What to see in Malaga in one day

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Martí Micolau

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Known as the capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga is not only beach and sea, but offers numerous cultural attractions to visit, as well as being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. The Andalusian town is home to very interesting gems that allow you to retrace a good part of the history of Andalusia. The There are so many attractions to visit in Malaga. A complete visit would require at least 3 full days, even more if you want to visit more museums and if you want to undertake "out of town" excursions.

If you only have 24 hours available, here is our proposal for a itinerary on what to see in Malaga in one day, to visit the main attractions!


  1. One day itinerary in Malaga: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Malaga: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Malaga: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Malaga: Morning

1 - Gibralfaro Castle

Visit of Gibralfaro Castle, one of the most important monuments of the city that rises on the homonymous mountain (Tue-Sun, from October to May 9: 00-18: 00, from June to September 9: 00-20: 00)

It was built by the Arabs in the 17th century to protect the Alcazaba fortress. In the upper part of the Castle there is the Torre Mayor (main tower) meters high, a well and the baths, the court of arms and the Blanca tower. The castle can be visited and from its top you can admire one of the most beautiful and evocative views of Malaga.

2 - Mirador de Gibralfaro, Plaza de Toros, Bullfighting Museum

Walk towards the lower part of the city via Calle Campos Elíseos. It is a pleasant walk of about 15 minutes, all downhill and with enchanting views of Malaga. Unmissable stop at the Mirador de Gibralfaro.

You are in the Plaza de Toros, ready to immerse yourself in one of the symbols of Spain in general. Built in 1874 by Joaquin Rucoba, the Plaza de Toros in Malaga it is one of the most important examples of the historical and cultural heritage of Spain (Mon-Fri 9: 00-14: 00). In 1976, on the occasion of the centenary of its inauguration, it was declared a historical-artistic complex and, in 1981, a Heritage of Cultural Interest. Inside you can admire the structure and visit the Bullfighting Museum, entirely dedicated to the practice of bullfighting where over 1.400 pieces are exhibited including photos, illustrations, paintings and bullfighting posters.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,1 km / 16 min
  • Places visited: Gibralfaro Castle (€ 2,20), Mirador de Gibralfaro (free), Plaza de Toros and Taurine Museum (€ 1,80)

One day itinerary in Malaga: Afternoon

1 - Jardines de Pedro Luis Alonso, lunch, Alcazaba

Walk down Paseo Reding and cross the beautiful Jardines de Pedro Luis Alonso and stop for a delicious lunch at Zarte's (€ 15,00).

Then reach theAscensor de Alcazaba which will lead you to the next stage: theAlcazaba, majestic fortress of the Muslim era, one of the places that tells the ancient history of Andalusia, made up of conquests and wars fought under the walls of fortified castles (from October to May 9: 00-18: 00, from June to September 9 : 00-20: 00). A sort of "Alhambra in miniature", where you can wander around lush gardens, fountains, labyrinthine walkways and admire Moorish buildings and pathios finished with details and finesse of excellent Arabesque artistic workmanship.

2 - Picasso Museum, Cathedral

Leaving the Alcazaba (the visit takes 1 h 30 min, maximum 2 h), take Calle Cìster (800 meters) and reach the Picasso Museum which houses a collection of 204 works by the famous artist who was born in Malaga (from 10:00 to 18: 00/20: 00 depending on the season, it is recommended to purchase an online entrance ticket with audio guide). The Picasso Museum is located inside the Buenavista Palace, a magnificent example of Andalusian Renaissance architecture.

Less than 300 meters away is the Cathedral, nicknamed the Monquita for the south tower which is incomplete. It is another of the most important attractions of the city. Baroque triumph, stands on the remains of what was once the Aljama mosque (Mon-Fri 10: 00-18: 00, Sat 10: 00-17: 00, € 5,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,5 km / 32 min
  • Places visited: Jardines de Pedro Luis Alonso (free), Alcazaba (€ 2,20), Picasso Museum (€ 9,00), Cathedral (€ 5,00)

One day itinerary in Malaga: Evening

1 - Paseo del Parque, dinner, Paseo Muelle Uno

Via Av. De Cervantes you reach the Paseo del Parque and cross it. It is a beautiful tree-lined avenue with soaring palm trees. This avenue divides the historical part of the city from the seaside one, and provides a flowery and aromatic backdrop perfect for a nice stroll. Here you dine at Restaurante El Palmeral (€ 55,00).

End the day by strolling along the Paseo de Muelle Uno, the marina of Malaga where there are bars and restaurants and where you can admire the luxurious boats that dock here every day. Furthermore, every year, especially in summer, markets, concerts and various kinds of events are organized. During your evening stroll, the will not go unnoticed Pompidou Center, colored cube inaugurated in 2015, the very modern Palmeral de las Sorpresas, a long white concrete pergola with themed gardens and spaces for cultural initiatives and the shopping center.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,2 km / 15 min
  • Places visited: Paseo del Parque (free), Paseo Muelle Uno (free)
  • Where to dine: Restaurante El Palmeral, Puerto de Málaga Muelle 2, El Palmeral de las Sorpresas - Get directions

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to go: Mid-seasons are the best time to visit the various attractions with pleasant temperatures and without the oppressive summer heat
  • What to wear: comfortable and informal clothing. Breathable fabrics and comfortable shoes
  • City Pass: the purchase of the Experience Card with tourist bus is recommended, ideal if you have little time to visit the city
  • Getting around: on foot, due to the proximity of the attractions. The complete walking tour is recommended, ideal for getting to know the city, or the bike tour for a different and more fun activity

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

  1. Roman Theater, a must visit if you have more time available
  2. Bioparc Fuengirola, the visit takes some time, to be seen stopping several days in the city
  3. Picasso House Museum, as the itinerary already includes the Picasso Museum
  4. La Malagueta beach, ideal for spending an afternoon if you are staying in the city at least for a weekend
  5. Caminito del Rey, wonderful day trip from Malaga, to do if you have more time available. Several guided tours depart from the city every day with transport included

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