10 Things to Do in Malaga

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The capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga is one of the most visited places in Spain. You’ll want to make the most of your trip. Make sure you add these top 10 things to do in Malaga.

1. Visit the Roman Theatre

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Start with a trip to the Roman Theatre, just beyond Alcazaba. It’s one of the most amazing monuments in the area, dating back to the Morrish period. It was only rediscovered in 1951 and has been kept in good shape since.

2. See La Alcazaba

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Speaking of Alcazaba, this is definitely a place to go when you visit Malaga. It’s a Moorish fortress and still keeps many of the memories of the Islamic period. It has certainly developed since first erected in the 8th century, and now has two sets of walls to protect the place.

3. See Castillo de Gibralfaro

Castillo de Gibralfaro malaga

Alcazaba isn’t the only historic fortress in the city. You’ll also want to take a trip to the Phoenician fortresses, Castillo de Gibralfaro. This has stood for more than 2,500 years, and became one of the pivotal locations for the 1487 sieges against the Catholics.

4. Visit the Museo del Vidrio

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The beautiful museum is in a quaint house from the 18th century. You’ll still see all the period furniture and gorgeous beams in the ceiling. There are artifacts from the civilisations past, including Ancient Greek, Egyptians, and Phoenicians.

5. Don’t Overlook the Cathedral

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Visiting the Malaga Cathedral is definitely one of the things to do in Malaga when you visit. It took more than 150 years to completely built, mixing both renaissance and baroque architecture and styles. It’s the second tallest Cathedral in Spain. Building stopped to divert funds to protect the Americans from the British during the Revolutionary War!

6. Take a Trip to the Market

Atarazanas Market Malaga

Ataranzas Market is one of the most popular things for locals to do in Malaga. You’ll definitely want to take part. It’s a daily event, where you can taste tapas, buy local fruit and veg, and even try the beautifully cured meats and cheeses. You can find the perfect gifts for people at home.

7. Escape the Heat at Parque de Malaga

Parque de Malaga

The Costa del Sol certainly gets hot, so you’ll want to find somewhere to escape the heat without retreating to your hotel. Parque de Malaga is the perfect option, with beautiful palm trees and plenty of excursions to keep you entertained.

8. Get the History of Fashion and Cars

History of Fashion and Cars

Spain is known for its beautiful fashion and you can find out more about that at the Automobile and Fashion Museum. As the name suggests, there are also exhibitions of the classic cars of the century. Journey throughout the 20s, 40s, and beyond, perfect for everyone in the family.

9. Relax at the Beach

Malagueta Beach Malaga

It’s the Costa del Sol! One of the things you have to do when you visit Malaga is take a trip to the beach. There are so many beautiful waterfront locations, depending on your transport options and preferences. La Malagueta is one of the more popular, but you’ll want to take a trip to La Misericordia for the perfect sand and water temperatures.

10. Enjoy Espetos

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Take in the local delicacies when you visit Malaga. Espeto is the most popular option, which is grilled sardines and available at any local beachfront bar. Make sure you go to places making them the good old-fashioned way (with a fire pit to roast).