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Self-guided Sightseeing Tour of Málaga

Are you visiting Málaga and looking for some tips on what to do there? Here is an itinerary of sights and places me and my partner visited during our one-day stay.

Marqués de Larios

As we weren’t staying in Malaga, we arrived in the city by train early in the morning. We got off at the Malaga Centro train station and from there continued on foot. We crossed a bridge over the dry river basin and walked towards Marqués de Larios – the Malaga’s most popular shopping street. It was early, some of the shops were not even opened yet, and we had the street almost only to ourselves. Its architecture is beautiful and walking there is worth it even if you are not planning to shop.

Catedral de la Encarnación

If you manage to turn into the right street, the Catedral de la Encarnación is just a stone’s throw from the shopping street. At once, it appeared in front of us, and we were taken aback, forced to stop and stare for a few moments. It was majestic. The cathedral was supposed to have two towers, but only one of them was finished. So instead of admiring the completed tower, my eyes were attracted continuously to the unfinished one – it was so unusual. Besides the unfinished tower, the completed one looked ordinary, almost boring.
If you want to go inside and admire the interior as well, there is an entrance fee of 5 Euros.

Alcazaba fortress

After seeing enough of the cathedral, we wandered through the beautiful streets nearby and then set off for the Alcazaba fortress. It was not very far away, and after paying 5.50 Euros for the entry (the cost is for both the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro), we found ourselves in an oasis of gardens and fountains. In Spanish, Alcazaba means citadel and this fortification is something like a smaller version of Alhambra in Grenada (although Alhambra is much younger). It’s an assembly of wall enclosures, offering magnificent panoramas of the surrounding areas and we were happily strolling around. The architecture style of the fortress is Moorish, but it is a rebuild of an older, Roman one. As a reminder of that period serves the Roman theatre below the fort.

Malaga BullringCastle Gibralfaro

Although the castle seemed to be very close to the Alcazaba fortress, it turned out that there is no direct path. To find the route leading to the top was a bit tricky, but we were able to find one and slowly began the ascent. The journey to the castle was a long climb, but as we were getting higher, the path offered spectacular views of the city of Málaga. As we had spent more time visiting the sights than we had planned (and also because we were starving), we used the bus 35 for the journey back to the city center. We got off near the La Malagueta Bullring and decided to have a late lunch nearby.

Malafa BeachesMálaga beaches

After this much-needed refreshment, we went to the La Malagueta beach but didn’t stay there for long. La Malagueta is hidden behind the Port of Malaga and neighbors with another favorite beach – La Caleta. Even though they are both spacious, they were crowded, and as we had additional items on our itinerary, we just hang around for a while and then continued over the beach to the lighthouse and the Malaga Port.

Málaga PortMálaga Port

There is a pleasant promenade running through the Port, filled with numerous bars and restaurants. We bought terrific sugar-free ice cream, set on a bench and enjoyed the view over the harbor. But this didn’t prove to be a good idea, because we soon started to feel tired and begin to doubt our former plan to visit the Museum of Picasso. After some consideration, we agreed that we are not such art lovers to go there at all costs and continued practicing the ability to do nothing at all.

Málaga Park

The weather was scorching, and we were about to run out of the water, so the nothing at all thing had to be finished, and we had to look for a shop. We wanted to walk through the park parallel to the port and found a small stall almost immediately after entering it. The lady there was also selling ice-creams and newspapers; unfortunately, she didn’t sell coffee. I was a bit disappointed, but we had the water now so the lady may be forgiven.
The park was pleasant, with fountains and various plants with labels. We were strolling around and met many similar stalls to the one we had bought the water in, but none was selling coffee. I started to be really tired, so we left the park and had a coffee in the first café we encountered. And that was the last stop of our day trip to Malaga.

Additional tips:

  • Museum of Picasso – as Malaga is a birthplace of Picasso, there is a museum dedicated to his work, presenting it in chronological order
  • Botanical Garden – the garden is situated about 5 kilometers away from the Malaga city center, and it is possible to get there using the public transport.


Have you visited the city of Málaga or Costa del Sol? What did you think, did you like it? Tell me in the comments and have a great day 🙂

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