Best Must See and Do Things in Malaga, Spain

The Alcazaba in Malaga – copyright manuelfloresv, Creative Commons

Malaga, Spain’s sixth most populous city, is one of the world’s oldest cities. In existence for more than 2,700 years, you can only imagine the culture and history you’ll see here.

For visitors to Malaga, it’s often difficult to choose what to see, particularly if their stay is short. That’s why you should start off with these five best must see and do things, then branch out from there.

Take a Walk – The best way to start out learning about Malaga is to take a walk around some of the city’s most important historical buildings in the old town area of the city. Visit Plaza de la Constitucion, Calle Caster, Plaza del Obispo where you’ll find Malaga’s cathedral, and Pasaje Chinitas.

Stop at Plaza de la Merced and sit in a terrace cafe with tapas and a beer. Don’t miss too the Plaza de la Marina, home of the Interactive Music Museum, with its impressive collection of musical instruments.

Gibralfaro Castle and the Alcazaba: Built by King Yusuf I in the 14th century as a way to defend the Alcazaba (the fortress), Gibralfaro Castle has an interesting arsenal exhibit and stunning views out over the ocean.

The Alcazaba was the Nazarite kings’ palace and is more than 1,000 years old. There’s ruins of a Roman amphitheatre, three palaces and an archaological museum. Admission is free.

Pablo Picasso Museum – Malaga is famous as the birthplace of Spain’s most well-known artist, Pablo Picasso. The city is also home to the Pablo Picasso Museum, where you’ll find more than 150 of Picasso’s art pieces, along with information about his fascinating, and somewhat bohemian, life. It’s also situated in a 16th century palace, which is interesting in its own right.

La Malagueta” Bullfighting MuseumRegardless of what you think about Spain’s obsession with bullfighting, a visit to Malaga’s Bullfighting Museum is still one of the must do things in the city. You’ll see posters, photographs, some of the stunning outfits worn by the matadors, and other objects related to the national obsession. For more information –

Malaga’s Central Market (Mercado Central) -Located in the old part of Malaga, if you want to learn about Spanish culture, you can’t miss the Market Hall. Flowers, fruit, fish, seafood, chicken, spices, vegetables, olive oil, olives, garlic — everything is sold here. Plus, right outside the market, there are a number of lovely little cafes and restaurants. Perfect for a cafe con leche or lunch.