Things to do in Málaga

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Our most recommended things to do in Málaga

From Málaga: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour with Bus

1. From Málaga: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour with Bus

Hike Caminito del Rey, a suspended walkway surrounded by a scenic landscape, with a guide on a trip from Málaga. Along the route, learn the real story behind the construction of this great work of engineering. Hop aboard a bus from Málaga and travel to Ardales. Receive a safety briefing from your guide and strap on your helmets. Start the one-way hike of Caminito del Rey at the North access and make your way to the South access. Pass by mountains that emerged millions of years ago and vertical canyons born by the force of the Guadalhorce River. Listen to stories of adventurers and climbers. Hear about the visit of one of the most powerful men in the history of Spain, King Alfonso XIII. The trail has a length of 4.8 miles (7.7 kilometers) but is a simple walk, especially with your guide keeping you company. At the end of the trail, return to your bus and be driven back to Málaga.

Malaga: Sunset Sailing Catamaran Trip with Glass of Cava

2. Malaga: Sunset Sailing Catamaran Trip with Glass of Cava

Sail out to sea on a relaxing catamaran cruise and take in the views of Malaga's dynamic coastline, while the sun slowly disappears behind the mountains. Listen to chill-out music with a glass of traditional Spanish Cava wine in hand. Choose between a tour with or without a light show. Hop aboard a spacious catamaran in Málaga and begin your sailing adventure. Admire the Alboran Sea at sunset as you glide across the waves. Take in the views of Malaga's skyline as the lights come on. Enhance your experience with a glass of cava as you share this moment with someone you love. Add a touch of magic to your evening with the option to include a romantic light show and music while you drift over the tranquil waters of the Mediterranean. Return to your starting point at the end of your cruise.

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 containing examples of Picasso's revolutionary innovations. See paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, and graphic work, from his first academic studies to his personal Neoclassical perspective. Admire Picasso's overlapping Cubist forms, his experiments in ceramics, his interpretations of the Old Masters, and his last paintings from the 1970s. 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.

Malaga: Hammam Al Ándalus Entry Ticket with Massage

4. Malaga: Hammam Al Ándalus Entry Ticket with 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.

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

5. From Costa del Sol & Málaga: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour

Prepare for a day of adventure as you walk the Caminito del Rey along the walls of the El Chorro gorge in Málaga. Follow a guide on a safe trail leading to the footbridge that runs through the Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes. Begin your day with a pickup from one of the many spots in Málaga and travel to Ardales. You will make a short stop in Ardales, a white village, so you can purchase breakfast in a this local area before to start the activity. Return to the bus 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. Then, receive a helmet and listen to the safety instructions. Learn what to expect during the trek and the guide will accompany you at the end of the group to answer your questions along the way while you enjoy the experience. Pass by the Gorge of the Gaitanes, a natural pass across the hills that separates the Malaga coastline from the islands with the River Guadalhorce flowing at the bottom. Embark on a safe and comfortable walk surrounded by breathtaking scenery. El Caminito del Rey, after many years of total abandonment, is now a rebuilt path that stretches between 2 gorges and a large valley. After finishing the downhill trail from north to south, reach the exit point where your bus awaits. Once the group is on board the bus, return to Costa del Sol and be dropped off at your pickup point.

Málaga: Alcazaba and Roman Theatre Guided Tour With Entry

6. Málaga: Alcazaba and Roman Theatre Guided Tour With Entry

The Alcazaba of Málaga is one of the most beautiful attractions that you can visit while you are here in the city. Come and visit this stunning Muslim Palace by exploring its fortress, gardens and decorated backyards. Learn about its art, history, architecture and discover its hidden legends and curiosities that make this place so special. Finally, you will find out how the Christians conquered the Alcazaba and Málaga while admiring one of the most beautiful views of the city that will leave you speechless!

Málaga: Sunset Catamaran Trip

7. Málaga: Sunset Catamaran Trip

Sail in Malaga on a QUATTRO catamaran. A unique nautical experience at sunset to see the skyline of the city of Malaga from the sea. Board the catamaran, and depart from the port of Malaga. Cruise along the Mediterranean Sea and see Malaga at sunset while listening to chillout music. The catamaran has an extensive bar and unbeatable music equipment so that you can enjoy this activity like never before. Inside the ship, there is a bar service and bathrooms.

From Malaga and Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Tour

8. From Malaga and Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Tour

Your tour will begin as you meet your bus in the center of Málaga, near el Corte Inglés, or elsewhere along the Costa del Sol. From there you will take a coach to Gibraltar, traveling in air-conditioned comfort complete with reclining seats, WiFi, and USB ports. Throughout the journey, your guide will provide you with information about interesting things to do and see once having arrived at Gibraltar. Once having passed through customs, your coach will drive inside Gibraltar before stopping in the city center to park for free time. If you booked the full nature reserve rock tour option, enjoy a panoramic tour of Gibraltar, visiting places such as the Strait of Gibraltar, and access to the interior of the St. Michel Caves. You will also be able to see Barbary macaques at the Apes Den. After the panoramic tour, enjoy free time for lunch and explore the area for its shopping and hotspots like Main Street, Casemates Square, Marina Bay, or the Mediterranean Steps. Your bus will return in the afternoon, leaving Gibraltar at 3:30 PM.

Malaga: El Gallo Ronco Flamenco Show Admission Ticket

9. Malaga: El Gallo Ronco Flamenco Show Admission Ticket

Experience the unique atmosphere of dancers, guitarists, and vocalists with this intimate flamenco performance at El Gallo Ronco Flamenco in Malaga. Savor a mouth-watering tapas and a refreshing drink with your ticket.  Show your ticket at the door and enter a charming space with a traditional and cozy atmosphere. Take your seat around the tablao dancing platform and get lost in brightly colored costumes as they flow elegantly with the dancer's emotive movements.   Feel the full force of their graceful movements paired along with the tantalizing Spanish guitar strumming. Be moved by the guttural vocals as they bring this traditional artform to life. 

From Málaga: Caminito del Rey Full-Day Tour

10. From Málaga: 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 Málaga'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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What people are saying about Málaga

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 19,156 reviews

This was the highlight of our two weeks in Spain. The scenery is just….breathtaking! I have struggled with some fear of heights, and was naturally a little nervous about this hike-but the payoff was well worth any fear. The hike was not terribly taxing, there were a few strenuous spots-but it was mostly flat with some gentle inclines and some more challenging stairs at the end. All in all-this was a truly wondrous day

It was a very memorable trip to Gibraltar. We really got to explore the rock and all its attractions. The guide was also very kind and helpful and we learned a lot from him about Gibraltar and its history. We also had some free time to shop and explore, which was very useful. Overall a wonderful experience with some amazing views.

Super nice!! The boat is lovely, the staff are really friendly and the value for money is outrageous would definitely have paid double this! Definitely recommend

Great organization, really nice tour guide (Ana) and the driver. ;) Big Joe from tour to the Rock was also AMAZING (and extremely funny!). Love it!

The experience was very good. The guide started on time and the explanations during the visit were excellent