Malaga: how to discover its charms in 24 hours
If you only have one day to tour the city, there are some places you just can’t miss
A single day isn’t usually enough time to visit a city and get to know it well, but lots of people come to Malaga to spend just a few hours here. So, don’t worry – we are going to give you a tour of the city’s highlights. Having said that, we expect you will be left wanting to come back to discover what else the city has to offer. But for now... let’s get to know Malaga’s charms in 24 hours!
Palmeral de las Sorpresas
Full of green spaces and children’s playgrounds, this is one of the city’s most peaceful and quiet areas. It is also home to shops and restaurants for all tastes.
You can visit it in the morning, or you can go at the end of the day in order to enjoy its beauty at night.
Centre Pompidou Ma´laga
As you stroll through Palmeral de las Sorpresas, you will catch a glimpse of the first Centre Pompidou outside France, housed in a striking building called “El Cubo”. This space offers a journey through 20th and 21st century art, with selected works from the Centre Pompidou’s outstanding collection, which is among the most important modern and contemporary art collections in the world.
Calle Marqués de Larios
This is the main artery of Malaga’s historic city centre, and it has gained even more splendour since it was renovated and pedestrianised in December 2002, becoming one of the largest shopping streets in the country.
Its 19th-century architecture and countless establishments are a must-see for any visitor. And it looks even more impressive over Christmas and during Malaga Fair, when it is decorated to celebrate the festivities.
Cathedral of Malaga
The Cathedral of the Incarnation is considered one of the crowning jewels of the Renaissance period in Andalusia. Its mixture of architectural styles, including Renaissance and Baroque, makes the Cathedral a unique beauty gracing the city of Malaga.
The Roman Theatre, the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle
Malaga has the oldest Roman theatre in Spain; dating from the 1st century, it is one of the most representative works of Roman Hispania. It is located on Calle Alcazabilla, with the Moorish Alcazaba right behind it and Gibralfaro Castle in the background:
two more absolute must-see landmarks. In addition, from Gibralfaro’s viewpoint you get a spectacular view of almost the entire city.
Museo Picasso Málaga
Between the Cathedral and the Roman Theatre, you can stop off at Malaga’s Picasso museum, located in the Buenavista Palace. This museum houses a permanent collection with eight decades of work by Malaga’s most famous artist, temporary exhibitions that help deepen our knowledge of his artistic context, and a wide programme of activities to encourage our enjoyment of art.
These are just some of the must-see places to visit if you are in the city of Malaga; the full list would be almost endless. The fact is, Malaga has a huge wealth of wonderful corners to show its visitors. Restaurants and bars with varied cuisine; many of the country’s best museums, which all together make it a benchmark for culture in Spain; narrow streets and evocative squares full of stories to get lost in... We are sure you will want to come back to continue exploring this magnificent city.