What to see in Malaga in one day – Our MalagaCar Top Tips

We’re not going to fool you, if you can only spend one day in Malaga, you don’t know how many great things you’re going to miss (that’s why we’re also going to write another article about what to see in Malaga with a little more time).

But it is also true that there is a certain tourist market that only comes to Malaga with very limited time, such as our visitors who arrive by sea, stopping in Malaga on a cruise ship.

October is the start of the high cruise season in the port of Malaga and during this month alone arrive no less than 48 cruise ships.

Whatever the reason you come to Malaga with limited time, we help you to make the most of your stay with us.

Just take it easy. We don’t think it’s best to run a marathon to see the maximum number of monuments, but to savour Malaga, discovering corners, places and its friendly and open people like the bay that has been welcoming travellers for millennia.

What to see in Malaga in one day – Our MalagaCar Top Tips

The historic centre is always a good idea.

If we want to enjoy the best of Malaga in one day without dying in the attempt, we have it easier if we limit ourselves to a specific area, the historic centre.

In fact, there are so many things to see in the old town of Malaga, that you will be short of days due to the enormous wealth of heritage it has.

The Roman Theatre

The Roman Theatre of Malaga is the main preserved vestige of the Roman presence in Malaga.

It was discovered in 1951 and has become one of the city’s main monuments. Admission is free.

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/LnJsoE64KbdeFnW7A

Gibralfaro Castle

A few metres from Alcazabilla street, if we want to enjoy magnificent views over the bay of Malaga from a higher altitude, we can go up to the Gibralfaro Castle.

You can go up either on foot, by bus (line 35) or by car. It has some steep slopes, but it is worth it!

The walk takes about 30 minutes and starts just behind the Alcazaba.

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/Y8CiNfs8TUZdveMC9

Muelle Uno (Pier One)

Málaga’s port area (Muelle Uno) is a hive of activity any time of year with street performers, street artists, large visiting yachts, stores and eateries, a pop up market… and, of course, the famous Pompidou art gallery with its distinctive multicoloured cube.

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/pSP4yeZ8w7Sgf7CcA

Plaza de la Merced

Plaza de la Merced in May Photo Milana Vosgien

This is a lively square in the heart of the old town.

You can simply sit on one of the benches in the shade of the Jacaranda trees (which are in spectacular bloom in May) and watch life go by, visit the house where Pablo Picasso was born, have your photo taken next to his statue, visit an artisan and book market that takes place frequently or drop into one of the many bars and restaurants to eat and recharge your batteries.

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/MeKjEEa1nV6M73p29

 

Calle Larios and Plaza de la Constitución

Calle Larios, one of the most famous shopping streets in Spain

Calle Larios is undoubtedly the main artery leading to the heart of the historic centre of Malaga.

Being a very busy street all year round and full of shops, it also hosts the big events of Malaga such as the Easter Processions, the popular August Fair or the Christmas lights which are some of the most beautiful in Europe.

Christmas lights in Larios Street

At the end of Calle Larios we reach the Plaza de la Constitución. From there we invite you to dare to lose yourself in the labyrinth of streets and alleys and discover for yourself the thousand charms of the old Malaga.

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/snPDezXEbzKTTfyQ6

 

Alcazabilla Street

Calle Alcazabilla Photo Josemari Fotografo

One of the most essential streets in Malaga, to get to savour its charm and its people. In just a few metres it concentrates the enormous history of Malaga with many places of interest such as the Roman Theatre, the Bodega El Pimpi, the Albeniz cinema and the entrance to the Moorish fortress Alcazaba.

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/nLSWRt3iEZATifki9

 

Alcazaba viewpoint

Viewpoint Alcazaba Photo Pablo Carballo

At the end of Calle Alcazabilla is the entrance to this free viewpoint from where you can enjoy fantastic views of the city, the Roman Theatre and the Cathedral.

There have also been placed letters of Malaga for a nice photo with the Alcazaba in the background. Open from 10 am to 8 pm.

Photo @flywithcha

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/cVN4vdWKrARLJSTT9

 

Calle Molina Lario and the Cathedral

Calle Molina Lario and Plaza del Siglo Photo Jean Lecoq

Calle Molina Lario is the other main artery leading to the heart of the old town.

At the entrance of the street we find the AC Hotel Malaga Palacio which we recommend if you feel like going up to one of the best rooftop terraces to enjoy a drink and the beautiful views over the port of Malaga.

 

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We continue walking and a few metres further on we come across Malaga Cathedral.

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/VpXjAqaT9N9WgUj96

 

Atarazanas Market

Mercado de Atarazanas Photo Daniela Morini

If you want to literally taste the pulse of life in Malaga, visit the Atarazanas Market in the historic centre, we promise you hustle and bustle, colours and flavours of all kinds.

It’s a great place to rub shoulders with the locals and buy a typical Malaga product. Next to the market there are several bars with typical tapas, an ideal place to enjoy a cool beer and a well-deserved rest while watching the life in the streets.

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/bFYWHxV8SmymzEUs8

Want more? No problem!

Baños del Carmen Photo Beleefmalaga

Take a look at this article where we present you some of the most charming corners of Malaga.

 

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