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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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- 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
It was a great experience! The place is easy to get to from Malaga, approximately 45-50 minutes drive from where I was staying. Meeting the tour guide was very easy. In terms of the tour itself it was very beautiful (in fact more beautiful than I expected) very lovely views and spectacular colours. The hike wasn't as scary as I thought it would be... but it's just my personal opinion. It's definitely worth doing though. I wasn't disappointed at all. All in all, a very good experience worth doing if you have time and don't mind spending 20€ or more.
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!
Excellent experience - Elias was very friendly professional and patient. We liked the first trip so much that we took another! The castle is great and a nice wooded track to reach it, and the beach boardwalk in the sun was beautiful!
Amazing place, safety measures are good too. Guide Jorge was good guide and good person. After tour he offered me to take to the train station in Álora for free, so I returned to Malaga much faster. Thank You
Everything was excellent. It is almost a must do on a bucket list! Only one thing missing, the contact mobile number of our guide in case of delays while trying to find a parking space.