Things to do in

Málaga

Come for the sun — stay for the boho art scene, hidden panoramic views, and authentic andaluz tapas.

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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.

  • Malaga Cathedral

    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.

  • Alcazaba

    2. Alcazaba

    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.

  • Picasso Museum

    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.

  • Costa del Sol

    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.

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 12,076 reviews

Beautiful collection and audio guide for the amazing price listed on the app here. In person it would cost a lot more and I’m glad we found this app and the services through here! Audio guide was very interesting and there was a lot of amazing pieces on show. The Brassaï collection is totally worth it as the photographs and the entwined history of Brassaï and Picasso, as well as other artists, was relevant and beautiful. Would not recommend younger children than 15 to look at the art work from both exhibitions as some include aspects of S assault and nudity.

Great 60min tour for 2 adults and 2 children really informative and got to see all main bits of the city which we later explored. Highlight was top of the hill with panoramic views.

Me and my wife liked it a lot. Even more so as the music on the boat was super nice and chill, perfect for admiring the coast and the sunset.

Very professional photographer, she make the session and journey very intresting and joyful. Highly recommended

We had the best time! Our guide was lovely. Fun for all the family. Highly recommended