Things to see in Málaga

Tourist offices

Municipal Tourist Office

Plaza de la Marina, 11, Port, Malaga, Spain
Tel: 951 926 020
Opening Hours:

Daily 0900-2000 (Mar-Sep); Daily 0900-1800 (Oct-Feb).


www.malagaturismo.com

Passes

The MalagaCard (www.malagacard.com) includes entry to most museums and attractions, including the Picasso Museum, Alcazaba and Castillo de Gibralfaro. It also includes various city-wide discounts. You can buy it online or any shops/agencies where you see the MalagaCard sign. For even better value, take the City Sightseeing Malaga bus tour, which is included with the MalagaCard but can also be done separately.

Carmen Thyssen Museum

Inside the 16th-century Palacio de Villalon is Malaga’s most comprehensive art collection, accumulated over time by Baroness Thyssen. Old Masters, landscapes by the Romantic painters, naturalists and fin-de-siecle works all receive plenty of attention in this four-floor museum. From Andalucian paintings depicting flamenco, gypsies, bullfighting and religion to works by Dario de Regoyos, it’s a must-visit for art fans. Audio guides are available and there are regular guided tours of the permanent and temporary exhibitions. There’s a cafe and courtyard here too.

Opening Times: Tues-Sun 1000-2000.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Plaza Carmen Thyssen, Calle Compania 10, Centre, Malaga, 29008, Spain
Telephone: +34 90 230 3131.
Castillo de Gibralfaro

Malaga's highest ground is occupied by the walls and towers of this impressive 14th-century castle, built to defend the Alcazaba fortress below. Visitors can stroll through the peaceful gardens and along the castle ramparts for wonderful views over Malaga and its landmarks such as the bullring, cathedral and harbour. There’s a good cafe and a small museum which explores the history of the fortress as a military garrison and lookout post. Leave time to enjoy a drink on the terrace of the nearby luxury hotel, Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro, especially around sunset.

Opening Times: Daily 0900-2000 (summer); Daily 0900-1800 (winter).
Admission Fees: Yes.
Disabled Access: No
Unesco: No
Address: Camino Gibralfaro s/n, Centre, Malaga, 29016, Spain
Telephone: +34 95 212 2020
Picasso Museum

It was Picasso himself who wanted his works exhibited in the town where he was born and a combined effort saw it realised in 2003. Housed in a 16th-century Andalucian palace, the collection of around 233 works of art includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and graphics, from his earliest works up to the 1970s. Notable for the portrayal of the women and children in the artist's life, the collection shows his changing styles and bold creations alongside temporary exhibitions. There are guided tours, audio guides, a library/archive and pleasant garden cafe.

Opening Times: Tues-Thurs 1000-2000, Fri-Sat 1000-2100, Sun 1000-2000.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Palacio de Buenavista, Calle San Augustin 8, Centre, Malaga, 29015, Spain
Telephone: +34 95 212 7600.
Alcazaba and Teatro Romano

Dubbed the ‘mini-Alhambra’, after the impressive palace-fortress in the Andalucian city of Granada, Malaga’s Moorish rulers once resided and ruled from here. Set in the foothills of Gibralfaro, Alcazaba was mostly built in the 11th century and its horseshoe arches and geometric Islamic decoration remain fine examples of Moorish architecture and its terraced gardens are beautiful. Below the Alcazaba is the Roman amphitheatre which dates back to the 1st century BC, as well as the Renaissance-era Aduana (Customs Building). The Alcazaba also has an archaeological museum and the city views from the upper levels are wonderful.

Opening Times: Daily 0900-2000 (summer); Daily 0900-1800 (winter).
Admission Fees: Yes.
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Calle Alcazabilla 2, Centre, Malaga, 29012, Spain
Telephone: +34 63 093 2987.
Automobile Museum Malaga

A quite extraordinary collection of vintage cars awaits those who visit the Museo Automovilistico Malaga, just west of the historical centre. Set in the Tabacalera, a former tobacco factory which dates back to 1923, the museum presents its collection of 94 cars in themed sections, alongside vintage designer hats, contemporary art, sculptures and installations. Car lovers will appreciate the variety of motors on show from Bugatti to Delage, but it’s an interesting take on the evolution of 20th-century art for anyone with a cultural leaning. They can even organise tours through Malaga in some of the vehicles.

Opening Times: Tues-Sun 1000-1900.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Edificio Tabacalera, Avenida Sor Teresa Prat, 15, West, Malaga, 29003, Spain
Telephone: +34 95 113 7001.
Cathedral

Built between the 16th and the 18th centuries, and never quite finished, Malaga's cathedral is an impressive soaring structure, if slightly lop-sided. Misdirected funds mean the second tower was never added and the cathedral is known affectionately as La Manquita or the ‘One-Armed Lady’, a piece of trivia most visitors will hear at least once a day. A mix of mainly Renaissance but also Gothic and baroque styles, don’t miss its carved choir stalls and two organs. Opposite the cathedral is the imposing Bishop's Palace on Plaza del Obispo, site of many a film shoot.

Opening Times: Mon-Fri 0900-1800, Sat 0900-1700, Sun 1400-1830.
Admission Fees: No.
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Calle Molina Lario 9, Centre, Malaga, 29015, Spain
Telephone: +34 95 221 5917.
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC)

On the edge of Malaga’s Soho neighbourhood, by the river Guadalmedina, is this spacious, gleaming white space, set in what used to be the old wholesalers’ market of Malaga. It has a small permanent collection of contemporary 20th- and 21st-century visual art, but it’s the quality of the temporary exhibitions and international collections which draws the crowds. It’s especially popular on Sundays when the café terrace soon fills up. As well as the outside bar and patio area, the centre’s Oleo sushi restaurant is also excellent.

Opening Times: Tues-Sun 1000-2000 (8 Sep-23 Jun).; Tues-Sun 1000-1400 and 1700-2100 (24 Jun-7 Sep).
Admission Fees: No.
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Calle Alemania s/n, Centre, Malaga, 29001, Spain
Telephone: +34 95 212 0055.
Concepción Botanical Gardens

These impressive botanic gardens just north of town are well worth the visit for its peaceful lake, tropical and sub-tropical plants and trees, and great views over Malaga. Created in 1855 by the Marquis and Marchioness of Loring, several routes explore the gardens, such as ‘Jewels of La Concepcion’ which offers an overview, ‘Themed Gardens’, the ‘Around the World in 80 Trees’ route, Viewpoint Route and the Forest Route, which takes in views of the Montes de Malaga Natural Park.

Opening Times: Daily 0930-1930 (1 Apr-30 Sep); Daily 0930-1630 (1 Oct-31 Mar).
Admission Fees: Yes.
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Camino del Jardín Botánico 3, Centre - north, Malaga, 29014, Spain
Telephone: +34 95 192 6180.
Museo Casa Natal

The Fundación Picasso has transformed the Pablo Picasso’s birthplace into an absorbing museum. With a recreation of a 19th-century hall, and family rooms with original objects and photographs, it’s an insight into family life of the artist and his parents, José Ruiz Blasco and María Picasso López. Photographs, posters and postcards bring Picasso’s Malaga to life, while a few doors down is the Foundation’s temporary exhibition venue. Both are on Plaza de la Merced, one of Malaga’s most impressive squares, lined with popular bars, cafés and restaurants - and a lifesize Picasso sculpture on a bench.

Opening Times: Daily 0930-2000.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Disabled Access: No
Unesco: No
Address: Plaza de la Merced 15, Centre, Malaga, 29012, Spain
Telephone: +34 95 192 6060
Atarazanas Market

A favourite with Malagueños who come here to shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, olives and everything else, this is one of Malaga’s most atmospheric experiences. With its 19th-century architecture, the building itself is worth the visit alone. It actually goes back to the 14th-century when it was used as a shipyard by the Moorish rulers. It’s been a warehouse, military hospital and barracks since, and has a spectacular stained-glass window. Towards one end are a couple of bars, where visitors can prop up on a stool and enjoy a glass of beer with a plate of prawns - highly recommended.

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 0800-1400.
Admission Fees: No.
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Calle Atarazanas, Centre, Malaga, 29005, Spain
MIMMA - Interactive Museum of Music

Containing one of Europe’s largest private collections of musical instruments, MIMMA utilises the latest technology to let visitors interact with pretty much everything on offer and uses smart technology to adapt the visit to each tourist by asking questions and using a ‘smart bracelet’ to personalise the interactive kiosk experiences. With over 100 instruments and musical objects from a range of periods, countries and cultures, it encourages visitors to use the ‘Please Play’ panels and test out instruments. They also run children’s activities on weekends and holidays, making it a good choice for family visit.

Opening Times: Mon 1000-1400, Tues-Sun 1000-1400 and 1600-2000.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Palacio Conde de las Navas, Calle Beatas 15, Centre, Malaga, 29008, Spain
Telephone: +34 95 221 0440.
Website: www.mimma.es
Museo de Artes Populares

Set in a charming 17th-century house, this museum of bygones opened in 1976 and is packed with fascinating displays which depict day-to-day city life at the end of the 19th century in Malaga. Visitors can also learn how wine and oil were made, find out about the skills of traditional trades such as blacksmiths, printers and fisherman, and imagine countryside life via the displays of old farming equipment and tales of folklore.

Opening Times: Mon-Fri 1000-1700; Sat 1000-1400.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Disabled Access: No
Unesco: No
Address: Pasillo de Santa Isabel 10, Centre, Malaga, 29005, Spain
Telephone: +34 95 221 7137.
Museo Revello de Toro

This museum houses the permanent collection of work by portrait artist and figurative painter Félix Revello de Toro, which he left to the city of his birth. There are 142 pieces in the collection, including 104 oil paintings, drawings and sketches that belong to the museum itself. The building was one of only a handful of domestic buildings in Malaga in its time and was once the former home of Pedro de Mena, who was the main maker of religious images in the 17th century. There’s also a gallery for temporary exhibitions.

Opening Times: Tues-Sat 1000-1400 and 1700-2000, Sun 1000-1400.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Calle Afligidos 5, Centre, Malaga, 29015, Spain
Telephone: 952 062 069
Museum Jorge Rando

Dubbed the ‘living room of art in Malaga’, this museum houses a permanent collection of works by local expressionist Jorge Rando as well as temporary exhibitions by other artists who continue to contribute to the expressionist movement. The museum is also a cultural hub for talk, concerts and film shows, organised by the Jorge Rando Foundation. The building, a former monastery, is worth seeing too, for its mesh of new oxidised steel and concrete with the old brickwork of the cloister. There’s also an interior courtyard with a 100 year old orange tree, which makes a wonderful retreat from the streets outside.

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 1000-2000.
Admission Fees: No.
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Calle Cruz del Molinillo 12, Centre, Malaga, 29013, Spain
Telephone: +34 95 221 0991.
Paseo del Parque and Harbour

No visit to the city is complete without a harbourfront walk. Paseo del Parque is a wonderfully shaded garden, filled with palm trees, fountains and shrubs, which runs alongside the harbour as well as the surreal, but wonderfully designed, El Palmera de las Sorpresas promenade. As it ends, it becomes Muelle Uno, a rather swanky-looking strip of restaurants, bars and shops, which is primarily designed to attract cruise ship day trippers. It also doubles as a hub for locals and visitors with cafés, ice cream parlours and bike hire stands. Turn a corner and the Lighthouse marks the end of this section before the city beaches begin at Malagueta, stretching eastwards to the beach districts of Pedregalejo and El Palo.

Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No.
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Paseo del Parque, Centre, Malaga, Spain
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