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Welcome to Malaga

Malaga is known as the gateway to the beaches and resort towns of the Costa del Sol, but there’s more to the port city than high-rise hotels and beachfront bars. Many visitors are surprised to discover that Malaga, with its enchanting historic center and thriving art scene—it is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, after all—is more in tune with Andalucia culture hubs such as Cordoba and Seville than the flashy coastal sprawls of Fuengirola and Benidorm. The sloping streets of the Old Town lend themselves well to Segway tours, during which visitors short on time can tick off Museo Picasso Malaga, Malaga Alcazaba, and Malaga Cathedral (Cathedral de la Encarnacion). The urban Malagueta Beach provides opportunity to swim and sunbathe; nearby Mijas, where whitewashed houses tumble picturesquely into the Mediterranean Sea, is a feast for the eyes; and Marbella, home to the affluent Puerto Banus, lures a party crowd with its swanky cocktail bars and star-studded clubs. For farther-flung adventures, Gibraltar, Seville, Granada, with its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra, and Ronda, home to a historic bullring and the dramatic El Tajo Gorge are within easy reach on day trips. Travelers yearning for a taste of Africa can cross the Alboran Sea on a full-day excursion to Morocco, where a guide reveals the exotic delights of Tangier. If you wish to stay for longer, multi-day trips cover more of Morocco over five or six days.

Top 10 attractions in Malaga

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Museo Picasso Málaga

Museo Picasso Málaga

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Museo Picasso Málaga, situated in the city of the master’s birth, showcases a collection of more than 200 pieces donated to the museum by Picasso’s family. While the Blue and Rose periods are missing, the collection highlights the artist’s personal side, with works he painted for his family or kept for himself.More
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Constitution Square (Plaza de la Constitucion)

Constitution Square (Plaza de la Constitucion)

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Malaga’s largest and most iconic public square, the Plaza de la Constitution holds significance in both the city’s past and present. Serving as a public space since the 15th century, it remains an important center of Malaga daily life today. Palm trees sit beside historic Spanish architecture surrounding the fountain Fuente de Génova. Lined with alleyways full of small shops and cafes, it is a largely pedestrian area that’s great for exploring the city’s history.The square was home to Malaga’s city hall until the 19th century, having since been renamed from Plaza de Cuatro Calles (four streets) and the Plaza Mayor. Once the home of festivals, celebrations, and even bullfights, it is now a central meeting spot for residents of the city. Cultural, political, and religious events still take place here throughout the year, including the impressiveSemana Santa processions and festivities.It is considered to be the heart of Malaga’s historical quarter and a must-see while in the city.More
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El Caminito del Rey

El Caminito del Rey

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One of Andalucia’s top attractions, El Caminito del Rey is a narrow hiking path known for its nearly 2-mile (3-km) stretch of man-made boardwalks and glass footbridges that hug the sides of sheer cliffs and hang over river gorges. The roughly 3-hour hike takes you on paths 350 feet above the Guadalhorce River, offering stunning views of the Gaitanes Canyon (Desfiladero de los Gaitanes).More
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Hammam Al Ándalus Málaga

Hammam Al Ándalus Málaga

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Centuries ago, when Spain was under Muslim rule, Arab baths could be found in locations throughout the south. These hammams are said to have served as places of purification, hygiene and relaxation. Though few remain, you can still get a feel—in more ways than one—for what these tranquil getaways were like by experiencing the Hammam Al Ándalus in Málaga.Located in a historic building just off Martyers Square and next to an old Mudejar-towered church, this hammam—or Arab bath—features Moorish-inspired architecture. Think details such as horseshoe-shaped arches, colorful tiled walls, and ethereal lighting created by star-shaped skylights in the overhead dome.As is tradition, the Hammam Al ndalus has cold, warm and hot baths, as well as a steam room, and rest room, where you can relax and sip on traditional mint tea. Lasting 1.5 hours, the sessions allow guests to experience the various pools when not enjoying their massage. The massages themselves can be customized to last 30 minutes (rather than 15), and to include the use of a hot stone and traditional Arabic glove (called kessa) for rubbing soap and red grape into the skin. You can also pick from a selection of essential oils aimed to relax and moisturize.More
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La Malagueta Bullring (Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta)

La Malagueta Bullring (Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta)

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Spanish architect Joaquín Rucoba built Málaga’s neo-Mudéjar bullring in 1874. Entrepreneur and former president of Málaga Football Club, Fernando Puche Dona, owns it today. The arcaded stadium has capacity for 14,000 spectators, with stables and training grounds for the horses, corrals for the bulls, and a mini-hospital.More
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Malaga Alcazaba

Malaga Alcazaba

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One of Málaga’s most popular attractions, the Alcazaba is an atmospheric Moorish palace and fortress with ornamental gardens. Take in panoramic views of the city as you marvel at the ingenious design tricks the Moors used to protect their stronghold.More
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Malaga Cathedral (Cathedral de la Encarnación)

Malaga Cathedral (Cathedral de la Encarnación)

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Built between 1528 and 1782, after Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand expelled the Moors from the Iberian Peninsula, Málaga Cathedral (Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga) is one of the city’s top historic landmarks. Designed by architect Diego de Siloé, the cathedral is a unique combination of Gothic, Renaissance, and baroque styles.More
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Plaza de la Merced

Plaza de la Merced

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Picasso’s birthplace is located on the elegant Plaza de la Merced barely 200 yards (180 m) from the awesome Museo Picasso Malaga, which holds over 150 of his artworks. Standing at the end of Calle Alcazabilla, the sweeping square is dominated by an obelisk honoring General Torrijos, an aristocratic revolutionary who fought against French invasion of Spain and was publically executed here for his pains in 1831.This bourgeois, tree-fringed piazza was once site of Málaga’s main produce market and is today lined with smart, shuttered and balconied townhouses, cafés and top-end restaurants. It lies at the very heart of the city and each night locals gather here to promenade and chat in the tapas bars. The last Sunday of the month sees Málaga’s main craft market held in the square, where local delicacies such as Serrano ham and tortilla are also on sale.Perhaps surprisingly there is only a rather low-key statue dedicated to the world’s most famous artist in one corner of the square, but Picasso’s house is given over to the Museo Casa Natal (Picasso Birthplace Museum), which has three rooms on the first floor given over to his ceramics and drawings. The five-story mansion is also headquarters to the Fundación Picasso, which holds thousands of paintings, sculptures and drawings by Picasso and his contemporaries.More
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Málaga Roman Theatre (Teatro Romano de Málaga)

Málaga Roman Theatre (Teatro Romano de Málaga)

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The oldest monument in Málaga, the Roman Theatre (Teatro Romano de Málaga) was built in the first Roman emperor Augustus’ reign. The amphitheater was unearthed as part of a civic building project in the 1950s and has since been excavated and restored.More
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Gibralfaro Castle (Castillo de Gibralfaro)

Gibralfaro Castle (Castillo de Gibralfaro)

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Perched high up on Mont Gibralfaro, Castillo de Gibralfaro offers commanding views of the city of Malaga and the Mediterranean Sea. Originally built by the Moors in the 10th century, the castle is one of Malaga’s best-known sights and is featured on the city’s flag.More

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Top activities in Malaga

Caminito del Rey Tour Direct From Malaga
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Seville Day Trip With Cathedral Entrance Direct from Malaga
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Malaga Tapas and Wine Tour

Malaga Tapas and Wine Tour

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Arabian Baths Experience at Malaga’s Hammam Al Andalus
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Caminito del Rey tour from Malaga with Picnic (small group)
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Ronda & Setenil from the Costa del Sol
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Ronda Gorge Buggy Trip

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Malaga Tapas Walking Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Malaga

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Great 2 hours
Raluca_P, Jul 2021
The Best of Malaga in 2 Hours on a Segway
He also made suggestions on places to eat and to visit, even around Malaga.
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Best ever guide
John_O, Jul 2021
Best of Málaga tour
His English was excellent, as was his depth of knowledge and story telling skills about the history of Malaga.
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Great experience
Nessa_Q, Mar 2020
Rent a City Bike: Full Day 24 hours
A great way to see the highlights.
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Fun and informative
val, Feb 2020
2h E-bike Malaga tour
Great way to get around Malaga and to see the sights.
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Give this a try
Bruce_B, Nov 2019
Private Tour in Malaga.Electric Car Tour and visit to Gibralfaro Castle
The cars were a fun way to see a part of Malaga-the walking tour was interesting, informative, and fun Give this excursion a try
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Best way to tour Malaga!
patcanputt, Nov 2019
Rent a City Bike: Full Day 24 hours
Great way to see Malaga!
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Malaga, Spain
JudithS_G, Aug 2018
Malaga Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Malaga Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Having gone to Malaga before, we expected to see some of the sites we visited before.
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Really enjoyed the hop-On and...
bill_hk_88, May 2017
Malaga Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Malaga Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Great way to see Malaga for the first time.
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This was a great way to see the...
Laurie G, Jul 2017
2h E-bike Malaga tour
This was a great way to see the major sights of Malaga!
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It was a great experience to get on...
Stephen_S, Oct 2017
City Sightseeing Malaga Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
A must if you want to see most sites in Malaga, though most of them are centralized and you can walk exception, the Castle
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The trip to Gibraltar took 3 hours...
Juris I, Sep 2017
Gibraltar Express: Sightseeing Full Day Tour from Malaga
No stop to visit guest room.
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A fantastic way to see Malaga. If...
Thomas M, Oct 2017
City Sightseeing Malaga Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
A fantastic way to see Malaga.
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very nice tour, I was surprised that...
Krasimir C, Apr 2017
Gibraltar Express: Sightseeing Full Day Tour from Malaga
We had English breakfast and it rained a bit.
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Alejandro was an excellent host...
Nicole W, May 2017
Malaga Tapas and Wine Tour
Spoke great English and was very knowledgeable on the places to eat and the history of Malaga.
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Our guide was so good. We spent...
Julie H, Jan 2017
Malaga Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Tour
He took great care to translate into English for us.
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This tour was fantastic and fun...
Valerie S, May 2016
Malaga Tapas and Wine Tour
Great food, great wine and a little bit of history plus Elena recommended other places to see and visit in center Malaga.
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Our tour guide, Tim, was brilliant...
Brian A, Jul 2017
Rent a City Bike: Full Day 24 hours
Biking Malaga was one of the best ways to see it, and it was effortless.
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A great day to see areas east of...
Monica R, Mar 2014
Frigiliana and Nerja Tour from Costa del Sol
A great day to see areas east of Malaga!
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Overall very good. Only one real...
Kenneth R, Jan 2008
Gibraltar Sightseeing Day Trip from Costa del Sol
Only one real problem though, when I rang the office in Malaga to confirm the pick up arrangements no one could speak English.
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Simply amazing!
thestonelayer, Feb 2020
Cordoba Full Day Trip with Mosque Direct Entry from Malaga
Our English speaking guide was dynamic and had a good sense of humour.

All about Malaga

When to visit

Malaga loves a good party. Annual highlights include the carnival celebrations in February; the Holy Week parades in April; and the annual Malaga Fair in August, which energizes the city with fairgrounds, light displays, and live music. If you're visiting during summer, book ahead and be prepared to share the beaches with plenty of other sun-worshippers.

A local’s pocket guide to Malaga

Monica Nunez

Barcelona-based Monica loves Malaga. Find her in Soho having tapas and beers, or chowing down on fresh fish by La Malagueta beach.

The first thing you should do in Malaga is...

get lost in the city center, admire the top monuments, and enjoy a cold drink on a streetside patio.

A perfect Saturday in Malaga...

starts with street art in the Soho neighborhood, a visit to the Picasso museum, and drinks on La Alcazaba rooftop. Finish your day with dinner at El Pimpi, accompanied by sweet wine.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

visiting the Pompidou museum and having lunch nearby.

To discover the "real" Malaga...

sample some “pescaíto frito” (fried fish) and a Cruzcampo beer at one of the city’s many streetside bars or cafés.

For the best view of the city...

go to the AC Hotel rooftop—it has an amazing view of the cathedral, castle, and sea. Having a cocktail or a glass of wine while you admire the city is a must.

One thing people get wrong...

is spending most of their time on the Costa del Sol and not much time in the city. Malaga has a lot to offer including good museums and nice restaurants.

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