10 Things to do in Málaga, Spain

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sToday I have a guest post from Paulina, who’s Paulina has lived in Spain for more than five years and fell in love with Seville. She’s a pro when it comes to Málaga and Southern Spain and writes about her favorite places in Andalucía at visitsouthernspain.com. Take it away, Paulina! ->

10 things to do in Malaga, Spain

Málaga is one of the most sought-after destinations in southern Spain’s Costa del Sol. It’s among the oldest cities in Europe and is beaming with heritage. Málaga is home to many splendid architectural marvels and attracts numerous visitors. From beaches, museums, delectable cuisines, to bustling nightlife, there is a lot to be explored in this city. Let’s take a look at 10 things to do in Málaga, Spain!

1. Visit the Málaga Cathedral.

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Málaga Cathedral is a Renaissance architectural marvel with a Baroque façade. Constructed between 1528 and 1782, the majestic cathedral always impresses the visitors with its stunning interiors. It takes pride in being Andalusia’s second-highest cathedral after Seville’s Giralda.

An interesting fact is that the cathedral features an 84-meters high north tower, but an unfinished south tower. Owing to this, it is referred to as “La Manquita” or “The one-armed lady”. The spectacular artworks in the Cathedral, including the Gothic altarpiece will leave you amazed. Take the rooftop tour to find yourself admiring the Cathedral’s splendour and Málaga’s gorgeous views.

2. Climb Mount Gibralfaro.

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The spectacular Mount Gibralfaro features an impressive castle and is the pride of Málaga. The hilltop fortress dates its history to the 10th century and has its solid ramparts still intact. Climb up to the top to witness a dramatic sunset and panoramic views of the city.

3. Take a photo at the Roman Theatre.

Constructed in the first century AD, the Roman theatre is Málaga’s oldest monument Located at the foot of the iconic Alcazaba, this Roman amphitheater is packed with history. It was buried beneath the city for five centuries until it was rediscovered in 1951.

Here you can witness the impressive details of the classic Roman design and the stage which is still intact. There is also a visitor area that boasts fascinating collections of architectural discoveries from the site.

4. Eat espetos on the beach.

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If you are wondering what to eat in Málaga, the answer is espetos! The tradition of grilling sardines skewered on a wooden stick has been a part of Málaga for centuries. The smokey barbecue flavor of this local delicacy will make you fall in love with Málaga even more.

The best accompaniment for espetos is the cool breeze on the beach and the sound of waves. The statue of espetero on Paseo Maritimo Antonio Machado skilfully displays Málaga’s love for espetos.

5. Relax on the Malagueta Beach.

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A visit to Málaga is incomplete without visiting its gorgeous beaches. Among the most famous beaches, Playa de La Malagueta tops the chart. Its central location is between the port of Málaga and La Caleta Beach and is the perfect destination to soak up the sun. The palm tree-lined promenade takes the beauty of this urban beach to the next level.

The best part is that it’s a family-friendly location with amazing chiringuitos and a children’s play area.

6. Have a sweet wine at El Pimpi bar.

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Málaga’s longest-standing bodega bar, El Pimpi is located in the heart of the city, nestled in an 18th-century mansion which is a destination in itself. It features rooms with stunning interiors, a courtyard, and an impressive patio that overlooks the Roman theatre. The highlight of this bar is its splendid collection of local sweet wines, along with its typical Andalusia food like gazpacho.

7. Visit the best museums in town.

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From paintings, antique furniture, vintage cars, to contemporary arts, Málaga has something to fascinate all its guests. Some must-visit museums in the city are Museo Automovilístico (Automobile Museum), Centro de Arte Contemporaneo (CAC), Picasso Museum Málaga, and the Museo del Vidrio (Museum of Glass)

8. Have a coffee at Plaza de la Merced.

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Plaza de la Merced is the largest and one of the most vibrant squares in Málaga. The plaza came into existence in the Roman era and has been a popular market place since the 15th century. Now it’s filled with an array of brilliant cafes making it the best destination to relax.

9. Enjoy the nightlife of Málaga.

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Hopping tapas bars, enjoying drinks, and grooving to great music defines the typical nightlife in Malaga. Filled with amazing nightclubs and pubs, Plaza de Uncibay and Plaza Mitjana are the city’s most bustling spots. It is popular among partygoers and offers an unforgettable experience.

10. Take a day trip to the small village of Nerja.

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A former tiny fishing village, Nerja has emerged as a popular tourist destination in the Costa del Sol. Located 50 km east of Málaga, this impressive location is perfect for a day trip. One of the most notable attractions of Nerja is the Balcón de Europa, which offers incredible views of the coast. There are many interesting things to do in Nerja like exploring are caves, beaches, and quaint back streets.

What to pack

Málaga is blessed with sunshine almost throughout the year making it a great holiday destination. Sunscreen and sunglasses are the must-haves during every season. It is recommended to carry an umbrella while visiting the city during the fall. Pack a jacket and scarf if you are planning to enjoy the pleasant Málaga winter.

Where to stay

You can make your dream of staying in a palace come true by visiting Málaga. Yes, you read it right! Palacio Solecio is a former 18th-century palace that has been transformed into a luxury hotel. The elegant design and architecture of this charming living space are par excellence. It’s a beloved hotel among visitors due to its prime location in Calle Granada near many iconic landmarks. Book now at Palacio Solecio

How to get around

Like the rest of Europe, the best way to explore Málaga is on foot. To travel to distant places, you can hire a bike, car, or even opt for a taxi. As far as public transport is concerned, the Málaga city bus service is exemplary. It’s one of the most economic and convenient options to get around the city.

You can view the bus time table by downloading the EMT Málaga app on your phone. It’s a clever idea to buy a multi-trip card that can be recharged at EMT offices, kiosks, or tobacco shops.

Thanks, Paulina, for the best places to visit in Málaga! If you can’t travel now, save this information for later! Have you been to this lovely town?


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About the Author Justine Ancheta

California native, churro aficionado, and mom of 3, Justine Ancheta writes fervently about Barcelona and Spain. Since 2008, she's been eating burnt onions (calçots) and tripping on cobblestones in the Gothic Quarter. She shares tips on popular attractions, exposes offbeat non-touristy spots, and gives insight on exploring Barcelona with kids. Her next Catalan culture challenge: top level of a human castle (castellers).

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