There are a lot of things to do in Malaga without spending money! We created a list of the Top 15 free entry places in Malaga!
Do you want to enjoy the city but on the other hand save up some money?
The best day to visit Malaga is on sunday, because almost all of the 36 museums are free.
Most of the city stores close on sundays, so people get to spend the day with their family. In spite of shopping or going to the beach why not visit a museum, one of the art centers or climb on the Gibralfaro castle and discover the uniquelly view of Malaga?
It isn’t only useful for one time visit, most museums and art centers change the pieces displayed and update them and no one wants to pay for it each time there is something new you want to see.
If you want to know which places are free in malaga? Continue reading and discover it in our list of the top 10 free entry places in Malaga.
Gibralfaro Castle sits on top of a mountain and offers the most picturesque view of the city and even further beyond, some say you can even see Africa from the top. La Alcazaba fortress palace is one of the city’s historical monuments and is much visited because of its history and beauty. This is the best-preserved alcazaba in Spain. Both of these monuments are a “must see” in Malaga, because you get to see the history of the city with your own eyes.
Entrance to both are free on Sundays after 14:00.
Address: Calle Alcazabilla, 2.
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, summer: 9:00 to 20:00 (1 June to 30 Sep), winter: 9:00 to 18:00 (1 Oct to 31 May).
Widely known as La Manquita (The One-Armed lady) 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, but the Cathedral was never finished, lacking one of the main towers it gained its name as The One-Armed lady.
Entrance is free on Sundays from 14:00 to 18:00.
Address: Calle Molina Lario, 9.
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 10:00 – 18:00, Sat: 10:00 – 17:00, Sun: Closed.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso is one of the most famous people born in Malaga.
The collection of more than 200 art pieces provide a great overview of Picasso’s work which is why on sundays, when the entrance is free, you can expect there to be a line outside, but don’t let that discourage you, everyone is very eager to get inside and the line moves fast.
The entry to Museo Picasso is free every Sunday the last two opening hours.
November – February: open daily 10:00-18:00
March – June: open daily 10:00-19:00
July – August: open daily 10:00-20:00
September – October: open daily 10:00-19:00
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. It is designed to recreate the link of Picasso with his childhood, his family, his origin 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.
One of the free entry places in Malaga is Centre Pompidou. It offers you to explore the art of the 20th and 21st centuries in Malaga as the first branch of the museum outside France.
Housed in a colorful glass cube next to the port its impossible to miss or so I thought.. Honestly I went the wrong way and had a little trouble finding the entrance, so let this be a teaching moment for you.
The entrance is below the cube on the opposite side going from the city center. Once you go in you can get a free audio guide to help with your tour.
Located in an area known as Soho de Málaga which is as a matter of fact already worth a visit if you love urban art. The CAC Málaga itself is dedicated to the exhibition of artwork from the contemporary period, not onlt the 20th but also the 21st Centuries. As well as a millennial most could refer to me, I enjoyed CAC with its extraordinary and uniquelly art pieces, definitely something every art lover should go and see.
Only 5 km from Malaga’s city centre a wide collection of palm trees, bamboo forests, aquatic plants, Malaga’s vines and the African plant species awaits you at Malaga’s botanical garden.
If you decide to visit you must take a break and 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 lead and comply with the regulations.
We have a whole post about all the botanical gardens in Malaga.
Entrance is free all day 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 100 pieces dating from the 15th to 20th centuries.
In addition to the museum, they are specially selected for Málaga covering every period of Russian art.
This museum belongs to the list of free entry places in Malaga because it was built to help the local artists as a nice sign of support from the city.
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.
You can freely access to the museum:
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 2pm, and from 17:00 to 20:00. In summer afternoons, it opens from 18:00 to 21:00. Free for EU citizens, 1,50 EUR for others.
Address: Plaza de la Aduana, S/N
Opening hours: Mon: Closed, Tue – Sun: 9:00 – 21:00.
This museum showcases the lives and works of both Revello de Toro and Pedro de Mena whose 17th century home and workshop has been restored.
As a matter of fact in the Memorial Room in which a 10 minutes long video is shown displaying the highlights of his life.
Don’t miss the ending, it will surprise you!
This Museum belongs to the list of free entry places in Malaga because it is free entrance on sundays from 10:00 to 14:00.
Address: Calle Afligidos, 5.
Opening hours: Mon: Closed, Tue – Sun: 10:00 – 20:00.
The Puerto de Malaga is located just a few minutes outside the center of the city. The harbor is really worth the visit with a modern setting and a wide range of shops and restaurants located around the area.
The harbor is a good place to just spend some time and enjoy the yachts and cruise ships.
The port of Malaga is also the oldest continuously-operated port in whole of Spain and one of the oldest ports in the Mediterranean. Walk through the port and soak in the relaxed atmosphere of the ocean.
Near Malaga there is a small fishing village called Pedregalejo. This village is well known for the popular fish restaurants and good atmosphere.
Pedregalejo is one of the oldest and most traditional fishing spots of the city. In pedregalejo are a lot of young people who enjoy the sun and the beach life.
In Pedregalejo you can relax at the beach or go do activities on the water. With good facilities of renting boats, umbrellas and many more pedregalejo is really worth the visit.
We really recommend to go have dinner in Pedregalejo and enjoy the atmosphere at night.
Near Malaga is the city Nerja. Nerja is located 1 hour drive away from Malaga. Nerja is definitely worth the visit. Walk down the seafront promenade, go and enjoy the beach or go hiking in the mountains.
The mountains of Nerja are a good place to hike through. If you are into outdoor activities this hike is definitely something for you. Hike through the river (Chillar) and go to the cave of Nerja. This is something we highly recommend.
And ofcourse after the long hike you will be rewarded by a beautiful water basin where you can cool down and take a splash.
Ofcourse everyone loves fresh products. In Malaga there are a lot of Markets in the center with a huge variety in fresh products.
The Markets are very popular under the tourists but also the locals are getting their food from the markets.
Some of the Markets even got a beautiful history. Do you want to read more about the different markets in Malaga? Go to our blog post about markets in Malaga.
On the Gibralfaro hill there are 2 viewpoints. One of the viewpoints is located next to the castle right on top of the hill.
If you want to visit this beautiful viewing point you can choose to go by foot or by car.
It can take between 20-40 minutes walk to the viewing point. That’s why we recommend to do this in the morning or afternoon because it will be less hot.
From the viewing point you can enjoy the beautiful sunset over Malaga.
If you are interested in doing a walking tour through Málaga you can visit https://malagaadventures.com/free-tour/