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Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour – 24-Hour Ticket
With 14 stops throughout the city, this audio-guided bus tour is an easy way to see all of Malaga’s main sights. A full tour lasts around 80 minutes, but riders can get off at any stop to explore at their own pace.
Complete Segway Tour of Malaga
This 2-hour tour takes place on Segway, creating a fun and easy way to explore the city sights. Your guide will lead you up to Gibralfaro, through Malaga Park, then down the promenade and port area.
Segway Tour to Gibralfaro
This 1-hour Segway tour offers panoramic views over the bay and city from the Parador of Gibralfaro. While you're cruising through the city, you'll also check out a Roman theater and the 11th-century Alcazaba fort.
Málaga Experience Ticket
This ticket includes unlimited use of the Red Panoramic Tourist Bus, a walking tour of the city, and admission to several museums. Other perks include a boat tour, a flamenco show, and free samples of local products like tapas and wine.
Dolphin Spotting Trip
This 2-hour trip is a great chance to see dolphins in their natural habitat. There's also time for a swim before heading back to the harbor.
Torremolinos Coast Cruise
This 1-hour cruise navigates along the Torremolinos coastline, offering plenty of photo opportunities for everyone onboard. During the warmer months, there'll also be time to cool off with a refreshing dip in the sea.
Málaga Museum Experience
This ticket includes unlimited use of the Red Panoramic Tourist Bus, a walking tour of the city, and admission to several museums. Other perks include a boat and Segway tour, a flamenco show, and free samples of local products like tapas and wine. You can choose between a 24 or 48-hour ticket.
Benalmádena Butterfly Park
Admission to Benalmádena Butterfly Park, home to more than 1,500 butterflies from around the world. While exploring the indoor park, you’ll be able to observe how they're born, how they reproduce, and learn lots of interesting facts about these beautiful insects.
Benalmádena – Fuengirola Ferry
This ferry crossing lets you explore all the sights of these 2 coastal towns. Take in the impressive architecture of Benalmádena before sailing over to Fuengirola and exploring its vibrant markets. One-way and round trip options are available.
Museo Carmen Thyssen
Developed in a 16th-century palace, The Carmen Thyssen Museum houses a variety of 19th-century Spanish paintings and temporary 20th-century art exhibits. The upcoming exhibit features "Cubism" art, with works from artists such as Juan Gris and María Blanchard.
Pompidou Museum Visit
Featuring over 90 pieces of artwork from the 20th and 21st centuries, Malaga’s Pompidou Museum is home to one of the world’s most important contemporary art collections. There are both permanent and temporary exhibitions open for viewing.
Picasso’s Birthplace Museum
Situated in the heart of Malaga is the ‘Casa Natal’ – birthplace of world-renowned artist, Pablo Picasso. Now a celebrated museum, it houses many of his sketches and artefacts relating to his early years.
The Automobile & Fashion Museum
Located in the old Tabacalera (tobacco factory), this museum features a large private collection showing the evolution of fashion and the automobile industry since the 19th century. Almost 100 classic vehicles are displayed including Mercedes, Rolls-Royce, and Ferrari. Several exhibits focus on high fashion in the 20th century, including designs by Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, and Chanel.
Interactive Museum of Music
Located in the center of Malaga, this museum showcases instruments from various places and periods. Divided into several spaces with designated colors, each area offers something different. You'll see a variety of interactive installations and even get to play instruments. There's also a section focusing on experiments with sound physics and music history.
Picasso Museum Málaga
This exhibit showcases over 200 works by Picasso, covering his early pieces to his late paintings from the 1970's. The carefully curated gallery emphasizes Picasso's wide range of styles, materials, and techniques he used to produce his distinctive artwork.
Centuries of malagueño passion gives the town center its heart. Relive Roman theatricality in the amphitheater, and celebrate Málaga’s most famous son at Museo Picasso, all under the ramparts of the Alcazaba. Join locals on teeming terraces, sip sweet wine at Antigua Casa de Guardia and drink in the sunset from the lofty Gibralfaro Castle.
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Carretera de Cadiz
1.9 miles from downtown
Málaga’s roots as an industrial port are on show in Carretera de Cádiz. Now-dormant chimneys preside over the beachfront, where malagueños stroll, exercise and sip beer at beach bars. Packed with locals, this area is home to alternative art spaces La Cochera Cabaret and La Térmica. It’s also home to some of Málaga’s quietest beaches.
Places to stay from $28 a night
Puerto de la Torre
3.7 miles from downtown
A different kind of air blows through Puerto de la Torre. Perched on a hillside above Málaga’s city center, its snaking mass of quiet residential streets envelop the slopes, where rows of low-rise houses are peppered with swimming pools. Beyond the town, the roads leading to Antequera and Granada roll northwards through the mountains.
Places to stay from $40 a night
0.4 miles from downtown
Graffiti: art or vandalism? A community project has allowed Soho to bloom into an urban art scape where images of crows, chameleons and mind-bending robots vie for wall space. Among the paint, you’ll find modern art at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAC) and shops that sell hipster staples like vintage clothes and organic food.
Places to stay from $18 a night
Málaga has reinvented itself as a cultural epicenter. In the past, just about every vacations here involved a direct trip from the airport to a resort on the Costa del Sol – but not anymore.
Nowadays, around every corner you'll find a museum or art gallery. Among the best are the Museo Picasso Málaga, which features over 200 works by Spain’s most famous painter, and the Centre Pompidou Málaga, a contemporary art museum crowned by a giant, multi-colored cube.
The Pompidou and other modern attractions call Muelle Uno home, an open-air shopping mall and collection of restaurants next to the Port of Málaga. Be a Malagueño for a day and treat yourself to a plate of "boquerones" (fried anchovies), then head to a back-street tapa bar in the center for some Manchego, chorizo, and Iberian ham. Afterwards, walk it all off through the gardens of the Alcazaba – an ancient Moorish fortress from the 11th century.
Málaga’s position between the mountains and the sea hosts a pleasant microclimate that keeps the beaches busy well past the summer. Malagueta Beach is the most popular with its high-quality facilities and beachside bars.
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|Most popular time to visit||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||November-January|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.14|
|Average weekend price||$78 per night|
|Average weekday price||$82 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
“Beautiful street with a variety of shops. It's also located in a stunning pedestrian zone. ”
“Nice,chairs umbrella towelsrestaurants are available. No need to bring anything.”
“People with limited mobility can still enjoy a view of the Nazari palace and of the city from high up, using the Alcazaba elevator.”
“The bull ring is undergoing restoration at the moment but will be splendid when it is finished”
“This cathedral is FULL if paintings. There is a 45 minute audio tour available with admission. It is beautiful.”
“Me pareció una entrada cara para un museo que ofrece tan pocas obras del artista. Además el recorrido es muy corto. Debería ser más económico por lo que se muestra.”
“Best place to have lunch in the city. there are several small restaurants twords the back! Very reasonably priced and excellent food!”
Malaga is a fantastic city with great opportunities and sights for all ages. And let's not forget that there's the beach and the whole Costa del Sol if you'd like to explore more of Andalusia.
Loved Malaga - much more cultural than I anticipated and lots to see and do for a short break. Simply hundreads of places to eat and drink and watch the world go by. Super easy bus service from the airport to town, and excellent prompt train service for trips along the coast. Absolutely something for everyone here.
Beautiful riviera for foodies, shoppers and those who want to be near the beach. Beautiful Historical places to visit, such a nice atmosphere. Not good for the winter and in the summer it is too hot. Lovely place!
Malaga has a lot to offer, it has good places to eat out, the port with the beach is great. We liked most the food market in the center of town with all those amassing local produce. One can make also easy one day trips into the surrounding places like Granada, Ronda, Nerja etc.
Fui en otoño y aún así la Ciudad me dio una vibra muy veraniega. Es una ciudad hermosa, que combina perfectamente la historia que tiene con sus playas y la nueva escena de arte moderno que ofrece. No se puede perder la visita al alcazabar y al castillo de gibralfaro.
Málaga feels and looks like a Happy Place despite being so old. It has a very clean Metro station and good bus system. The city cleanliness leaves a lot to be desired once you go outside the center and into the neighborhoods, the tiled sidewalks are dirty with years of grime, spit and dog poop. Many Spaniards don't pick up Fido's poop, so be careful when you walk. The Muelle Uno and Paseo Antonio Banderas are nice, pretty walks, and do not miss a visit to the Atarazanas market where you'll see how fresh Spaniards eat in comparison to Americans. There you call also enjoy some tapas, juices, coffee, etc. Have chocolate and churros at Casa Aranda, in the center, or breakfast there with a tasty catalana (bread with tomato, olive oil and Iberian jam).
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