Malaga Tours and Things To Do

10 Best Tours In Malaga, Spain

1. Caminito del Rey: Guided Tour with Drink

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  • This tour takes you along the beautiful and stunning Caminito del Rey walkway, across a footbridge that scales 105 meters in height.
  • The bridge overlooks El Chorro’s narrow gorge, full of lovely water, and provides many different views.
  • The hike lasts approximately 3 hours, during which a guide who speaks English and Spanish will tell you about the rich history of the Caminito del Rey.

Tel: +34 952 45 81 45 • View on Map

2. Museo Picasso Málaga: Ticket & Audioguide

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  • This tour introduces you to a large collection of over 200 works of art by Pablo Picasso, as exhibited in the Museo Picasso Málaga.
  • Tickets also grant access to the Palacio de Buenavista floor underground, which showcases archaeological ruins.
  • Combined ticket purchases offer access to temporary exhibitions that may be on display at the time.
  • The audio guide service is available in eight languages, including English and Spanish.

3.  Hop-on Hop-off Tour and Experience Cards

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  • A bright red double-decker bus with an open-top brings you around Malaga, taking you to a wide range of stops along the way.
  • Choose when to hop on or off at any of the stops.
  • Listen to audio commentary in multiple languages.
  • A boat tour and walking tour are included in the price.

4.  Evening Pubs and Clubs Crawl

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  • This 5-hour pub crawl tour brings you to Malaga’s most happening clubs, pubs, and bars.
  • You will receive entry to three clubs with discounts and a skip-the-line to one of them, with five complimentary drinks included.
  • The tour begins at 11:45 pm.

5. Roman Theatre and Alcazaba Guided Tour

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  • This 90-minute walking tour takes you to see Malaga’s two most important monuments.
  • The Roman Theater teaches you about the Roman Republic and its history.
  • The Alcazaba, which is the best-preserved of its kind in Spain, lets you climb to the Puerta del Arco de Cristo chapel and stand on the Patio de Armas to get beautiful views.

Tel: +34 951 50 11 15 • View on Map

6. Evening Wine and Tapas Tour

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  • This tour takes you through Malaga’s nightlife scene on a culinary experience, where you will sample original tapas and fine wine.
  • 5 wine varieties and 8 delicacies, as well as tapas with drinks, are available across 4 bar stops.
  • The tour is led by a passionate English-speaking guide, with a maximum group size of 12 people.

7. 2-Hour Historical Center & Cathedral Tour

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  • Take a walk around the historic center of Malaga and its grand Cathedral during a two-hour walking tour.
  • Important historical sites that you will visit include the Calle Larios, Plaza de la Constitución, Calle Granada, Iglesia de Santiago, and Pablo Ruiz Picasso Foundation.

Tel: +34 952 10 44 88 • View on Map

8. Málaga Segway Tours

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  • Travel around the city of Malaga on a self-balancing Segway.
  • View historical wonders such as Picasso’s Birthplace, the Roman Theatre, Constitution Square, the Carmen Thyssen Museum, and more.
  • A 10-minute orientation at the beginning of each tour teaches you how to use your Segway.
  • You will end your tour in a nearby marina after visiting a park.
  • The 2-hour tour offers an additional exploration of the Gibralfaro Parador.
  • You can also opt for an off-road tour outside of Malaga.

Tel: +34 630 15 29 78 • View on Map

9. Bike Tour of Malaga: Tapas and Wine

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  • Go on a wine and food tour throughout the city of Malaga via bicycle in this 3-hour biking experience.
  • The tour will bring you through the Roman Theater, the Alcazaba, the Cathedral, the Atarazanas, and the marina.
  • Tapas can be sampled during your stop at the Atarazanas market.
  • Your final stop will be an Andalusian bodega – the oldest of its kind – for wine-tasting.

10. Full Day Gibraltar Sightseeing Tour

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  • Though it is not in Malaga itself, a tour of Gibraltar is one of the most popular day-trip tours taken from Malaga city.
  • Visit the British Territory location of Gibraltar and be brought all throughout the famous location on a full-day mini-bus tour.
  • See the mountains of Africa from the Punta of Europa.
  • Tavel beneath ground in secret passages in the Cuevas de San Miguel.
  • Shop at Calle Real.
  • Be educated by a multilingual guide.

20 Best Things To Do In Malaga

1. Roman Theater Ruins

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The Roman Theater, known also as El Teatro Romano, is one of the city’s most crucial and loved monuments. It is the oldest structure constructed in all of Malaga City that remains standing, and its ruins are now available to walk through, explore, and tour.

The theater was used for entertainment for approximately 300 years before it was slowly forgotten and left behind to the times in the 200s. In the Moorish era, it was even used as a quarry at some point, a testament to its original purpose being left behind. It wasn’t until 1951 that it was finally found again.

Today, you can walk around the ruins and enjoy the undamaged and damaged parts of El Teatro Romano. Its spectator’s circle or cavea, which spans 16 meters in height, has many untouched and intact seating tiers.

El Teatro Romano is the oldest construction in Málaga City. Situated in the cultural heart of the city, it lays at the foot of the famous Alcazaba fortress. It is one of the remaining symbols of Roman Hispania in the city. Wander at the ruins during a walking tour of the Roman theater.

There’s also a brand new visitor center that just opened to showcase a wide range of tools, amphorae, and other items found throughout the site. Sometimes, concerts will be played in the theater to reignite a semblance of what once was.

Tel: +34 951 50 11 15 • View on Map

2. Museo Picasso

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Famous artist Pablo Picasso was born in this city, so it makes sense that there is a museum dedicated to him. The Museo Picasso, which sits in the Palace of Condes de Buenavista, is a mix of modern, Renaissance, and Moorish architecture. It first opened in 2003 after over five decades of planning.

Within the museum, more than 200 different works of art are on display, as well as reworkings made by old masters, academic studies, and more. Its extensive collection’s pieces were either loaned or donated by family members descended from or married to descendants of Picasso himself, forming a lovely timeline of the illustrious painter’s career, with some gaps in his rose and blue periods.

In the museum, you’ll be able to view paintings made with Picasso was only 13, sculptures made from a variety of materials, sketches, and late, lesser-known works. Don’t forget to check out the basement of the museum to view the Phoenician Malaga remains from the seventh century BC. You’ll also see some gorgeous Roman-style architecture around the underground level.

Tel: +34 952 12 76 00 • View on Map

3. La Alcazaba

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La Alcazaba is a castle that once belonged to Moorish kings. It was first erected in the 9th century over a Roman bastion’s ruins, and it was rebuilt once more in the 11th. It sits strategically on top of Gibralfaro Mountain.

Originally, La Alcazaba had a whopping 110 main towers and three defense wall circuits. Though much of its towers have eroded over time, some remain, including the Arco de Cristo in the entrance, the Torre de la Vela, and the Torre del Homenaje. Much of its courtyards are still full of stunning gardens.

La Alcazaba also has two museums inside, both contained within the umbrella of the Museum of Malaga. The first is the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts, which showcases paintings from the 19th century from local and famous Spanish artists. The second is the Archaeology Museum, which shows of Hispano-Arab pottery, castle models, and famed paintings.

4. Museo Automovilístico Málaga

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The Museo Automovilístico Málaga is a rather unique museum that features automobiles and fashion, all under one roof. It showcases a wide range of retro cars dating from the 1900s all the way to the 1960s next to mannequins of the corresponding era’s hottest fashion couture.

There are approximately a hundred different classic cars in the building, ranging from Cadillacs to Aston Martins. The oldest vehicle exhibited is a 1903 De Dion Bouton.

For the most part, the museum is arranged in chronological order, but there are plenty of other displays that are more random, covering British vehicles, hats, art deco, and more. A mix of ironic humor and educational value find harmony here, along with some fun musical tunes from yesteryears playing as you browse.

Tel: +34 951 13 70 01 • View on Map

5. Castillo de Gibralfaro

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Castillo de Gibralfaro stands tall on Gibralfaro Mountain, right above La Alcazaba. Like many other historical structures, it is a Moorish building and was built in the 10th century by the Caliph of Cordoba at the time, Abd-al-Rahman III. It earned its name (Gibralfaro) from a mesh of the Greek and Arabic words that mean “rock of the lighthouse” because it is built on a Phoenician lighthouse site.

Now, Castillo de Gibralfaro mostly lies destroyed and in ruins, but there’s plenty left to see, including lots of ramparts, courtyard relics with Muslim architecture (a remnant of the Islamic past of the region), and wooded forest. It is rich in history and its appearance, as well as the view from the ruins, is beautiful, allowing you to see the Malaga port and much of the Mediterranean coastline.

Tel: +34 951 92 60 20 • View on Map

6. Hammam al Andalus

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Hammam is a kind of Arabic bath, and Hammam al Andalus is the only place to get them in Malaga. They’re incredibly relaxing and a favorite of many tourists. Essentially, they are a form of thermal spa which uses steam as you soak in it. In most cases, you will be nude or almost nude during these baths.

The architecture of Hammam al Andalus is often considered worth the trip all on its own. It has a stunning, elaborate Moorish style with tall, ornate pillars and patterned tiles decorating the walls.

Hammam al Andalus has many different types of pools with differing temperatures, as well as a mint tea spa area and a special dedicated steam room. If you book in advance, you can get a good time slot. Some may also enjoy the one-hour massage that follows, which is a deep-tissue massage.

Tel: +34 952 21 50 18 • View on Map

7. Malaga Cathedral

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Malaga Cathedral sits in Malaga’s old town, an imposing pair of towers built back in the 16h century. The site originally held a mosque before the cathedral was built, and it has multiple chapels.

Among these chapels is the Capilla de los Reyes, which is a choir chapel featuring Catholic Monarch figures kneeling. There is also the Capilla del Rosario, which is the third south aisle chapel, which has a Virgin with Saints painting, and a Capilla Mayor which has a modern altar decorated with scenes of the Passion of Christ.

Meanwhile, the choir is made up of delicately carved stalls, each one dating back to the 17th century. A statuette of the Virgin also stands within a chapel, as well as a total of 40 wooden statues carved and set all over the structure. The entire interior of the Malaga Cathedral is one of opulence, and you can climb up the North Tower to get stunning views from the 86-meter height.

Tel: +34 952 22 03 45 • View on Map

8. Centro de Arte Contemporáneo

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Not everything in Malaga is ancient history. The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo is a museum dedicated to contemporary art, all from the 1950s onwards, especially on Spanish art made after the 1980s. Its exhibition rooms are large and spacious, with bright lights illuminating works of art.

The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo is housed in what was once a wholesale market, which gives it a rather unique, if not odd, floor plan in the shape of a triangle. The entire museum is overlaid in white, including the windows.

A huge range of different styles and movements of art are on display here from all manner of artists, ranging from Julian Opie to Louis Bourgeois and from José María Sicilia to Damien Hirst. There’s always some form of interesting or even weird exhibit here to enjoy!

Tel: +34 952 20 85 00 • View on Map

9. Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Victoria

The Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Victoria, known also as the Pantheon of the Counts of Buenavista, sits right outside Malaga’s historic district and is built on the site of the re-capturing of Malaga in 1487 by King Ferdinand. The building today was erected in the latter part of the 17th century with Baroque influence, and it is among the most important of Malaga’s churches.

Within the Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Victoria, there is the Shrine of Our Lady of Victory, which holds a figure of the town’s Patron Saint, Virgen de la Victoria, made in the 15th century. Sculptures and paintings of all kinds also adorn the church’s interior, with some being on display in a unique exhibition hall.

10. Mercado Atarazanas

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The central market of Malaga, the Mercado Atarazanas, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. It is a great indicator of daily life in Malaga for the average resident, and it is full of delicious, fresh produce that you may be tempted to purchase.

The Mercado Atarazanas finds it home within a large building, covered by a canopy made of glass and iron and protected with a luxurious and brilliant. stained-glass window. For an old school market, it boasts a modern look while showcasing the best flavors that the city has to offer.

Apart from produce, you can also find sherry, tapas, cruzcampo, and other delicacies. The market opens early in the morning and closes at around 2 pm every day, and it does not open at all on Sundays.

Tel: +34 951 92 60 10 • View on Map

11. Center Pompidou Malaga

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The center Pompidou Malaga is based on the Pompidou Center in Paris. It rests within a modern-looking building shaped like a cube in different colors. The center first opened in 2015 and is scheduled to remain until 2020.

The center is absolutely packed from top to bottom with unique, wacky, and totally weird exhibits. The most famous among the permanent exhibits is Kader Attia’s Ghost, which is made from aluminum foil to depict women of Islamic faith praying. Other great works are also housed here, including ones by Francis Bacon and Frida Kahlo, and other fascinating and unusual exhibits include talking heads and audiovisual showcases.

Each piece is accompanied by a small plaque that gives you some information and insight into the work of art in question, so you know the intention and thought behind each piece. It’s educational but interesting. Go on Sunday afternoons to get free entry!

Tel: +34 951 92 62 00 • View on Map

12. Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares

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Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares is yet another museum in Malaga. It is located within a 17th century inn building of Andalusian origin, with Moorish architecture and tiles infused with Islamic design. It boasts an attractive and aesthetically pleasing appearance, with nice gardens outdoors, simple whitewashed walls, and a patio.

The museum primarily focuses on showcasing folklore of the region as well as artisan crafts, alongside tools such as cooking equipment, gear for fishing, and more. Costumes from folklore painted figures of clay known as Barros, and ceramics made by hand are also on display, most of them antiques.

Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares is a great balance between urban and rural life in the present and the past, and it offers insight into the rich history of Malaga that will educate and enrich visitors.

13. Nerja Caves

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The Nerja Caves are famous for their otherworldly beauty. They were originally discovered by locals in 1959, with more galleries and chambers discovered subsequently in 1960 and 1969.

The caves stretch for nearly 5 kilometers, giving visitors plenty of space to explore. They also house the biggest stalagmite in the world, which measures 7 by 13 meters at its base and spans 32 meters into the sky.

The caves, which also have paintings by hunters of the Stone Age, were declared Patrimonio Histórico Español (Spanish Historical Heritage) and Bien de Interés Cultural (Heritage of Cultural Interest) by the Spanish Government back in 1985.

Because of the almost amphitheater-like shape of many of the Nerja Caves’ chambers, a summer concert known as the Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de las Cuevas de Nerja is held within the caves. There is also the Nerja Museum within cave grounds, where you can learn more about the cave.

Plus, there is an Android and iOS smartphone application released by the Foundation of Caves of Nerja that dispenses interesting information about the caves and links you to their website to purchase tickets.

Tel: +34 952 52 95 20 • View on Map

14. La Concepcion Jardin Botanico

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La Concepcion Jardin Botanico, or the La Concepcion Botanical Gardens, were first brought to life by Loring’s Marquis and Marchioness in the year 1855. The garden grounds have a wide range of different landscapes, each divided into special mini-gardens dedicated to each individual theme.

There are three hectares of Historical Gardens, which are full of unique, exotic, and unusual varieties of flora. Mediterranean, subtropical, tropical, and many other plants call this place their home. An additional 23 hectares of newer garden is also built around the Historical Gardens, featuring a diverse variety of exhibits, like Around The World in 80 Trees and Plants of the Region.

Other areas in La Concepcion Jardin Botanico are the Gonzalez-Andreu Garden which shows 50 species of plants from many different locations, the Forest Route which mimics a woodland, the Hibiscus Avenue, and Viewpoint Route, which show you the city’s panoramic views. You can also go through the Jewels of La Concepcion Route, which spans about 90 minutes’ worth of walking through palm trees, waterfalls, ponds, and bridges.

Tel: +34 951 92 61 79 • View on Map

15. Museo Carmen Thyssen

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Museo Carmen Thyssen paints a fascinating picture of 19th-century Spanish art. It first opened its doors in 2011 and rests in a 16th-century building with a striking and elegant interior courtyard, taking up four floors.

The museum houses a large collection of Andalusian and Spanish art from the 19th century, including those by famous artists such as Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. The first floor of the museum depicts everyday Spanish life of the era with a flamboyance and enthusiasm for nomads, fiestas, bullfighting, flamenco, and more amusing and almost comical stereotypes.

Each piece of art comes with a brief description, describing the artistic style and providing short but sweet background information. Some temporary exhibitions are occasionally set up, too, so if you’re lucky, you’ll get to check some out. There is also a gift shop that sells numerous souvenirs and trinkets in interesting assortments, for all your collecting needs.

Tel: +34 902 30 31 31 • View on Map

16. Plaza de toros de La Malagueta

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Known simply as La Malagueta, this bullring has been around since the year 1876, where it rests on the Eastern side of Malaga. Today, it is considered one of Spain’s cultural assets. The huge stadium can fit a whopping 14,000 captivated audience members across its 52-meter width.

Despite being a relatively old 19th century building, La Malagueta has a Neo-Mudejar architecture style, which is a more modern Spanish design choice inspired by Arabic designs and styles of old. It is shaped like a hexadecagon – basically, a shape which has 16 sides – and has 4 big holding pens, 10 small ones, dressing rooms, stables, and more.

During bullfighting season, La Malagueta hosts a wide range of events, with its most famous being the Corrida Picassiana, one of the Holy Week bullfights. There are also other events, such as the La Corrida de la Prensa, which is organized for Ciriaco and Paula, two patron saints of Malaga.

Tel: +34 902 30 31 31 • View on Map

17. Semana Santa

Hands down, one of the best things to do in Malaga is take part in Semana Santa, or Holy Week. This is an exuberant and lively tradition of the Catholic faith that has been present in this town for more than 5 centuries, with the event carrying on from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.

During this week, processions happen in the evenings featuring ornate and vivid floats, often decorated with the images of sacred icons of all kinds, flanked by singers, dancers, marching bands, and flamenco performers. Trailing behind these floats are usually penitents of all kinds, bearing candles and following along.

You can also go to Calle Muro to visit the Museo de la Semana Santa, which lives in the Antiguo Hospital de San Julian. It showcases pictures, sculptures, and more in over 150 exhibits to provide information about the Holy Week, religious figures, customs, and costumes.

18. Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga

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Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga, or the Museum of Glass and Crystal, features glasswork of all kinds from different cultures, including Roman, Greek, Scandinavian, and Byzantine works, many of which date back to the Phoenician era.

The museum is located within a home that was built in the 18th century and is very well preserved to this day, housing over 3,000 different pieces of glass art. The home’s courtyard is also a thing of wonder, with old-fashioned frescoes and sophisticated columns of black marble adding to the luxurious atmosphere.

Displayed items at Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga can be from ancient times or from more modern 19th and 20th century creators. A good number of artifacts on display are part of contemporary Art Deco works. This is all part of a private collection of Gonzalo Fernández-Prieto, a historian who restores these works to their aesthetic glory. Apart from glasswork, you can also find portraits, carpets, furniture, and windows of an antique variety.

Tel: +34 952 22 02 71 • View on Map

19. Pablo Ruíz Picasso Foundation Birthplace Museum

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We’ve already talked about Pablo Picasso and the fact that he was born here – but there’s more than just the art museum dedicated to him. The Pablo Ruíz Picasso Foundation Birthplace Museum is located in the Old Town side of Malaga and is in Picasso’s home of birth, as its name suggests.

Within the museum, 223 works of art created by the famous artist are on display, showcasing all the techniques and styles that Picasso learned, experimented with, and mastered over the years. If you like, you can also view Picasso’s studio, which is primarily where he sketched, studied, and painted nude models.

Picasso’s own art, including his self-portraits, landscapes, nudes, still-life works, and even reworkings created by masters, are all on display here, many of which highlight Picasso’s Cubism style and others he brought to the table. Such great and loved works as the Acrobat, Musketeer with a Sword, the Mother and Child, and more are exhibited here.

20. Museo Interactivo de la Música

Housed within the Baroque Palacio del Conde Navas, an 18th century building, Museo Interactivo de la Música, or MIMMA, is an interactive music museum. Originally, the building belonged to Spanish aristocrats, then was converted into a school. In the 20th century, it lost its use and fell to neglect.

Eventually, the building was resuscitated in 2010, with completion of its refurbishment taking place in 2013. It is now Malaga’s proud music museum, and it is modern in the sense that it is a “smart” museum of sorts. Every single one of its whopping 400 instruments, part of among the biggest private collections in Europe, is available to interact with.

There are guitars, violins, and drums, but there are also Celtic bagpipes from ancient times and amusing Australian didgeridoos. There are even special prototypes of futuristic instruments in the Museo Interactivo de la Música’s Living Lab, and if you go at the right time, you can catch a performance of the flamenco!

The museum aims to examine the relationship between culture and music through the ages. It’s a great place for kids to explore and learn, especially with all the workshops aimed at families that are hosted by the museum.

Tel: +34 952 21 04 40 • View on Map

Free Things To Do In Malaga

1. Visit Puerto de Malaga

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The Port of Malaga has gone through many phases, and its latest 1990s facelift has it looking totally different from before. It was then renovated again in 2011, making it even more current and happening. It now boasts stunning architecture, grandiose boats, delicious waterfront restaurants, interesting art and sculptures, and lots of ways to get around.

It’s relatively easy to get to Puerto de Malaga, as the city center of Malaga links directly into it through an attractive promenade. You’ll walk past an impressive lighthouse in and the beach in order to get to the port itself, and then the large area will be all yours to explore.

Of course, the port has a practical purpose, too. It is responsible for import and export functions, facilitating the transit of cement, biomass, liquid oils, molasses, agri-food, hydrocarbons, vehicles, and more, all through the Mediterranean and Atlantic.

There’s lots to explore in Puerto de Malaga. With all the money saved from the free visit, you may even want to go shopping or visit the Sunday morning market. Hire a segway or a bike, or just walk around on foot. Better yet, take a trip on a boat or on the modern and enjoyable solar-powered train.

One of the areas of the port, Muelle Uno (Quay One) has been transformed into a tourist-oriented location. It is now primarily a recreational and commercial area with a huge shopping center, many restaurants offering different cuisine options, and countless exciting things to do across its 15,000 square meter space.

It is also in Pier One that new, modern projects were undertaken. One of them is “The Cube”, which is where the center Pompidou Malaga is built. Then, if you walk further away from Muelle Uno, you’ll find the El Palmeral de las Sorpresas or the Palm Grove of Surprises. This is a long walk filled with over 400 palm trees, beautiful fountains, areas for kids to play, leisure spots, gardens, biking paths, and more.

At the end of the day, you can sit back and relax and watch as the sun sets on the horizon, basking the world around it in soft, warm light and illuminating the port with an orange glow. You can also people watch – the community there is vibrant and positive, and the lighthearted atmosphere means it’s easy to enjoy yourself.

2. Visit Museo del Patrimonio Municipal

Museo del Patrimonio Municipal is dedicated to assisting local artists, showcasing their talents to the public and ensuring enough people know about them. It has over 4,000 different works of art stored within its walls, most of which are part of rotating exhibits. In fact, only around a hundred artworks are part of the permanent collection!

The building was designed by Federico Orellana Ortega, an architect, upon its first opening in 1999. In 2003, three additional floors were added, and in 2007, the museum became the Municipal Heritage Museum, or MUPAM, that we know today.

Museo del Patrimonio Municipal places emphasis on the history of Malaga’s artistic and civic sectors. Though it is quite small, it provides visitors with a huge amount of information regarding the events, people, and circumstances that shaped Malaga into the loved city that it is now.

To begin with, you’ll begin to follow the timeline of Malaga, ranging from the Catholic Kings and onwards. You will learn how Malaga grew from its Moorish roots to the proudly Spanish city that it is now, from the 15th to the 18th century.

Then, you will move on to the 19th century, where you will view a replica of the first municipal museum as created by the City Council. This is where you reach Picasso’s era, and you’ll even see some Picasso paintings that feature Malaga itself!. But it’s not just Picasso – you’ll view the works of Carlos Haes and other 19th-century masters.

Finally, the last room of the museum focuses on modern artists from the 20th century, both of the 50s who helped usher in new eras to the art scene, and current artists who are up and coming right now.

It’s not just paintings or portraits that live in this humble museum, either. Sculptures (made by 66 different artists around the 20th century), documents, furniture, and a huge library provide extra education and information. If you go at the right time, you may catch a temporary exhibition that is entirely weaved around one particular artist.

3.    Take A Beach Trip

Malaga has many gorgeous beaches, so you have so many to choose from. Best of all, spending a day at a beach is totally free! Here are the very best of the best that you can check out.

· Playa de la Malagueta

The Playa de la Malagueta is great for families. It’s vibrant, exciting, and very easy to get to thanks to its proximity to the city. Play volleyball, relax beneath the palm treats, take a picture by the Malagueta sign that is such a common tourist photo op, or buy a drink from a chiringuito.

· Playa de Chullera

This beach spans 700 meters and, though it is largely covered in stone, it is a great-looking place. It sits on the Malaga-Cadiz border and rests among rocky outcrops. It’s great for swimming thanks to its famously crystal clear waters, and some even enjoy spearfishing and snorkeling here.

· Playa de el Palo

This beach sits in the El Palo fisherman village, lined with houses in different bright hues.  It’s mostly a beach where locals hang out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t join in. Ride in on your bike through the boulevard and join a barbecue where you’ll eat sardine skewers known as espetos.

· Cabopino

This beach has been slowly but steadily gaining fame among tourists, but it remains blissfully uncrowded most of the time. It stretches across 1.5 kilometers of sand, with dunes rising to protect it on one far end (and this is where the nudist beach is if you’re into that).

· Playa de la Misericordia

This beach isn’t the most popular of tourist spots, given that it’s in what was once an industrial area, but it’s a great place for some more quiet relaxation, and if you want to try some scrumptious wine: the Ola del Melillero. The waves can also be pretty incredible in the summer thanks to the Malaga-Melilla ferry that comes by at night.

· Playa Peñón del Cuervo

Past the fishing villages, you’ll find this small but cozy little beach. There aren’t many eateries around, but it’s a great place to host a get-together of some kind.

· Playa El Cristo

This beach is within a cove is Estepona, and its clean, white sand makes it popular among tourists. It is notably warmer than a lot of nearby beaches, and the sun doesn’t go down till later in the evening. You can also visit a lighthouse near the beach and view some aesthetically pleasing yachts.

· Playa El Salón

This beach has white sand and clear, lapping water as far as the eye can see. It is located in Nerja, which is still within the Malaga province, and it’s a great opportunity to explore the city center to view the cobbled roads and beautiful views.

4. Visit Parque de Malaga

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There are many beautiful outdoor spaces in Malaga, and the best part about them is that they’re free. Parque de Malaga tops the list. Known also as El Parque or Parque de la Alameda, is located right in the middle of Malaga, just behind Muello Uno of the harbor. It has a long, rectangular shape and can be found between Paseo del Parque and Paseo de la Curas, two of the most well-known streets in the city.

Parque de Malaga is unique among all the botanical gardens in the city because it was made specifically with the public in mind. All gardens are well-landscaped, with fountains and benches aplenty. There are two parks just for kids to play in and there is even an open-air theater!

The park has been around for over a century, first being made in the 19th century, just after the phylloxera crisis ruined the region’s wine market. In order to improve the area, the city decided to begin a land reclamation project in 1896, focusing on extending the port. To help diversify what had always been a port city, though, authorities decided to begin working on the park in 1904, hoping to attract tourists. And it certainly worked!

Technically speaking, El Parque is a botanical garden – and it’s one of the only public ones in all of Europe! It is packed with a huge range of different plants, both tropical and subtropical in nature, and the public has often helped to add more diverse species to the location.

5. Visit the Rio Guadalhorce Nature Reserve

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The Rio Guadalhorce Nature Reserve is located on an island that formed naturally on its own, just where the Mediterranean sea meets with the Guadalhorce River.

Known locally as Paraje Natural Desembocadura del Guadalhorce, this nature reserve is an incredible place for bird watchers to get their eyeful of a huge range of bird species. Reed warblers, monk parakeets, northern gannets, ospreys, redshanks, marbled teals, flamingos, crested larks, booted eagles, and many, many more! There are over 260 different species just hanging out here!

But why is it such a haven for birds? Well, the Rio Guadalhorce Nature Reserve is a very crucial site for migration and breeding, especially since it’s right on track between Africa and Europe.

The habitat of the Rio Guadalhorce Nature Reserve is also fairly unique. It has both saltwater and freshwater, as well as palm trees, marshlands, poplars, and willows, making for some interesting terrain and lots of unique areas to explore.

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