We created a list of the Top 15 free things to in Málaga because the city has a lot to offer even if you’re on a budget. If you want to save some money the best day to visit Málaga is Sunday as almost all of the 36 museums have free entrance!
Even though most of the stores and shopping centers close on Sunday there is still a lot you can do in Málaga! If you’re already tired of sunbathing on the beach why don’t you visits a museum, art gallery or climb to Gibralfaro castle to enjoy one of the best views in the city? Even if you’re already a local free-entry Sunday is a great option to see the temporary exhibitions changing every few months.
Continue reading and discover our list of the top 15 free entry places in Málaga or join us on an adventure with the free walking tour!
Gibralfaro Castle sits on top of a mountain and some say you can even see Africa from the top. La Alcazaba, fortress-palace is one of the city’s historical monuments and the best-preserved alcazaba in Spain. Both of these monuments are a “must see” in Málaga – discover the history of the city with your own eyes!
Entrance to both are free on Sundays after 14:00.
Address: Calle Alcazabilla, 2.
Summer (1 June to 30 Sep) : 9:00 to 20:00 daily
Winter (1 Oct to 31 May): 9:00 to 18:00 daily
Widely known as La Manquita, The Cathedral of Málaga is an impressive building located in the historic center and is definitely worth a visit. Renaissance and Baroque architectural elements reflect the long period of construction (16th-18th century). But since the Cathedral was never finished lacking one of the main towers it gained the name of The One-Armed lady (La Manquita).
Pablo Ruiz Picasso is one of the most famous people born in Málaga. His museum houses the collection of more than 200 art pieces which provide a great overview of Picasso’s work. On Sundays, when the entrance is free, you can expect a line outside but don’t let that discourage you – it moves fast.
The entry to Museo Picasso is free every Sunday the last two opening hours.
September-October, March-June: open daily 10.00 – 19.00
November-February: open daily 10.00 – 18.00
July-August: open daily 10.00 – 20.00
Two hours is enough time to see everything and go trough in a slow pace, so don’t be worried about that.
Just a few minutes from Museo Picasso next to the Plaza de la Merced you can visit Picasso’s Birthplace Museum. It is designed to recreate the link between Picasso’s art and his childhood, his family and his homeland.
The extensive collection perfectly summarises 19th-century Spanish art. It is located in the 16th-century palace of Villalón in the heart of Málaga. It regularly houses temporary exhibitions.
Entrance is free free every Sunday from 17:00 to 20:00.
One of the free entry places in Málaga is Centre Pompidou. It’s a modern art gallery displaying the artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is the first branch of the museum outside France.
Centre Pompidou is housed in a colorful glass cube next to the port – of the landmarks of the city. The entrance is located below the cube on the side of the port. Once you go in you can get a free audio guide to help with your tour.
Contemporary Art Centre is located in Soho de Málaga, a neighborhood really worth a visit because of the street art you can see there. The CAC Málaga itself is dedicated to contemporary art and especially visual art – paintings, sculptures, photography and videography. In its vast interior you can find permanent and temporary exhibitions showcasing works of both national and local artists. It’s definitely something every art lover should see.
Only 5 km from the city centre you can find a wide collection of palm trees, bamboo forests, aquatic plants, Málaga’s vines and the African plant species awaiting you at Málaga’s botanical garden.
Take a break from the city’s hustle and bustleand relax next to the waterfall at the heart of the garden.
Dogs are also welcome at the garden as long as they are on a leash and comply with the regulations.
To read more about the beautiful Botanical Garden Málaga click here.
Entrance is free all day on Sundays from 1 October to 31 March, the rest of the year it is free on Sundays, from 15:00 to 16:30.
Address: Camino del Jardín Botánico, 3.
Opening hours: Mon: Closed, Tue – Sun: 9:30 – 16:30.
The museum is the first European branch of the State Russian Museum which houses houses a different exposition every year, until February 27, 2020 you can see the collection dedicated to the depiction of women in Russian art.
Free Entrance on Sundays from 16:00.
Another museum on our list of free entry places in Málaga is Museo de Málaga. The permanent exhibition brings together art and archeology since the Museum has joined Provincial Museum of Fine Arts and Provincial Archeological Museum.
As a matter of fact the museum hosts a collection of more than 4000 pieces, while the permanent exhibition displays about one hundreds pieces of art.
The entrance if free for all EU citizens, for others it’s 1,50€
This museum showcases the lives and works of both Revello de Toro, a famous portrait painter and Pedro de Mena, maker of religious images. The collection is located in 17th century house of the former. The exhibition consists of more than a 100 paintings, sketches and drawings of Revello de Toro. One of the most interesting parts of the Museum is the Memorial Room in which you can watch a 10 minutes long video displaying the highlights of life of the previous owner of the house. Don’t miss the ending, it will surprise you!
This Museum belongs to the list of free entry places in Málaga because it’s free on Sundays.
The Puerto de Málaga is located just few minutes walk from the city center. The modern construction over the promenade makes it really unique. The Port of Málaga is full of shops and restaurants, a perfect spot to spend a nice afternoon.
Additionally some companies offers cruises on yachts and catamarans. It’s a great opportunity to cool down during a hot day or enjoy a beautiful sunset watching Málaga’s coastline.
The port of Málaga is also the oldest continuously-operated port in whole of Spain and one of the oldest ports in the Mediterranean dating back to the Phoenician times.
Taking a trip away from the city center is always a good idea so the next one on our list of free things to do in Málaga is Pedregalejo . It is a former fishing village, now one of Málaga neighborhoods. Pedregalejo is well known for the popular seafood restaurants and great atmosphere.
Pedregalejo also has a great beach, much less crowded than those located closer to the city center – you can relax there, try some water sports or rent a boat. We really recommend having fresh seafood in one of the restaurants in Pedregalejo and enjoying the sunset at the beach.
West from Málaga you can find one of the best resort cities at Costa del Sol – Nerja. It’s just an hour drive from Málaga and really worth the visit.
It is famous mainly for Balcón de Europa, a viewpoint from which you see turquoise waters and impressive coastline. Nerja’s stunning beaches are considered one of the best ones in entire Spain – especially the Maro beach with a waterfall. It’s a perfect spot for kayaking, paddle surfing and snorkeling!
The mountains of Nerja are a good place to do some hiking. One of most popular walks is Rio Chillar where you walk most of the way in the water. But don’t worry, it won’t go higher than your knees. A perfect plan for a hot summer day!
Don’t miss the Cave of Nerja with impressive rock formations. Check this website for more information.
Málaga offers a wide choice of places to do your shopping, although we believe that you will have the most fun if you visit one of the markets. It’s a great opportunity not only to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat or artisan products but also to immerse yourself in the local culture.
If you want to know which market you should visit go ahead and read our blog post about markets in Málaga.
The last one on our list of free things to do in Málaga is someting you can’t miss when coming to Málaga – the impressive panorama of the city. The best views are from the top of Gibralfaro hill – there are 2 viewpoints. One of them viewpoints is located next to the castle right on top of the hill.
It can take between 20-40 minutes walk up the hill so be sure to take a bottle of water with you, especially during a hot day. We highly recommend enjoying the beautiful sunset over Málaga.
If you want to get to know Málaga a little bit better join us for our free walking tour. More information here.