Atarazanas market in Malaga Spain

What to do in Málaga Spain: A List of Málaga’s Top Sites

Along the Costa Del Sol you’ll find Málaga. A city rich in history, food, culture and stunning beaches. The birthplace of not only Pablo Picasso, but also Antonio Banderas. Check out this list of things to see and do in this gorgeous city.

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Where to Stay in Málaga:

  • Luxury AccommodationsGrand Hotel MiramarGL– The luxurious Gran Hotel Miramar GL is located in Malaga, 10 m from La Malagueta Beach. This beachfront hotel has a spa centre and a seasonal pool.
  • Mid Range Accommodations –Vincci Larios Diez – Featuring a bar, Vincci Larios Diez is located in Málaga in the Andalucía region, 1.6 km from La Malagueta Beach and 1.9 km from La Caleta Beach
  • Budget Accommodations – La Farola – The apartment features 2 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Towels and bed linen are provided.

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Mirador de Gibralfaro

This 130 metre high foot-hill of the Montes de Málaga offers beautiful sunsets and sweeping views of the city of Málaga and Harbour below. Be sure to carry a bottle of water with you as it is a bit of a hike to get here should you decide to walk it, and we suggest you do. There are buses that makes this journey if you feel it may be too strenuous.

view of málaga and harbour from mount gibralfaro

Castillo de Gibralfaro

When you finish taking in the views from Mirador de Gibralfaro, a short jaunt puts you right into Castillo de Gibralfaro. Original construction began in the 929AD and the castle expanded extensively through the 14th century. Its main function was to protect the Alcazaba down below.

Alcazaba de Gibralfaro

After leaving the castle follow the walled corridor downhill to find the Alcazaba. This palatial palace is one of the best preserved Moorish pieces of architecture and one of the most emblematic Islamic heritage sites you will find in Spain.

Teatro Romano de Málaga

The Roman Amphitheatre was built in the first century under the direction of Emperor Augustus. It has only recently been discovered when excavation began in 1951. Evidence shows that the Moorish used it as a quarry. Repurposing stones from it to build the neighbouring Alcazaba.

Malagueta and Caleta Beach

Situated a short walk from each other they make up two of the best beaches of the Costa del Sol. Adorned with a beautifully sandy shore line, 25 metres wide at most points, and cleaned daily by the city of Málaga these beaches are not to be missed. Even during the colder months when the water is not warm enough to swim it is still a gorgeous area for a stroll along the Mediterranean.

Mercado Central de Atarazanas

The building was originally built as shipyard for the Nasrid Dynasty and after the Conquista was used for many things such as a warehouse, arsenal, military hospital and barracks. Between 1876 and 1879 it was converted to be the city’s central market. Take some time to explore here and do try the things that may look a little strange to you. This was by far the best market we saw in all of Spain. Check out this article to read about one of the most delicious things we have ever eaten and we found it at this market. Best Restaurants in Málaga

Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga

Construction began on the cathedral in 1528 and took more than 250 years to construct. In fact it is still non completed. The cathedral is referred to by locals as La Manquita which translates to one-armed woman. The reason being is that one of the towers was never completed. It said that funding ran out and they just never finished. Another popular theory is that funds were available in the 1700’s to complete the south tower but they were diverted to the USA during the war of independence as support from the people of Málaga for the cause that Fernándo de Gálvez (born in Malaga) was defending in that English colony.

Visit Málaga at Christmas Time

This is a must see as Málaga is considered one of the best destinations in the world to experience Christmas. We spent Christmas of 2021 here and have never seen anything like it. The light shows are second to none. Christmas markets set up with nativity scenes, street performers and food everywhere. It is truly a remarkable experience

Have you ever been to the Málaga? Do you have other tips or tricks for visiting this amazing location? Leave a comment down below and let us know and help other travellers who are thinking of visiting.



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