Top things to do in Malaga

Top Things to Do in Malaga

Although many tourists don’t consider Malaga a place worth visiting, there are many engrossing and captivating things to do and see. It is Spain’s southern, coastal town along the Costa Del Sol with a mix of history and modern lifestyle. When you decide to visit, you get a chance to learn different aspects of history through this place. It also has many different festivities around the year which can open your mind to the exciting culture of Spain. 

This place has everything, from historic places to golden sandy beaches. Here are some of the top things you can do and some of the places you can visit when you plan your trip to Malaga. 

  • The King’s Little Pathway

El Caminito del Rey, also known as the King’s Pathway, is a 100-meter pathway, tacked along the steep walls of a narrow gorge located 3 miles from El Chorro. You may wonder why it is called “The King’s Little Pathway”. It was inaugurated by the Spanish King Alfonso XIII in 1921. The king himself used to take a stroll along the walkway. This pathway was essentially built for workers so they could crossover to the other hydroelectric plant. Many people died in an attempt to cross it due to which it was closed down in the year 2000. The renovation work begun in 2014 and the pathway in now safe to walk on again; the slot needs to pre-booked. 

  • Alcazaba

Alcazaba, which means “citadel” in Arabic, is a Moorish fortress palace from the Islamic era. It built to defend against pirates as it has a solid position with views of the city and the sea. To its advantage, it’s situated on a hilltop which gives access to these amazing views and is visible from almost anywhere in the city. It was built in the early 11th century and is Malaga’s most important landmark. It was restored several times and recently in the 20th century.

  • Castillo de Gibralfaro

This is another Moorish Palace in Malaga that dates back to the 10th century. It was essentially built to house troops and protect the Alcazaba. It sits on the Gibralfaro hill, overlooking the city. The castle has seen a three-month siege by the Catholic monarchs which came to an end only when the Malagueños were forced to surrender due to hunger. Most of the castle has been restored and features a military museum as well. 

  • Roman Theater

Located in the southern part of Spain, just outside the walls of the Alcazaba. It is believed that this theater was built in the early 1st century. The theater represents classic Roman designs with tiered seating, an orchestra, and a grand entrance. This theater was forgotten and was rediscovered in 1951. Thinking about how old the structure actually is, it’s still in pretty good shape still. The 16-meter-high seating tiers remain undamaged and there’s a recently opened visitor’s center that displays some of the findings at the theater. 

  • Picasso Museum 

This is also known as Museo Picasso is dedicated to Pablo Picasso who was born in Malaga. This museum was inaugurated by the King and Queen in 2003 and on the first day alone about 2,000 people showed up. It is close to the Plaza de la Merced, where Picasso was born. The museum can be found in the heart of the historic center of city with the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle in the background. Inside the museum, there’s a collection of Picasso’s works from the late 19th century till the time of his death in 1973. 

  • Automobile and Fashion Museum 

What to do when the boys want to see ancient cars while the girls are more interested in the ancient fashion? We got you covered for that scenario as well. The museum gives significance to the evolution of cars and fashion alongside. It houses 100 classic cars including Maserati, Cadillacs, Aston Martin, and Bugatti. On the other hand, the museum also displays the development of Haute Couture in the 20th century through 7 exhibitions. It represents glamour and elegance in its true essence. 

This is one of the best squares in Malaga and a popular meeting place for open air events and evening strolls. On the North side of the plaza are cafes which are famous for soaking the sun and this place also has the house where Picasso was born. There’s always something or the other going on here. This place is always buzzing. 

Plaza de merced has beautiful buildings and a vibrant day time drinking vibe
  • Feria de Agosto

Spain is a great place to visit at any time of the year, but in August especially. If you want to experience true Spanish roots, you need to visit the south, Andalusia more specifically, for the festivities in August. The emphasis on the Andalusian fair is so prominent because of how they represent culture, inherited festivals, and religious origin. These fairs have some of the attributes in common: feria’s gate, feria venues or stands, Andalusian horses, women dressed in flamenco, and the Andalusian dance and music. 

  • The Cathedral

The Catedral de la Encarnacion de Malaga was designed in the renaissance style and was constructed between 1528 and 1782. This is again in the historic center of the town and is one of the most important architectural structures in Malaga. The north tower was left unbuilt because of the lack of funds but it is still considered one of the most impressive cathedrals throughout the region. The unfinished tower gave the nickname of “La Manquita” which means one-handed woman.

  • Plaza de la Constitución

This plaza is known as the central square which is surrounded by grand buildings and palm trees. Many important political events took place at this plaza. The plaza has its name because the ground is made up of newspapers that were printed out on the first day of the Spanish democracy. There are many events and fairs held here as well. The New Year Eve’s celebration is also held at this very plaza. 

  • Ataranzas Market

If you want to take a glimpse into the daily life of the people living in Malaga, you must visit the central market. This market is the focal point of the daily life in Malaga with locals favoring the stalls for freshness and the prices are pretty reasonable here. People come here to buy fresh products including fish which is especially famous in terms of this market. The structure in which the market is set up represents the architecture of the 19th century. 

  • Playa de la Malagueta

The Playa de la Malagueta is the main beach of the city which is close to the town and sandy. This beach is the go-to for the locals to visit to take morning/evening strolls and to play. You can hire a sunbed here and soak in the sun which enjoying the views of the sea. There also plenty of ice cream stalls ready to serve you so you can beat the heat. You can build sandcastles or just enjoy reading a book.

  • El Pedregalejo

This beach is one of the most remarkable places situated almost 30 minutes from the town center. This beach is particularly popular because of all the food options available here and the atmosphere of this place. It is one of the oldest fishing spots of the city. If you think the only thing to eat here is fried fish, then you are mistaken. This place has a lot to offer. From duck hamburger, to spicy tuna dishes, to shrimps, and what not. 

Malaga has great beaches within walking distances where you can enjoy the famous Espeto de sardinas
  • Golf 

While visiting Malaga, you will see you can’t even go a few miles without tumbling into a top-notch gold course. The Parador de Malaga is a gold course 10 kilometers along the coast of the city with 18-holes that is welcoming to players of any level. It is complete with dunes, palms, and eucalyptus trees. This is one of the oldest courses which dates as far back as to the 1920s. 

  • La Concepción Botanical Garden

La Concepción gardens and estate were built in 1850s with plants and trees ordered from all over the globe. They created a tropical oasis over a 23-hectare land. The gardens were declared a national treasure and opened to the public in 1994. There are many different species of plants and birds you can see at this place. The garden combines formal gardens with more tropical gardens which attract the visitors and pull them further into the greens. 

You can grasp from this that the place is fully packed with culture mixed with history and entertainment. The locals are friendly and helpful. The overall atmosphere of the place will be all rainbows and sunshine for you – and we’re not just talking about the weather. Here are some of our picks for top places you can visit in Malaga, Spain. You can let us know how this guide helped you plan your trip. Share your experience with us when you decide to pay Malaga a visit. 


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