Must do things in Malaga Spain

If you wonder what to do in Malaga Spain, here you have a guide we’ve created just for you. Whether you are thinking about staying one day or more, there are plenty of things to do in Malaga not to be missed. So we have added until four days in this guide so you don’t need to worry about planning. Not only we have included the main Malaga tourist attractions but also the best alternative ones. Even more, we suggest you to stay even a few more days in Malaga city, so that you can enjoy some day trips to must see places like Ronda, Granada or the Caminito del Rey, each just 1 hour drive from Malaga.

First day in Malaga

  • 9.30 a.m. Head yourself to “Casa Aranda“, the most famous bar in Malaga for having “chocolate con churros”, a special breakfast to get energy for the day.
  • 10.30 a.m. Le Grand Tour. The best tour with the must things to do. Here you will meet not only the main Malaga attractions but some interesting archaeological findings hidden to the main public. One of the few tours to include a full explanation and stroll through the Alcazaba. Definitely what you must do in Malaga sightseeing.
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Views from the Alcazaba as seen in Le Grand tour
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Terrace of El Pimpi restaurant with views to the Alcazaba
  • 1.30 p.m. El Pimpi. A big name in Malaga’s restaurants. Big variety of tapas in a place full of charm. If you eat at the terrace, make sure you also enter the building and watch the full place. Not to be missed!
  • 2.30 p.m. Picasso museum. The most visited museum in Andalusia. The collections has every period and every technique from Picasso. Is not a big museum, so the visit could be done in one hour. When you finish, make sure you go to the cafe at the patio. Have a coffee or a drink and enjoy this peaceful and beautiful place.
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Patio of the Picasso museum where you can have a break
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Roof of the Cathedral of Malaga Spain
  • 4.00 p.m. Cathedral. After having and external explanation at the morning tour, now is time to enter. But not only that. Make sure you make the special visit to the roof, climbing spiral staircases. The interior is also unmissable, we suggest you just enjoy strolling along this grand space.
  • 5.30 p.m. Walk to the port and enjoy the promenade, called “Palmeral de las Sorpresas“, a nice and modern walk by the sea. In fact, we recommend you to come aboard on any touristic boat (we love the catamaran, which is more stable) and enjoy the Malaga weather at sea.
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Port of Malaga, a nice place to walk and take a boat
  • 7.00 p.m. Get back to your hotel, have some rest and a shower and get ready for the evening.
  • 8.30 p.m. Eat in one of our favorite Malaga restaurants, the “Meson de Cervantes“. Yolanda, the friendly waitress, will welcome you and introduce you to the fabulous meals you can try here.
  • 10.00 p.m. If you still have some energy, visit one of the top terraces of the city to have a drink and wonderful views, like the one in the Alcazaba Premium Hostel.
Lovely terrace with views to the Alcazaba for a drink at night time at Alcazaba Premium Hostel

Second day in Malaga

  • 9.30 a.m. Visit “La Recova” for breakfast. We can’t recommend it enough. Authentic decoration, ambience and traditional breakfast presented in an original way.
  • 10.30 a.m. Secret Malaga tour. Here you will see the other main things to see in Malaga that not so many tourist discover. Among them, the Atarazanas Central Market, hidden churches and some impressive archaeological remains.
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Remains of the defensive walls of the city from 11th century and the Roman port from the 4th century
  • 1.30 p.m. Eat at the restaurant “Refectorium” (the one by the cathedral). The “ensaladilla rusa” here is superb! We recommend you also a traditional Malaga dish, a local soup called “gazpachuelo”. You can feel the base of the Mediterranean cuisine, the olive oil. Here its quality is excellent.
  • 3.00 p.m. Visit one of the best reviewed museums in Malaga. Head to the archaeological section of the Museo de Malaga. When you finish, go to the roof and have a coffee or a drink at the restaurant, with lovely panoramic views to the Alcazaba.
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Roman statues at the archaeology section of the Museo de Malaga
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The best views of Malaga from the Gibralfaro Castle
  • 5.30 p.m. Now is time to go up to the mountain of the city, Gibralfaro, and its old castle. Here you will get the best views of Malaga. You can go up walking, but it takes some effort. Another options would be to take a taxi or a bus to the top (n.35, bus stop at the Park).
  • 7.00 p.m. Get back to your hotel, have some rest and a shower and get ready for the evening.
  • 8.30 p.m. This time you are going to enjoy the tallest restaurant in town, on top on one of the most famous Malaga hotels, the AC Marriott Hotel. No other place in town can beat them with the views. Later, have a drink in the pool area, enjoying the Cathedral and the whole city.
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Views from the Ac Marriott Top Restaurant

Third day in Malaga

  • 9.30 a.m. Today we recommend you a nice place to have breakfast, “La bella Julieta“. Of their three different premises, we suggest you the one in Calle Santa Lucia.
  • 10.30 a.m. Following Picasso tour. This time you will discover another part of town, where Picasso was born and the strong influence Malaga has left on him and his art. We will visit the Museuo de Malaga, this time the Fine Arts section, and another hidden museum, the MUPAM.
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Painting Picasso made when he was 14, a hidden gem in the Following Picasso tour
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Delicious noodles with squids cooked in a paella way from V-Doble restaurant
  • 1.30 p.m. Eat at V-doble, another restaurant not to be missed. Any meal they offer is delicious, traditional tapas with a twist of the new Spanish cuisine.
  • 3.00 p.m. Walk through the Soho district and discover interesting street art, including famous artists as Obey.
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Look for a great variety of street art in the Soho district
  • 4.00 p.m. Visit the Carmen Thyssen museum. We recommend it as it shows many Spanish artists related to Andalusia, mainly from the 19th century. And again, don’t miss its cafe. Enjoy that lovely patio closed by an old church.
  • 6.00 p.m. Indulge yourself with another must thing to do in Malaga. Go to Hammam Al-Andalus and have a bath (and a massage if you wish so) like if you were in the old Arab city. Different pools, lovely architecture and intimate ambience. You’ll get out of here totally relaxed and renewed.
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Take a dip in this wonderful place and get back to the Arabian Malaga
  • 8.30 p.m. For dinner, choose any of this two special restaurants, both close to the Hammam, either “Yubá” or “Soca“. This latter has been included in the Michelin guide.
  • 10.00 p.m. Enjoy another top terrace with something to drink. This time you can choose the Oasis Backpackers Hostel, Chinitas Urban Hostel or Hotel Malaga Premium, on top of the “Yubá” restaurant. Any of them offer a different and nice perspective of the city.
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Views from the Chinitas Backpackers Hostel, with views to the Cathedral

Fourth day in Malaga

  • 09.30 a.m. Spanish Civil War tour. A passionate time in Malaga history as seen by expats who where living at that time in the city. You’ll learn stories of betrayals, solidarity, spies and many more in special places outside the old town, like old luxurious embassys, palaces and hotels.
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“Castillo de Santa Catalina”, one of the hidden places seen in the Spanish Civil War tour
  • 2.00 p.m. Go to the “Balneario del Carmen“, and old spa by the sea now turned into a restaurant, one century old. Try the famous roasted sardines, called “espetos” and their speciality, “arroz a la leña”, which is a tasty paella.
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“Balneario del Carmen”, a restaurant by the sea like no other
  • 3.30 p.m. Now go to the east side of town. There, two magnificent museums are waiting for you. The cars and fashion museum “Museo del Automóvil y la moda” and the Russian art Museum. Both are extremely recommended.
At “Museo del automóvil y la moda” you’ll find impressive cars matched with couture dresses
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Promenade by the sea close to the Car’s and Russian art museum
  • 6.00 p.m. Go to the sea front and take a walk through the promenade by the sea. You will find the tallest estructures in Malaga along the way, old chimneys from 19th century factories. Take a rest on any terrace or finish your walk at La Térmica, a cultural hub with an interesting programme.
  • 8.30 p.m. As a farewell, a foodie’s Malaga must do. Have dinner at this special restaurant at the port, called “José Carlos García“, the name of its chef. Try the tasting menu and you’ll discover why it is the only one Michelin star restaurant in Malaga.
  • 10.00 p.m. Night walk through the port of Malaga with a lovely panoramic view. You can stop for a last drink at the terrace of Kaleido restaurant.
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Night view of the port of Malaga Spain

Everything included here are Malaga must do things that we recommend you shouldn’t miss. If you want to do the tours with us, we can make you a special offer if you book two or more with us. Contact us and ask for our special prices.

Fancy a tour in Malaga Spain?

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Le grand tour

Includes highlights of our city you must not miss when you visit Malaga. The main Malaga attractions (Roman theatre, Malaga cathedral, Alcazaba) professionally explained in a travel through time where you´ll meet many civilizations that gave shape to this city. Includes the only virtual reality experience in Malaga Spain.


Secret Málaga

Secret Malaga

On this tour a new city will appear before your eyes. A special Malaga sightseeing visiting very interesting places not given much attention. Places where daily life takes place, outside the traditional touristic routes, where you will discover secret stories that you will only get to know by doing this tour.


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Spanish Civil War

Learn a key episode in Malaga history through the testimonies of the expats who witnessed the fight at first hand. We will visit places where action took place and you will discover stories of spies, avengers and altruists. A different, informative walking tour and definitely, one of the best things to do in Malaga Spain.


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