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What to do in Malaga?

Malaga is one of the most attractive cities for national and international tourists who are looking for the sun and beach. However the delights of the city and its province are not only limited to these attractions, its culture is also very interesting. Therefore if you are wondering what to see in Malaga during your next affordable holiday, read this guide which we offer you from Holidays2Malaga.

What to do in Malaga: Costa del Sol, a place ruled by the sun

The coast of Malaga is an absolute delight. It is colloquially known as “Costa del Sol” due to its countless number of sunny days throughout the year. This area covers the capital city, which boasts amazing beaches such as La Malagueta or La Misericordia. Additionally, in the towns of El Palo and Pedregalejo there are marvellous bays which create an idyllic surrounding where you can enjoy the good weather whilst you enjoy a delicious plate of fried fish in one of the many traditional chiringuitos (beach bars) which you will find there.

However Costa del Sol extends far beyond the city of Malaga. So much so that it extends throughout practically the whole of the south of the province. If you travel in the west direction, i.e. towards Cadiz, you will run into the fantastic beaches of Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola and San Pedro de Alcántara. You may even find the jet set of Marbella. On the other hand, if you head in the opposite direction, the idyllic scenery of Rincon de la Victoria, Maro and Nerja are waiting for you. In this last town a Spanish television series called “Verano Azul” was filmed.

What to do in Malaga: the best museum options in Malaga

Beyond the beaches of Malaga, as we mentioned before, there is a lot more to see in this city. Some of its museums are a must visit on the itinerary of any good traveller. One is the Picasso Museum, which is home to an authentic collection of works belonging to the local genius of cubism, which was donated by his family and the Picasso Foundation. A visit to his Birthplace will also help you get to know his origins.

But when it comes to museums this is not the only one that resides in Malaga. The city centre is also home to the Carmen Thyssen Museum, which has brought renowned exhibitions of works belonging to the collection of late Baron Thyssen Bornemizsa. It is also possible to visit a branch of The Pompidou Museum and a Contemporary Art’s Centre which is considered one of the most important in Andalucia. To sum up, the museums in Malaga are a must visit.

What to do in Malaga: The Alcazaba, a monument which dominates the city

The Malaga Alcazaba, even though its exact origins are unknown, is a palatial fortress belonging to the Muslim era which, according to estimated data, dates back to the 11th century. Although today we only preserve half of its footprint from its period of glory, it has been successfully restored and renovated, making it an interesting visit.

Opposite The Alcazaba is the Roman Theatre. This building, with even more remote origins, was discovered and unearthed some years ago and is preserved in an excellent state. So much so that at night in summer it is not unusual to see a play being performed there. If you have the opportunity, do not miss it. On the other hand, if you decide to walk up from The Alcazaba to Mount Gilbralfaro and, on the way do some exercise, you will find an impressive castle and views which will take your breath away.

If you still feel like roaming the city but you are a little tired, do not worry, it will not take you long to get to another great monument in Malaga: The Cathedral. As a matter of interest, it is known locally as “La Manquita” (one-armed) because it is missing one of its towers. The works were not finalised, even though they took 250 years, because the money was invested into more urgent jobs in the province. Over the years it has become a symbol of the city, reason why the locals did not want the tower to be finished.

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What to do in Malaga: Whatever you save on your affordable holiday, spend it on fried fish

To visit Malaga and not to have a plate of fried fish is sacrilege. The specialised restaurants and chiringuitos have the best produce because traditionally the city was fisherman’s soil, and it still is to some level. This is the reason why every day there is fresh fish at the bars of these establishments.

The local speciality par excellence are the “boquerones” (anchovies). Locals are called “boquerones” for this reason. However the skewered sardines are just as good. This peculiar way of preparing them on a flame enables us to obtain from them a unique flavour, different to everything else you have tried during your holidays in Spain. Additionally, undoubtedly the skill of the local experts in skewered fish plays an important role.

What to do in Malaga: If you run out of things to visit in Malaga, visit the bars

It is very difficult to run out of places to visit in Malaga but, if this happens, you always have the bars. Malaga is one of the cities in Spain with the highest number of hospitality establishments per inhabitant, which is especially apparent in the historical centre and in coastal neighbourhoods located next to some of best beaches in Malaga, such as Huelin.

There are a wide range of options in this vein. However, there is no doubt that spending an afternoon on a terrace next to the sea enjoying a coffee or a drink is also an unbeatable plan. In fact, it is hard to imagine another holiday destination in Spain in which you can experience such a pleasant sensation, especially when the evening arrives. And if when the night falls you still want to party, the area of Los Alamos is ideal to enjoy some good music and a great atmosphere.

Bear in mind that in Malaga there is a good atmosphere at all times of the day and all year round. In summer the reasons are evident as the good weather attracts many tourists. However in autumn and winter the city does not go downhill thanks to it having become one of the favourite destinations in Europe for Erasmus students. Great weather, many bars, good food and fun every day is a very attractive combination.

To sum up, if you are looking for an affordable holiday in the south of Spain, come to Malaga. And if you are not but want to treat yourself, come as well. You can be assured that, whatever you do, you will have a great time during your stay. Whether you prefer bars, museums or beaches, this city offers a very wide range of tourist, cultural and leisure options. You will not run out of options to enjoy yourself!

THE PORT OF MALAGA

In recent years the port of Malaga has become very important to the theme cruises, reaching double the number of cruise passengers. You can not overlook passenger traffic, both those using the ferry service Málaga – Melilla, and users of international cruise ships.

Continuous improvements that are taking place in the port of Malaga Actualmene place it in one of the rulers of the Costa Mediterranea, establishing itself as the second Spanish port of the peninsula in this type of traffic, behind Barcelona.

International Cruises cruise companies -Celebrity, Costa Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC, Star Clippers, Royal Caribbean International, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea, Azamara o Cunard- call at or end their journey in Malaga with increasing frequency.

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LA ALCAZABA

The Alcazaba of Malaga is a fortification of the Muslim era eleventh century fortification built on a Phoenician origien and located at the foothills of Mount Gibralfaro where you will also find the Castillo de Gibralfaro.

Visiting Hours of La Alcazaba of Malaga

  • Summer: From Tuesday to Sunday: de 9h30 a 20h.
  • Winter: From Tuesday to Sunday: de 8h30 a 19h.

Price Check Alcazaba of Malaga:

  • General admission: 2,10 €
  • Entry students, pensioners and children between 6 and 16 years old: 0,60 €
  • Combined ticket Castillo de Gibralfaro + Alcazaba: 3,45 €
  • Every Sunday from 14pm Admission is free.

CATHEDRAL OF MALAGA

Malaga Cathedral, also known as Holy Cathedral Basilica of the Incarnation was built between 1528 and 1782. Characterized by perfectly combining various architectural styles: Gothic plant, the main Baroque and Renaissance facade elevation header. The La Catedral most original is the absence of the tower her that is still unfinished and so the call The Manguita.

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PICASSO MUSEUM 

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The Picasso Museum in Malaga born to realize the desire of Pablo Picasso that his works were present in the town that. These works have been donated by Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, daughter and grandson of the artist, by the project created by the Junta de Andalucia. The Picasso Museum in Malaga meets 233 works thanks to the agreement for the art of Fundación Almine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso.

Address:

Palacio de Buenavista
c / San Agustín, 8. 29015 Malaga, Spain
GPS: N 36.72169º In 04.41852º

General Information:

    • (34) 902 44 33 77 | Switchboard: (34) 952 12 76 00
  • info@museopicassomalaga.org

Schedule

    • From Tuesday to Thursday: of 10:00 h a 20:00 h
    • Friday and Saturday: of 10:00 h a 21:00 h
    • Sundays and holidays: of 10:00 h a 20:00 h
    • Closed on Mondays, the 25 December, the 1 January 6 January
    • December 24, 31 and December 5 January 10:00 h. a 15:00 h
  • The ticket office will remain open until half an hour before closing the museum.
  • The eviction of the rooms starts 10 minutes before the Museum closes.

Rates

  • Permanent Collection: 6,00 €
  • Temporary Exhibition: 4,50€
  • Combined (permanent collection + temporary exhibition): 9,00 €

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CARMEN THYSSEN MUSEUM 

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The Carmen Thyssen Museum is located in the Palacio Villaon and features 267 works forming part of the personal collection of Carmen Thyssen throughout the nineteenth century. According to the agreement Carmen Thyssen I covenant with the city of Malaga, these works were exhibited at the Museum until 2025 this period may be extended.

Street Address: Street Company, 10, 29008 Malaga
Phone: 902 30 31 31

Schedule:

  • Tue-Sun 10.00 a 20.00 h.
  • Closed on Mondays (except Monday holidays)
  • The Museum closes 25 December and 1 Jan..
  • Box office open until half an hour before closing.
  • The eviction of the showrooms will take place five minutes before closing.

Rates:

  • Permanent Collection
    • General: 6 €
    • Reduced: 3,50 €
  • Temporary Exhibition
    • General: 4 €
    • Reduced: 2,50 €
  • Context Statement
    • General: 2 €
    • Free access to the exhibition context included in admission to the permanent collection or temporary exhibition
  • Combined Ticket Permanent Collection + temporary exhibition
    • General: 8 €
    • Reduced: 4,50 €
  • Free: under 12 years accompanied, ICOM members, and guides with official accreditation.

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MUSEUM Glassware

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The Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga is located in a house eighteenth and outlining the history through the glass collecting a 2000 glass pieces from different eras.

Open 11:00 a 19:00 Tuesday through Sunday.

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AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM

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The Automobile Museum of Malaga is located in the old tobacco factory and was inaugurated in 16 in September 2010.

With an area of 7.000 m2, The museum is divided into 10 differentiated spaces. It has a collection of more than 90 vehicles of different stages since 1998 and mostly comes from the catalog of the Portuguese collector Manuel Joao Magalhaes.

Schedule:

  • Everyday 10:00 a 19:00 hours.
  • Monday, 25 December and 1 January closed.
  • 24 and 31 December 10:00 a 15:00.
  • The ticket office will remain open until half an hour before closing the museum.

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POPULAR ART AND CUSTOMS

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The museum of art and folk customs of Malaga is inaugurated 23 October 1976 and currently has 19 rooms that tell the rural and urban life in Málaga and its province.

The museum of art and folk customs of Málaga thus becomes one of the best ways to publicize local and historical circumstances of the area. These, highlighted: albardonería or art of producing gear animals, blacksmithing or viticulture.

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GARDEN DESIGN

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The botanical garden was created in Concepción 1855 and 1990 becomes the property of the City of Málaga it opened in 1994.

The botanical garden of the Conception has a large variety of plant species in Europe procedientes, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

Visits to the garden of the Conception may be free or guided:

  • Type 1: Tour of the historic area
  • Type 2: Tour the historic area
    + Viewpoints route or 80 palm trees and collection.
  • Type 3: Full tour.

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CASTLE GIBRALFARO

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Gibralfaro Castle was an ancient Phoenician enclosure that had a lighthouse and Rahman III who was later transformed into a fortress. Later in 1340 Nazarite King Yusuf I became a fortress and Fernando El Catolico use it as a residence while Queen Isabel La Catolica resided in the city.

Currently Gibralfaro Castle is visiting daily for its magnificent views of the city of Malaga and clear day, you may even see Africa and the Strait of Gibraltar.

Schedule:

  • Winter: Of 9:00 a 18.00 h.
  • Summer: Of 9:00 a 20:00 h.

Prices:

  • General: 2,20 €
  • Joint visit Alcazaba- Castillo de Gibralfaro: 3,55 €
  • Price reduced *: 0,60 Euros.
  • Free tour every Sunday starting at 14:00 hours and until its closure.

* Reduced Price: Residents in Málaga, Children 6 a 16 years old, school or card holders student or retired pensioners, large family cat. general and cardholders MALAGACARD).

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