One day in Malaga

If you only have one day to visit the capital of the Costa del Sol, here is a tour so you don't miss a thing.

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Castillo de Gibralfaro

The places you cannot miss in Malaga

  • You can buy the combined ticket for the Castle and the Alcazaba.

  • From the castle you can enjoy magnificent views.

  • On Sundays the visit is free.

  • In summer music recitals are held during the Gibfest Festival in the castle's parade ground.

  • It is a defensive construction from the XIV century, its purpose was to protect the Alcazaba.

  • Its name comes from the name “Jabal-Faruk” which means lighthouse mount, since there was one on this mount, in Phoenician and Roman times.

  • It is made up of two lines of walls and eight towers, the zigzagging walls join the castle with the Alcazaba.

  • The castle has two parts: on the one hand, the upper part with the main patio, where the Interpretation Center is located. The Greater Tower is also in that area, along with the Phoenician well and the baths.

  • On the other hand, the lower part, or parade ground, where the barracks and stables were located, and in this area the White Tower.

  • Abderramán III transformed this old settlement into a fortress, and later the Nasrid king Yusuf I in 1340 expanded the fortress.

  • The castle was used by Fernando the Catholic as a residence, after the siege of the Catholic Monarchs in the castle, in the summer of 1487. Camino de Gibralfaro, 1.

  • We are going to start our day in Malaga at the Gibralfaro Castle, which is a must-see and one of the most common in the city of Malaga.

  • € 3.5. Castle.

  • 5.50 Castle + Alcazaba.

  • Sundays free entry.

  • +34 952227230

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Winter from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Alcazaba de Málaga

Four centuries of history

  • You can go up by elevator, which is accessed by Guillén Sotelo street, in front of the Town Hall.

  • It is cheaper to buy the joint ticket with the visit to the Castle, if we want to visit both.

  • During the visit we will enjoy beautiful views and beautiful corners with fountains and vegetation. In addition, going down the Alcazaba enclosure you will pass through charming gardens, with their trimmed hedges and a fountain in the center.

  • It is a fortified palace located on the hillside of Mount Gibralfaro.

  • Another Phoenician fortification was built on the ruins in the 11th century, which was larger than the current one.

  • During the visit we will see the Taifal and Nasrid Palace, which we will access through the door of the Tower of the Quarters of Granada, or Door of the Seven Arches. These are the remains of two Palaces, one Nasrid and the other Taifal, and a neighborhood with eight houses dating from the 11th century, some baths and a restoration workshop.

  • One of the best preserved elements is the Plaza de Armas, from which the city was dominated.

  • In the Plaza de Armas, the archaeologist Manuel Acién located during his field work vestiges of an 8th century aljama mosque.

  • Going up to the Alcazaba is another essential visit in Malaga, we are going to visit it after touring the castle

  • € 3.5. Alcazaba

  • 5.50 Castle + Alcazaba.

  • Sundays free entry.

  • +34 630932987

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: From 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (April to October) From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (November to March)


Teatro Romano

The trace of the Roman presence in Malaga

  • The closest car park is a five-minute walk away, in Plaza de la Mercedad, although it is usually busy.

  • It can also be reached by bus.

  • The construction dates from the time of Augustus, and was used until the 3rd century.

  • The Theater was discovered in 1951, during the realization of a work that intended to allocate this space to a garden. At first it was thought that the remains corresponded to the wall of the Alcazaba, until it was discovered that it was the Aditus Maximus of a Roman theater.

  • It is known that in the 5th and 6th centuries its use was destined for the cemetery, and later, its stones were used by the Arabs for the reconstruction of the Alcazaba.

  • It consists of a cavea or bleachers, orchestra or semicircular space and proscerium or stage.

  • In 2010 the interpretation center of the Roman theater, designed by the architect Antonio Tejedor, was inaugurated here.

  • Then we will visit the Roman theater of Malaga, which is located on the western slope of the Alcazaba hill.

  • Free entrance.

  • +34951501115

  • 15 min - 30 min

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and holidays. Closed on Mondays.


Jardines de Pedro Luis Alonso

Vegetation and water to relax and rest

  • The gardens are next to the Malaga Park, and we can find the fountain when we finish seeing them

  • These gardens were designed by the architect Fernando Guerrero-Strachan Rosado in 1945.

  • The gardens have Spanish-Arabic and French influences, it is structured in geometric shapes.

  • In the garden we can especially find orange, mandarin, cypress and rose bushes.

  • Noteworthy is the statue of the biznaguero, by Jaime Fernández Pimentel.

  • As for the Fountain of the Three Graces, also known as the Fountain of the Nymphs, it was made of cast iron and marble. It consists of three bodies and two cups, in which three classical-inspired female figures stand out. If we look closely, we will see the horn of plenty, which is an allegory of fertility.

  • The fountain is a design by José María Sánchez, and was first installed in the Alameda Principal, in the 19th century, although later it was moved to the Plaza de la Marina and finally to the Plaza del General Torrijos.

  • We can rest in these gardens. It is worth walking through these gardens, and very close we can also appreciate the Fountain of the Three Graces.

  • Free access.

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Free access.


Calle Marqués de Larios

The heart of Malaga

  • During Christmas the street fills with festive lights and a Christmas atmosphere, thanks to one of the most spectacular lights in Spain.

  • During Easter, Larios street is the main axis of the Official Route, all the brotherhoods and brotherhoods pass through here.

  • Marqués de Larios street is a nineteenth-century street, considered one of the most coveted shopping streets in Europe.

  • The street was pedestrianized in 2002, when the rehabilitation of the Historic Center began.

  • Its name is due to Manuel Domingo Larios y Larios, II Marqués de Larios. We can find a sculpture set in his honor at the beginning of the street.

  • The architecture of the buildings is symmetrical, with curved corner designs, and they are designed by the Malaga architect Eduardo Strachan, who was inspired by Chicago buildings.

  • Currently, this street is the third most expensive in Spain, with an average price of 3,600 euros per square meter.

  • We can end the morning in the most famous pedestrian street in Malaga, ideal for shopping.

  • Free access.

  • 15 min - 30 min

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Free access.


Catedral de Málaga

A Renaissance gem in the heart of Malaga

  • It is possible to obtain audio guides in several languages to visit the cathedral and learn about its history in depth.

  • We can get a discount if we buy the tickets for the cathedral and the episcopal palace together.

  • The construction process of this temple began in 1528 on the site of the old Great Mosque or Aljama, the works ended in 1782.

  • The original Gothic layout gave rise to a Renaissance design, the architects Enrique Egas, Pedro López, Diego de Siloé and Andrés de Vandelvira participated.

  • It is the second tallest building in Andalusia, behind the Giralda in Seville.

  • The Cathedral was consecrated by Pope Bto. Pius IX in the year 1588.

  • The central body of the facade of the Cathedral is made up of two heights and the Corinthian columns separate the three streets. The main door is framed by Solomonic columns, and on the doors we will find medallions representing the patrons of Malaga.

  • The interior of the cathedral is rectangular in shape, has three naves and has side chapels. The main altar, which is the work of Diego de Vergara, stands out especially.

  • We start the afternoon visiting the Santa Iglesia Catedral Basilica de la Encarnación, which is located in the Plaza del Obispo, and is an essential Renaissance temple in our visit to Malaga.

  • Cathedral € 6

  • Cathedral + Palace € 10

  • Discounts for seniors, students and groups.

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Calle Molina Lario 9.


Plaza del Obispo

Art exhibitions in the Archbishop's Palace

  • In the Episcopal Palace we can see collections of sacred art and African art, as well as other temporary exhibitions, the last of them an exhibition of sculptures by Pedro Mena.

  • In the Plaza del Obispo there are places and terraces where you can have a drink while enjoying the views of the Cathedral.

  • The Plaza del Obispo is of Muslim origin, although its current appearance is due to the completion of the façade of the cathedral and the episcopal palace in the 18th century.

  • The square was later reformed in the 20th century, during these works remains of the old late-Roman and Byzantine wall were found.

  • Here you can also find the Bishop's Fountain, dating from 1785, built in gray marble like the portal of the Episcopal Palace.

  • The Episcopal Palace of Malaga is a baroque-style building that was built thanks to the patronage of Archbishop José Francisco Lasso of Castilla, in 1762.

  • Its design belongs to the architect Antonio Ramos, who continued with the works of José de Bada after his death in 1756.

  • The building consists of three stories high, it is articulated by paired pilasters. The large balcony over the main door, the finishes on the pilasters and columns and the shields on the door stand out.

  • In this decorated square, in front of the Cathedral, we will find the Episcopal Palace.

  • Episcopal Palace 5 €

  • Cathedral + Palace € 10

  • Discounts for seniors, students and groups.

  • +34 951926051

  • 15 min - 30 min

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


Plaza de la Constitución

A square with a lot of history

  • The Central Café, located in this square, is very successful, from which you can enjoy the atmosphere while eating or having a coffee.

  • We are in the old Plaza Mayor, in the heart of the historic center of the city of Malaga.

  • The square dates back to the 15th century.

  • During the Nasrid era, it was known as Plaza de las Cuatro Calles or Public Square, in 1812 it was renamed Plaza de la Constitución, although it had other names before returning to that of the Constitution, with the arrival of democracy.

  • During the confiscation some of the buildings were demolished and others with commercial galleries were built, such as the Pasaje de Heredia.

  • Some buildings currently stand out in the square, such as the Old College of the Jesuits and the House of the Consulate.

  • Also noteworthy is the Genoa fountain, which was installed here in 2003 with the pedestrianization of this square and Calle Larios.

  • Formerly, in this square were the Town Hall, the House of the Corregidor, the Audience and the jail.

  • Next we propose a visit to this central square famous for its atmosphere

  • Free access.

  • 15 min - 30 min

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


Museo Picasso Málaga

Picasso's work in his hometown

  • In this museum there is also a section for temporary exhibitions.

  • We can find the Bruce Nauman exhibition, visit both exhibitions or just one of them.

  • The ticket includes an audio guide.

  • The Museum was inaugurated in October 2003.

  • The building is in the Renaissance style, a design by the architect Diego de Cazalla, it was built in the years 1530-1540.

  • The history of the creation of the Museum arises from a request from Juan Temboury to Pablo Picasso in 1953. Temboury, who was the Provincial Delegate of Fine Arts of Malaga, requested the donation of two works of each technique, and Picasso was enthusiastic about the idea He replied that he would send two trucks.

  • Although this donation was not accepted at that time, 50 years later, thanks to the artist's eldest son and the city's exhibition "Classic Picasso" in 1994, the project was restarted, until the museum was inaugurated in 2003.

  • Among the artist's works we will find a wide range of techniques and styles, from classicism to cubism.

  • Bruce Nauman Ticket € 6.5

  • Now we are going to visit one of the most famous Museums in Malaga. As is well known, the acclaimed painter Pablo Picasso was born here, which is why it is worth visiting his museum, in which we will find 285 of his works.

  • Pablo Picasso general admission € 8

  • Double ticket € 12

  • Discounts for seniors, youth card and students.

  • +34 952127600

  • 1 h - 2 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Summer from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Winter from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Autumn and spring from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. San Agustín Street 8.


Plaza de la Merced

One of the main squares of the city

  • It is worth stopping in this square and entering Picasso's Birthplace, and thus remembering what his childhood was like to better understand his work.

  • The visit can only be to the Natal House, or to the Natal House plus the temporary exhibition. Both options include audio guides.

  • Plaza de la Merced is one of the main ones in the center of Malaga, where festivals and other events take place.

  • According to some theories in the square there was in Roman times an amphitheater or a gymnasium, although the theories are not conclusive.

  • After the Christian conquest, this square received the name of Market Square for the use that was given to it, later it would be called Plaza de Riego in honor of the liberal general who resided here in the 19th century.

  • Around the square we find buildings dating from the 18th century (numbers 9 and 10), number 12 is from the 19th century and numbers 15 to 20 are the headquarters of the Picasso Foundation, where the painter was born in 1881.

  • The Birthplace of Picasso is located in the headquarters that we have just mentioned and can be visited. It is a House Museum that contains family memories of the painter and some collections of Pablo Picasso's art.

  • The Foundation promotes outdoor exhibitions since the 90s. The most outstanding pieces have traveled to museums and cultural institutions in countries such as France, Italy, Holland ... and outside of our continent to Argentina, Mexico, Chile, the United States or even South Korea .

  • The Foundation has a collection of more than 4000 works of art by 200 different artists.

  • Next, we recommend visiting this square where the birthplace of Picasso is located.

  • General admission € 3.

  • +34 951926060

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: From 10am to 8pm in summer. From 10am to 6pm in winter. Plaza de la Merced.


Muelle Uno

Green areas and leisure by the sea

  • From Muelle Uno, at sunset the light and the view will be really beautiful.

  • We propose to walk first through the Palmeral de las Sorpresas, rest in its green corners and finish at Muelle Uno.

  • El Palmeral is located near the historic center of Malaga, next to the Pedro Luis Alonso gardens, the Malaga Park, and the Puerta Oscura gardens.

  • In Muelle Uno we will find a multitude of shops, restaurants and the famous Pompidou center.

  • Here we find the second largest cruise port on the peninsula, with a lot of boat traffic.

  • El Palmeral de las Sorpresas is a 20,000 square meter leisure area, with green areas and 400 palm trees that give it its name.

  • To end the day we are going to go to Muelle Uno and enjoy the sunset. Muelle Uno is well known and frequented by locals to go shopping, have a drink or simply stroll by the sea.

  • Free access.

  • 1 h - 2 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Free access.

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Esta guía selecciona los lugares que no te puedes perder si vas a Málaga por solo un día, ¿y adivina qué? “da en el clavo" con todos ellos. El castillo Gilbalfrado es imperdible.




Si solo tienes un día para estar en Málaga los lugares que indican la guía son ideales! Tanto el castillo como Catedral no podéis perderoslo.




Muy buenas elecciones para un día en Málaga.