When visiting Malaga, Spain, the city overwhelms you with its variety of sights to see and things to do.
As a first-time visitor, you may have a hard time deciding on what you should plan for your trip.
To help you with that, here are the 12 must-see-and-do things in Malaga.
The only people who can say I visited Malaga are the ones who have visited the Picasso Museum. Malaga is Picasso’s hometown, and the locals are honored to have a museum that showcases many of his artworks. On its opening day in 2003, over 2000 people showed up. The Museum is near the home of Picasso itself, so you should visit that as well. There is an entrance fee to the Museum that goes up to €10 for a full access.
Casa Natal Picasso Malaga
This is the home of the famous artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso. It has been considered an official heritage since 1983 and is situated in Plaza de La Merced right in the heart of the city. It is the headquarter for the Picasso Foundation. There are many Picasso’s works of art on display on the ground floor, as well as artifacts about Picasso’s early life in Malaga. The foundation still hopes to acquire the complete works of Picasso to display them all under one roof. The entrance fee goes up to €3, but it is free every Sunday.
Water Park Adventure
If you are traveling with your family and the kids want to have some fun, I’d suggest to take them to Aquavelis Water Park. Thanks to the 21 differents ride in the park, not only the kids have fun, but adults also get their fair share of an adrenaline rush. You will find foam slides for the kids to enjoy and 80m high slides for you to enjoy. The tickets price vary each year, so check out yours here.
The Manquita - Malaga’s cathedral
Initially, the cathedral was supposed to have two towers. However, due to lack of funding, only one tower was finished. Thus the name The Manquita, or “the one-armed woman.” The artistic designs were all made by Luis Ortiz, but the artist Pedro de Mena was the one to complete them. The unusual rectangular shape, in addition to the gardens and the arts, is one of the many reasons tourists like to visit Malaga’s cathedral. The entrance to The Manquita cost €5 per ticket.
Literally the oldest monument in the city of Malaga. El Teatro Romano dates back to the first century BC when it was first built. It is the only ancient ruins left off in Malaga after the many wars and destruction that the city has seen over the years. Now, the Roman Theater has reopened its doors to visitors and its amphitheater to performers. It is open all year round and hosts open-air performances during the summer for the 220 members of audience it can seat.
The only Bull Ring in Malaga is called La Malagueta. It was built in 1874, held its first bullfight in 1876 and declared a Historical Artistic Monument in 1976. It seats around 14,000 people that attend the bullfighting season from April to September every year. Also known as Plaza de Toros, it has four corrals, dressing for the horses, and its own museum celebrating the history of the monument and the sport itself.
This Moorish fortress palace is Malaga’s most important landmark. It is one of the remaining fortresses in Malaga and the best-preserved fortress in all of Spain. Because it was intended to be a defense location against the pirates in 760 AD, Alcazaba overlooks the whole city from a hilltop. The entrance is free on Sundays after 2pm, and it only costs €2.20 during the rest of the week.
Malaga International Port
This is one of the oldest ports of history as it has been in existence for the last 3000 years. It is still in use today, meaning that almost all civilizations that the world knows have stepped a foot inside the port sometime in the past. In the last decade or so, the port has become an economic source for the city thanks to a number of technological enhancements to its facilities. Now, the port is one of the most must-see spots in tourists list.
Semana Santa in April
Since Spring is the best time to visit Malaga, most tourists prefer to visit during the 3 months March, April, and May. It only makes sense to attend Semana Santa, one of Spain’s most festive weeks. It celebrates the different stages of Via Crucis. There are disputes on which city has the best celebration, but many agree that Malaga’s Tronos are larger than any other city, and the dresses are, to say the least, spectacular. The week is filled with cheerful and joyous music that make everyone smile.
Miguel Cervantes Theater
The famous El Teatro Cervantes is right in the heart of the city in a walking distance from the Roman Theater, Alcazaba, and the Cathedral. It is famously known for its variety of performances all year round. Cervantes Theater was first built as a replacement for El Teatro de la Libertad, and it continued to become one of the most used theaters in Malaga during the 19th and 20th centuries. The theater seats around 1000 people, and tickets to different shows are available on site up to five minutes before the show.
Soho Art District
This district is pretty famous on social media platforms such as Instagram. That is due to the endless number of graffiti art on its many walls. Famous artists from around the world leave their mark to become immortalized like the artists before them. The area also has many art galleries and cafés for people to enjoy the most of the art showcased.
For the lovers of the extreme sports, Malaga has its own skatepark where players come to show off their skills. If you know how to use a skateboard, a scooter, a BMX bike, or roller skates, then this space is designed specifically for you. The Skatepark is opened all year, and the entrance is €3 for a day and it includes using the facilities for the Whole day.
Read our Complete Malaga Travel Guide
Now that you know what you should do while in Malaga, you should know more about where to stay and when to visit.
To help you with all that, read our Malaga Travel Guide.
If you still have any questions then, ask in the comment sections. We’ll answer all of them to the best of our knowledge.
Have a great trip.
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