Malaga F.C and another football team at the Rosaleda Stadium . The official website where you can see the league table and the latest news related to Malaga is malagacf.com (In english)

Holy Week Malaga

The Malaga Fair is another of the big events of the year in Malaga. It’s on for about a week as from the 15th of August and is divided into two areas: the centre of Malaga during the day, and the fairground on the outskirts of the city in the evenings till early hours of the morning, where you’ll find the rides and many stands of all kinds.

In the fairground we’ll find the traditional fair huts with a wide variety of music and in some of them we’ll be able to enjoy live flamenco shows and some delicious tapas.

In Malaga there are so many things to do that it’s almost impossible to list them all, for those who enjoy history, nature, art or sport, or simply for those who enjoy a good meal. The following list here below is a brief enumeration of a few recommendations of what to do in Malaga :

  • A visit to the Gibralfaro Castle and to the Roman Theatre next door.
  • The Alcazaba is also well worth a visit.
  • The Cathedral of Malaga offers a beautiful architecture that we must see for ourselves.
  • Malaga port and its shopping centre in the ‘Muelle 1’.
  • Plaza de la Merced, the Picasso foundation and museum.
  • Picasso Foundation
  • Picasso Museum
  • The CAC Malaga (the modern art museum).

Malaga history

Malaka, as it was known in the olden days, was occupied from remote times, proved by the remains found in Antequera, the paintings discovered in the Treasure Cave in Rincon de la Victoria, or the ceramics found in Nerja. The Phoenicians were the founders of a commercial route from the century VIII b.C. using the natural port on the foothill of Gibralfaro as a port and taking advantage of the numerous silver and copper deposits. We are developing the history of Malaga , keep checking out our blog for the latest updates.

Map of Malaga

Malaga, Andalusia’s main tourist destination, is located by the Mediterranean sea in the south of Spain. Limited to the east by the stretch of Gibraltar and to the west by Granada, surrounded by mountains that give a spectacular view of Sierra Nevada in contrast with the Malaga coast.

Use the controls to move around the map of Malaga or zoom in and out for a more general view. You can also change the type of view of the map, to either satellite or terrain.

Weather in Malaga

Due to its demographic situation, the city of Malaga and its coasts have an exclusive microclimate in Andalusia, wrapped up by the Mediterranean, its temperatures are never as low as in the rest of Andalusia, and the temperature in summer is more fresh and humid than in the interior.

Below you can see a weather forecast for today:

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Nightlife in the city centre

After the sun goes down, you can continue to enjoy what the city has to offer. From a quiet tapas bar to a raving club to dance all night. The city has many discos to choose from. We are sure you will take many memorable moments back home with you.

The nightlife in Malaga mainly takes place in various areas and with reasonable prices compared to Puerto Banus, Puerto Marina or other places along the coast. The price of a drink in Malaga depends on the place you choose, ranging from 3.50 euros up to 6 euros in the more excusive places.

Here below we analyse the main places to blend in and experience the Malaga night:

  • Plaza Uncibay Here is where most of the nightlife goes on, including the surroundings of the Malaga Cathedral and the streets of the square. The style is more of bars and pubs that aren’t exactly next to each other, but definitely within a short walking distance from one another.
  • La Malagueta If what you are looking for is a more modern atmosphere, with modern places for the youngsters, there are plenty of bars, pubs and discos amongst which you’ll find the most exclusive places in Malaga, as well as a wide variety of restaurants and bars for a typical Andalusian meal.
  • El Palo and Pedregalejo A more cosmopolitan area due to the presence of a large amount of foreigners that assist to the Spanish schools in the area. There is a wide range of places to have a great time, such as the tapa bar areas, beach bars and hotspots to enjoy the Malaga nights.

Hotels and apartments in the centre of Malaga

Here below we have listed a few of the most demanded hotels in Malaga:

  • Hotel Málaga Palacio 4 stars
  • Hotel NH in Málaga , a 4-star hotel that’s very well-known in the centre of Malaga
  • Silken Puerta Blanca
  • Hotel Barcelo in Málaga with 4 stars

There is also a great variety of comfortable hotels in Malaga, like the Hotel Vincci.

You’ll be able to find 5-star hotels in Malaga as well as plenty of hotel offers if you are looking to save money during your stay. Malaga has a lot to offer and we hope you enjoy your stay with all our tips.

Malaga city video

Discover in the video below the crowded Larios street, one of the most famous streets in Malaga.

City centre beaches

The beaches of Malaga city have a length of about 15 km; From East to West we can find the beaches of El Candado, Las Acacias, Baños del Carmen, La Malagueta, San Andres, Mercy, and Guadalhorce Guadalmar. The connection between the promenade of Antonio Machado and the western part of the Costa del Sol is currently under development.

Here's a brief summary of the most popular beaches in Malaga:

  • Del Candado beach :Located next to the marina of the same name, is a dark sand beach with showers, sun beds and umbrellas but no public toilets.
  • Las Acacias beach : Pedregalejo beach, with disabled access and a high level of occupancy during high season.
  • Baños del Carmen : Stony beach with a low level of occupancy. With few services.
  • La Malagueta beach : Dark sandy beach very popular within the locals, high level of occupancy. Not accessible for disabled people.
  • San Andrés beach : Dark sandy beach popular within the locals and with an high occupancy level. Also has disabled access.
  • La Misericordia beach : Dark sand beach on the outskirts of the town, occupancy level is medium and the beach does not have too many services.
  • Guadalhorce beach : Dark sand beach, isolated, with little influx of visitors. There are no services neither disabled access.
  • Guadalmar beach : Dark sand beach,it has average occupancy and is next to the San Julian beach. It has a nudist area and marked access.

Beaches of Malaga have many blue flags awarded by the European Union, which guarantees the quality of the sand and water that can be found. If you want the link below you can learn more about the beaches on the Costa del Sol

Airport to Malaga city

The city of Malaga is the neural center of the Costa del Sol and worth the visit. Although most tourists tend to choose the coast as a place to stay for their vacation, the city of Malaga has a great infrastructure developed for tourism.

  • Just in the arrivals area of the airport you can take the bus from the airport to Malaga city centre , which is the number 19 and make stops at the bus station in Malaga , and Paseo del Parque, which is the last stop and let you in the hearth of the city.
  • You can choose to take a taxi from the airport to Malaga . Taxis are located in the arrivals area of Malaga airport.
  • There is a train station near the airport, the train links with Malaga city center and main station Maria Zambrano.
  • Car hire Malaga may be a good option for transportation if you plan to move within the city.
  • Transfers from Malaga airport to Malaga is a fast and comfortable way if you don´t need to rent a car and you need a vehicle for many people.

Pictures of city centre

Malaga Roman Theatre

Information about Malaga old town

  • Ayuntamiento Malaga AVENIDA CERVANTES, 4, 29016 Málaga, Spain +34 952 13 50 00
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Tourist offices in Malaga

Guide to Malaga offers lots of information on the city, but it’s still useful to visit one of the tourist offices in Malaga. The good news is that you’re never far from at least one in the city centre and at all main transport centres. And they have good opening hours and unlike lots of shops and business in Malaga, don’t always close for a long lunch break.

City Council tourist offices

There are two tourist offices in Malaga manned by the city council plus one at Malaga Airport . They’re the best for information about the city – opening times for monuments and museums. They can also tell you what’s on in Malaga during your visit.

Staff are generally helpful and between them, speak several languages. You can get a free map of Malaga that marks the tourist offices and the important things to see. The map isn’t great for finding your way round and you’ll need your glasses to read the names of the streets, but it gives you an idea.

All tourist offices are closed on Christmas Day (25 December) and 1 January (New Year’s Day)

City-run tourists offices are:

A small kiosk located next to the Alcazaba Fortress entrance.

Open Monday to Saturday 10am-2pm & 4-6pm, Sunday 10am-2pm.

Tourist office outside the Alcazaba

Open daily 9am-6pm

Plaza de la Marina

The main city tourist office and with the best information. There’s also a good shop selling Malaga souvenirs and books about Malaga. Tel: 951 926 020

Open daily April-Oct 9am-7pm, Nov-March 9am-6pm

Cruise terminal

Located at the main cruise terminal, this office opens when cruise ships disembark.

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Regional tourist offices

The Andalusian government runs two tourist offices in Malaga. They provide information on the city and provide a good map with lots of details (and slightly larger print!). They’re also a good source of information on places to visit outside Malaga such as Granada, Antequera and Seville.

Plaza de la Constitución 7

This tourist office has perhaps the best location of all, although it’s closed after 3pm at weekends. It’s in a stunning 18th palace, the oldest cultural institution in Malaga province. Don’t miss the patio and temporary art exhibitions in the two galleries on either side of the patio. Tel 951 308 911

Open Mon-Fri 9am-7.30pm, weekends 9.30am-3pm

Click here to download a map of Malaga in English (pdf format)

Malaga Airport

Situated in the arrivals hall. This office can provide information about Malaga and other places to visit in Andalusia.

Finding tourist offices in Malaga

This map shows you exactly where Malaga tourist offices are located.

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If you think the Costa del Sol is soulless, you clearly haven’t been to Málaga. Loaded with history and brimming with a youthful vigour that proudly acknowledges its multi-layered past, the city that gave the world Picasso has transformed itself in spectacular fashion, with half a dozen new art galleries, a radically rethought port area and a nascent art district called Soho. Not that Málaga was ever lacking in energy: the Spanish-to-the-core bar scene could put bags under the eyes of an insomniac madrileño, while the food culture encompasses both Michelin stars and tastefully tatty fish shacks.

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Museo Carmen Thyssen

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Birthplace of Picasso, the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Málaga is situated on the beautiful Andalucía coastline. Blessed with sunshine and fantastic quality of life, Málaga provides lively nightlife, museums and exceptional seafood restaurants alongside wide boulevards, swaying palm trees and beautiful beaches.

Málaga mountains

Málaga became a popular winter resort for the wealthy during the 19th century and was famed for is elegance and sophistication. The beautiful park on Calle Alameda dates back to this era and is one of the most celebrated botanical collections in Europe. Open air concerts are held here every Sunday during winter, making a refreshing change from the beach scenario on the coast.

Pablo Picasso is the City’s most famous son (not counting Antonio Banderas of course!) and there are several galleries showcasing his work, including the 16th century Museum of Fine Arts next to the Cathedral.

Pablo Picasso birthplace - Málaga

Museo Picasso Málaga is a moving experience of Picasso’s lifetime of works and has become one of Málaga’s prime attractions. The museum is located in an old palace converted into an amazing art experience. Very natural and authentic, the loved and precision of the craftsmen is evident in the doors and the roof paying tribute to their fellow country man and eminent artist. The permanent collection is composed of donations from his grandson and wife. Even in Picasso’s early paintings is demonstrated a quality of brush stroke and amazing maturity of composition at age 16. There was never a painter like him before and nothing like him after. Seeing the works concentrated here gives an even greater respect for one of the greatest men of the 20th Century.

Museo Carmen Thyssen , and Art Gallery composed from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, was inaugurated on the 24th of March 2011. This art gallery comprises of 2677 works from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza collection and makes a complete run through the different genres of Spanish Painters of the 19th century, a painting era defined chronologically between Francisco de Goya and Pablo Picasso, giving particular emphasis on Andalusian art.

Teatro Cervantes is Málaga’s main theatre where Antonio Banderas once trod the boards and he still visits.

Tapas - Málaga

Málaga is famous for its “pescaito frito”, an assortment of small fried fish including sardines and anchovies, best followed by a glass of ice cold vino at one of the many old fashioned bodegas in town. But if you want that absolute “catch of the day” freshness El Palo , a typical fisherman’s village just to the east, is the place to go.

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At Málaga’s oldest tapas bar “ Antigua Casa de la Guardia ”, try a tapas and glass of Málaga wine. Find no. 16 on the north side of Alameda Principal.

Málaga closes for the siesta period, so this is a perfect time for a long relaxing lunch.

Málaga boasts one of the highest concentrations of world class golf courses and is often nicknamed “The Costa del Golf”. Aside from the beaches, for families there are theme parks, water parks, safari parks, go-karting and many beautiful public gardens. Young visitors can enjoy Benalmadena’s Puerto Marina & ‘24 hour square’ and Marbella’s Puerto Banus , both very trendy and chic but be warned the bars and clubs don’t fill up until near midnight and stay open till dawn.

Calle Larios - Málaga

Garden lovers won’t be disappointed either with the beautiful Alameda Gardens and just outside the city on the way to Antequera one can discover the extensive botanical collection of Jardines de la Concepcion .

Since 2007, Málaga has entered an economic crisis driven by the global economic crisis. Nevertheless, the city is committed to improve the touristic quality that the city offers its visitors and encourage the growth that businesses with new technologies in “ el parque tecnol ó gico de Málaga ” are experiencing, giving Málaga good growth prospects.

As Málaga is one of the Spanish Capitals with the best climate and terrain for everyday bicycle use, Málaga’s city council is creating the cycle-lane infrastructure necessary to promote the bicycle as a form of transport within the city. Click here to see the map of the currently established cycle routes. Don’t forget, if you need anything related to cycling from MTB to road cycling visit this online bike shop which is located in Málaga.

Málaga airport is one of the major airports in Spain due to the number of tourist arrivals on charter flights from Northern Europe using Málaga airport as a gateway to the Costa del Sol. If you are flying into Málaga airport you can pre-book a private Málaga airport transfer taxi or minibus to destinations throughout the province of Málaga: Marbella , Puerto Banus and Nerja.

In recent years, Malaga has promoted the improvement and expansion of hotels in the city and has already managed to place Malaga amongst the Spanish cities with the best hotels on offer, including the recent opening of a 5 star hotel. The best hotels in Malaga can be found in the city centre and adjacent neighbourhoods.

Tourist Offices in Malaga City

Municipal central tourist office.

Plaza de la Marina 11, 29001 Málaga Tel: 951 926 020 Opening Hours: 1st April to 31st October - Monday to Sunday: 9:00 to 20:00. 1st November to 31st March - Monday to Sunday: 9:00 to 18:00.  Closed: 1st January and 25 December

Centro de Recepcion de Visitantes Ben Gabirol

Calle Granada 70, 29015 Málaga Tel: 952 213 329

Alcazaba Information Point

Plaza Aduana, 29015 Málaga Avenida de Andalucia Information Point Avenida Andalucia 1, 29002 Málaga

Malaga Airport

Avenida Comandante Garcia Morato 1, 29004 Málaga Terminal 3. Arrivals Tel: 951 294 003 Opening Hours: open every day, Monday - Friday 09:00 - 19:30, Saturday 09:30 - 19:30, Sundays and Holidays 09:30 - 15:00

Terminal Portuaria

Avenida Manuel Agustin Heredia 1, 29001 Málaga Estación marítima

Chinitas Passage

Pasaje de Chinitas , 4. Tel: 951 308 911 Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 09:00 - 19:30, Weekends and Holidays 09:30 - 15:00

You can also find tourist information in one of the many kiosks which are scattered around Malaga City Centre, and the seafront.

Tourist Boards

Provincial Malaga Tourism Agency: Turismo y Planificación Costa del Sol S.L.U. Plaza de la Marina n4.   Tel: +34 952 126 272     [email protected]

Ayuntamiento de Malaga, Area de Turismo:    Paseo Antonio Machado, 12, 5ª Planta, torre B - C.P. 29061 - MÁLAGA - Telf. 951 92 60 20 - [email protected]

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Founded over two millennia ago, Málaga is one of the oldest Mediterranean seaports and a beautiful destination along the Costa del Sol. The landmarks reflect the city's multifaceted heritage and offer a wealth of things to do for visitors. Layers of history can be seen at every turn: ruins of a Roman theater, a medieval Moorish castle built on the remains of a Phoenician lighthouse, the 13th-century Alcazaba, and a glorious Baroque cathedral.

View over Malaga from Castillo de Gibralfaro

Besides cultural attractions, Málaga offers stunning scenery, balmy weather, and beautiful beaches . Leafy palm trees line the seaside promenades, and tropical vegetation flourishes throughout the city.

Málaga's old-world ambience is enchanting if you take the time to see the sights. Wander the historic center to discover pleasant squares and narrow cobblestone streets that brim with little boutiques, outdoor cafés, and tapas restaurants. The harbor offers wide-open spaces for a scenic stroll, as well as restaurants with sea views.

Málaga is packed with sightseeing opportunities, making it a top cruise ship destination. It's not uncommon to see two or three ships in port on any given day during the summer.

Discover the best places to visit with our list of the top tourist attractions and things to do in Málaga.

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Alcazaba de Málaga

Stronghold of the historic Kingdom of Granada, this ancient Moorish castle was built in the 11th century on the ruins of a Roman bastion and renovated in the 13th century. The town's Muslim rulers governed from this citadel for several hundred years.

Advantageously perched on the Monte de Gibralfaro, the fortified palace was designed with three circuits of defense walls and originally had 110 main towers plus other smaller towers. Visitors can see some of the remaining towers including the Torre de la Vela (tower), the Arco de Cristo (entrance), and the impressive Torre del Homenaje (tower).

The Alcazaba de Málaga is an Islamic architectural gem of the Nasrid period, featuring intricate decorative details and beautiful grounds. There are delightful terraced garden courtyards with refreshing fountains and decorative pools. Some of the outdoor vantage points offer sea views.

Note that the entrance to the Alcazaba de Malaga is located at the bottom of the palace. To reach the top (and all the interesting things), be prepared for an uphill trek on cobblestones for part of the way and stairs for the remainder.

The Alcazaba de Málaga is open every day year-round. Admission and guided tours are free on Sundays.

Address: 2 Calle Alcazabilla, Málaga

Catedral de Málaga

From the Plaza de la Marina, the Calle Molina Lario leads into the Old Town , which is dominated by the Catedral de Málaga (Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación de Málaga). Dating to the 15th century, the Cathedral of Málaga `replaced the city's Great Mosque and is considered a jewel of the Spanish Renaissance. The architecture also incorporates Baroque elements that were added in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Visitors are dazzled by the finely proportioned interior and sense of spaciousness. The cathedral's Capilla del Rosario (the third chapel in the south aisle) is adorned with a painting of the Virgin with Saints by Alonso Cano.

In the Capilla de los Reyes (the first choir chapel on the right) and on the left-hand wall are kneeling figures of the Catholic Monarchs by Pedro de Mena. This chapel also contains the statuette of the Virgin, which Ferdinand and Isabella carried with them on their military campaigns.

Catedral de Málaga

The modern altar in the Capilla Mayor features Passion scenes of 1580. The Choir is especially noteworthy, with its exquisitely carved 17th-century stalls. The 40 carved wooden statues of saints were the work of Pedro de Mena and José Micael Alfaro.

The cathedral's exterior was never completed due to a lack of funds. Although the monument was originally designed as a twin-towered structure, only the 86-meter-high Torre Norte (North Tower) was finished. For this reason, locals call the cathedral "La Manquita," which translates to "The One-Armed Woman."

To admire fabulous panoramas of Málaga and its harbor, take a guided tour of the cathedral's 50-meter-high rooftop, which has been outfitted with pathways, safety rails, and a viewing platform. This tour is recommended only for those in good shape, as visitors must climb the North Tower's spiral staircase of 200 steps to access the rooftop.

Address: 9 Calle Molina Lario, Málaga

Street in Old Town Leading to the Iglesia de San Juan Bautista

Surrounding the cathedral is the Old Town , a labyrinth of medieval-era pedestrian lanes and peaceful squares. Many of the atmospheric streets are lined with quaint boutiques, cafés, and atmospheric tapas restaurants.

At the heart of the Old Town, the Plaza de la Constitución is a hub of activity. This is a good place to begin exploring Málaga's historic center.

Old Town

Near the Plaza de la Constitución is the Iglesia de San Juan Bautista , which was founded by the Catholic Monarchs after the Reconquest of the city in the 15th century. The church blends Gothic and Mudéjar architectural elements, while the interior features 18th-century Baroque decor.

Castillo de Gibralfaro

Standing proudly on the Mount Gibralfaro summit above the Alcazaba, the Castillo de Gibralfaro is another medieval Moorish fortress. The castle was built in the 10th century on the site of a Phoenician lighthouse. The name is derived from the word "gebel-faro" (Arabic and Greek words that mean "rock of the lighthouse").

The Sultan of Granada, Yusef the First, enlarged the fortress in the early 14th century, yet the Castillo de Gibralfaro is most famous for its three-month siege by the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. After the Christian Reconquest, King Ferdinand made the Castillo de Gibralfaro the emblem on Málaga's flag, as well as the flag of the province.

Although much of the fortress has been destroyed, the site provides a fascinating historical perspective. The Interpretation Centre displays educational exhibits.

The most visible remains of the fortress are the immense old ramparts, which rise above the woodlands. Inside these defensive walls are the relics of buildings and courtyards typical of Islamic architecture.

Take a scenic walk around the well-restored ramparts to discover the grounds and enjoy magnificent views of the Málaga harbor. The sweeping coastal panoramas are breathtaking, as are the views down to the bullring and the Centre Pompidou Málaga.

For those with the energy to burn, a walking trail leads up to the Castillo. This ascent is not for the faint of heart, and although it's paved the entire way, it's steep and very difficult. An easier option is to take the city bus (#35) to the top and walk down.

Also high on Mount Gibralfaro near the Castillo and the Alcazaba is a superb hotel, the Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro . Set amid a forest of pine trees, this luxury accommodation features Moorish-style architecture, comfortable rooms, and a roof terrace with a swimming pool. The four-star hotel's stylish restaurant serves traditional Andalusian cuisine.

Address: Camino de Gibralfaro, Málaga

Teatro Romano

On the west side of the Mount of Gibralfaro is the Teatro Romano , the ruins of an ancient Roman theater dating from the time of emperor Augustus. This spectacular site is located just below the walls of the Alcazaba, and the setting could not be more dramatic. If you've never seen ancient Roman ruins, this is a must-see.

Wander in and take some time to explore this well-restored site. Be sure to descend the stairs and explore the area underneath the plaza. An interesting assortment of excavations can be seen here, all labeled in multiple languages.

Unlike most historical sites in Spain, admission to the Teatro Romano is free. The gate is located near the paid entry point of the Alcazaba.

Museo Picasso Málaga

A must-see attraction for lovers of modern art, this museum in the Old Town displays an extensive collection of Málaga's famous native son. Picasso's childhood home (the house at 15 Plaza de la Merced) is now the Picasso Birthplace Museum (Museo Casa Natal de Picasso).

The collection of the Museo Picasso Málaga represents the entire span of Picasso's life and art career, from his earliest studies to his revolutionary artistic innovations. The wide range of artworks (created between 1892 and 1972) reflects the many styles and techniques that Picasso mastered.

Examples of Picasso's creativity, versatility, and talent are seen in his reworking of paintings by the European masters, as well as the variety of art movements that he introduced, such as Cubism. The collection highlights themes such as the portrait, still life paintings, landscapes, and nudes.

Highlights of the collection include the Mother and Child (1921), the Acrobat (1930), Woman with Raised Arms (1936), Still Life with Skull and Three Sea Urchins (1947), Jacqueline Seated (1954), the Bather (1971), and Musketeer with a Sword (1972).

The museum has a bookshop specializing in books about Picasso and a casual café set in a garden courtyard amid geraniums and orange trees. The café serves breakfast pastries, lunch, coffee, tea, and refreshments inside or on the shaded outdoor terrace.

This is one of Málaga's most popular attractions. In order to avoid disappointment and delay, book your tickets in advance online and select your entry time.

Address: Palacio de Buenavista, 8 Calle San Agustín, Málaga

Puerto de Málaga

A fine result of a massive investment in waterfront redevelopment is the Puerto de Málaga. This delightful area, the arrivals area for cruise ships, is full of wide walkways, restaurants, shops, and restored historical buildings.

A couple of must-sees include the Centre Pompidou Málaga and the historic La Farola lighthouse originally dating from 1816 but renovated over the years to the current structure and location dating from 1939.

The port area is also a popular location for dinner or lunch at one of the many waterside restaurants. You'll find the tourist information office at the western end.

Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga

At the center of the Old Town, the Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga occupies the elegant Palacio de Villalón , which was built on top of the ruins of a 1st-century AD Roman villa. This aristocratic mansion, built in the late 15th- to early 16th century, reveals elaborate Andalusian architectural details of the Renaissance era: ornate coffered ceilings and a two-story central courtyard with marble-columned arcades.

The permanent collection of the museum is renowned for its assortment of 19th- and 20th-century Spanish paintings and has a special focus on artworks of the Andalusia region. The permanent collection also presents paintings by European Old Masters from the 13th century to the 18th century.

Highlights of the collection include Santa Marina by Francisco de Zurbarán, Rocas de Jávea y el Bote Blanco ( Rocks at Jávea and the White Boat ) by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, the portrait of Julia by Ramón Casas Carbó, Vista del Guadalquivir ( View of the Guadalquivir River ) by Manuel Barrón y Carrillo, La Capilla de los Benavente en Medina de Rioseco by Genaro Pérez Villaamil, and Mujeres en el Jardín ( Ladies in the Garden ) by Cecilio Pla y Gallardo.

Visitor services at the Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga include a cloakroom, cafeteria, an outdoor terrace, and guided tours. The guided tours are approximately one-hour long. Guided small-group tours on various themes are available upon request.

Address: 10 Calle Compañía, Málaga

Playa de la Malagueta

Málaga has a delightful assortment of beaches within its city limits. The most popular, and the closest to the historic center of town, is the Playa de la Malagueta. This beautiful urban beach features an expansive sand and pebble shoreline and a promenade lined with swaying palm trees.

Amenities at Malagueta Beach include snack bars, beachfront restaurants, showers, a children's playground, and rentals of sun beds and umbrellas, as well as water sports equipment. Next to the beach is the Real Club Mediterráneo de Málaga yacht club.

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Thanks to its safe and clean waters, the Playa de la Malagueta has been awarded a Blue Flag designation, so it's a great place to visit for swimming, water sports, and sailing.

Sculpture outside the Automobile and Fashion Museum (Museo Automovilistico & de la Moda) in Malaga

A museum that showcases classic cars and haute couture fashion together may seem like an odd combination. However, at the Museo Automovilistico & de la Moda , it works. Over 100 vehicles are on display here along with over 300 articles of high fashion.

Fashion and style cues are explained in fascinating detail across 10 different themes on guided tours. Famous and exclusive brands and cars are on display ranging from Chanel, Dior, and Hermes along with Rolls Royce, Jaguar, and Mercedes Benz.

The museum is located a short walk from the port area.

Stained-glass window of the Mercado de Atarazanas (Market Hall)

From the Alameda, side streets lead north to the Mercado de Atarazanas. Just the entrance is worth seeing in itself. This horseshoe-shaped Islamic gateway dates to the 14th century and is the only remaining part of the old Moorish shipyard. But even more eye-catching is the fantastic stained-glass window showing historical images of the city.

The market hall itself was constructed in the 19th century. In the 1970s, the building was completely renovated after having been closed for many years.

At this spacious market building, visitors discover a bustling scene of vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, and cheese. The morning, when the locally caught fish arrives, is the liveliest time to experience the market.

Mercado de Atarazanas (Market Hall)

It's also fun to visit the market's tapas bars later in the day for a taste of pescaíto (fried fish) and other specialties. The most striking feature of the interior is the stained-glass window that depicts the historic landmarks of Málaga.

Another area for shopping and snacking a few blocks away is the Calle Marqués de Larios , a street lined with many clothing shops, jewelry boutiques, shoe stores, confectionery shops, and cafés.

Address: Mercado de Atarazanas, Calle Atarazanas, Málaga

Museo de Málaga

The Museo de Málaga contains two museums: the Museum of Fine Arts and the Provincial Archaeology Museum. An 18th-century neoclassical mansion, the Palacio de la Aduana de Málaga houses both museum collections.

The Museum of Fine Arts has an excellent permanent collection of local 19th-century paintings, as well as renowned pieces by Spanish artists Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Luis de Morales, Francisco de Goya, Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Zurbarán, Alonso Cano, Ramón Casas, Muñoz Degrain, Enrique Jaraba, and Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, among others. The museum also displays two of Picasso's earliest works: the Study of Old People painting and The Old Man with the Blanket.

The Provincial Archaeology Museum exhibits Roman antiquities, a collection of Hispano-Arab pottery, and models of the castle.

Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción

La Concepción Historical-Botanical Garden was created in the mid-19th century by the Marquis and Marchioness of Loring. These exquisite grounds are filled with vibrant Mediterranean, tropical, and subtropical flora. Plant species found in the gardens come from all over the world.

At its center is the Jardín Histórico-Artístico (Historical-Artistic Garden), over three hectares of Romantic-style landscaping filled with unusual species, tropical plants, and exotic flowers. This distinctive garden also features fountains, waterfalls, and neoclassical elements.

Surrounding the Historical-Artistic Garden is the Jardín Botánico (Botanical Garden), which encompasses 23 hectares of diverse landscapes. This luxuriant garden has been designed with special thematic sections, such as aquatic plants, primitive plants, orchids, and cactuses. Other highlights include the "Around the World in 80 Trees" path and the "Scenic Stop" route.

Nestled in a delightful spot of La Concepción Garden is a cafeteria with outdoor seating. The cafeteria serves soups, salads, sandwiches, quiches, and cakes. There is also a gift shop where you can pick up souvenirs.

Address: Camino del Jardín Botánico, Málaga

Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Victoria

The Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Victoria is a 10- to 15-minute walk away from the Picasso Birthplace Museum (Museo Casa Natal de Picasso), reached by way of Calle de la Victoria. One of the city's most important churches and a listed Historical Monument, this 17th-century Baroque church stands on the site where the Catholic Monarchs pitched a siege of Málaga during the Reconquest.

The church contains the Shrine of Our Lady of Victory with a 15th-century figure of the Virgen de la Victoria, the Patron Saint of the city. The figure was a gift of Emperor Maximilian I to King Ferdinand.

Among the paintings and sculptures decorating the sanctuary, highlights are the two sculptures by Pedro de Mena. Another must-see piece is the Altarpiece of San Francisco de Paula by Luis Ortiz de Vargas. The basilica houses some of its art treasures within an exhibition hall.

Address: Plaza Santuario, Málaga

Centre Pompidou Málaga

Málaga boasts the first branch of the Centre Pompidou to be located outside France. The Centre Pompidou is one of the top museums in Paris , renowned for its modern and contemporary art collection.

The Centre Pompidou Málaga displays an assortment (around 80 paintings and photographs) of the prestigious Paris collection. Highlights include works by Picasso, Max Ernst, and Frida Kahlo. The center also presents temporary exhibits every few months.

Pop in here for a quick look around and then grab lunch at one of the many waterside restaurants that line Paseo del Muelle Uno. You'll have your choice of cuisines, from Indian right through to Mexican and Greek, sometimes at the same restaurant!

Address: Pasaje Doctor Carrillo Casaux, s/n 29016 Muelle Uno, Puerto de Málaga

The Unicaja Foundation Museum of Folk Arts and Costumes is found within the Old Town of Málaga, housed in a renovated 17th-century inn. The characteristic Andalusian building reveals Moorish architectural elements such as whitewashed walls, Islamic tile work, a central patio, and pleasant gardens.

An interesting insight into the local culture, the museum introduces visitors to the region's artisan crafts and folklore. A wide array of exhibitions ranges from antique cooking equipment and fishing gear to handcrafted ceramics and folkloric costumes.

The museum includes both archaeological and ethnographic collections. Visitors leave with an appreciation of the rich artistic heritage and traditions of Málaga.

Address: 1 Plaza Enrique García-Herrera, Málaga

Holy Week Procession in Málaga, Spain

Málaga is known for its extravagant and spectacular Holy Week celebrations. This is a wonderful time to visit, when fantastic religious processions bring the city to life. The tradition of Holy Week dates back more than 500 years, from the time of the Catholic Monarchs' Reconquest of Andalusia.

A delight for all the senses, the evening processions feature lavish floats (displaying sacred icons) accompanied by lively marching bands or musicians singing flamenco songs. Adding to the ambience, thousands of penitents follow the procession route carrying flickering candles.

The Museo de la Semana Santa (Museum of Holy Week) is found on Calle Muro de San Julián, housed in the 17th-century Antiguo Hospital de San Julián (hospital). The museum displays 150 different exhibits in thematic categories such as sculptures, trousseau pictures, and processional images.

Visitors will enjoy the museum's extensive collection of religious figures, traditional costumes, and icons used during Holy Week processions, while learning about the regional customs.

Address: 2 Calle Muro de San Julián, Málaga

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC Málaga)

The cutting-edge Contemporary Art Center of Málaga displays an exceptional collection of 20th-century and 21st-century art, from the 1950s to the present. With its bright and spacious exhibition rooms, the museum presents the artworks in the best light. The collection features pieces from various artistic movements and has regularly changing exhibitions.

Artists represented include Louise Bourgeois, Olafur Eliasson, Damien Hirst, Julian Opie, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth. The museum has a special focus on Spanish art created since the 1980s and displays works by renowned artists of this era such as Juan Muñoz, José María Sicilia, Miquel Barceló, and Juan Uslé.

The CAC Málaga is open year-round from Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays, with a few exceptional Monday openings throughout the year. Admission to the museum is free of charge.

Address: Calle Alemania, Málaga

Apartment building in Soho (Art District)

Colorful large-scale street art defines this neighborhood near the Puerto de Málaga (harbor). Some of the murals in Soho were created by internationally known graffiti artists. Some of the largest ones can be seen on the tall buildings in the area just south of the Contemporary Art Center of Málaga.

A cultural attraction in its own right, Soho is home to the Contemporary Art Center of Málaga and the Teatro Alameda , as well as many art galleries and artists' studios.

On the first Saturday of every month, the neighborhood hosts the Made in Soho Market , which gives visitors a chance to purchase locally crafted artworks.

Malaga's Museum of Glass and Crystal

Málaga's Museum of Glass and Crystal houses a broad collection of glasswork, from antiquity to the contemporary era. Phoenician, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine cultures are represented, as well as examples of 19th-century stained glass and 20th-century Art Deco works.

The museum is housed in a beautifully restored and furnished 18th-century home, containing not only the collection of more than 3,000 glass objects, but also antiques, paintings, and décor. The museum courtyard is remarkable for its black marble columns and Baroque frescoes.

Address: 2 Plazuela Santísimo Cristo de la Sangre, Málaga

Red carpet at the Festival de Malaga (Film Festival)

This annual film festival showcases an assortment of Spanish-language films produced in Spain and Latin America. With a wide-ranging program of events, the festival includes both feature films and short films, as well as documentaries.

The prestigious Malaga Film Festival runs for nine days the second week of March each year, and screens more than a hundred films. Panel discussions and an awards ceremony make the festival interesting for attendees and film professionals alike.

The hub for the film festival is the beautiful Teatro Cervantes located by the ancient Roman theater in the shadows of the Alcazaba de Málaga.

Málaga appeals to two types of vacation-goers: those who appreciate culture and old-world ambience and those seeking fun in the sun at the Costa del Sol beaches. The historic center is convenient for visiting the Alcazaba and other top tourist attractions. For those who prefer a vacation of sunbathing and relaxation, one of the city's beach hotels is the best choice. Choose from these highly rated hotels in the Old Town or by the seaside:

Luxury Hotels:

  • In the city center (about a 20-minute walk from the Old Town) overlooking the Bay of Malaga, the stately five-star Gran Hotel Miramar GL offers elegant rooms, spa facilities, a swimming pool, gorgeous historic gardens, and stunning sea views.
  • In the Old Town, the Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio is a five-star hotel that combines avant-garde design with traditional Andalusian elements. Amenities include an outdoor rooftop swimming pool, a fitness center, and gourmet restaurants. Some guest rooms feature private balconies.
  • About a 10-minute walk from the Old Town, in a trendy urban neighborhood near the waterfront, the Room Mate Valeria is a four-star boutique hotel with a pleasant terrace and Andalusian patio.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • The Room Mate Larios is near the Plaza de la Constitución, in a bustling part of the Old Town. This four-star Art Deco hotel has a lovely rooftop terrace and balconies that overlook the Calle Marqués de Larios pedestrian shopping street.
  • Also in the heart of the Old Town, the four-star Petit Palace Plaza Malaga offers easy access to great restaurants and Malaga's top cultural attractions. Contemporary-style guest rooms include soundproofing, flat-screen televisions, and hydro-massage showers.
  • The Hotel Soho Boutique Los Naranjos is steps away from the beautiful Malagueta Beach and the Pablo Picasso waterfront promenade. This three-star hotel offers cheerful rooms with soundproofing and modern amenities.
  • The Hotel Don Curro is centrally located near the Old Town, just a five-minute walk from the cathedral and Picasso Museum. This three-star hotel has spacious guest rooms with stylish details like parquet floors, sleek modern furniture, and marble-accented bathrooms.

Budget Hotels :

  • The three-star Hotel La Chancla stands next to a small, sheltered beach and is a 10-minute drive from the Old Town of Malaga. Guest rooms are bright and minimalistic in style. The hotel has an outdoor terrace with sea views.
  • The Sunset Beach Club is a four-star beachfront resort that boasts excellent amenities for the price: rooms with terraces or balconies, a swimming pool and poolside snack bar, a seaside restaurant with an outdoor terrace, and concierge services.
  • Slightly on the higher end but still affordable, the three-star beachfront Hotel Soho Boutique Las Vegas keeps guests happy with direct access to sandy shores and a swimming pool in a picturesque garden setting.
  • To Britain and Back in a Day: The full-day sightseeing trip from Málaga to Gibraltar is a wonderful option if you want to visit this small British territory. You'll spend time with a knowledgeable guide here and see the famous Rock of Gibraltar, as well as St. Michael's Cave, a set of enormous cliffside caverns. Other sights include the famous Barbary monkeys and the lighthouse at Europa Point.

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Exploring Andalusia: Málaga is home to several of the top tourist attractions in the Andalusia region of Spain, as are the cities of Córdoba , Granada, and Seville. Those touring Andalusia by car will also want to explore the charming Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) , which exemplify simple Moorish architecture.

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Granada and the Alhambra: Many tourists head straight for the Alhambra , once the fortified home of the Moorish Nasrid Dynasty Sultans. Here, you will find a complex of lavishly designed palaces, which open out onto lush courtyards filled with flowers and a rich history. The city of Granada is packed with tourist attractions, from the Old Town and its spice markets to traditional flamenco performances.

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Seville and its Gothic Cathedral: The enchanting city of Seville is home to amazing landmarks, such as the glorious Gothic Seville Cathedral and the Alcázar, a splendid Moorish palace. Other highlights include the Plaza de España, Parque de María Luisa, and the medieval Barrio Santa Cruz. For those spending a longer time in the city, Seville is a great base for taking day trips to nearby historic towns like Córdoba and Ronda or to explore Cádiz and the Costa de la Luz.

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M�laga is a seaside city with over 3,000 years of history. Walking its streets will transport you back to the past, from its Phoenician, Roman and Muslim roots to the beautiful, warm and cosmopolitan city it is today. The birthplace of Picasso, it has become one of Europe�s true major museum cities. It houses over thirty first-rate museums, including the prestigious M�laga Museum, Centre Pompidou M�laga, Russian State Museum Collection St Petersburg, Carmen Thyssen Museum, and of course, the house museum of M�laga�s native genius and the Picasso Museum. The works of the international avant-garde and the packed calendar of cultural and sporting events make it a lively destination all year round. � It is a city that must be experienced with all five senses. Its cuisine combines the best of�land and sea, delicious, varied and healthy cooking that has evolved under the influence of the various cultures that have passed through our land. � But in the end, what wins the heart of travellers from around the world is the lifestyle, the atmosphere of the streets and the hospitable nature with which M�laga�s locals welcome and share their city with visitors. � Discover it with the official app for the city of M�laga! Visit the major sights, including the Roman Theatre, Alcazaba, Cathedral and Gibralfaro Castle. Allow yourself to be guided along its delightful streets with the maps and listen to different routes with the audio guides. You can even save content on your mobile to use offline. Check the calendar, which includes the city�s main celebrations, like The Fair, Carnival, Christmas and Holy Week, and important events such as the M�laga Festival and Theatre Festival. � You will find geolocation information on the map for tourist information points, hotels, apartments, parks, Spanish schools and car hire companies.

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Costa del Sol Tourist Information Offices: Oficina de Turismo

Welcome to our list of all the official tourist information offices situated on Spain’s most popular coast – the Costa del Sol.

You will be able to find the full conact details including address, telephone number, email address and website.

Where possible we also include opening hours and times (periodo de funcionamiento).

The tourist offices are a must-visit when visiting the respective towns and cities on the Costa del Sol . You can get all your questions answered – most offices speak some English as well as German and French.

The offices can help with advice for things to do and see. They will know the best restaurants, sights and attractions.

Many leaflets, free street and road maps, guides and brochures can be picked up from the tourist offices so we do advise a visit while on your holiday.

Alhaurin de la Torre Tourist Information Office

Alhaurin de la Torre Tourist Office Address: Avenida de España 7, 29130, Alhaurin de la Torre (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 413 529 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.aytoalhaurindelatorre.es

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Alora Tourist Information Office

Alora Tourist Office Address: Edificio del Museo Municipal, Plaza Baja de la Despedia, 29500, Alora (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 951 498 380 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.alora.es

Archidona Tourist Information Office

Archidona Tourist Office Address: Plaza Ochavada 2, 29300, Archidona (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 716 479 Website: www.archidona.es

Ardales Tourist Information Office

Ardales Tourist Office Address: Avenida Malaga 1, 29550 Ardales (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 458 046 Email Address: [email protected] Website: https://www.ardales.es

Antequera Tourist Information Office

Antequerra Tourist Office Address: Plaza San Sebastian 7, 29200 Antequerra (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 702 505 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.antequera.es

Benaojan Tourist Information Office

Benaojan Tourist Office Address: Avenida Juan de la Rosa s/n, 29370, Benaojan (Malaga) Telephone Number : +34 952 167 402 Website: www.benaojan.es

Benarraba Tourist Information Office

Benarraba Tourist Office Address: Junto a la Ermita, Calle Sierra Bermeja, 29490, Benarraba (Malaga). Telephone Number:+34 951 709 303 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.benarraba.es

Benalmadena Tourist Information Office

Benalmadena Tourist Office Address: Avenida Antonio Machado 10, 29630, Benalmadena( Malaga) Telephone Number +34 952 442 494 Email Address: [email protected] Website: https://www.benalmadena.es/

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Canillas de Aceituno Tourist Information Office

Canillas de Aceituno Tourist Office Address: Plaza de la Constitucion 8, 29716 Canillas de Aceituno (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 518 399 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.canillasdeaceituno.es

Carratraca Tourist Information Office

Carratraca Tourist Office Address: Calle Trinidad Grund 2, 29551, Carratraca (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 458 016 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.carratraca.es

Casarabonela Tourist Information Office

Casarabonela Tourist Office Address: Calle real 5, 29566, Casarabonela (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 456 067 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.casarabonela.es

Casares Tourist Information Office

Casares Tourist Office Address: Calle La Fuente 91, 29690, Casares (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 894 126 Website: www.casares.es

Coin Tourist Information Office

Coin Tourist Office Address: Calle Teniente Coronel de la Rubia s/n, 29100 Coin (Malaga) Telephone Number + 34 952 453 211 Email Address [email protected] Website: https://coin.es/

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Competa Tourist Information Office

Competa Tourist Office Information Address: Calle san Antonio 1, 29574, Competa (Malaga) Telephone Number: 34 952 516 006

Cortes de la Frontera Visitor Centre

Cortes de la Frontera Tourist Office Address: Calle Jacaranda 1, 29380, Cortes de la Frontera (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 154 599

Costa del Sol Main Tourist Information Office

Costa del Sol Tourist Office Address: Calle Mexica, s/n, 29620 Torremolinos (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 058 694 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.visitacostadelsol.com

Estepona Tourist Information Office

Estepona Tourist Office Address: Avenida San Lorenzo 1, 29680 Estepona (Malaga) Telephone Number:+ 34 952 802 002 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.estepona.es

Estepona Tourist Office Address: Calle Torre Almenera s/n, 29680 Estepona (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 808 081 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.estepona.es

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Frigiliana Tourist Information Office

Frigiliana Tourist Office Address: Casa del Apero, Calle Cuesta del Apero 8, 29788 Frigiliana (Malaga) Telephone Number: 952 534 261 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.frigiliana.es

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Fuengirola Tourist Information Office

Fuengirola Tourist Office Address: Paseo Marítimo, 32 (Plaza Theresa Zabell), Fuengirola (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 467 457 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.visitafuengirola.com

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Fuente de Piedra Tourist Information Office

Fuente de Piedra Tourist Office Address: Calle Castillo 1, 29520 Fuente de Piedra (Malaga) Telephone Number +34 952 735 453 Website: http://www.fuentedepiedra.es/9383/oficina-de-turismo

Istan Tourist Information Office

Istan Tourist Office Address: Plaza de Andalucia s/n, 29611, Istan (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 969 603 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.istan.es

Jose Antonio Valverde Visitor Centre

Jose Antonio Valverde Visitor Centre Address: Cerro del Palo, 29520, Fuente de Piedra (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 712 554

Malaga Airport Tourist Information Centre

Malaga Airport Tourist Office Address: Avenida Comandante Garcia Morato s/n, 29004 Malaga (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 951 294 003 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.andalucia.org

Malaga Tourist Information Office

Malaga Tourist Office Address: Plaza del Siglo, n 2, 29015, Malaga (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 126 272 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.visitacostadelsol.com

Malaga Tourist Office Address: Casita del Jardinero, Avenida Cervantes, 29016, Malaga (Malaga) Telephone Number : +34 952 209 603 Email Address: [email protected]

Malaga Tourist Office Address: Plaza de la Marina 11, 29001, Malaga (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 122 020 Email Address: [email protected]

Malaga Tourist Office Address: Estacion Vialia Maria Zambrano, Calle Explanada de la Estacion s/n, 29002, Malaga (Malaga) Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.malagaturismo.com

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Manilva Tourist Information Office

Manilva Tourist Office Address: Puerto de la Duquesa s/n, 29692, Manilva (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 897 434 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.manilva.es

Marbella Tourist Information Office

Marbella Tourist Office Address: Plaza de los Naranjos s/n, 29600 Marbella (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 823 550 Email Address: [email protected]

Marbella Tourist Office Address: Glorieta de la Fontanilla s/n, 29600 Marbella (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 771 442 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.marbellaexclusive.com

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Mijas Tourist Information Office

Mijas Tourist Office Address: Avenida de la Virgen de la Peña 2A, 29650, Mijas (Malaga) Telephone Number +34 952 589 034 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.mijas.es

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Monda Tourist Information Office

Monda Tourist Office Address: Carretera de Guaro, La Villa s/n 29110, Monda (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 457 069 Website: www.monda.es

Nerja Tourist Information Centre

Nerja Tourist Office Address: Planta Baja del Ayuntamiento, Calle Carmen 1, 29780, Nerja (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 521 531 Email Address: [email protected] Website: https://turismo.nerja.es/oficina-de-turismo/

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Pizarra Tourist Information Office

Pizarra Tourist Office Address: Camino de la Estacion 1, 29560, Pizarra (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 484 684 Website: www.pizarra.es

Puerto Banus Tourist Information Office

Puerto Banus Tourist Office Address: Plaza Antonio Banderas s/n, 29660 Marbella (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 818 570 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.marbellaexclusive.com

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Rincon de la Victoria Tourist Information Office

Rincon de la Victoria Tourist Office Address: Calle Granada 2B, 29730 Rincon de la Victoria (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 407 768 Website: www.rincondelavictoria.es

Riogordo Tourist Information Office

Riogordo Tourist Office Address: Plaza Constitucion, 14, 29180, Riogordo (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 732 154 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.riogordo.es

Ronda Tourist Information Office

Ronda Tourist Office Address: Plaza de España 9, 29400, Ronda (Malaga) Telephone Number +34 952 169 311 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.andalucia.org

Ronda Tourist Office Address: Calle Espiritu Santo 37, 29400 Ronda (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 870 739 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.serraniaronda.org

Ronda Tourist Office Address: Paseo Blas Infante s/n, 29400 Ronda Telephone Number: +34 952 187 119 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.turismoderonda.es

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Sabinillas Tourist Information Office

Sabinillas Tourist Office Address: Calle Pio Baroja 5, 29692, Sabinillas, Manilva (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 893 816 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.ayto-manilva.com

Sayalonga Tourist Information Office

Sayalonga Tourist Office Address: Plaza de la Constitucion 2, 29752 Sayalonga (Malaga) Telephone Number +34 952 535 206 Email Address: [email protected] Website: www.sayalonga.es

San Pedro de Alcantara Tourist Information Office

San Pedro de Alcantara Tourist Office Address: Avenida Marques del Duero 69, 29670, San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella (Malaga) Telephone Number + 34 952 785 252 Email Address: [email protected]

Sotogrande Tourist Information Office

Sotogrande Tourist Office Address: Plaza de Andalucia s/n Esquina Calle, San Roque Telephone Number: 956 694 005

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Tolox Tourist Information Office

Tolox Tourist Office Address: Plaza Alta 5, 29109 Tolox, (Malaga) Telephone Number: 34 952 487 333 Website: www.tolox.es

Torcal de Antequera Visitors Centre

Torcal de Antequera Vistors Centre Address: Carretera de Acceso al Torcal Alto s/n 29200, Antequera (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 951 042 100

Torre del Mar Tourist Information Office

Torre del Mar Tourist Office Address: Casa Recreo, Paseo de Larios s/n 29740 Torre del Mar, Velez-Malaga (Malaga) Telephone Number +34 952 541 104 Email Address: [email protected]

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Torremolinos Tourist Information Office

Torremolinos Tourist Office Address: Calle Delfines 1, 29620 Torremolinos (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 372 956 Email Address: [email protected]

Torremolinos Tourist Office Address: Plaza de las Comunidades s/n 29620, Torremolinos (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 371 909 Email Address: [email protected]

Torremolinos Tourist Office Address: Plaza Blas Infante 1, 29620, Torremolinos (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 379 512 Email Address: [email protected]

Torremolinos Tourist Office Address: Plaza de la Independencia s/n, 29620, Torremolinos (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 374 231 Email Address: [email protected] Website: https://turismotorremolinos.es/en/

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Torrox Tourist Information Office

Torrox Tourist Office Address: Avenida De Andalucia 7, 29793, Torrox-Costa, Torrox (Malaga) Telephone Number:+34 952 530 255 Email Address: [email protected] Web Adress: www.turismotorrox.es

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Valle de Abdalajis Tourist Information Office

Valle de Abdajalis Tourist Office Address: Calle Pio XII s/n, 29240, Valle de Abdalajis (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 489 035 Email Address: [email protected]

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Visit Malaga: Top 15 Things To Do and Must-See Attractions

Things to do in malaga: the 15 best places to visit (all highlights).

You’re planning to visit Malaga during your trip to Andalucia and you’re looking for the best places to visit?

In order to help you plan your stay , i have prepared this guide of the best things to do in Malaga and its surroundings . In addition to the must-see attractions and points of interest , I will also give you all my best tips as well as my list of the best accommodations in town depending on your budget.

Let’s plan your trip!

1. The Alcazaba of Malaga

2. gibralfaro castle, 3. malaga roman theater, 4. the malaga cathedral, 5. museums to visit in malaga, 6. malaga beaches, 7. la concepción historical botanical gardens, 8. the atarazanas market, 9. soho neighborhood, 10. montes de malaga natural park, 11. caminito del rey, 12. nerja caves, 13. marbella, 15. granada, how many days to visit malaga, 1 day in malaga, 2 days in malaga, 3 days in malaga, 4 days in malaga, where to stay in malaga, where to eat in malaga, renting a boat in malaga, how to go to malaga, malaga tourist map, you’re traveling to andalusia these articles will help you, visit malaga: the 15 must-see attractions.

The Alcazaba is probably the most well-known tourist attraction in Malaga.

Built in the 11th century by the Moors , this palace was both the home of Muslim rulers and a fortress to protect and defend the city from the Catholics.

The site is very well preserved and maintained . During your visit you’ll discover the courtyards, patios, fountains and sumptuous gardens . As it’s built on a hill overlooking Malaga, it offers a lovely view over the sea and port .

There’s also a small archaeological museum showcasing Moorish pottery and ceramics.

If you want to know more about the history of the place, you should book a 1h30 guided tour of the Alcazaba . It even includes the Roman theater ruins (see below). You can book it here.

You can get a combined ticket at 5.50€ to visit both the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro castle.

Alcazaba Malaga

Another place you must visit in Malaga is Gibralfaro castle.

From the Alcazaba , you can go to the castle on foot via a path offering great views over the city. It is however a bit steep , so if you prefer, you can take the bus # 35 from the Avenida de Cervantes to go there.

The castle was built in the 14th century to protect the Alcazaba. It had a barrack to house soldiers , as well as a lighthouse. That’s actually where the castle got its name from: Gibralfaro means “mountain of light”.

There is a building right at the entrance to learn more about the history of the castle, but the visit is mainly worth it for the view over Malaga and the sea from the ramparts . On clear days it’s even possible to see the Strait of Gibraltar.

It’s the best scenic view over the Malaga, and it’s also very nice at night with all the city lights.

Malaga Andalucia

Another great thing to do in Malaga is to visit the Roman theater located at the bottom of the Alcazaba.

It’s the oldest site in Malaga: it was built in the first century AD by Augustus and was used as a theater during the 2nd century . Then, it was converted into a cemetery to finally be abandoned . Some of the rocks from this site were used to build the Alcazaba.

The Roman theater ruins were only discovered in 1951 , when the building that was built on top was destroyed.

Nowadays, many outdoor performances are taking place there .

Entrance is free.

Don’t forget that if you book a guided tour of the Alcazaba here , it also includes a guided visit to the Roman theatre.

Malaga Roman Theater

The cathedral is one of the best places to visit in Malaga.

It’s one of the tallest in Andalucia , you can see it from far away! Construction work started in the 16th century , on the foundations of the city’s old mosque .

Construction lasted for 200 years , and got suddenly halted because of a lack of funding . As a result, the cathedral was never completely finished , and has only one bell tower (whereas 2 were planned to be build). Locals even call it “La Manquita” (meaning the armless one).

You can climb the 200 steps to go up the 87 meters high tower : you’ll be able to enjoy a 360° scenic view over the whole city, the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro castle.

Don’t miss out on the interiors either to see the decorated ceiling , the beautiful stained-glass windows , the chapels or even the 4000 pipes organ.

For more information about prices and opening hours, you can have a look at the official website (in Spanish).

You’re going to Malaga?

You probably know it: the hardest part of planning your trip is to find an hotel offering a good value for money!

And that’s even worse in big touristic cities like Malaga 😅.

The closer you get to your travel dates, the harder it will be to get a good deal. Lots of people will be visiting Malaga on the same dates as you , so you can be sure that the best deals are booked extremely quickly!

Hopefully, there is a pretty simple solution to this problem: do like me and book your hotel as early as possible!

So, my best advice is to take 5 minutes (now) to have a look at the list of travelers’ favorite hotels in Malaga.

And if you see a good offer, book it!

Most hotels offer free cancellation, so it’s quick, easy, and you will avoid the the inconvenience of finding nothing but mediocre rooms at exorbitant prices.

To check the current best deals for your hotel in Malaga, simply click on the green button below 😎:

Once you’ve booked your hotel, it will be time to continue reading this guide and find out more about the best things to do in Malaga!

The Alcazaba and Malaga Cathedral

You may not know about it, but there are a lot of museums in Malaga . Actually, with almost 30 museums , the city has proudly become the cultural capital of Andalucia.

Here is a list of museums to visit during your trip to Malaga (depending on your tastes and interests):

  • Picasso Birthplace Museum (get you tickets here) : where he was born in 1881. You’ll learn more about his life and will see some of his personal belongings on display.
  • Picasso Museum with more than 200 artworks from the artist
  • Carmen Thyssen Museum with its extensive collection of Spanish and Andalusian paintings
  • Pompidou Centre Malaga , is a branch of the famous Pompidou Centre in Paris
  • Russian Art Museum offers a collection of Russian art pieces in an old tobacco factory
  • Museo de Malaga with an archaeology section, a Moorish section and a Spanish paintings section.
  • Flamenco Art Museum dedicated to the traditional Spanish dance.
  • Museum of Glass and Crystal to see the private collection of an Andalusian aristocrat
  • Malaga Centre for Contemporary Art dedicated to 20th and 21th century art
  • Automobile Museum Malaga and its 85 perfectly renovated vintage cars.
  • National Museum of Airports and Air Transport
  • Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions

Pompidou Centre Malaga

During your trip to Malaga, it would be a shame not to enjoy the beaches close by . They are perfect to relax a bit!

Here is a selection of the best beaches around Malaga:

  • Malagueta beach located next to the port, it’s the closest from the city center
  • Pedregalejo beach , located a bit East of Malagueta
  • La Caleta beach, very crowded during summertime
  • El Palo beach, a family-friendly beach located in the fishermen neighborhood
  • La Misericordia beach , a large sandy beach, one of the most popular in Malaga
  • El Campo de Golf beach very popular among kite-surfers
  • San Andrés beach, another popular beach, there is also a grassy areas and a playground
  • Penon del Cuervo beach: young people love it, it’s a great place to party and have a barbecue!

Malagueta beach

Malaga botanical garden is located in the Northern part of the city.

You can take the bus #2 to go there from the city center, get off at the last stop and walk for another 15min to reach the garden entrance.

It’s one of the largest tropical and subtropical garden in Spain and even Europe. You’ll see there more than 2000 species of trees and plants spread over about 250 000 m². Malaga botanical garden is the perfect spot for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city!

It’s clearly one must see attractions in Malaga.

For more information, you can visit the official website . Guided tours are also available: you can choose between 3 types of themed tours, lasting from 1 to 4 hours.

La Concepción Historical Botanical Gardens Malaga

Let’s continue this guide of Malaga with Atarazanas market.

When you travel somewhere, whether it’s in Spain, Sicilia or even Greece , the market is always the best place to get some delicious local products . In Malaga, I recommend going to the Atrazanas market.

This covered market is located in a stunning 19th century building with colorful stained-glass windows. It’s a very vibrant place with plenty of fresh produces stalls, Spanish cured meat and cheese.

You’ll also find tapas bars close to the main entrance, a nice way to try all these fresh and tasty products!

The market is open Monday to Saturday, from 8:00 to 14:00. It is closed on Sunday.

Atarazanas market in Malaga

Running out of ideas about what to do in Malaga? You should go for a walk in Soho district!

Once a decaying neighborhood, it has been totally transformed and renovated by street artists. Some buildings and facades are today completely covered with street art , the biggest painting being a few stories tall! The area is also called the art district.

Most art works are located close to the Contemporary Art Centre of Malaga , along the banks of the Guadalmedina river and in nearby streets. Wandering in this part of the town is really pleasant.

In this neighborhood you’ll also find handicraft shops , art galleries, restaurants serving world cuisine and a few trendy bars.

Soho district Malaga

During your stay in Malaga, you should really go to Montes Natural Park. It’s really the perfect place to enjoy some fresh air not too far from the city!

Considered as “Malaga’s green lung” , it’s located about 25km up North from the city center.

The park is 5000 hectares wide, with marked paths for hiking. Most of the hiking paths suit all levels and are not very long, so you can easily combine a few during a day.

It’s also possible to rent mountain bikes and ride along the 2 mountain bike trails . You can choose between a 7km or a 14km itinerary .

The park is well equipped with picnic areas and even a few restaurants serving “ plato de los montes “. This mountain dish is a local speciality: it’s made of pork loin, sausages, blood sausage and eggs, with a side dish of potatoes and fried bell peppers. Needless to say it should satisfy your hunger!

You can also go see the ecomuseum located in the visitor center , explaining how wine, bread or olive oil are made.

All the necessary information to plan your trip to Montes de Malaga Natural Park is on the official website.

Montes de Malaga Natural Park

The 5 best things to do around Malaga?

If you’re done exploring Malaga itself, you should go visit its surroundings. Here are my favorite places to visit around Malaga.

The caminito del Rey is located about 1h driving from Malaga.

It’s a very spectacular hiking path , once considered the most dangerous one in the world . But don’t worry, it has been completely secured and rearranged so it’s 100% safe now.

However, as the path is more than 100 meters above the ground , it’s still very impressive!

Beware if you’re afraid of heights: once you’ve started the hike, you can’t go back. The path is only one way so you must finish it.

If you want, you can book a guided tour to the Caminito del Rey . The guide will be with you during the whole hike and will give you information about the site’s history . These kind of tours are often fully booked weeks in advance, so you must book it in advance here.

And if you also want to have transportation from Malaga to the Caminito, you can book a day-tour . Fare includes transportation by minibus from Malaga to the Caminito del Rey, entrance ticket and hiking with a guide. It needs to be booked there.

caminito del rey Andalucia

Around Malaga, you can also go to Nerja, about 50min away by car.

Going to see Nerja caves can be a great family excursion to do in the area! The caves were discovered by chance in 1959, and are home to one of the widest and tallest column in the world.

A regular visit (without a guide) lasts about 45min. There are audioguides available to learn more about the history of the caves and their discovery. There are many steps and it’s quite cold, so remember to wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes

You need to book your tickets to visit the caves of Nerja in advance by clicking here!

Nerja caves Andalucia

Marbella is located 1 hour driving from Malaga.

It’s the most chic and trendy costal resort of the Costa del Sol, in Andalucia. There, you will find plenty of luxury shops, VIP bars and clubs along with 20km of beach to relax all day long.

If you like to party , Marbella is the best place to go to near Malaga!

Marbella

Ronda is another great place to visit around Malaga , at only about 1.5 hours driving .

This lovely village located on the top of a hill is mostly famous for the bridge that connects the old and the new parts of the village . It’s featured on all the postcards you can find in the area!

To access the best viewpoints , you will need to go to Plaza Maria Auxiliadora , then go down the path. You can take a perfect photo of the village and the bridge from there.

In Ronda, you can also go for a walk in the narrow streets and visit the bullfighting arena, Mondragon palace or La Casa Del Rey Moro.

If you’d like to go to Ronda on a guided tour , you can book one that will start from Malaga .

Transportation, guided tour of Ronda, the arena and visit of a wine cellar are included in the price of the tour. You can book it here.

Fore more information about Ronda, you should read my detailed guide about the village: The 10 best things to do in Ronda

Ronda

Granada , one of the most famous city in Andalucia is located only 1h40 away from Malaga.

The city is known all over the world for its famous Alhambra . It’s the most visited tourist site in Spain.

It would be a shame not to go spend at least 1 day in Granada while you’re in Malaga!

Besides the Alhambra, you can also visit:

  • The Albaicin neighborhood
  • The Sacromonte
  • Granada cathedral
  • The Basilica of San Juan de Dios
  • La Cartuja monestary

If you’re in Marbella and don’t want to rent a car, you should book a day-tour to Granada.

The price includes transportation, entrance tickets for the Alhambra and the Nasrid palaces as well as a visit of the Albaicin neigborhood. It needs to be booked here.

For more information about Granada, you should read my detailed guide: The 15 best things to do in Granada .

Granada Spain

If you just want to visit the city itself, 2 days are enough to visit Malaga. You’ll have enough time to see most of the places I talk about in this guide.

If you want to visit several museums or explore the city’s surroundings , you can of course stay for 3 or 4 days in Malaga.

If you’re in Malaga only for one day , here is my recommended itinerary:

  • Start with Gibralfaro castle
  • Then go down to the Alcazaba
  • Stop by the Roman theater
  • Lunch break
  • Visit the Picasso museum or another museum depending on your tastes
  • Go see Malaga Cathedral
  • End the day at the beach

If you don’t want to walk too much but still want to see as many tourist sites as possible within a day, you should opt for the hop-on hop-off bus. You need to book it here.

During your booking you can also choose the “Malaga Experience Card” option: it includes the bus ticket, but also free entrance to most museums in the city, a 1 hour boat tour and a ticket to see a flamenco show.

For 2 days in Malaga, add the following activities to the 1 day itinerary above:

  • Visit Carmen Thyssen museum or the Pompidou Centre
  • Go explore Atarazanas market
  • Lunch break in one of the market’s tapas bar
  • Go for a stroll in Soho neighborhood
  • By the end of the day, head to the botanical garden

tapas Andalucia

You’re planning to visit Malaga in 3 days? Great!

I recommend following the 2 days itinerary above.

On the 3rd day , rent a car to go to Montes Natural Park . You’ll be able to go on a few short hikes there and enjoy the surrounding nature.

In the afternoon on your way back, stop by one of the beaches such as Pedregalejo or del Palo beach.

To rent a car, I recommend using Rentalcars.com .

If you’re lucky enough to spend 4 days in Malaga, you can go explore the city’s surroundings.

  • If you have children, you can visit Nerja caves , they will love it!
  • If you like thrill, a day trip to the Caminito del Rey will be perfect for you.
  • In the mood for a day at the beach and party? Head to Marbella.

If you don’t plan to stay in other cities in Andalucia, you can also opt for a day trip to Ronda or Granada . You will love these cities!

Of course, you can stay 5- 6 days or even a week in Malaga and visit absolutely eveything I talk about in this article, with day trips to the Caminito del Rey, Ronda and Granada.

  • The Lights Hostel: This hostel located 400 meters from the cathedral. A bed in a dorm starts from 20.50€/night with a breakfast at 1.50€. Strong points: clean, nice rooftop, very friendly staff.
  • Ibis Malaga Centro Ciudad: Located next to the cathedral and 5 min from the Picasso museum. Modern double room (typical style of this hotel chain) starting from 65€/night, breakfast for an additional 7.95€. Its best features: very central location to visit Malaga on foot, many breakfast options. friendly staff. It’s my favorite hotel for its exceptional value for money!
  • Barceló Malaga: located 10 min walking from the historic quarter and 600 meters from the Center for Contemporary Art. Comfortable and design room starting from 135€/night, breakfast for an additional 18€. Best features: Rooftop pool, location, beds are very comfortable. It’s a great place to stay in Malaga.
  • Gran Hotel Miramar: This 5 stars hotel is located 10 meters away from the Malagueta beach. Very elegant and beautifully decorated room, starting from 250€/night, breakfast for an additional 25€. Its best features: the decoration of the hotel and the rooms is truly stunning, the pool, the Spa, the breakfast is delicious. The best choice for a luxury stay in Malaga!

Grand Hotel Miramar Malaga

  • Buenavista Gastrobar & Tapas: located next to the plaza de la Merced. This restaurant serves delicious and unique tapas. The paella is also very tasty and the staff is very friendly. You can be sure to have a good time there, just remember to book a table in advance!
  • La Proa de Teatinos: If you’re looking for an authentic restaurant that is the opposite of a tourist trap, go eat at the Proa de Teatinos. The food is tasty and the value for money is excellent. The paella is delicious.
  • Pampa Grill Restaurante Argentino: The best restaurant in Malaga for meat lovers. The meat is super tender, tasty and perfectly cooked. It’s located close to the plaza Spinola, not far from the cathedral.

If you want to rent a boat for a nice day at sea during your stay in Malaga, you should book it with Samboat.

Motorboats, sailboats, yachts, small boats without a license, with or without a skipper: they simply have the most complete offer for boat rental!

So, what are you waiting for to book your sea trip in Malaga? 😊

The first option is to directly fly there , as there is an international airport in Malaga.

In Andalucia, there are 2 international airports: Seville and Malaga . Granada, Jerez and Almeria airports are only for domestic flights.

You should check fares now with our flights price comparator. It’s a fast and easy way to get the best deal!

When you get the results, don’t hesitate to look at several websites to make sure there are no added fees.

I have created for you a tourist map of Malaga , listing all the must see attractions and points of interest I have talked about in this article. You can display the map legend by clicking on the top left button, the one with a little arrow on it.

And you, what do you plan to visit during your trip to Malaga?

Andalusia travel Guides

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Discover all my articles about Spain : All my articles to help you plan your trip to Spain are listed there.

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Discussion 4 comments.

Afila

I’m going to spend a half day trip in Malaga so I won’t be having a lot of time to discover everything. I want to make the most out of this half day in Malaga. I plan on going to the Alcazaba, Roman theater ruins and the Gibralfaro castle and also visit some museums. Are these places walkable distance to each other? Are there many free museums in the list you mentioned? Where can I buy the combo ticket for Alcazaba, Roman theater and the Gibralfaro castle?

I have to leave Malaga in the evening and go to Cordoba. I have to reach Cordoba at least at 8PM.

What is the most convenient way for me to travel from Malaga to Cordoba? Bus or train? Also, I will be travelling from Seville to Malaga in the morning. Are there left luggage services or lockers at the train station or bus station or anywhere nearby the stations? I need to think about my luggage as well, any advice on this?

Thank you in advance.

Vincent

Hello Afila,

Yes, all the places you want to visit in Malaga are close to each others. You can see them on the map at the end of the article.

There is no free museum in the list, they are only free on Sunday afternoon.

You can buy the combo ticket for the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro castle at both entrances. It’s not possible to buy it online. The Roman theatre is free.

For the bus and train, you have to check for the schedules that will suit you the best on the website I gave you in my previous answer: Train and bus tickets booking in Spain.

The train is in my opinion more convenient, and you can leave your luggage in the lockers at Malaga train station, no problem.

Enjoy your stay in Malaga!

Ive

Your tips were really useful and helped us a lot. Made our stay more comfortable and planing our routes more easy.

Thank you and keep up the good work!

Thank you! I’m glad you had a great time in Malaga.

Have a nice day,

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The curious thing about M�laga is that all of its signature monuments are in an area known as the Historic Centre. The churches, convents and palaces holding a tremendous cultural and artistic value are on this group of mostly pedestrian streets with a Moorish air. Taking a walk around this area is pleasant with an atmosphere full of outdoor seating at bars and restaurants becoming the star of the show.

The famous Calle Larios is the primary pedestrian thoroughfare for the old town as most of the other streets end here. It also serves as the nexus for the neighbourhood�s social activity along with being a point of reference for business and commercial activity. You can find the city�s most renowned, fashionable clothing and home goods shops, making it a perfect place or a morning of shopping and leisure.

In August, the old town�s streets are awash with colours, music and Andalusian folklore as the city comes together to celebrate the famous M�laga Fair or Feria de M�laga.

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Centro Hist�rico de M�laga

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Nerja

The village offers a wealth of elements of interest, which have made it one of the most important tourist resorts on the Costa del Sol.

Its scenic beauty ranges from the spectacular mountains to the coast with its splendid beaches, with fertile orchards turning the area in between into a veritable garden paradise.

In addition to all of this, Nerja boasts unforgettable locations such as Nerja Cave , one of Spain's most beautiful and oft-visited, Maro Cliffs, declared a Beauty Spot; and, in the village itself, the Balcón de Europa and The Saviour Church.

Its present-day name comes from the Arabic Narija or Naricha, which in turn was derived from a Roman term. A variety of Roman relics remain in the area, including a section of the old road which linked Sexi (Amuñecar) with Caviclum (Torrox) and a bridge which provided communications with the Roman town of Detunda (Maro).

However, man's presence in the area dates back to the Upper Palaeolithic period, as witnessed by human remains found in Nerja Cave.

In the 10th century, Nerja is described as a large farm standing amidst mulberry trees and leafy orchards, famous for its expertly-crafted silk textiles.

The village was protected by a resilient castle, the remains of which can still be seen on the road to Frigiliana.

After the capture of Velez-Malaga by troops of the Catholic Monarchs in 1487, Nerja fell under Christian rule, becoming a part of Velez in 1501.

In 1509, to provide coastal defences against the attacks of Berber pirates, a fortress was built on rocky ground overlooking the sea, the site of the present-day Balcon de Europa vantage point.

The sudden abandonment of the area by many of its morisco (Moslem converts to Christianity) inhabitants was soon followed by its repopulation by Old Christians from Vizcaya, Galicia, Valencia, Seville and other parts of Andalusia in about 1515. 1570 saw the definitive expulsion of all moriscos.

Another important episode in Nerja's history occurred during the War of Independence, when Napoleon's troops captured the village and set up coastal defences in the castle which were subsequently destroyed by the English navy in 1812.

The village and its municipal area were also affected by the major tremor known as the Andalusian Earthquake on Christmas Day 1884; extensive material damage was suffered. On 20 January 1885, King Alfonso XII travelled to Nerja and other parts of the Axarquia region to express his concern at the problems caused by the earthquake.

A new stimulus, which was to change forever the whole face of Nerja and the rest of the municipal area, as well as its inhabitants' economic activities and way of life, came in the second half of the 20th century, when the progressive development of tourism, which had begun in 1960s, transformed the town into one of the Mediterranean coast's leading holiday resorts.

In 1990, Nerja was twinned with the Italian town of Pescia. Eminent citizens Melchor Pardo y Gutierrez, military leader and writer. Federico Gonzalez Rabanada, poet and prose writer.

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    The central tourist information office is strategically located in the heart of the Historic Centre. It stands out as a focal point for visitors looking...

  4. Malaga city centre

    Malaga city centre - Tourist information and old town guide Home City centre guide City Centre and old town in Malaga Picturesquely situated in a bay surrounded by mountains and bounded by the rivers Guadalmedina and Guadalhorce, Malaga city with its two thousand-eight hundred years of history is one of the oldest cities in Europe.

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    Tourism in Malaga. What to see | spain.info Malaga The capital of the Costa del Sol is reinventing itself View of Malaga (Andalusia) Malaga Andalusia Home Destinations Max 16ºC / Min 10ºC Beyond its 16 sunny beaches, this Andalusian city on the shores of the Mediterranean has a fascinating cultural side.

  6. Tourist offices in Malaga

    Plaza de la Marina The main city tourist office and with the best information. There's also a good shop selling Malaga souvenirs and books about Malaga. Tel: 951 926 020 Open daily April-Oct 9am-7pm, Nov-March 9am-6pm DISCOVER OUR BEST-SELLING TRAVEL GUIDE TO MALAGA Cruise terminal

  7. Málaga

    Ancient and cosmopolitan Malaga in the past still retains its historic roots intact. In long-gone times it bore witness to the origins of man and of the Mediterranean culture, and is today the primary force in the Andalusian tourist industry, keeping alive its tradition of a welcoming and creative land.. Maritime Malaga on the coast where winter never comes; and with a mountain vocation inland ...

  8. Oficina de turismo de la Junta de Andalucía de Málaga. Malaga

    Málaga Home Practical information Remove favourite Go to my favourites Oficina de turismo de la Junta de Andalucía de Málaga Plaza de la Constitución, 7 29008 Málaga, Malaga (Andalusia) Contact details Email: [email protected] Tel.: +34 951308911 Website: https://www.andalucia.org/en/malaga-information-services-malaga-centro + −

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    Spain, Europe. If you think the Costa del Sol is soulless, you clearly haven't been to Málaga. Loaded with history and brimming with a youthful vigour that proudly acknowledges its multi-layered past, the city that gave the world Picasso has transformed itself in spectacular fashion, with half a dozen new art galleries, a radically rethought ...

  10. Málaga Tourism and Holidays: Things to Do in Málaga, Spain

    Information of Málaga Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants. City, seaport and holiday resort on the Mediterranean in South Spain. Málaga is the heart of the Costa del Sol, a major tourist region. Population: 568,030 (2011)

  11. Tourist Offices in Malaga City

    You can also find tourist information in one of the many kiosks which are scattered around Malaga City Centre, and the seafront. Tourist Boards. Provincial Malaga Tourism Agency: Turismo y Planificación Costa del Sol S.L.U. Plaza de la Marina n4. Tel: +34 952 126 272 [email protected] Ayuntamiento de Malaga, Area de Turismo:

  12. All The Information You Need To Plan The Ultimate Trip To Malaga

    Roman Theater. Just underneath the Alcazaba lies the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheater which date back to the first century. Despite being the oldest monument in the city, the Roman Theater was only discovered in the 1950s after years of being buried underground. Malaga's Roman Theater dates back to the first century.

  13. Visit Malaga

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    Castillo de Gibralfaro 6. Museo Picasso Málaga 7. Puerto de Málaga (Málaga Port) 8. Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga 9. Playa de la Malagueta 10. Museo Automovilistico & de la Moda 11. Mercado de Atarazanas (Market Hall) 12. Museo de Málaga 13. Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción 14.

  15. Málaga Turismo

    Tourist information. Malaga Pass Tourist guides Tourist Information Offices ... It houses over thirty first-rate museums, including the prestigious Málaga Museum, Centre Pompidou Málaga, Russian State Museum Collection St Petersburg, Carmen Thyssen Museum, and of course, the house museum of Málaga's native genius and the Picasso Museum ...

  16. Visit Costa del Sol

    Home Welcome Welcome to Malaga and Costa del Sol. Coming to Málaga and Costa del Sol means finding beautiful landscapes, fabulous beaches, delicious food, interesting customs and traditions.It means discovering a rich cultural heritage, amazing coastal areas, and charming white hinterland villages.It is unveiling marvellous secrets that will make your stay unforgettable.

  17. Costa del Sol Tourist Information Offices: Oficina de Turismo

    Monda Tourist Information Office. Monda Tourist Office Address: Carretera de Guaro, La Villa s/n 29110, Monda (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 457 069 Website: www.monda.es. Nerja Tourist Information Centre. Nerja Tourist Office Address: Planta Baja del Ayuntamiento, Calle Carmen 1, 29780, Nerja (Malaga) Telephone Number: +34 952 521 531

  18. Visit Malaga: Top 15 Things To Do and Must-See Attractions

    1. The Alcazaba of Malaga 2. Gibralfaro castle 3. Malaga Roman theater 4. The Malaga Cathedral 5. Museums to visit in Malaga 6. Malaga beaches 7. La Concepción Historical Botanical Gardens 8. The Atarazanas market 9. Soho neighborhood 10. Montes de Malaga Natural Park The 5 best things to do around Malaga? 11. Caminito del Rey 12. Nerja caves 13.

  19. An expert guide to a weekend in Malaga

    Eat. Ocho (Calle Pedro de Toledo, 2; 00 34 654 90 19 44) - a Malagan restaurant with Argentine flavours at its heart - is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in the region. Think ...

  20. Málaga Historic Centre

    Málaga Costa del Sol Culture and Museums Monuments and areas of tourist interest Museum and Galleries Holy Week Flamenco Fairs & Festivals The Andalusian horse The Costa del Golf Golf Courses Golf Academies and other services Nature and active tourism

  21. Tourist Information Center

    By Ahmet A. " Bad location ". Sep 2022. Until 4-5 years back information office was in the middle of Torremolinos Centrum. Now it is closed. You have to go down to Bajondillos or Benalmadena beach walks to get information. Very bad move Torremolinos Municipality . Suggest edits to improve what we show.

  22. Nerja

    Tourist area Axarquía/Costa del Sol Oriental Distance to the capital (km) 50 Altitude above sea level (m) 26 Extension (Km 2 ) 85 No. of Inhabitants