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If you only have one day to explore Malaga, use this list to be sure you hit all the "must-see" sights.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Alcazaba

Historic Sites, History Museums

Malaga Cathedral

Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites

La Calle Larios

Gift & Speciality Shops

Mercado Central de Atarazanas

Farmers Markets

Antigua Casa de Guardia

Bars & Clubs

Castillo de Gibralfaro

Castles, Historic Sites

Fundacion Picasso - Museo Natal

Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Speciality Museums

Plaza de la Merced

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Taperia de Sybaris

Restaurants

Teatro Cervantes

Theatres

Paul P's City Tips

  • It's easy to get around central Malaga on foot, but those venturing farther afield should take a local bus (EMT). Pay for a single fare or buy a 10-trip pass in a tobacco shop.
  • The MalagaCard is great value. It offers you free entry to 10 museums and monuments, including Picasso's house, Malaga Cathedral and the beautiful Gibralfaro castle.
  • Malaga has many great bars and taperias. While it is not customary to tip at tapas bars, at fine dining restaurants you should leave around 10% of the bill.
  • Alcazaba
    Historic Sites, History Museums
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    Paul P Says:

    Spain's best-preserved Moorish fortress (Alcazaba means 'citadel'), the Alcazaba dates back to the 11th century, and served as a fortress and palace of the Moorish leaders in Malaga. Today, it is one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in the region, if not in the whole of Spain. The views from the top are breathtaking.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you'd rather not walk up the steep, winding paths, taking a taxi is an alternate option.
    • If you decide to walk up, make sure you bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated. Water is available in the shop at the top, but it's expensive.
    • Before visiting the Alcazaba, pay a visit to the Roman theater near the entrance — it's interesting to compare the Roman and Arab architecture.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 189 things to do in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful !!! 20/11/2018
    • Fantastic! 18/11/2018
    • Alcazaba
    Address:
    Calle Alcazabilla s/n
    29015 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 21 76 46
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Malaga Cathedral
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites
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    Paul P Says:

    With its beautiful statutes and working organ, Malaga Cathedral is absolutely stunning inside and out. Each chapel features intricate carvings and detailed pillars, and there is so much going on that you're likely to find something new every time you visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • To enter without a fee, visit before 10am or attend a mass. It's also free all day on Sundays.
    • I would not recommend using the restrooms here.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 189 things to do in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Attending mass 20/11/2018
    • Nicely lit up 20/11/2018
    • Malaga Cathedral
    Address:
    Calle Molina Lario 9
    29015 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 21 59 17
    Hours:
    Sun
    14:00 - 18:30
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 21:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 18:30
    Other:
  • La Calle Larios
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Paul P Says:

    Marble-paved Calle Larios is grand, beautiful, and very popular for shopping. All the major Spanish high-street stores have outposts here, as do some typical Andalucian shops. The street is also full of cafes and restaurants, in addition to several very popular ice cream spots.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Everyone should visit the famous Casa Aranda to try the "chocolate con churros" (a thick Spanish hot chocolate for dipping crispy fried pastries).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 48 Shopping in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Wonderful Shopping Street 06/11/2018
    • Main street 30/10/2018
    • La Calle Larios
    Other:
  • Mercado Central de Atarazanas
    Farmers Markets
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    Paul P Says:

    Bursting with colors, Mercado Central de Atarazanas is a fun place to browse whether you're shopping for foods or just poking around. Here you'll find fresh local vegetables, cheeses, rolls of sausages, and all manner of seafood. The site is thought to have been used for trading as early as the 14th century, and the original 14th-century gate still stands. The building itself is a 19th-century structure, a soaring industrial space with massive stained-glass windows at either end.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Most vendors do not accept cards, so be sure you have cash with you.
    • Bar Los Pueblos is an animated tapas place across the way. The old-school waiters shout a lot, and the food is wholesome, traditional Malagan fare. Try the croquetas!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 189 things to do in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • WE Are Market "Freaks" 18/11/2018
    • "Out of this world food Market" 09/11/2018
    • Mercado Central de Atarazanas
    Address:
    Calle Atarazanas 10
    29005 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 951 92 60 10
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 14:00
    Other:
  • Antigua Casa de Guardia
    Bars & Clubs
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    Paul P Says:

    An absolute must, Atingua Casa de Guardia is a really special place for trying traditional wines from Malaga — all served straight from the cask. The interior makes you feel like you have stepped back in time, and even your bill is simply a chalkboard in front of you, with a tally of your drinks.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Like a Local
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The Pajarete is a particularly nice wine, and the Moscatel is also delicious.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 86 Nightlife in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Combo: wine and experience 30/10/2018
    • Sweet wine 22/10/2018
    • Antigua Casa de Guardia
    Address:
    Alameda Principal 18
    Finca El Romerillo, Barriada de Olías
    29005 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 21 46 80
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 - 15:30
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 22:45
    Other:
  • Castillo de Gibralfaro
    Castles, Historic Sites
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    Paul P Says:

    The walk up to Castillo de Gibralfaro is enjoyable, although it's quite a climb. Once there, however, you are rewarded with stunning views over all of Malaga, including vistas onto the bull ring and the port. Upon entering the castle, you can walk along the walls and get a fantastic 360-degree panoramic. The museum is also interesting, and it's worth taking some time to look around.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can buy a discounted joint ticket for the Gibralfaro castle and the Alcazaba.
    • As the climb to the top can be quite strenuous, it's advisable to take a bus (#35 from the Marina) or taxi up, and then walk down.
    • For those wanting to stay a bit longer to enjoy the amazing views, the Parador Hotel (close to the entrance) has a terrace where you can relax over lunch or drinks.
    • Make sure you take a bottle of water with you if you decide to walk up to the top, as there are no shops along the way.
    • Entrance to the castle is free every Sunday after 2pm.
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 189 things to do in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great walk and views 17/11/2018
    • Wonderful place 17/11/2018
    • Castillo de Gibralfaro
    Address:
    Camino Gibralfaro s/n
    : Camino de Gibralfaro, 11
    29016 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 12 20 20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Fundacion Picasso - Museo Natal
    Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Paul P Says:

    Located in the vibrant Plaza de la Merced, a short walk from the Alcazaba, the Picasso Foundation is known as the 'casa natal' (birthplace) of Picasso. The museum provides a fascinating look at the artist's origins, including how the family lived, and artwork by young Picasso as well as some by his father, who was a painter and art teacher himself.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It is definitely worth taking the tour with the audio guide, as it gives you information about the painter and the different rooms in the house.
    • The video is very interesting, but be aware that it's more than an hour long.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 189 things to do in Malaga
    • Bit disapointing 28/10/2018
    • Worth a Stop 22/09/2018
    • Fundacion Picasso - Museo Natal
    Address:
    Plaza Merced 15
    29012 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 951 92 60 60
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$6
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Plaza de la Merced
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Paul P Says:

    This vibrant square has everything, and often serves as a meeting point for starting out the evening. You can sit in Plaza de la Merced to enjoy some tapas and watch the world go by, or you might have your photo taken by the Picasso statue, or wander up the connecting side streets, where there are bars and restaurants with good, reasonably priced food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Occasionally, musicians and street performers bring in crowds. You may also see friends getting together in the evening to play guitar.
    • Bar La Calle de Bruselas is particularly good, as it's nearly always open. You can have breakfast, lunch, a snack, evening tapas, or drinks until 2am (3am on weekends).
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 189 things to do in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 17/11/2018
    • If you decide to stroll around in Málaga, this is one of the places you must pass. 11/11/2018
    • Plaza de la Merced
    Phone:
    +34 951 92 60 60
    Other:
  • Taperia de Sybaris
    Restaurants (Bar, Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    Paul P Says:

    A few minutes' walk from the vibrant Plaza de la Merced, Tapería de Sybaris is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Monolo, the owner, is very welcoming and clearly passionate about food, all of which is cooked to perfection.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The house croquetas are always very tasty.
    • For those with a sweet tooth, Manolo's homemade chocolate truffles are to die for, as is the leche frita (fried milk).
    • The char-grilled meats are especially delicious.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #143 of 2 051 restaurants in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great visit. 24/09/2018
    • Best bar in Málaga? 12/08/2018
    • Taperia de Sybaris
    Address:
    Calle Alamos 16
    29012 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    952608167
  • Teatro Cervantes
    Theatres
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    Paul P Says:

    Entering the Teatro Cervantes is like going back 150 years in time. This theater, built in 1870, is beautifully designed, with four floors overlooking the stage. The venue still hosts an array of drama, music, and dance performances — Malaga's popular and talented philharmonic orchestra regularly performs here, and the theater attracts visiting acts from around the world.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 189 things to do in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great looking theatre. 24/09/2018
    • Awesome venue with great events! 11/07/2018
    • Teatro Cervantes
    Address:
    Calle Ramos Marin 0
    29012 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 902 36 02 95
    Other:
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