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Malaga, Spain: A Short Travel Guide

Updated: 2 days ago

Malaga is the capital of Spain's Costa del Sol, sitting on the southern Mediterranean coast. Sun-seekers flock to this city’s golden beaches and high-rise hotels, but Malaga offers more than just relaxation. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere in the old town, savor delicious local food, and discover the rich history here. In this travel guide, we share our top things to do in Malaga as well as great places to stay, eat, and drink.

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Best Things To Do In Malaga

  • Admire the Malaga Cathedral

  • Stroll around La Concepción Historical Botanical Gardens

  • Visit the Picasso museum (or Picasso Birthplace Museum, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Pompidou Centre Malaga, Flamenco Art Museum Museo de Málaga , Automobile Museum Málaga)

  • Get a view from Gibralfaro castle

  • Check out the Malaga Roman theater

  • Relax at the Malaga beaches (La Malagueta, El Palo, Peñón del Cuervo, or Pedregalejo beach)

  • Visit the Alcazaba of Malaga (Do a guided tour of the Alcazaba including the entry)

  • Eat at the Atarazanas Market

  • Hike Caminito del Rey (Do it a day tour from Malaga)

  • Stroll around the historic center (Go on a free walking tour)

Great day trips from Malaga:

malaga spain view from gibralfaro castle
View from Gibralfaro Castle

Places To Stay In Malaga

  • Hostal Vidamia ($): Budget accommodation with private rooms and bathrooms located in central Málaga, within 7 minutes’ walk of Málaga Cathedral and the Picasso Museum

  • Atarazanas Málaga Boutique Hotel ($$): stylish and comfy rooms in the heart of the city. Rooms have a small balcony and there's also a café with gluten-free breakfast options

  • La Casa de la Alameda ($$$): Apartments in Málaga centre, 400 metres from Calle Larios, featuring comfy bedrooms, kitchen equipped with a microwave, fridge and toaster, and a living area with a sofa bed and flat-screen TV

malaga spain cathedral
Malaga Cathedral

Places To Eat And Drink In Malaga

  • Azafrán: Moroccan restaurant with delicious classic dishes like couscous and tagine

  • Buenavista Gastrobar & Tapas: gastropub offering a combination of sharing plates & elevated Spanish mains

  • BYOKO: organic restaurant with delicious açai bowls

  • Casa Lola: good food and sangria, but can be busy at times

  • Colmado 93: fantastic bar offering great tapas, vermouth and local beer with a true local vibe

  • 𝐃𝐁𝐀𝐍𝐃𝐄𝐑𝐀 𝐆𝐀𝐒𝐓𝐑𝐎 - 𝐓𝐀𝐁𝐄𝐑𝐍𝐀: great place to sit down for a cocktail and a delicious meal

  • El Gastronauta: good selection of paellas

  • El Pimpi: bodega bar with cozy outdoor patio but fills up quickly during lunch

  • El Refectorium Catedral: traditional tapas with a modern spin

  • El Rincón de la abuela Doli: local cafeteria with cheap coffee and sandwiches

  • Helados y Turrones Casa Mira: good ice cream

  • Las Muns: great empanadas

  • La Recova: small restaurant offering gluten-free breakfast plates & tapas, plus handmade home goods

  • La Taberna del Pintxo Larios: good place for lunch with pintxos and tapas - they come around with the warm tapas whereas the cold ones you need to get at the counter

  • Los Patios de Beatas: fancy wine bar with lovely tapas (bit more pricey)

  • Meet Vegano: tiny vegan restaurant with variety of dishes (book in advance)

  • Mercado Central de Atarazanas: touristic market with a variety of cheeses, cured meats, pastries, and tapas

  • Mercado de Salamanca: local market with fresh produce

  • Mesón Ibérico: Southern Spanish tapas, sharing plates & mains at a traditional bar & eatery a bit outside the touristic center

  • Pampa Grill Málaga: modern steakhouse with a variety of chargrilled beef cuts & Argentinian wines

  • Pepa Revuelo Centro: great for a drink and some tapas at a reasonable price - we really liked the patatas bravas!

  • Picasso Brunch & Tapas: great breakfast place that also serves tapas (but it does get busy at night!)

  • Pez Lola: restaurant with great seafood options - from paellas to tapas

  • Recyclo Bike Café: plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes

  • Retrogusto: upscale restaurant in the north of Malaga (near botanical gardens) with a variety of high quality dishes

  • REVIV CAFÉ: vegan restaurant with delicious smoothie bowls

  • Santa Coffee Soho: coffee chain

malaga spain historic center
Malaga historic center

Map Malaga Spain

Find all the places to go, eat, drink, and stay in Malaga on Google Maps. To follow and save the list, do the following:

  1. Tap on the link to open it (click button below)

  2. Tap Follow. This list will now be added to the group of lists you follow.

  3. Optional: To unfollow a list someone shared with you, tap the list Saved.

If you follow the list we made, all our saved places of Malaga will show up in Your Places. The places will also appear as suggested locations in Google Maps.

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