Situated on the Costa Del Sol, Malaga is a coastal town known for its high-rise hotels and resorts settled on yellow-sand beaches. From the Moorish history to the modern time, the city is full of surprises. To help you exploring Malaga we have prepared the 19 best things to do in Malaga! Are you ready? Let’s go!
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1 – Wander the ruins of the Roman theater
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.
2 – Take a royal stroll on the Kings Pathway
The King’s Pathway, also known as “El Caminito del Rey” is a walkway, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Ardales in the province of Málaga, Spain. Constructed in the debut of the 20th century to give workers access to two hydroelectric plants, the path was closed in 2000, for more than a decade, after many people died attempting to cross it. The Spanish King Alfonso XIII inaugurated this pathway in 1921, which is why it’s now called “The King’s Little Pathway”. The King himself strolled the length of it to marvel at the breathtaking & scenic landscape. Let’s take the King’s Pathway during your stay in Andalucia!
3 – Believe at the Cathedral of Malaga
The Cathedral of Málaga is a Roman Catholic church in Málaga. It is part of the most unique and impressive cathedrals in southern Spain. Its north tower rises to 84 meters in height. It is one of the tallest Cathedrals in Andalusia. Inside the temple, the styles are from Renaissance and Baroque influences.
4 – Vamos a la Playa de la Malagueta
The Playa de la Malagueta is the city’s main beach and is both sandy and close to the town. This is where malagueños come to play (and take their morning exercise). Hire a sunbed here and enjoy a beach-read or build sandcastles and relish a paddle with the kids. When hunger starts, there are plenty of ice cream sellers.
5 – Seek Malaga best sports
What is better than a coastal town to practice sports? With Malaga stretching along the Costa Del Sol, the opportunity of practicing either paragliding, surf or kitesurf is a must try when you visit the city. You can see also go rafting or drive a quad or see wild dolphins. Take a break from the historical tourism and try the best things to do that Malaga has to offer!
6 – Feel like a king at Alcazaba
The Alcazaba is a palatial fortification in Málaga. Built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century, it is Malaga’s most important landmark. Take a walk on the fortification of the Alcazaba to get the best views of the city. This Moorish Fortress is perfectly adapted to the contours of the land and takes maximum advantage of the elevation of a hill for a unique view on the city.
7 – Go spelunking in the Caves of Nerja
The beautiful Nerja Caves are a chain of huge caves stretching for almost five kilometers and home to the world’s largest stalagmite, a 32-meter high column measuring 13 meters by 7 meters at its base. It is a great place to visit on rainy days or when you’re just tired of the beach. The Nerja Caves in Spain are well-maintained, safe and fascinating, the perfect thing for an indoor mom and her kids.
8 – Revive the great battles of Andalucia in the Castillo de Gibralfaro
One remnant of Málaga’s Islamic past is the stony ramparts of the Castillo de Gibralfaro, spectacularly situated high on the hill overlooking the city. It was built in the fourteenth century to house troops and protect the Alcazaba.
9 – Party like a local at the Feria de Agosto
Feria de Málaga takes place every August in the city of Málaga. It is the largest fair on the Costa del Sol, which gathers people coming from all over the world. This fair commemorates the re-conquest of the Andalusian by the Christian with an exuberating week-long street party with plenty of flamenco and sherry.
10 – Shop like a local at Ataranazas market
The Ataranzas market is an old-school covered market with a strong variety of Fish, meat, cheese, fruits, and vegetables. Get here and dive into the city’s colors and flavors with one of the most beautiful markets in Spain. It is the finest examples of nineteenth-century architecture in Málaga.
10 – Explore the surroundings of Malaga
Situated in the south of Spain, and in the region of Andalusia, the coastal town of Malaga allows you to explore a lot of places unique in the world. Just take a day off this cute city to reach one of the nearest places in Europe to Africa, know as the straits of Gibraltar, located 150km from Malaga. By the way, you can also take a boat to reach the coast of Morocco. From Malaga, it is easy to reach Granada as well as Tanger, Gilbraltar or Seville. There are many options of excursions from Malaga.
12 – Take a stroll in the Parque de la Concepcion Malaga
Located on a hillside on the outskirts of Málaga, the Historic Botanical Garden of La Concepcion is an English landscape garden with more than 150 years of history. It was officially declared as a Historical and Artistic Garden in 1943.
13 – Chill in Torremolinos
Torremolinos is a former fishing village which is preserving the considerable charms of the Andalusian tradition. Located 12 km south of Malaga between Malaga Bay and the Mijas Mountains, it offers more than 300 sunny days a year. It is principally known for its sandy beaches such as El Bajondillo and La Carihuela.
14 – Build a sandcastle in Marbella
In the chic, sun-drenched Costa del Sol town of Marbella, hints of its former Moorish occupation mingle with modern-day resort amenities. If you are looking forward to spending a holiday that offers great beaches, wonderful all-year round climate, unique leisure facilities, gastronomy, and entertainment, then choose Marbella, its way of life will enchant you.
15 – Get wet at the River Chillar
The River chiller is a river that leads to the Nerja cave. The 3 hours route is almost guaranteed to get your feet wet, which is ideal for those hot days in summer. It provides a scenic walkway in the crystal clear water, with nice waterfalls.
16 – Get tanned on the Tropical Coast
The Costa Tropical is a relaxed coastal region in Andalusia. Grab your beach bag and head to discover picturesque beaches and clear Mediterranean waters. Furthermore, the Costa Tropical is far less crowded than its famous neighbor, the Costa del Sol.
17 – Discover a painter life at the Picasso Museum
The Picasso museum in Malaga opened in 2003 in the Buenavista Palace. This museum is dedicated to the most influent artist of the twentieth century and meets the demand of the artist to have his work present in the city where he was born in 1881. It is particularly relevant to be in Malaga because it is the city where artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born. It houses an average of 285 works donated by members of Picasso’s family.
18 – Hold a red flag at the Plaza de Toros
La Malagueta is the bullring at Málaga which since 1876 has been denominated a cultural asset of Spain. This 52 meters wide ring can accommodate a total of 14,000 people. The Plaza de Toros was built in what is known as Neo-Mudéjar style, a relatively recent, typically Spanish building style, inspired by the ancient Arabic architecture, particularly characteristic of Andalusia.
19 – Celebrate the best holy week of your life
The Holy Week in Malaga, offer a unique attraction in Spain for all those visitors and tourists from around the world who spend the Spanish Holy Week. It is the annual commemoration of the Passion of Jesus Christ that takes place during the last week of Lent. It is one of the significant events of the year in Malaga.
I hope you enjoyed our 19 best things to do in Malaga! please tell us in comments your favorite one or if you have any other ideas! We wish you a good trip to Andalucia! Enjoy! 🙂