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.

Parking In Malaga

Malaga Car Park
Underground parking at the Alcazaba

The Roman Amphitheatre

Teatro Romano Malaga

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.

Roman Amphitheatre Malaga
The amphitheatre sits below the Alcazaba

The amphitheatre was rediscovered in 1951, and opened to the public in 2011.

Roman Malaga
The orchestra pit and public seating

There is a visitor centre with relics from the site, including a coffin with an exposed skeleton.  Admission is free.

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The Alcazaba

The Alcazaba Malaga
Entry to the Alcazaba is next to the exit of the amphitheatre

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.

Alcazaba Malaga
You can walk around the ramparts of the Alcazaba

It later became a palace which was home to several Moorish rulers.

Roman Malaga
The restored ruins of the Alcazaba

Whether you enjoy history, walking, magnificent views, or nature the Alcazaba will be a great experience.  I really enjoy the atmosphere and the views.

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From the ramparts looking towards the amphitheatre

The Alcazaba is a big place. I only spent an hour here, but you could easily spend a whole afternoon enjoying it.

Malaga Alcazaba
Orange trees line some of the paths
Malaga Alcazaba Spain
Nature and history are all around
Costa Del Sol Alcazaba Malaga
The views are spectacular. Here you can just see the lighthouse in the marina.

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.

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The Alcazaba palace gardens
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Looking out to see from the palace gardens
Roman bath malaga
Even the Romans had to have a bath!

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.

Malaga Alcazaba
Much of the palace has been restored.
Moorish Palace Malaga
Inside the Alcazaba palace

If you’ve visited the Kasbah in Tangier, Morocco, this will feel familiar.  The architecture and water features are very similar.

Alcazaba Museum Malaga
Artifacts on display in the Alcazaba

There are excavated artifacts on displays inside the palace.

Alcazaba Malaga
These items were produced in a kiln which can be seen in the palace
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An imposing wooden ceiling inside one of the palace rooms.
Alcazaba View Malaga
Looking out to the port, I saw a cruise ship docked and the lighthouse is also visible
Malaga bullring
The Gibalfaro fortress is on the left, and I saw the bullring from this position.

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.

Malaga Alcazaba
There is a coffee shop which sells ice cream near the top of the Alcazaba area

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

Malaga Cathedral
The Cathedral can be seen en route from the Alcazaba to the Plaza De La Constitucion

“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.

Saint Tomas Hospital Malaga
Saint Tomas’s hospital building
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Don’t forget your maracas and kiss me quick hat!

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.

Constitution Square Malaga
Plaza De La Consitucion, Malaga
Calle Larios Malaga
Calle Larios, Malaga

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.

Malaga Centre

The shops are mostly open til 9pm.  In the evening the street is enchanting with the many lights and people.

Calle Larios Malaga
Exploring the many side streets can be fun.
Calle Larios Malaga
Designer brands and boutique hotels on the Calle Larios

We always visit Malaga during Feria week, and when the Christmas illuminations are on display.  These are both amazing experiences!

Malaga Marina

Malaga Wheel
The Malaga wheel at the top of the port area

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.

Malaga Marina
Walkways beside the marina are lined with trees, benches, and cafes

The marina looks modern and smart.  It’s a vibrant place with people enjoying the views, relaxing in the parks, and shopping.

Costa Del Sol Marina Malaga
Looking over the water to the shops, restaurants, and lighthouse.
Malaga Marina
Hannah demonstrates how to take a selfie with an invisible phone
Malaga marina
Hannah and I enjoy the marina area in Malaga
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I love the hustle and bustle which somehow still manages to feel laid back and relaxed.

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.

Pompidou Centre Malaga
The Pompidou Centre in Malaga
Malaga vandalism
Not all of the artwork in Malaga is in museums though!

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!!!

Malaga marina
Expensive boats line the marina.
Malaga Marina
If you can remember to bring some bread, the fish will appreciate it.
Malaga marina Spain
Looking across the marina towards the port and the big wheel.

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.

Malaga town hall
The Town Hall

If flowers are your thing, there is lots of information about each species being grown.

Malaga rose garden

Malaga Garden
Parts of the garden are walled. These areas are quiet and relaxing.

The ponds are very pretty with flowers and fish, and even some turtles swimming.

Malaga fish
Fish swimming in the rose garden ponds
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This little dude popped his head out to say hi.

Rooftop Bar

Malaga Rooftop Bar

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!

Rooftop Bar Malaga
The Alcazaba and Marina seen from the rooftop bar

From the street, you wouldn’t even know that this gem of a bar is here.  It’s almost hidden away, above a hostel.

Malaga Rooftop Bar
Looking up at the rooftop bar from the street in front of the amphitheatre.

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 .

Alcazaba Premium Hostel Malaga
The entrance to the rooftop bar

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.

Premium Hostel Malaga

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!

Malaga Roof top bar
Stepping out of the lift.
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The Alcazaba, seen from the rooftop bar above the Premium Hostel in Malaga

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!

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