Best things to do in Malaga this summer

Some unmissable things to do in Malaga, no matter how you like to spend your time

As part of the famous Costa del Sol, Malaga is a very popular holiday destination with thousands of people visiting every year for a short vacation or as part of a longer Andalusian adventure. With sandy beaches, traditional foods and transport links to the majority of Andalusia, it’s no surprise that Malaga has become so popular over the years. The only problem is: deciding what to do when you’re there. Don’t worry we have a list of things to do in Malaga, depending on what you’re looking for on your trip.

things to do in Malaga

Are you just looking to relaxing?

Always the top of a ‘things to do in Malaga’ list is visiting the beach. Malagueta beach is one of the most popular beaches in Malaga due to its proximity to Malaga city centre. This man-made stretch of sand is also right next to the Malaga port meaning that you can spend your days going from laying on the sand to sampling one of the many restaurants on offer. If just sitting on the sand and enjoying the sunshine is not for you, there is a variety of water sports and boat trips also on offer along the beaches of Malaga.

Want to take in a bit of history?

Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the world because of this it has a rich and varied history. Throughout history, Malaga has been ruled by the Romans, the Phoenicians, Moorish and Christians and you can see their influences all over the city. A prime example of this is the castle of Gibralfaro and Alcazaba, which perfectly demonstrates the influence the Moorish rule had on the city’s landscape. To get an insight of another part of Malaga’s history you have to visit Malaga cathedral, originally a mosque before being converted into a cathedral, this building is one of the iconic landmarks of Malaga so of course it is considered one of the essential things to do in Malaga and should not be missed.

things to do in Malaga

Do you have an artistic side?

Because of the rich history of Malaga, many artists have lived and worked here. The most famous of them being Pablo Picasso, who was born in Malaga. Also because of the variety of artists who have settled here, Malaga is a cultural and artistic hub. So, what a better place to get out of the sun and browse some amazing artworks than Malaga? From Malaga Museum, to the museum of contemporary art, to the Pompidou centre and the Picasso museum, you will not be stuck for choice. You’ll just have to try and find time for them all. 

As you can see Malaga is full of things to do, this is just a small selection of the unmissable things to do in Malaga. These activities along with the amazing food, architecture and people, goes to show that even though Malaga is often overlooked for Seville or Granada, you will never regret visiting. You’ll only regret you didn’t stay longer.

If you want to see more of Andalusia during your time in Spain, make sure you check out this article on Andalusian day trips and have even more adventures.

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