5 Things To Do In Malaga – some of my favourite sights and inexpensive things to do. Perfect if you have an afternoon spare and want to really enjoy this city.
5 Things To Do In Malaga
Malaga on the Costa Del Sol is one of my favourite cities. It’s a melting pot of cultures. There has been a commercial centre here since the year 7BC, and over the centuries it’s been occupied by the Romans, the Moors, and the Christians. Evidence of all of these civilisations and cultures can be seen throughout the city.
Like any big city, there are lots of things to do here. Hannah and I spent a Saturday afternoon coming up with our five favourite things to do on a tight budget. In this post you will find lots of photos which I hope you will enjoy. If you’ve never visited Malaga, you should get a flavour for the city here. If you have, I expect that reading this will make you want to return!
We usually drive to Malaga, though bus and train services are good. The Alcazaba car park is where we leave the car, it’s in a good location for all the things on this list.
The Roman Amphitheatre
The first stop on our afternoon out was the Roman amphitheatre. The Teatro Romano is one of the oldest sites in Malaga. It was built by the Emperor Augustus in the 1st century BC, and remained in use until the third century. When the Moors occupied the city, much of the stone was removed and used to build the Alcazaba which sits on the hill behind the theatre. Over time it became buried and forgotten about.
The amphitheatre was rediscovered in 1951, and opened to the public in 2011.
There is a visitor centre with relics from the site, including a coffin with an exposed skeleton. Admission is free.
The Alcazaba is the best preserved Moorish fortress in Spain. It dates from roughly the 11th century, and originally served as a fortress to protect Malaca (as the city was called) from pirates.
It later became a palace which was home to several Moorish rulers.
Whether you enjoy history, walking, magnificent views, or nature the Alcazaba will be a great experience. I really enjoy the atmosphere and the views.
The Alcazaba is a big place. I only spent an hour here, but you could easily spend a whole afternoon enjoying it.
As I’ve mentioned, the Alcazaba is big. There are steep hills and uneven walkways. It can feel like quite an effort, but the views are worth it.
The Alcazaba is like a maze, it’s hard to remember where you’ve been and where you are going. There are guide books on sale in English in the entrance, I found it extremely useful.
If you’ve visited the Kasbah in Tangier, Morocco, this will feel familiar. The architecture and water features are very similar.
There are excavated artifacts on displays inside the palace.
Unfortunately their is no access to the adjacent Gibalfaro fortress from the Alcazaba. To get into this, you need to climb the hill from a separate walkway.
It only costs €2.20 to get into the Alcazaba, and it’s open all year round. During the summer the hours are 9am to 8pm, and in the winter it’s 9am to 6pm
Exloring The City Centre
“Exploring the city centre” may seem like a fairly vague thing to include on a list of things to do, but it nicely ties together the Alcazaba and the next thing on my list, the Marina. We walked past the impressive cathedral as we headed to Constitution Square. Along the way are narrow streets lined with bars and shops, and an impressive hospital building.
At the heart of the city is the Plaza De La Constitucion, I always enjoy sitting in a cafe here enjoying the sights and weather. Unfortunately, on this trip they were preparing for an event. A large seating structure has been erected and it wasn’t possible to get any other photos to show you.
The Plaza De La Constitucion opens up onto Calle Larios, named after the famous gin producing family. This pedestrianised street is impressive. Lined with boutique shops, hotels, and big brand name outlets, we enjoyed browsing and wandering along this street.
The shops are mostly open til 9pm. In the evening the street is enchanting with the many lights and people.
At the end of Calle Larios is the entrance to the port and the marina. This whole area has been redeveloped recently and I think they have done a fantastic job.
The marina looks modern and smart. It’s a vibrant place with people enjoying the views, relaxing in the parks, and shopping.
If art is your thing, the Pompidou Centre has won all sorts of awards and is a “must visit” attraction. I must confess to being too uncultured to visit, but if you wish to find out more there is a website here.
I enjoy walking along the promenade and dreaming about which of the boats I will one day be able to own. When I hit a million subscribers on the this blog, I will treat myself. It shouldn’t take long, I think I have about 15 subscribers so far!!!
The Rose Gardens
After all this walking, we needed a rest. The Rose Gardens (beside the Town Hall, opposite the Marina) are a beautiful place to have a sit down.
If flowers are your thing, there is lots of information about each species being grown.
The ponds are very pretty with flowers and fish, and even some turtles swimming.
My final suggestion for you is a stunning rooftop bar. It opens at 3.30pm, and gets very busy. However, it’s worth the hassle of the crowds to enjoy a drink with these amazing views!
From the street, you wouldn’t even know that this gem of a bar is here. It’s almost hidden away, above a hostel.
It’s on the Calle Alcazabilla, next to the cinema and opposite Burger King. To get to the rooftop bar, enter through the Alcazaba Premium Hostal .
Take the lift to the 5th floor. The lift has glass sides and the exposed brick work looks amazing as you travel to the top.
It’s free to get into the rooftop bar, though the drinks are a little on the steep side. I think it’s worth it though. Look at these views!
That’s the end of my list of fairly cheap and very good things to do in Malaga! I hope that you’ve enjoyed the pictures, and will leave a comment on the blog. It would make me very happy if you would follow my blog. Thanks for reading!