Malaga has a rich history and many layers of culture that date back thousands of years. With over 3000 years of human heritage, Malaga is visited all year round. Whatever you enjoy, Malaga has something for you to do.
Its art scene is vibrant. Malaga is a jewel for artists worldwide who have come to pay their respects to Picasso and learn from his work. There is a never-ending stream of visitors who come to sample the globally-inspired cuisine found in Malaga, along with an abundance of choice destinations for tourists looking for amazing experiences.
Because let’s face it, where else in the world can you visit historical sites and museums in the morning, hang out at the beach all afternoon, and still have time to attend a play and eat dinner? You need more than one day in Malaga to see everything. It has so much. It is urban planning is second to none as Malaga’s best locations are merely stone throws away from each other. Accommodations for tourists in Malaga are of incredible quality.
So if you are in Malaga, here are places that you should check out.
Muelle Uno, Port of Malaga
16-min walk from our Hostel in Malaga and the Aparthotel in Malaga
This port lived through 3000 years of active human use to get to you. Built by Phoenicians for trade, Malaga’s port has attracted some of the world’s greatest powers. From here, the Romans exported iron ores and other metals from the mines of Ronda, olive oil, and garum, a salted fish delicacy, while the Moors exported figs and wine.
Today, the port of Malaga still carries on its excellent commercial activities with front-row shops on the Muelle Uno, a modern shopping complex built on the dock of Malaga.
The recently constructed complex is perfect for families with young children to visit. With plenty of gardens, playgrounds, water features and activities, there will be no shortage of entertainment. In addition, the many benches and quiet corners provide the perfect opportunity to sit back and take in the atmosphere.
The design of the whole complex is very modern and sleek. The 420 newly planted palm trees lining the walkway are just a tiny part of the 7400 trees and tropical plants that make up the gardens. The area has a surreal, modern feel that makes Malagueños proud of their city’s newest addition. There is no better place to enjoy an evening stroll and people-watch. This is very different from the old Malaga that many are familiar with.
14-min walk from our Hostel in Malaga and the Aparthotel in Malaga
Through the port of Malaga, access to all of the beaches on the coastal city through the Promenade Pablo Ruiz Picasso, a 2.3 km walkway that allows you to see every bit of sand on the beach.
Malaga, a city on Spain’s Costa del Sol, is known for its sandy beaches stretching for kilometers. La Malagueta and La Caleta are two of the most popular beaches in Malaga**.** More beaches lay ahead that are quieter outside the city, such as the El Canuelo and El Peñon Del Cuervo. These beaches offer a wide range of activities, from sunbathing and swimming to water sports and beachside dining. Many of the beaches in Malaga are also equipped with amenities such as showers, restrooms, and beach chairs. The beaches are convenient and comfortable places to spend a day by the sea. Families often have picnics on the quieter beaches. At night, you could visit any of Malaga’s beaches for a night of dining and music.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
8-min walk from our Hostel in Malaga and the Aparthotel in Malaga
The city of Malaga is renowned for its artistic legacy. The birthplace of Pablo Picasso, the city is home to three main art spaces. Namely, Picasso Museum, Thyssen Museum, and the CAC – Contemporary Art Centre. Of the three, Picasso’s museum is a must-see. Check our post “ 7 things to do in Málaga” to learn more about the Picasso Museum.
For the paintings that must have inspired Pablo Picasso as an artist, you can turn to the Thyssen-Carmen museum. There, you would see Spanish 19th-century art in its full glory. The paintings in the museum are donated by Carmen Cervera. She is an art collector whose collection spans about 3 centuries of art from Spain and Germany, and even Belgium over its three floors of space. The Carmen Thyssen museum possesses art from some of Spain’s traditional artists that captured the purity of the Spanish heritage.
Not just because the art is good, but these artists are one of the few windows that show us what Spain used to be like and how much it has transformed.
6-min walk from our Hostel in Malaga and the Aparthotel in Malaga
Malaga, a historic city, is home to quite a number of old architecture that instantly takes you back to the past. One sight of the Teatro Romano and you can imagine actors playing out scenes from the popular Roman stories we know and love.
The Teatro Romano is one of Malaga’s oldest ruins. Built in the colosseum style, the theatre was where the Romans came to see plays or held public events during their time at Malaga. Right now, the Teatro Romano is missing some stones as builders of the Alcazaba fortress excavated stones from it to build their defenses. However, the structure still puts on a show some nights even after 200 years. Tourists often stop by the Teatro Romano to see plays and relive ancient times.
Ataranzas, Malaga’s biggest market
12-min walk from our Hostel in Malaga and the Aparthotel in Malaga
The Ataranzas market in Malaga is open from Monday to Saturday, 8 AM to 3 PM. Just taking a walk through the market, with its sights, sounds and tastes, is worth waking up early for. The Ataranzas market was not always a market. It had been a military barracks and then a hospital. But everyone agrees that it was always meant to be a market. You can find all the fruits, vegetables, and spices you would expect in the Mediterranean at the Ataranzas market, plus more. There is even a section that feels like you have been transported back to the medieval era. Such is how rich and varied the Ataranzas market is.
Malaga has more…
Indeed by now, you are considering how fast you can make it to Malaga and where you will stay while you get all of these experiences. The nightlife, the food, and the transport through Malaga are affordable and easy to get, so you do not have to worry about any discomfort.
If you are coming to Malaga, it will be easier to experience the best of Malaga when you stay in our hostels or aparthotels in Malaga’s city centre. Especially if you are not alone. Malaga is even better when you come with someone else.
See some of the best hostels in Malaga here and pick the one that suits you.
We can’t wait to explore Malaga with you. Who are you coming with?