Top 7 things to do in Málaga

top things to do in Malaga

If you are looking for the top things to do in Málaga you’re in the right place. We have prepared a list of 7 best things the city has to offer!

Weather you love history and sightseeing or just want to lay on the beach Málaga’s got you covered. It’s a city that has everything – impressive monuments, exotic plants, beaches, mountains, delicious cuisine and friendly people. There really isn’t much more you could ask for!

Go ahead and read the list of 7 things to do in Málaga.


1. Visit the main monuments

Cathedral Malaga

The historic center of the city is very easy to go around with everything within a walking distance. You should start your visit with Alcazaba – Arabic palace-fortress from 11th century and the main attraction of the city. Right below Alcazaba you will find the remains of the oldest monument of Málaga –  Teatro Romano from the 1st century BC. Up the hill, overlooking the city lies Gibralfaro castle, build in the 10th century. It offers amazing panoramas of the city, we highly recommend watching a sunset from the viewpoint! Last but not least, the must-see in Málaga is the Cathedral, La Manquita, the heart of the historic center of Málaga.



2. Relax at the beach

If you do find yourself in Málaga a beach day is obligatory! With its warm climate Málaga is a perfect destination all year long – even during the mild winters you can enjoy a pleasant 20 degrees in the sun. Whether you prefer sunbathing, swimming, scuba diving, playing with your dog or taking pictureswhether its for pictures, sunbathing, adventures with your dog or scuba diving.

Malagueta beach Malaga

You can also enjoy a meal or a drink in one of the numerous chirungitos and bars. There are tons of offers for whatever you want to do whether it is beach bars and cafes or sunbathing in peace in one of the further, less urban beaches.

Malagueta sign Malaga

The most popular beach is La Malagueta with its famous sign.


3. Visit museums

Thyssen Museum Malaga

Are you a fan of history and art? If yes Málaga, with a total of 36 museums is the right destination for you. From history, archeology, art, to cars and contemporary art – you can find everything here! The best part about the museums? Entrance to most of them is free every Sunday. To read more about the best museums in Málaga check out this post.


4. Take a tour around the city

Free Walking Tour Malaga

We couldn’t miss the opportunity to mention something we are really passionate about as tour guides. Free Walking Tour in Málaga is the easiest and most amazing way to discover the city. You will see beautiful monuments, learn about local culture, customs and legends. The tour around the historic center of Málaga will give you a taste of everyday life in Andalusia. So don’t wait and let us welcome you to the city! Book here.

Free walking tour Malaga Adventures

5. Experience traditional food

Traditional food Malaga

Málaga is a true foodie paradise, however in order to fully enjoy traditional food in Málaga, you have to love seafood and fish.  Anchovies, sardines, tuna, shrimps and octopus are one of the most common dishes, always accompanied by wine or beer. Traditional food includes Fritura Malagueña (mix of fried seafood), Espetos (grilled sardines) or Pipirrana (summer salad).

Gambas al Pil Pil tradicional food Malaga

Espetos deserve a special mention since they are the most characteristic food from Málaga, soon to be put forward for special Unesco status as an element forming the cultural identity of Málaga. It’s a must during your visit! You can find them at chiringuitos by the beach for around 3 euros. The best ones are served in El Palo, previously a fishing village and now one of the neighborhoods or Málaga.

Traditional dishes from Malaga

If you are not a fan of fish or just simply are abstaining from the use of animal products you can try Porra Antequerana (thick gazpacho style soup) or Ajoblanco (white soup with garlic).

As locals we should recommend restaurants such as Cortijo de Pepe, Casa Lola, La Tranca or El Pimpi. You can also check our blog post about typical restaurants in Málaga!


6. Visit art centers

Art Galleries in Malaga

Do you like art just like us? We might not be able to judge it well but we do enjoy looking at the works of talented artists.  In Málaga you can see paintings and sculptures of Pablo Picasso in Museo Picasso as well as the works of modern artists at Contemporary Art Center (CAC) or Centre Pompidou which is the first branch of the museum outside France.


7. Go shopping

Larios shopping center

There are couple of shopping centers and many streets in the historic center filled with different stores with both international chains and local brands. most of which are well known in the rest of europe. You can find everything you are looking for here, from chain stores to designer brands.  Do you want to read more about the best shopping centers? Go to this post.

El corte ingles Malaga

Before coming to Málaga be sure to leave some free space in your suitcase because we are sure you’re going to bring some souvenirs home!


If you are interested in one of our tours check out our Free Tour or Alcazaba Tour page. Book your tour and join us on an adventure

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