Malaga Historic Centre

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Malaga Historic Centre showing a city, shopping and street scenes

Explore the city’s historic center to see palace fortresses, a leafy promenade and the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.

Malaga’s historic center, with its monuments and winding streets, is an inviting place for a leisurely stroll. In this small pocket of the city, Malaga’s rich history becomes touchable. Buy an espresso and a handful of Spanish churros (sweet deep-fried pastries) from a street stall and set out exploring. You’ll see ancient Roman, Moorish and Andalusian Christian relics all within a few city blocks.

Follow the curving waterfront paths past the exotic plants and trees of the central communal space called Paseo del Parque. This promenade-turned-park is also the Old Town’s major transport hub and metro buses frequent the long promenade. Rising up from the east end of the park is the impressive Plaza de Toros, Malaga’s historic bullring, which is still in use today.

Leave the park at its northern end to reach the regal fortress, Alcazaba. If you feel fit, walk the steep steps to the towering Gibralfaro Castle to be rewarded with a magnificent view across the city and the Alboran Sea. There are also taxis and buses that drive to the top of the mountain, so there is no need to work up a sweat.

Wandering back down the hill, stop by the Malaga Ampitheatre near the entrance of Alcazaba. This ancient amphitheater dates back to the first century B.C. and is the city’s oldest monument. From here, follow the winding streets west, to see the Renaissance-style Malaga Cathedral.

Finish off your exploration with a Spanish sherry or a spicy sangria and watch the sun set over the terra-cotta tiled roofs of Malaga city.

At night, visit the heart of the Old Town where a lively dining scene unfolds. The narrow, curving one-way streets are dotted with restaurant terraces. Let the charming waiters tempt you to take a seat and order some Andalusian seafood dishes. Until late at night the tapas, paella and fried fish are being brought out to hungry visitors with typical Spanish flair.

The pedestrian-friendly Old Town is best explored on foot but is also serviced by Malaga’s affordable metro buses.

Where to stay in Malaga Historic Centre

AC Hotel Málaga Palacio by Marriott
AC Hotel Málaga Palacio by Marriott
4 out of 5
Cortina Del Muelle 1, Málaga, Malaga, 29015
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The price is $131 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
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Only YOU Hotel Malaga
Only YOU Hotel Malaga
5 out of 5
Alameda Principal, 1, Málaga, Málaga, 29001
The price is $164 per night from May 22 to May 23
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4.8/5 Exceptional! (74 reviews)
"Excellent position. Pool area lovely but very small"

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

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Palacio Solecio, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World
Palacio Solecio, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World
4 out of 5
Calle Granada 61, Málaga, Málaga, 29015
The price is $206 per night from May 22 to May 23
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4.8/5 Exceptional! (188 reviews)
"Stunning hotel. Top quality in every way and with a great staff. The junior suite was excellent."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Palacio Solecio, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World
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Aparthotel Spa del Palacete
Aparthotel Spa del Palacete
4 out of 5
Calle Pozos Dulces 11, Málaga, Málaga, 29007
The price is $96 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 4-star spa apartment in Málaga. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite spa services, and an airport shuttle. Popular attractions Port of Malaga and Málaga Cathedral ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (49 reviews)
A great apartment
"Apartment was lovely, so clean and set up with some complimentary drinks! The lady on reception was very polite and helpful. We got to check in early ( free of charge) which was very handy! Location is perfect, so close to everything. Will definitely stay here when we return to Malaga. Highly recommend ..."

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2022

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Atenea Malaga Apartments
Atenea Malaga Apartments
4 out of 5
Calle Pozos Dulces 13, Málaga, Málaga, 29008
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Málaga. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Port of Malaga and Málaga Cathedral ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Nice and clean
"Nice clean room and good spacious living/kitchen space"

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2022

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El Museo Living & Experience Club Apartments
El Museo Living & Experience Club Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Calle Madre de Dios 11, Calle Alamos 37, Málaga, 29012
The price is $98 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Málaga. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping, and a library. Popular attractions Port of Malaga and Málaga Cathedral are located ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (24 reviews)
"Amazing place to stay for the location and amenities. Staffs were very nice. Apartment was very clean."

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

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