• Krista the Explorer

12 Things To Do in Malaga

Updated: Jul 3, 2019

Did you know that Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the world? It dates back to the 7th century BC, when it was founded by the Phoenicians. It was later conquered by the Romans, and had been under Moorish and Christian rule. It's also the birthplace of Picasso, and the famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen fell in love with the city during his travels. There's even a statue of him near the harbour to celebrate his 200th birthday. Yes, I am a huge history geek, so any excuse to learn something new and I'm there! Who needs the Malaga nightlife when you've got all of this history and culture to immerse yourself in? Check out my recommendations below!

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1. Take in the Views from a Rooftop Terrace
This particular photo was taken from the roof of the Marriott, but there are loads of rooftops throughout the city that you can go grab a cocktail from and take in the views of the city.
2. Explore the World of Picasso
Did you know Picasso was born in Malaga? I didn't. Just behind this statue is where Picasso was born, and there's a museum dedicated to him as well!
3. Sample the Best Churros in Malaga at Casa Aranda
It's located just next to the market, and is spread out in various shops down an alleyway. They are the nicest ones I've had, so I'd highly recommend going there.
4. Atarazanas Market
All of the food on display here looked incredible (and was fairly cheap too)! There's a very unique architectural entrance from the main street as well with a lot of history attached to it.

5. We Love Malaga Food Tour
We went on the walk and taste tour with We Love Malaga and loved every minute. They keep the groups small and intimate which is nice, so you get to feel like more of a local. This was one of my favourite things I tried, and I'm not a fish lover so that's saying a lot. The tour is a great mix of food and history, so if you're looking for a tour that has it all, this is a great choice!
6. Malaga Cathedral
Affectionately named the "one armed woman", the cathedral never managed to get its tower, due to funds being redirected to aid in the American Revolution. And that's how it's going to stay! There's a small entry fee if you want to go inside it.
7. Walk Along the Port
It's a very beautiful walk, lined with shops and restaurants as well if you fancy a break from the sun.
8. Gibralfaro Viewpoint
If you have a car, driving up to this viewpoint is a must. If offers amazing views of the city and the sea. If you have time, make a stop at the bullring as well.
9. Go on an Evening Tour with Spain Food Sherpas
If you love wine (and food), then the wine and tapas evening tour is a great activity to do in the evening. Each food stop comes with a wine taster, and it's a unique way to explore Malaga in the evening.
10. Walk Along Calle Marques de Larios
This is one of the main shopping streets in Spain, so don't forget to do some shopping (or window shopping). If you're in the city during the Christmas period, the street is covered in lights which looks beautiful to walk under. Sadly I was there when they were in the process of taking them down.
11. Walk on the Beach
No trip to Malaga is complete with at least a walk along one of the beaches.
12. Roman Theatre & Castillo Gibralfaro
Two important parts of Malaga's history rolled into one. The Roman theatre was excavated at the base of the medieval castle, and is free to enter. There's a small fee to enter the castle though.

I'd love to hear what your favourite part of the city is, or if you have any other places I should visit!


My name is Krista, and like many people I love to travel! I think it's important that people share their travel experiences, so I hope that mine help you in some way in your own travels, or inspire you to travel more! 

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