Málaga is an amazing city with lots of options for a day visit or a few days. In this blog, we give you some of our highlights of the city.
From the origin, Málaga is a harbour city. From what we have heard from others, it wasn’t a beautiful city twenty years ago. But nowadays the city has had a makeover and the city is full of life. The city centre has a huge pedestrian area and the old buildings are reformed in their past glory. Málaga also has some nice beaches, which gives you the option to have a beach break during your city trip.
There are also many beautiful museums and points of interest in Málaga. Are you visit on a Sunday, then you can visit many of these sights for free.
Tip 1: Parking in Málaga
We always park our car at the parking Muelle Uno. This parking is spacious and there is always space. Above that, it is at a perfect location, directly at the harbour with many restaurants and terraces.
Via de harbour or the nice park, ‘Parque de Málaga’, where you imagine yourself in the Tropics for a moment, you walk directly into the centre. The park is also a lovely place to have a rest and watch people passing by.
Tip 2: Alcazaba
The best thing is to walk straight away in the direction of the Alcazaba. It is quite a climb up, but you will be rewarded with a splendid view over Málaga and the harbour.
The Alcazaba consist of a Medieval fortification and a Moorish palace, that looks a bit like the Alhambra in Granada, but way smaller. But definitely worth a visit.
Tip 3: Time for a drink
Presumably, it will be time for a drink by then. In the city, you can find many places to do so. Would you like to find a special spot, then the rooftop of La Terraza de Alcazaba might be fun or in the nearby El Pimpi, which looks like a covered little street with bars and a restaurant.
Would you like to try a tapas bar, then we can recommend Casa Lola and also Meson de Cervantes is very good.
Tip 4: Visiting a museum
In the museum Carmen Thyssen you can see many paintings with Spanish scenes. For a bit more modern art you can visit the Picasso museum and modern art lovers can make their move to the CAC or Centre Pompidou.
Is art not your cup of tea, have a go at the Museo de la Imaginación. Also fun for the whole family. You will have lots of fun and laughs with the 3D murals. On our website, you can read more about museums for children in Málaga.
Tip 5: Covered market
If you fancy markets, then the Mercado Central de Atarazanas is the place to be for you. Besides vegetable, fish and meat stalls you’ll find cosy tapas bars here. In the afternoon many stalls are closed, so the mornings are the best time to visit.
Tip 6: Re-energise
Strolling around in a city can be tiring. What is better than re-energise in a Moorish bathhouse? Málaga has more than one hammam, but we find Al Andalus a lovely spot. You only need to bring your bathing costume, a towel you will be given there. Here you can enjoy two hours of relaxing in different baths, a steam bath and a cold bath. All in a Moorish atmosphere with candlelight. Very romantic.
You will be all freshen up to continue your city tour.
Tip 7: Beach time
The good thing about Málaga is that from the city centre you can easily walk to the beach. Playa Malagueta is a beautiful sandy beach with some green little ‘islands’ with palm trees which provide you with some shade. And of course, there are some nice chiringuitos (Spanish beach restaurants) to have a bite.
Tip 8: Bike ride
In the centre, nearby the Tourist Information are some bike rental shops. Although biking is not allowed in the pedestrian areas, you can make a beautiful tour along the beach. Better not at the weekends as it might get crowded.
Via some beaches you can cycle to Pedregalejo or Rincon de la Victoria. Pedregalejo is an old fishing village with tiny houses and many fish restaurants.
Tip 9: Getting lost
You don’t always have to have a plan. Sometimes it is fun just to go where your feet will bring you. The city centre of Málaga has many car-free streets with beautiful houses, lovely small shops and cosy terraces. You will always find something nice and you will always find your way back.
Tip 10: Street art
Once a deprived neighbourhood now a trendy quarter in the heart of Málaga; Soho. Besides trendy cafes and nice restaurants, you also find here some awesome street art.
A couple of years ago the town hall invited several (international) artists to give this neighbourhood a facelift with some huge murals. The project was called MAUS, Málaga Arte Urbano Soho. In the near future, we will include a walking tour to get to know Soho. In the meantime, you can find a map with the location and the art here.
Málaga is a forty-minute drive away from Finca Las Nuevas.
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