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Top attractions in Málaga

The 10 top places to visit in Malaga

A visit to Malaga combines a sunshine coastline with stylish city living. Enjoy the quirky museums and boutiques, beautiful buildings, and laid-back lifestyle the Spanish are famous for. Not sure where to start? Check out our list of what to see.

  • Malaga Cathedral

    1. Malaga Cathedral

    No tour in Spain is complete without exploring the Roman Catholic religion that underpins its culture. Malaga Cathedral offers breathtakingly ornate stonework, inside and out.

  • Alcazaba

    2. Alcazaba

    Now this is history! An Arabic defensive castle with fabulous views over the city and the harbor - the perfect place to practice that panoramic photography setting on your phone.

  • Picasso Museum

    3. Picasso Museum

    Never mind the building, which seamlessly combines history and modern architecture, the exhibits inside are amazing examples of this great artist's work, in the city where he was born.

  • Costa del Sol

    4. Costa del Sol

    When your feet need a break, head to this famous sunshine coast, grab a sun lounger and relax. Sandy beaches and the weather are the real draw. Arrive early for a quieter visit.

  • 5. Castillo de Gibalfaro

    Head up to this fortress in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid a very hot climb (or stop halfway for a refreshing sangria!). Not for those with difficulty walking.

  • 6. Fundacion Picasso

    Real enthusiasts will want to check out this archive of all things Picasso, including documents, art collections, and plenty of detailed information on the father of Cubism.

  • 7. Tivoli World

    Find all the fun of the fair here, including classic rides and loads for kids to do. A family wristband offers the best value and refreshments are reasonably priced.

  • 8. Guadalhorce River Estuary

    A birdwatching paradise, the fabulous views also make this a great place for amateur photographers to enjoy Malaga. Easy to access by car, or the No.10 bus from central Malaga.

  • 9. Sea Life Aquarium Benalmádena

    Sharks, unusual sea-life and colorful coral will amaze kids for at least half a day. Ask the knowledgable staff about the animals for extra value on your 9.95€ online ticket.

  • 10. Museo de Malaga

    Culture vultures and history buffs get your fix at the Museum de Malaga, where exhibits are split into two categories – fine art and archeology. The museum is closed on Mondays.

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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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 15,502 reviews

We, a family of 4 with 2 girls of 13 and 10, visited the Alhambra in early January on a slightly wet and very cold day. Despite the weather it was a truly memorable experience. The monument lived up to all the reviews we had read, beautiful gardens of Generalife and stunning Nasrid Palaces and almost no other visitors at that time! My only complaint was the price I paid. I booked through Get Your Guide and paid €115 for 4 tickets with audio guide. I knew I was paying almost as much as a guided tour but with 2 young children I did not want to be tied to a 3-hour tour. When we arrived we discovered there were hardly any visitors and plenty of tickets available on the door at a cost of €14.75 for adults and free for children under 12! I understand there are admin costs but being charged almost 300% when tickets were fully available at face value left a very bad taste. I am still glad we went but hate being left with the feeling of having been ripped off.

We were so lucky to have Ana Diaz as our guide for the Alhambra tour. Such a lovely and knowledgeable lady who made everything very interesting. We had a problem ( our fault,) by forgetting our passports (we had ID but you need something with a photo on it) and had to go back to the apartment in a taxi. Ana worked out when she and the rest of the group would be and told us to get a taxi to there. It worked out brilliantly thanks to her thoughtfulness and kindness.

The guide (Vanessa) was very nice and explained everything very well. She was also upbeat and enthusiastic about what she does, which makes it way more fun. We had some issues getting in to some buildings because of new ID requirements and she was patient and very helpful. We appreciate it so much, and thumbs up also to the personnel at Alhambra for being very helpful as well.

About 3 hours of guided tour with a small group of 6 pple. The place is a must see in Granada. Ana was a great guide. I would have got lost without a guide! We did the tour at 10AM and there was not many tourists so there was no queue anywhere and made the tour very enjoyable. We were able to stay longer on the site after the tour to enjoy the views over the city.

Fantastic experience, 100% worth the price if not cheap for what it is!! Lovely attentive staff and beautiful views, if you want to purchase extra drinks on board they're reasonably priced too. Cash only though so make sure to bring some euros!