Some of the city’s must-sees can be found close to the Port of Málaga and the old town. You can get to all these places on foot, so you’ll waste no time on transport.
Leisure, shopping and cuisine in Málaga
Málaga is a lively, dynamic city. The climate is good all year round, which means the city's streets are full of outdoor terraces where you’ll be able to enjoy some fine tapas.
The old town is home to more than a hundred bars and restaurants, making it the perfect place to sample typical Costa del Sol delicacies. Calle Larios, Plaza de la Constitución, Pasaje de Chinitas, Calle Granada and Plaza de la Merced, which is where the artist Pablo Picasso was born, are some of the most iconic locations in Málaga. Palmeral de las Sorpresas and Muelle Uno, which are both next to the Port of Málaga, are also well worth a wander so you can relish the views and the amount of activities there are on offer.
A stroll through cultural Málaga
Málaga is additionally a city with a huge variety of museums. Museums you can't miss out on include the Málaga Picasso Museum, which houses works by the celebrated Málaga artist, the Carmen Thyssen Museum, which houses the biggest collection of Spanish “costumbrismo” art in Spain, and then you have the Málaga Centre for Contemporary Art (CAC) and the Málaga Pompidou Centre – the only one of its kind outside France.
If you leave the old quarter, you’ll come to the old Tabacalera tobacco factory, and inside you’ll find two of the most renowned museums: the Málaga Automobile and Fashion Museum, which exhibits both classic cars and fashion items, and the Collection of the Russian Museum of St Petersburg.
Málaga Cathedral is a Renaissance gem, especially thanks to its High Altar and its choir. You can also access the cathedral's roof, where you can enjoy views from a height of 50 metres. To access it, you need to book in advance or purchase a ticket at the Episcopal Palace (Plaza del Obispo, 6).
Likewise, be sure not to miss the Alcazaba, the Roman Theatre andGibralfaro Castle. Next to Gibralfaro Castle, you will find the Mirador de Gibralfaro viewpoint. From here, you’ll be treated to some of the best views of the city.