Málaga has all the folklore, energy and romance of a flamenco dance on a balmy night. Phoenician, Roman, Moorish and Christian empires all left their mark on this bustling metropolis, which is Spain’s sixth-largest city.

A walk along the winding streets of Málaga’s Old Town will take you past the palm tree-lined Paseo del Parque, the ancient ruins of the Málaga Amphitheatre and the monumental Málaga Cathedral. Visit the Moorish Alcazaba fortress from where you can follow a passageway up to the city’s landmark Gibralfaro Castle, with its views over the Alboran Sea towards Morocco.

This port city is sunny most of the year and summers can get hot in southern Spain, so don’t plan outdoor activities around noon. Have a siesta instead, followed by a lunch of adobo (fish marinated in wine), gazpacho (cold tomato soup) or pescaíto frito (fried fish).

As is the custom in Spain, dinner doesn’t start until late at night in Málaga so you’ll have plenty of sightseeing time to visit the city’s many cultural attractions. Among these is Picasso’s Birthplace (Casa Natal Picasso), in the Plaza de la Merced, and the nearby Picasso Museum Málaga.

More than 30 other local museums are dedicated to the arts and history and public shows are common too. In the late afternoon, "living" statues entertain the crowds in the main shopping street and squares. Festivals include the parades of the Semana Santa at Easter and the Feria de Málaga in August.

The province of Málaga is located on the Costa del Sol in Andalusia and the city gives access to more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of Mediterranean coastline with long, wide sandy beaches. You’re sure to find the ideal place to sunbathe, enjoy watersports or socialize in beach bars. Málaga International Airport has flights to all major European cities and high-speed trains connect Málaga with Madrid and Barcelona.

Málaga’s compact historic center is easy to explore on foot and metro buses stop at many major attractions.

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Dining, Shopping and Beaches

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Where to stay in Málaga

Centro
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Centro

Museums, Historical Buildings, Ports

A historic neighborhood, Centro offers a variety of options for cafés and bars. You can satisfy your cultural palate with the museums and cathedral.

La Malagueta
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La Malagueta

Beaches, Ports, Historical Buildings

La Malagueta is a historic, walkable neighborhood with convenient options for bars and restaurants. The neighborhood's charm comes through with its friendly people. Many visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the beaches.

El Puerto
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El Puerto

Bars, Ports, Friendly People

A welcoming neighborhood, El Puerto offers a variety of options for bars and restaurants. Other highlights include the local shopping and the natural splendor of the beaches.

Churriana
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Churriana

Friendly People, Beaches, Bars

Known for being walkable and secluded, Churriana is a welcoming neighborhood, offering convenient options for bars, cafés, and restaurants. Many visitors come for its beautiful outdoor settings, especially the beaches.

Carretera de Cadiz
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Carretera de Cadiz

Beaches, Friendly People, Budget

A welcoming neighborhood, Carretera de Cadiz is known for being walkable and relaxing, while offering convenient options for coffeehouses and bars. Other highlights include the local shopping and the natural splendor of the beaches.

Malaga-Este
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Malaga-Este

Sightseeing, Tours, Cocktails

Malaga-Este is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

Top Hotels in Málaga

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Gran Hotel Miramar
5 out of 5
Paseo Reding, 22, Málaga
$344/night
Jul 30 - Jul 31
4.8/5Exceptional! (455 reviews)

"The service was world class. The hotel was remarkable and really close to everything. All in all, it was a great experience and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking to visit Malaga."…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2019

Gran Hotel Miramar
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Holiday Inn Express Malaga Airport
3 out of 5
Avenida de Velazquez, 290, Málaga
$101/night
Jul 25 - Jul 26
3.7/5Good! (1,967 reviews)

"It's close to the airport but should not be called an Airport Hotel. It is a comfortable place but disappointed that they do not have an airport shuttle that runs back and forth to the airport. We had to walk to the hotel through some heavy traffic as the taxis were very expensive at a minimum of ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Holiday Inn Express Malaga Airport
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Barceló Malaga Hotel
4 out of 5
C/ Heroe de Sostoa 2, Málaga
$161/night
Jul 29 - Jul 30
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,713 reviews)

"Amenities near hotel were good.Right next to a main train station. Parking at hotel was great. It was busy on the roof at the pool but we did manage to get seats. Not beds. Paying extra for coffee and tea was a downside. Staff were very nice. Lifts were easy. Checkin and out was simples. Walk in ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Barceló Malaga Hotel

Popular things to do in Málaga

Málaga Cathedral
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Málaga Cathedral

The “One Armed Lady” and her ornate Baroque and Renaissance features has charmed locals for over 200 years.

Alcazaba
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Alcazaba

Explore the lavishly decorated residence of Moorish sultans and other rulers in this thousand-year-old fortress built on the remains of a Roman settlement.

Gibralfaro Castle
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Gibralfaro Castle

Malaga’s most famous landmark sits on top of a mountain and offers panoramic views of the city and the Alboran Sea, stretching all the way to Africa.

Picasso's Birthplace
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Picasso's Birthplace

Visit Malaga’s tribute to one of the most celebrated painters in the world in the very home where he was born over 130 years ago.

Malaga Amphitheatre
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Malaga Amphitheatre

Built by the Romans in the first century B.C., this amphitheatre is now open to the public after decades of careful restoration.

Port of Malaga
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Port of Malaga

One of Spain’s most popular cruise ports is a great place to experience the atmosphere and history of lively, welcoming Málaga.

Top activities in Málaga

Alhambra Small Group Guided Tour from Málaga & Costa del Sol
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Alhambra Small Group Guided Tour from Málaga & Costa del Sol

$135

Visit, with total comfort, the city of Granada and The Alhambra: one of the most important, most beautiful, and most historical sites in Europe. The Alhambra Palace is the most visited monument in Spain, built during the middle of the XIII Century and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Skip-the-Line Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour
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Skip-the-Line Alhambra & Generalife Guided Tour

$44

Visit the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens on a 3-hour tour. Explore and discover the 13th world wonder with a local, knowledgeable guide. Head deep into the Islamic culture of the jewel of Al Andalus in an endless discovery.

The Rock of Gibraltar Full-Day Excursion
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The Rock of Gibraltar Full-Day Excursion

$60

Discover the fascinating history of Gibraltar, where prehistoric findings, Ice Age caves, and Muslim legacy lie behind the later British settlement. This comprehensive tour of the city unravels facts from the jurisdiction's turbulent and impressive history, as well as the iconic Rock of Gibraltar.

Malaga Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Malaga Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$20

Explore the streets of Malaga—once home to Picasso—and peek at the scenes that inspired his cubism artistic creations. This double-decker bus takes a route stocked with cultural museums, pristine gardens, and gorgeous cathedrals.

Small-Group Spanish Paella-Cooking Workshop
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Small-Group Spanish Paella-Cooking Workshop

$84

Paella is Spain's most famous dish, as well as a worldwide culinary icon. Learn to prepare this delightful delicacy, including how to choose the perfect ingredients from a world-class market, during an intimate cooking class of no more than 10 people.

Ronda & Setenil de las Bodegas Full Day
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Ronda & Setenil de las Bodegas Full Day

$47

Come with us to visit the fascinating city of Setenil de las Bodegas & Ronda, one of the most historic locations in southern Andalusia. Admire the beauty of its rugged landscapes and breathtaking views, feel the relaxing atmosphere of its streets in 1-hour free time.