Things to do in

Málaga

Come for the sun — stay for the boho art scene, hidden panoramic views, and authentic andaluz tapas.

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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.

Frequently asked questions about 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 12,076 reviews

Everything was perfect and as beginners we had a lot of fun on this E-Bike tour. Our guide Florian, a German who has been living in Málaga for many years, was super friendly, considerate and knowledgeable about the area. He guided as safely with a lot of fun, took some pictures of us and we really enjoyed the conversations as well. Will ride again with him on our next trip and can highly recommend.

This was such a lovely and calming experience. You get to enjoy 3 different baths at 3 different temperatures, a sauna and a cup of tea. Perfect for relaxation. The staff is nice and helpful and you get towels and a locker for your belongings.

Well organised and the bbq very enjoyable. We went with our daughter who lives in Malaga and we have not seen for 19 months due to covid.It was making a memory of special family time together. Definitely glad we choose this activity.

Nice and caring and educating guide Alex, skilled driver Antonio. They made our day. Lot of information. Place is fantastic. Fascinating views of nature's power and beauty. Me my daughter and my grandson are very pleased.

It’s definitely worth the price, amazing experience. The entire tour was fun, the swimming and jumping was the best. It’s worth to pay the extra price for the swimming experience. The crew is very nice and fun.