Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to Do in Malaga, Spain

What are the top tourist attractions in Malaga?

Malaga Cityscape from Alcazaba photo via Depositphotos

Malaga Bucket List: Best Activities and Amazing Places to Visit in Malaga, Spain

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before—these wise words from the Dalai Lama is to live for. There’s undeniable beauty in letting yourself embrace new places, steeping your being in different cultures, and letting yourself grow through travel.

If you’re looking for incredible memories to build in Europe, might we recommend the walkable city of Malaga in Spain? This article will summarize through fifteen stellar activities why this wondrous city is worth your discovery.

Get to know a well-preserved defense fortress.

Malaga Cityscape from Alcazaba photo via Depositphotos
Malaga Cityscape from Alcazaba photo via Depositphotos

In the 11th century, the citadel that is Alcazaba Fortress was built to preserve its surrounding areas. Its defense mechanism includes double walls and enormous castles, which is similar to Syria’s Krak des Chevaliers.

Going through this picturesque tourist attraction, you will feel immense appreciation towards medieval architecture. You will pass through many defensive archways, which often strike wonder of how life was like centuries ago.

Many tourists especially appreciate this fortress’s tiled roof, made of more or less 6,000 aluminum tiles. If you want an even more breath-taking view, you can climb up Alcazaba’s defense walls to witness the glorious 360-degree view of the city.

Stroll through a historical marketplace

Facade of the Atarazanas food market photo via Depositphotos
Facade of the Atarazanas food market photo via Depositphotos

Marketplaces are a must-visit if you’re looking for exquisite finds. If you think the Atarazanas Market in Malaga couldn’t be more interesting than this, this landmark will prove assumptions wrong. The foundations of this market were an Arabian designed shipyard.

After some time, this shipyard was turned into a barracks and a military hospital. It was only during the 19th century that the site was repurposed and modernized into the distinct marketplace that it is today.

You are currently guaranteed to find organic produce, fresh sea catches, premium quality meat, and unique food stalls here. Every after purchase, don’t hesitate to walk away graciously as you utter “gracias,” the Spanish word for ‘thank you.’

Check out the most expensive street to live on in Malaga.

People on the Marques de Larios pedestrian street in Malaga photo via Depositphotos
People on the Marques de Larios pedestrian street in Malaga photo via Depositphotos

Do you find expensive things interesting? What if Malaga can take it some notch further? The most expensive street to live on in the city is called Calle Marqués de Larios, and it surely knows how to make its area even more interesting (enviable even).

Apart from being a pedestrian, this ‘calle,’ the Spanish term for ‘street,’ is also dotted with shopping and fashion-worthy opportunities. On a typical day, the street is filled with boutiques where extravagant clothing and accessories can be bought.

During fashion week, the scene here is extra. Make sure you check this street out because it’s unlike most of the streets you’ve walked on.

See comfort from the seaside.

El Palo Beach in Malaga, Spain photo via Depositphotos
El Palo Beach in Malaga, Spain photo via Depositphotos

Visiting Malaga is incomplete without being comforted by its waters. Its 1200 m long and 25 m wide beach is surrounded by bars and restaurants that will fill your day and brighten your nights.

A sports area is also accessible if you want to keep active. If you’re visiting from June until August, a Summer Cinema is offered by the beachfront. Since there’s a lot to enjoy at El Palo Beach, make sure to include them in your itinerary and invite friends and family over.

Walk on the stone-made walkway of this iconic castle.

Gibralfaro Castle in Malaga photo via Depositphotos
Gibralfaro Castle in Malaga photo via Depositphotos

If you’re looking for an iconic landmark to visit, the 10th century Gibralfaro Castle is what you’ve wished for. Its image is used in the provincial seal and flag, and, surprisingly, it’s even better in person.

This castle sits on a 130 m foothill called Gibralfaro. Within this castle are buildings and courtyards that will remind you of the Arabian fortress, the Alhambra. Apart from seeing idyllic citadels in this castle, the ramparts are well-maintained, giving you the exciting opportunity to walk on them.

Spend a day at a nature park across the seaside

Colorful park bench at Alameda Park (Parque de la Alameda) photo via Depositphotos
Colorful park bench at Alameda Park (Parque de la Alameda) photo via Depositphotos

If you’re up for a calming escapade, La Alameda Park will soothe you. This 19th-century park, also known as the Malaga Park, is like a museum of everything relaxing—the well-landscaped garden, the intricate fountains, and the historical sculptures are all delightful to look at.

Who would’ve thought that this park used to be a seaport, right? Today, the remains of the body of water lie beneath this park. Some notable sculptures to see are the bronze Caracola Nymph and the idyllic Nymph fountain of Cantaro.

Within this park, locals and tourists tend to congregate during festivals and events. If you want a more cultural experience, time your visit during festivities. Otherwise, you can have the garden to yourself during low seasons.

Relax at a beach surrounded by wealthy mansions.

Beaches in Malaga Spain
Beaches in Malaga Spain

A trip to gorgeous beaches often enriches a vacation. Fortunately, Malaga has a variety of seaside you are sure to enjoy.

The La Caleta Beach has a 1,000 m long and 25 m wide beachfront, giving you plenty of space to enjoy by yourself or with loved ones. Many visitors enjoy the fine dark sand, which is a standout.

What makes this beach even interesting is that it sits in impressive neighborhoods, La Caleta and El Limonar. This gives you convenient access to the beach and the best that the neighboring villages have to offer, aka local culture.

Join a street art tour

Malaga Street Art photo via FB Page
Malaga Street Art photo via FB Page

Art enables us to lose ourselves to find ourselves. If you crave some inspiration and art, Spain is home to the Malaga Arte Urbano Soho or MAUS.

What makes MAUS an interesting host to different art mediums is how casual and convenient it makes the process. Through MAUS, you can join in a street art walking tour where you can learn more about graffiti, murals, and the art scene in Malaga.

Be amazed by a renaissance cathedral.

Malaga Cathedral photo via Depositphotos
Malaga Cathedral photo via Depositphotos

Spain has an extensive history of how it influenced the religions of the world. Having said this, you can expect its cathedrals to be intricate, exquisite, and majestic. The Malaga Cathedral is among the must-see.

You will find the Chapel of the Saints Raphael, Sebastian, Francis, Barbara, and Julian. There are many more to see and learn from this chapel. If you are a devout Catholic, experiencing mass at this cathedral will give you an out of this world experience.

Walk with nature to find more than you seek.

Montes de Malaga Natural Park by Marcos cortes troman via Wikipedia CC
Montes de Malaga Natural Park By Marcos cortes troman – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,  CC

Spain is home to 4,996 hectares of nature that you can traverse. If you find this interesting, the Montes de Malaga Natural Park is enormous and filled with shrublands, valleys, watercourses, waterfalls, exotic animals, and more.

To summarize, this park is both relaxation and adventure. A portion of this park lies in the Montes de Málaga mountain range, with the Guadalmedina river running through a part of it. This means visitors will enjoy even more scenic sights.

Shop and dine at an exquisite complex

Panoramic view of Malaga photo via Depositphotos
Panoramic view of Malaga photo via Depositphotos

Throughout history, Malaga’s port has been the meeting point for many ships that travel worldwide. To aid ships at sea, the construction of an improved harbor was planned and implemented.

Today, the seaport of Malaga is symbolic of the city’s success and flourishing. Muelle Uno is a waterfront open-air mall, and it’s been operating since 2011. It offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and activities that the whole family will enjoy.

Also known as Quay One, this shopping complex can be found in Malaga Port with over 30 boutiques and countless dining places.

Tour the city unconventionally.

Horse and carriage in the city streets in Malaga, Spain photo via Depositphotos
Horse and carriage in the city streets in Malaga, Spain photo via Depositphotos

Malaga is toured by many by land. Apart from walking and going around through wheels, you can also bike your way around this city.

QQ Bikes, among others, offer electric bikes and scooters to experience Malaga better. You can also book a boat tour within Malaga’s port, which offers one of Spain’s most romantic and epic sunsets.

Visit a museum named after one of the world’s most renowned artists.

Museo Picasso Malaga by Llecco via Wikipedia CC
Museo Picasso Malaga By Llecco – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

The Spanish painter Pablo Picasso is one of the most influential, most celebrated, and most popular artists globally.

His works during the 20th century are unparalleled in fame and influence. His painting, “Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust,” was auctioned in 2010 for $106.5 million and is among the world’s most expensive paintings.

The talented Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, and his life and works are celebrated in the Museo Picasso Málaga. Members of his family have donated around 285 of his works to this museum, and you can see his outstanding work here.

Explore an ancient Roman theater.

The Roman Theatre in Malaga photo via Depositphotos
The Roman Theatre in Malaga photo via Depositphotos

The Roman Theatre in Malaga is one of the few remaining ancient ruins left in Spain. This historical theatre withstood centuries and wars, making it one of the most important landmarks to check out in this city.

It was built in the 1st century AD and remained in use until the 3rd century. Visiting this theatre, you will witness the Orchestra’s remnants, which has a 31 m radius and 16 m height. It features 13 rows of seats and passageways that are called vomitorium.

Experience Malaga’s historic center

Puente Nuevo - Malaga Bridge
Puente Nuevo – Malaga Bridge

The heart of Malaga, the Old Town, is also its historical center. This ancient neighborhood is compact, making it easy to tour on foot. Despite being walkable for a day, there are many fulfilling sights to see and places to explore in the city’s Old Town.

There are numerous churches, shops, and banks to see in this part of Malaga. You will notice that this town is peaceful and calm during the day.

As the sun goes down, the town becomes even livelier by the hour with different street performances to feast your eyes in.

Malaga Travel and Tour Packages

To help you plan out your vacation to Malaga, we listed places to visit and other amazing activities in Malaga, Spain. We also listed some of the best travel deals and tour packages and excellent flight deals and accommodation.

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable Malaga hotels and resorts via Agoda, Booking, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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  1. Katie Askegaard says

    Malaga is such a cool city! Great post!

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