Visiting Malaga – What To Do & Where To Go In 7 Days
If you are visiting Malaga and are not sure what to do, here’s your guide of things to do and places to go to enjoy a week in this wonderful city.
ALCAZABA DE MÁLAGA
The Alcazaba de Málaga is a Medieval Moorish Palace that was built in the 11th century on a hill in the centre of the city overlooking the port. It is considered by many to be Malaga’s most important landmark.
See what a working fortress was like and explore the lavish living quarters decorated in true Moorish style.
Entry is free on Sundays from 2 pm, €1.80 at other times
Calle Alcazabilla, s/n. 29015 Málaga
1 April to 31 October, Tuesday to Sunday: From 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1 November to 31 March: From 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, 1 January and 25 December.
AUTOMOBILE AND FASHION MUSEUM
Rated number 1 on Tripadvisor for things to do in Malaga, the Automobile & Fashion Museum is unlike any museum that you would have visited before.
Opened in 2010 the automobile and fashion museum houses the private collection of Portuguese car fanatic Joao Magalhaes worth over 25 million euros. It is considered to be one of the most important vintage car collections in the world.
The museum is not just about cars and has an extraordinary collection of hats and clothing from over 100 years of fashion. It doesn’t matter if you are a male or female, this museum has something for you to enjoy.
Edificio de La Tabacalera, en Avenida Sor Teresa Prat 15
Open Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm.
December 24th and 31st open from 10 am to 2 pm.
January 6th open from 11 am to 7 pm.
December 25th, January 1st.
Ataranzas market is a vibrant market that is stalls selling fresh fish, meat, cheese, fruit and vegetables all at very good prices.
Although open from Monday to Saturday, you will find that the fish stalls are shut on Mondays as no one goes fishing on Sundays to catch the fresh fish sold there.
Bring a couple of bags and buy yourself some fresh food to savour over your stay in Malaga.
Calle Atarazanas, 10, 29005 Málaga
Open Monday – Saturday 8 am – 2 pm
MUSEO DEL VIDRIO Y CRISTAL & EL HAMMAN OPEN SPACE & SPA
Visiting two places in one day is a good way to see as much of Malaga as possible and a trip to Museo del Vidrio Y Cristal (The Crystal & Glass Museum) and El Hamman Open Space & Spa that is just over 5 minutes walk away is a terrific way to spend an afternoon.
The Museo del Vidrio Y Cristal is located in a carefully restored house where you can see a collection of over 3000 unique pieces of glass as well as furniture and decorative art.
A guided tour costs as little as 6€
Plazuela Santísimo Cristo de la Sangre, 2, 29012
The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm.
After leaving why not spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and being pampered at the El Hammam Open Space & Spa just around the corner. Treatments available include Turkish and Swedish massages, facials, manicures & pedicures.
Calle Tomás de Cózar, 13, 29008
Open daily 11 am – 10 pm.
MUSEO PICASSO & TORMES RESTAURANT
For a bit of culture, a trip to the Picasso Museum is a must. Showcasing the works of the most influential artist of the twentieth century as well as many other artists that were inspired by the great man, the Museo Picasso holds regular exhibitions all year round.
Palacio de Buenavista, Calle San Agustín, 8, 29015
September-October: open daily 10 am-7 pm
November-February: open daily 10 am-6 pm
March-June: open daily 10 am-7 pm
July-August: open daily 10 am-8 pm
Christmas: 24th and 31st December and 5th January, 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on 25th December, 1st and 6th January
As you come out of the Museo Picasso and turn left you will find the delightful little Restaurante Tormes. It has a covered terrace for al fresco dining and at certain times there are musicians and flamenco singers and dancers outside for your enjoyment.
I remember having a very tasty Paella dish washed down with a nice cold beer that I can still taste today!
Calle San Agustín, 13, 29015
Open Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 11 pm, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
MOLINO DE INCA BOTANICAL GARDEN + MOLINO DE BATÁN
After a hectic week, where better to unwind than the Molino de Inca Botanical Gardens. An oasis of calm just outside Torremolinos is a place that you can relax and enjoy the over 50 different species of palms and 60 species of trees.
Camino de los Pinares, 29620
Open Tuesday – Sunday 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
After spending a peaceful few hours roaming the gardens treat yourself to a meal at the Molino de Batan, a cosy little eatery just outside the entrance to the botanical gardens.
Even though the food is inexpensive, the quality of the food is good and it’s very tasty.
Camino de los Pinares, 29620
MALAGA PORT & BEACH
No visit to Malaga would be complete without you taking in the sights and tastes of the port area and the beach.
Mentioning a port conjures up pictures of rusty ships and container carriers along with tough old longshoremen working the docks. This couldn’t be further from the truth as the area around the port of Malaga is surprisingly modern and beautiful with an array of shops and contemporary and modern architecture.
When you go down to the beach make sure that you have a taste of Espetos when you get hungry. Espetos are freshly caught sardines that are skewered and grilled over a pit of coal.
If after 7 days of visiting Malaga you are not ready to leave yet, you could always visit the local football stadium, La Rosaleda and take in a stadium tour or football match.