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Málaga

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Malaga: Sunset Catamaran Trip with Glass of Cava

1. Malaga: Sunset Catamaran Trip with Glass of Cava

The most beautiful scenery that you can contemplate at sea is, without a doubt, the sunset. Each one is beautiful and unique, and it is a privilege to be able to contemplate it from the sea. The Mundo Marino sailing catamaran takes you out to sea, where you can enjoy the romantic and exciting moment when the sun slowly disappears behind the mountains, listening to chill out music with a glass of champagne in your hands.

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From Malaga: Caminito del Rey Full-Day Tour

2. From Malaga: Caminito del Rey Full-Day Tour

Have an adventure along the El Caminito del Rey and walk 100 meters above the Guadalhorce River. Discover the Conde de Guadalhorce Dam, Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Canyon, and Guadalhorce River's history and importance to El Caminito del Rey. Meet your guide and board your bus for a ride towards Conde de Guadalhorce Dam. Begin your walking tour and learn how the dam is Malaga's main water reserve. Hear about the history of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes and how the canyon was carved by the Guadalhorce River from your guide. Prepare to test your nerves on a high-up adventure along El Caminito del Rey. Follow the path which is about 3 kilometers long and less than 1 meter wide, hanging 100 meters above the Guadalhorce River. See the construction of a water channel from the reservoirs in the north to El Chorro and how the pathway was built for maintaining the channel. The path is known as El Caminito del Rey (the little pathway of the king) because it was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII.

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Museo Picasso Málaga: Ticket & Audioguide

3. Museo Picasso Málaga: Ticket & Audioguide

The Museo Picasso Málaga was created in response to the artist's desire for his work to be exhibited in the city of his birth in 1881. Its realization is thanks to the combined efforts of the artist´s daughter-in-law and grandson, whose donations provide the body of the art collection, and Junta de Andalucía, who arranged an ambitious project devoted to the artist. Located in the Palacio de Buenavista, declared a National Monument in 1939, the Museo Picasso Málaga opened in the heart of Málaga in 2003. The building boasts a harmonic mix of Renaissance and Mudéjar elements and serene contemporary lines. Phoenician, Roman, and Arabic ruins can be found on the underground floor. This ticket provides access to the permanent collection or the temporary exhibition. The permanent collection contains examples of Picasso's revolutionary innovations. See paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, and graphic work, from his first academic studies to his personal Neoclassical perspective, from the overlapping forms of Cubism to his experiments in ceramics, and from his interpretation of the Old Masters to his last paintings of the 1970s. Purchase a combined ticket and you will also get access to the museum’s temporary exhibitions. The temporary exhibitions change on a regular basis.  Break for a snack in the garden café of the Palacio de Buenavista, a perfect place to end your visit with an appetizer, lunch, or a drink in one of the nicest spots in Málaga. The upcoming temporary exhibitions are : The Paris of Brassaï. Photographs of the City Picasso Loved: October 2021-April 2022

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Malaga: Hop-on Hop-off Bus & Experience Card Options

4. Malaga: Hop-on Hop-off Bus & Experience Card Options

Malaga boasts pretty streets, leafy boulevards, and lush gardens. See the major attractions of this lovely city with a 24 or 48-hour ticket for a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With the aid of the tour’s onboard multilingual audio commentary, learn why the Malaga Cathedral is called La Manquita – the one-armed lady! Also, hear all about the old palace fortress and its 2 rings of walls. On the open-top double-decker bus, enjoy panoramic views of the city as well. You can visit the Alcazaba, where you’ll find a museum and pleasant gardens along with breathtaking views. While in the vicinity, stop by Castillo de Gibralfaro for a look at the ramparts and more spectacular views. You may want to see the ancient Teatro Romano and the reconstruction work that’s underway. Don’t forget the Picasso Museum, another important attraction in the city of his birth. Also enjoy free access to the Interactive Museum of Music, when appropriate ticket selected, where you can tap into your musical prowess, and try your hand at a variety of instruments. Tour stops Red Line: 1. Renfe / Vialia Train Station 2. Centro de Arte 3. Puerto Alborania Museum 4. Plaza de la Marina Main street 5. Paseo del Parque Auditorio 6. Centro Pompidou Málaga 7. Paseo de la Farola La Lighthouse 8. Playa de la Malagueta Beach la Malagueta 9. Plaza de Toros Bull Ring 10. Castillo de Gibralfaro Castle 11. Basílica de Sta. María de la Victoria Church 12. Plaza de la Merced 13. Museo Carmen Thyssen 14. Avenida Andalucía If you opt for the Malaga Experience Card or Premium Malaga Experience Card, then there's a whole host of other treats you'll receive on your Malaga adventure, including entry at some of the city's best attractions, including the Picasso Museum, and many more. 24hr Hop on Hop off + MiMMA Ticket inclusions: 24hr Hop on Hop off. Entry to the Malaga Interactive Music Museum. Malaga Experience 24hr Ticket Inclusions: 24hr Hop on Hop off Bus tourBoat TripEntry to Museo MiMMA (Interactive Music Museum)Entry to Museo Casa Natal de PicassoEntry to Museo ThyssenEntry to Museo PicassoEntry to Automobile and Fashion MuseumEntry to Museum Revello de Toro Malaga Premium Experience Ticket Inclusions: 24hr or 48hr Hop on Hop off tour (depending on option selected at time of booking)Includes the same 6 museums as the Malaga Experience CardEntry to Museo RusoEntry to Museo PompidouFree drink (venue subject to change and times or free drink may vary)Admission to the Cueva del Tesoro in Rincon de la VictoriaBoat trip** is included on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  **Note: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, instead of a boat trip, a flamenco show is included.

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Hammam in Malaga: Bath and Relaxing Massage

5. Hammam in Malaga: Bath and Relaxing Massage

Enjoy a traditional Arab bath at the Hammam Al Andalus in Malaga, and experience the incredibly relaxing feeling of temperature contrasts as you take a dip into hot, warm, and cold baths. Have a purifying sweat in the steam room and relax with a cup of green mint tea in the lounge. Feel free to alternate between the baths and steam rooms, and the lounge area where you can listen to relaxing Andalusian music and sip your mint tea in peace. Your day in this traditional bath also includes a relaxing massage with aromatic essential oils that you can pick out yourself. There are 15-minute or 30-minute options available for the massage.

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Malaga: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

6. Malaga: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

Embark on an electric tuk-tuk tour of Malaga and discover some of the main highlights of the city. Enjoy the perfect introduction to Malaga as your guide recommends places to visit during your stay. Admire the exterior of some of Malaga's most iconic landmarks including the Gibralfaro Castle, the Alcazaba, and the Pompidou Museum. Ride through La Malagueta Beach, the Contemporary Art Centre, and Marina Square. See the Port of Malaga, the Bank of Spain, and La Malagueta bullring. Explore the streets of Malaga, ride through Merced Square, and pass by the Picasso Museum.

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Málaga: Roman Theatre and Alcazaba Guided Tour

7. Málaga: Roman Theatre and Alcazaba Guided Tour

Journey through time on a guided tour of the Roman Theater (Teatro Romano) and Alcazaba in Málaga. Travel back to the days of Augustus, considered the 1st emperor of the Roman Empire from 27 BC until his death in AD 14. Situated in the cultural heart of Málaga, the ruins lie at the foot of the Alcazaba and is the oldest monument in the city. Learn the history of the theater before moving on to the best-preserved alcazaba in Spain. Enter the historic citadel to climb the walls and cross the former chapel of the Puerta del Arco de Cristo. Discover the beautiful Patio de Armas and get amazing views of the city from the top of the hill. Hear what the building was used for and how it evolved over time, following the 15th-century Siege of Málaga during the Reconquista and beyond. Marvel at the vistas of the Fortaleza de Gibralfaro, built in the 14th century to house the troops and protect the Alcazaba from attack.

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Full Day Gibraltar Sightseeing Tour

8. Full Day Gibraltar Sightseeing Tour

Your minibus will pick you up from Torremolinos, Marbella or Estepona and we will drive you to Costa del Sol. Once in Gibraltar, our minibus will take us to all the major sights, including Punta Europa and Las Cuevas de San Miguel. Punta Europa, on the edge of the rock, has a lighthouse and stunning views of the African mountains, just across the water. Cuevas de San Miguel has more of an edge. Though now a major tourist attraction, it was once a refuge for soldiers during wars and a secret passageway for those looking to escape. After the tour, we will give you the time to explore the shopping district of Calle Real and surrounding areas.

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Malaga: Traditional Flamenco Show in Tablao Los Amayas

9. Malaga: Traditional Flamenco Show in Tablao Los Amayas

Enjoy an authentic live flamenco show in the capital of the Costa del Sol. For 70 minutes, immerse yourself in the unique sensations of this artform, recognized by UNESCO as Cultural and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2010. Experience flamenco in a 19th-century palace with luminous decoration and adapted to the new times, with a capacity for just 80 people. Sit in typical Andalusian chairs in the form of an amphitheater around the stage, making the show intimate, close, and direct. Complement your experience with a traditional tapas dinner.

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From Costa del Sol & Malaga: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour

10. From Costa del Sol & Malaga: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour

Begin your day with a pickup and travel to Ardales. Make a stop at the Venta El Cruce, which is a local restaurant with plenty of typical local products and delicacies. Return to the coach and continue until you reach the northern access point of the Caminito del Rey. Walk through a small long tunnel to reach the natural paths that lead to the entrance checkpoint of the gorges. Receive a helmet and listen to the safety instructions. Your guide will join you and explain to you what you will find during the trek and give you many hints about the history of this peculiar construction.  The Gorge, called Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, is a natural pass across the hills that separate the Malaga coastline from the inlands. The River Guadalhorce flows at the bottom of the gorges, after having passed through the reservoirs. El Chorro means the Spurt and your guide will explain why.  El Caminito de Rey, after many year of total abandonment, is now a rebuilt path that stretches between two gorges or canyons and a large valley. It is safe and comfortable to walk as most of the path is flat or downhill. The route goes in one direction downhill from the north to the south. The bus will be waiting at the exit point. Once the group is on board the coach, you will return to the Costa del Sol and be dropped off at your pickup point.

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Frequently asked questions about Málaga

What top attractions are a must-see in Málaga?

Planning Your Visit

  • How long do I need?

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

  • How do I get there?

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

  • Do I need a car?

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

  • What should I bring back?

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

Good to know

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

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What people are saying about Málaga

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 14,188 reviews

Maria is a passionate and knowledgeable guide who provided good insights about the history of the Roman theatre and Alcazaba. Provided good illustration of what Alcazaba used to look like before it was refurbished. Highly recommended!!

Really great way to see around Malaga and get familiar with the city. Our guide was very informative. We did the 1.5hr tour. We had a 6 year old with us so this was an ideal to do a tour of the city.

Havier was an excellent guide who interacts well with my family and tour mates. Went to a few restaurant to try out the wine and tapas. Wonderful introduction to beautiful town of Malaga.

Tuk Tuk with Eduardo was great! We loved seeing the local sights and learning about some of Malaga's history. definitely a great way to start a week around the area!

Beautiful cars and i love the display of dresses from the same era! Very well thought of and great learning!