Things to do in Málaga

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Malaga Historic Centre showing heritage architecture, a city and street scenes

Málaga Attractions

Malaga is one of Spain’s top travel destinations. Located in the southern part of the country, this marvelous city offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and is known for its frequently pleasant weather. It is always easy to find plenty of fun things to do in Malaga.

If you are taking Malaga tours, you will definitely want to check out the city’s best historical sites. The Cathedral of Malaga was completed during the 18th century and is one of the most iconic places in the city. The palatial fortress known as the Alcazaba is another one of the must see historical sites around Malaga. There is also an ancient Roman theatre in the city that should not be missed while on your journey.

You can also take Malaga excursions to some of the finest local museums. Famous artist Pablo Picasso, who was born in this city, has a museum dedicated in his memory. You can also see a beautiful display of shiny things inside the Museum of Glass and Crystal. A full selection of vintage cars can be seen at the Automobile Museum of Malaga. Any city map will help guide you to these museums.

For a more relaxing experience, you can visit many of the local outdoor spots. The beach known as La Malagueta is the perfect place to go to enjoy sunbathing on the soft sand. You can also take a peaceful stroll along the promenade that goes through the Paseo del Parque to see beautiful palm trees and a series of impressive outdoor statues.

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Málaga must see attractions

1. Port of Malaga

The Port of Málaga is one of the oldest seaports in Spain and the first stop for many visitors on a trip to the city. The port is both a transportation hub and a popular destination itself. Shop in chic malls, lounge on beaches and explore cutting-edge art galleries, all within the marina area.
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One of Spain’s most popular cruise ports is a great place to experience the atmosphere and history of lively, welcoming Málaga.

2. Málaga Cathedral

This ornate and stately cathedral is known among locals as La Manquita, or “The One-Armed Lady,” because its tower was intended to be one of two. The first tower was erected to an imposing 276 feet (84 meters), but then construction ceased because the funds were sent to American troops in the War of Independence in 1780. Even without the second tower, the cathedral is grand.
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The “One Armed Lady” and her ornate Baroque and Renaissance features has charmed locals for over 200 years.

3. Picasso Museum Malaga

Located in the heart of the Old Town, Museo Picasso Malaga is a monumental tribute to an exceptional local talent: Pablo Picasso. Browse the nearly 300 works by the world-famous painter and sculptor. See early 19th-century sketches of landscapes, cubist impressions and modern 20th-century portraits. While here, also admire the grand setting for the museum, the elaborate 16th-century palace called Palacio de Buenavista.
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Within the Palacio de Buenavista, a 16th-century palace, is this museum showcasing the life and works of Malaga’s most celebrated artist.

4. Calle Larios

During your visit to Malaga Historic Centre, you can browse for the perfect souvenirs at Calle Larios. While in this walkable area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.
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During your visit to Malaga Historic Centre, you can browse for the perfect souvenirs at Calle Larios. While in this walkable area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

5. Alcazaba

Built between the eighth and 11th centuries this palatial fortress was named Alcazaba, the Arabic word for citadel. The military-style structure was fortified with double stone walls and tall towers, erected to see enemies approach. Take a historic journey by entering through the fortress’ magnificent gates and explore gardens, towers and patios. From the Maldonado Tower (Torre de Maldonado), you can see all the way to Africa on a clear day.
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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.

6. Plaza de la Merced

The Plaza de la Merced is a spacious 19th-century square in Malaga’s historic center. Lined with cafés, bars and restaurants, Plaza de la Merced really begins to buzz in the late afternoon, when visitors join the gathering locals to soak up the last rays of the sun and exchange stories. Linger on a terrace on the northern side and order tapas or coffee. Find the bronze statue of Picasso sitting on a bench and visit Picasso’s Birthplace.
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Enjoy the sunshine with the locals in this historic Old Town plaza filled with majestic monuments, Picasso tributes, lanterns, trees and restaurant terraces.

What to do in Málaga

Free Things to Do in Málaga

They say the best things in life are free. Be sure to visit the following around Málaga:

Centre de Arte Contemporaneo - Packed with displays and artifacts, this gallery is a wonderland for hungry minds.

University of Malaga - Pay a visit to this modern landmark and be inspired by its distinctive design.

Palacio Episcopal - If you're intrigued by bygone eras, this is one attraction you ought to visit.

Calle Larios - Amble down the streets and get lost in the ambiance of this favorite local haunt.

Larios Monument - If you're eager to check out some of the more important or interesting places in the community, this is a great place to start.

Málaga Cathedral - Gain an understanding of the local beliefs at this spiritual place.

Malagueta Beach - Skip rocks along the water, watch the sun rise or just enjoy the views from the foreshore.

Monte Victoria, Málaga - Contemplate the contrast between the city and nature's beauty at this awe-inspiring spot.

Tajo's Tree-Lined Avenue - Revitalize your mind and body by spending some time in nature.


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