Let’s face it: For many of us, enjoying a well-deserved holiday includes a certain budget that we have. Between your flight, hotel or holiday apartment and your car hire at Malaga airport, this budget quickly increases, and even more so if you are travelling with your family. So having a few plans on hand that come for free isn’t a bad idea, is it?
The best free activities in Malaga
Malaga is a city pampered by sunshine and a good climate. Life takes place in the streets. But you will also find a succulent offer of free activities in Malaga for when the weather is bad or you are simply interested in knowing more about the many monuments of Malaga. Here we go!
Visit Malaga’s Museums for free
Malaga is the Spanish city with the most museums in its old town, discover with us the best museums in Malaga!
Most of these museums have established schedules for their free visit. It is true that these times of day are usually more crowded, but nevertheless it is a good possibility to get to know a large number of museums from the inside for free. Moreover, almost all the museums are located in beautiful old buildings, which in themselves are worth a visit.
Museo Picasso Málaga
Free admission every Sunday during the last 2 hours of opening:
From November to February, entrance is free on Sundays from 4 pm to 6 pm.
From March to June and from September to October the entrance is free from 5 pm to 7 pm.
From July to August the entrance is free from 6 pm to 8 pm.
In addition, on Andalusia Day (28 February), International Museum Day (18 May) and World Tourism Day (27 September) you can visit it for free throughout the day.
Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga
Free every Sunday from 5 pm.
Centre Pompidou Málaga
Free admission for the unemployed, children under 18, Euro Youth Card holders, teachers and university students of Fine Arts and Art History, museum employees and ICOM members, disabled persons.
Free admission for the general public on Sundays from 4 pm until closing time.
White Night (a Saturday in May, on a variable date)
International Museum Day (18 May)
International Tourism Day (27 September)
Museo de Málaga
From Tuesday to Sunday, free all day for accredited EU citizens.
Museo del Patrimonio Municipal
A free guided tour is offered from Tuesday to Saturday at 6 pm.
We can visit this museum on Sundays from 4 pm.
Museo Revello de Toro
This museum can be visited free of charge on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, Andalusia Day (28 February), International Museum Day (18 May), International Tourism Day (27 September), La Noche en Blanco (variable date in May), Birthday of Revello de Toro (10 June).
Museo Jorge Rando
Entrance to the museum and activities are free throughout the day.
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Málaga (CAC)
From Tuesday to Sunday throughout the day, entrance is completely free.
Come to Malaga airport and discover the world of aeronautics for free from Tuesday to Saturday.
Museo de artes y costumbres populares Málaga
Admission is free every Tuesday from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Casa Natal de Picasso
Every Sunday you can visit Picasso’s birthplace for free from 4 pm to 7.45 pm.
Museo Automovilístico y de la Moda de Málaga
Access to this museum is free on Mondays from 2 pm to 4 pm.
All the museums are also free of charge on the following days: International Museum Day (18 May) and World Tourism Day (27 September).
Free visit to the Cathedral of Malaga
In spite of being a house of God, unfortunately a visit to the Cathedral of Malaga has a considerable price. However, here the legislation has obliged the church to guarantee a few hours a week of free access for the general public, specifically before mass, from 9 am to 10 am from Monday to Thursday.
If you want to see more, we recommend this link where you can visit the Cathedral and other monuments of Malaga virtually.
Free visit to the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro
The visit to these magnificent Moorish monuments is free on Sundays from 2 pm to 7.30 pm (summer time).
Free visit to the Historical Botanical Garden Finca de la Concepción
The Botanical Garden is located on the outskirts of Malaga and offers free entrance on Sunday afternoons (1 April to 30 September from 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm and 1 October to 31 March from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm).
This beautiful hundred-year-old garden is one of the most exotic and beautiful in Europe, with more than 2,000 species of plants and trees from all over the world.
Free monuments on Tourist Day 27 September
Every year on the 27th of September is celebrated the International Tourist Day, during which you can visit the monuments of Malaga free of charge. During this day more than 30 museums and heritage sites in the city open for free to commemorate World Tourism Day.
The following monuments and museums can be visited free of charge:
- Gibralfaro Castle. Opening hours: 9 am to 8 pm
- Alcazaba. Opening hours: 9 am to 8 pm
- Roman Theatre. Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm
- La Concepción Botanical Garden. Opening hours: 9.30 am to 7.30 pm.
- La Araña Archaeological Site. Opening hours: 10.30 am to 2.30 pm
- House of Gerald Brenan. Opening hours: 5 pm to 10 pm
- San Miguel Cemetery. Opening hours: 9 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm
- Malaga Museum. Opening hours: 9 am to 9 pm.
- Picasso Museum. Opening hours: 10 am to 7 pm
- Centre Pompidou Malaga. Opening hours: 9.30 am to 8 pm.
- Russian Museum Collection. Opening hours: 9.30 am. to 8 pm.
- Carmen Thyssen Museum. Opening hours: 10 am. to 8 pm.
- Picasso Foundation. Opening hours: 9.30 am. to 8 pm.
- Municipal Heritage Museum (MUPAM). Opening hours: 10 am to 8 pm
- Cathedral Museum. Opening hours: 10 am to 7 pm
- Revello de Toro Museum. Opening hours: 10 am. to 8 pm.
- Unicaja Museum of Popular Arts and Customs Opening hours: 10 am. to 7 pm.
- Jorge Rando Museum. Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm
- Wine Museum. Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm.
- Airport Museum. Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm.
- Principia. Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm.
- Ecomuseum Lagar de Torrijos. Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm
- Flamenco Art Museum. Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm.
- Expiration Museum. Opening hours: 11 am to 1.30 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm
- Brotherhood of the Sepulchre Museum. Opening hours: 10 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm
- Museum of the Students’ Guild. Opening hours: 10.30 am to 1.30 pm and 5.30 pm to 10 pm
- Museum of La Esperanza. Opening hours: 11 am to 1 pm and 6 pm to 8.30 pm
- Museum of El Captivo. Opening hours: 6 pm to 9 pm
- Museum and Basilica of La Victoria. Opening hours: 10 am to 1 pm.
- IFergan. Ancient Art Collection. Opening hours: 10 am to 7 pm
- Museum of Imagination. Opening hours: 7 pm to 10 pm
- Nereo Shipyard Ecomuseum. Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm and 7 pm to 11.59 pm