What to do in Malaga?

Roman theatre Malaga

In this section you will find information on what to do and what to see in Malaga. If you are travelling to Malaga read these tips and advices to find the best sights and activities in this amazing city of the Spanish Costa del Sol.
Malaga is a lively town and offers interesting attractions for visitors, displaying a unique mixture of history and art from different cultures.

One of the most impressive sights in the city is the old Arabic Alcazaba tower, dating from the 14th century. This former defensive tower is a heritage of the Arabic past. From the Alcazaba you will enjoy stunning views of the port. Take your time to explore the surroundings of the Alcazaba to find some other interesting monuments of Malaga.

Just under the Alzacaba you will see the remains from the Roman Theatre which was in use until the 3rd century and was not discovered until 1951.

Right next to the Alcazaba tower you will find Gibralfaro Castle, which was originally a lighthouse built by the Phoenicians. An Arabic fortress was built over the remains of the Phonenician construction by the Moorish king Abderramán III and the present castle dates from the 14th century. From Gibralfaro you can enjoy beautiful views over Malaga. You can also have a look at the exhibition of sea related objects in its Centro de Interpretación.

The cathedral of Malaga is another visit not to be missed, it shows a mixture of architectonic styles as it was built after the Reconquest, over a former mosque destroyed in the 16th century and was not finished until the 18th century combining styles like Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.

Malaga’s cathedral is known by the locals as “la manquita” referring to having only one arm, as one of the two towers that were planned was never finished.
Malaga was the birthplace of Picasso and one of the visits in the city should be the museum Picasso located in the street San Agustín, although the collection is still not too large this is a great way to approach to the live of the artist. Another interesting place to see is the house where Picasso was born which can be found in the Square Plaza de la Merced.

Other recommended sights in Malaga are the church of Sagrario, close to the Cathedral and the church of Santiago in Granada street.

Besides sightseeing and enjoying the history of Malaga here are some other suggestions of activities for your visit to the Costa del Sol.

Have a look at our section where to go in Malaga to find the most interesting spots and villages to see in the surroundings of the city, and if you want to enjoy the sunny beaches of the Costa del Sol check out our section Malaga beaches to find all the details.

Theme parks in Malaga

Tivoli World theme Park can be found a few kilometres from Malaga in Benalmádena. It offers shows, attractions, rides, restaurants, gardens and fountains and is a great place to spend the day if you are travelling to Malaga with children.

Nightlife in Malaga

Malaga is famous for its nightlife, with lots of bars, discos and parties going on all year round, although some discos are closed from Sunday to Wednesday. One of the most traditional places is the bodega El Pimpi, a wine cellar with a lively atmosphere from evening until late night.
Mondo Tiki on Square Uncibay is another popular bar for techno and house music. In the chiringuitos (beach bars and terraces) of Playa de Malagueta you can also enjoy a drink and party atmosphere.