Things to do in
Málaga

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Malaga: Sunset Catamaran Trip with Glass of Cava

1. Malaga: Sunset Catamaran Trip with Glass of Cava

Sail out to sea on a relaxing catamaran ride and take in the views of Malaga's coastline, while the sun slowly disappears behind the mountains. Listen to chill-out music with a glass of wine in hand. 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.

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

2. 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. Make a stop at the Venta El Cruce, a local restaurant offering plenty of typical local products and delicacies that you can buy at your own expense. 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 get an insight into the history of this peculiar construction from your guide. 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. El Chorro means the spurt and your guide will explain why.  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.

From Málaga: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour with Bus

3. 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.

From Málaga: Caminito del Rey Full-Day Tour

4. 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.

Museo Picasso Málaga: Ticket & Audioguide

5. 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 : Face to face. Picasso and the Old Masters. From April 1 to June 26 (except April 19). Paula Rego. From April 27 to August 21.

Hammam in Malaga: Bath and Relaxing Massage

6. 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.

Malaga: Catamaran Trip with Optional Stop for Swimming

7. Malaga: Catamaran Trip with Optional Stop for Swimming

Enjoy the panoramic view of Malaga from the sea while relaxing on a 24-meter catamaran. Sunbathe in the nets in the bow area or rest in one of the shaded locations, all while enjoying drinks from the onboard bar service (not included). Choose between the 1-hour or 1.5-hour daytime cruises, with a stop for swimming.

Málaga: Sunset Catamaran Trip

8. 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.

Malaga: Pubs and Clubs Crawl

9. Malaga: Pubs and Clubs Crawl

Join your fun and knowledgeable party guide for a night out in Malaga. Take a circular route around the city center, stopping in at the best bars and clubs in town.  Join the pub/club crawl multiple times to take advantage of a changing itinerary. There's always a new spot to discover and many more people from all over the world to meet.  Make a total of four stops, starting with a mixture of relaxed, loud, classy, and grimy bars before ending with VIP skip-the-line entry to a fantastic nightclub. Enjoy a free drink at each stop and party your night away.

Malaga: Catamaran Sail with Swimming and BBQ Lunch

10. Malaga: Catamaran Sail with Swimming and BBQ Lunch

Set sail aboard a catamaran with a crew at hand and embark on a journey of relaxation. Travel seated or lying on the mesh net while you admire the coastline of Malaga on board this spacious catamaran. Take multiple stops during the trip to experience the blue tranquil waters, away from the crowded beaches. Marvel at the Mediterranean landscape while you chill in the sun or shade. Savor a meat BBQ on board, accompanied by mixed salad, fruits, and bread before heading back to the port.

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 14,854 reviews

This private taxi and private tour was the best! Our driver (Jose) tailored our drive to our interests (lookout point [Placeta de S. Nicolás] and great espresso) and allotted time for us to visit city center. Bring a taxi allowed us to enter otherwise restricted areas. Our tour guide (Jose Francisco)of the Alhambra was extremely knowledgeable (everyone of my many questions was answered) and accommodating to our interests. He allowed some decisions for our itinerary. I take a lot of photos (used 2 batteries) and Jose showed us where to get the best shots. This tour is expensive but worth every penny. It was the highlight of our visit.

A must do when visiting Malaga! Booking thru GetYourGuide was great for us, easy meeting point in town, coach pickup, coffee stop on way, great guide Anna on coach, entrance included and guide Carlos was superb. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and got so much information about it all with the guided tour. Lots of fantastic photo opportunities not rushed at all. Loved it !

Good experience, would recommend. The bus arrived on time, Alex was very entertaining and gave us an overview of Cominito Del Ray on the way there. The walk was gorgeous and not very difficult regardless of your fitness. There were some drinks stalls at the end and we didn’t need to wait long for the bus back. Fantastic day out!

Lovely evening trip, we had good weather for it. Hour and half out at sea with a sparkling drink, not too busy on boat. Crew very pleasant seeing you onto boat and serving drinks. Something different to do, easy and worth booking online, can get a discount code too!

Jose was fabulous! Great walk with nest information and delicious nibbles. Highly recommend.