Málaga in two days: the essentials to discover and fall in love with the city
If you only have 48 hours to discover it, we offer you this itinerary to make the most of every second of your stay
Day 1: In the footsteps of Málaga's history
Walk through the historic centre
We recommend starting the day with a stroll through the centre of Málaga to admire its historic buildings and monuments. We start in Alcazabilla Street, where you'll find the Roman Theatre of Málaga and, behind it, the Alcazaba, a unique monumental complex where the imprint of the Roman Empire blends with the city's Arab heritage. Without a doubt, the ideal place to get an idea of the cultural mix that has been and continues to be the hallmark of this city and which has marked its open and cosmopolitan character.
We continue towards the Palacio de la Aduana, built at the end of the 18th century and today home to the Museum of Málaga. A few metres further on, we move towards Calle Císter, where you can discover another magnificent monument: Málaga Cathedral, a Renaissance jewel. Sitting in the Patio de los Naranjos to listen to the water gushing from the fountain and admire the fabulous architecture that surrounds this monument is a real pleasure for the senses.
You can then walk onto the Plaza del Obispo square and see the main façade of the Cathedral. From there, we recommend you walk through the maze of narrow streets of Moorish heritage that lead to Calle Larios, a majestic street built in the 19th century that bears witness to the splendour of Málaga at the time. Nowadays, it is the capital's most important shopping street.
Discovering the origins of Picasso
From here we reach the Plaza de la Constitución, the nerve centre of Málaga, to continue walking through the streets of the old town until we reach the Plaza de la Merced, famous for housing the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. A perfect place to stop in one of its many bars to enjoy the midday sun.
Once you've regained your strength, we recommend a visit to the Picasso Birthplace Museum and learning more about his early life. The space houses important collections and works by the artist, as well as hosting some of the most interesting temporary exhibitions. In 2023, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the artist's death, it is hosting exhibitions dedicated to the artist that will allow you to approach his work differently. And if you want to continue with Picasso's work, just a few metres away is the Picasso Museum in Málaga, which houses more than 200 works by the master of Cubism.
Sunset with views
After finishing with this Picassian afternoon, we head to the Málaga Park promenade. On one side, you can admire some of the city's most majestic buildings that are sure to catch your eye if you're an architecture lover. From there we head up to the La Coracha hill to climb up to Mount Gibralfaro and watch what is probably one of the best sunsets in the city.
When night falls, we recommend that you forget about the routes and get lost in the streets of the historic centre and enjoy the gastronomy and nightlife of Málaga on one of its terraces and rooftops to enjoy a city with height.
Day 2: Urban art, nature and a taste of the sea.
To start the day we suggest, first of all, a good breakfast on a terrace -we dare you to order it like a real Malagueño! Now it's time to start the day. On this occasion, we recommend you soak up the idiosyncrasies of the city by visiting the Atarazanas Market, with its Nasrid architecture, whose interior breathes the pulse of local life.
From there we go to the recently renovated Alameda Principal and cross over to the Soho Barrio de las Artes to see some of the most impressive graffiti on the streets. In this area, next to the Guadalmedina River, is the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, an eclectic and vibrant space with exhibitions of the most outstanding contemporary artists of the moment.
After the tour of Soho, we went to the Port of Málaga to visit the Palmeral de las Sorpresas. It's time to enjoy the blue of the sea that decorates the city of Málaga and impregnates it with its particular smell of saltpetre. At the end is the famous cube of the Centre Pompidou in Málaga, another key space for contemporary art, and Muelle Uno, which has a daily street market where you can buy all kinds of items to remember this trip, as well as clothes shops on its premises and restaurants to suit all tastes.
Once you have enjoyed this space, the visit continues to the Paseo Marítimo de La Malagueta, a beautiful promenade overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. From here, you can enjoy the sea breeze as you walk along the promenade or stop at one of the beach bars in the area to try the typical fried fish (pescaíto frito).
To finish off the day, we recommend you head towards the east, where you'll find Los Baños del Carmen - an old spa that juts out into the sea and from where you can watch another beautiful sunset - and, further on, the neighbourhoods of Pedregalejo and El Palo. Walking through this area is to soak up the calm and relaxation with the sound of the waves in the background and end the day in the heat of the embers on which the famous ‘espetos’ (grilled skewers) are grilled.
This is how we put the finishing touch to two unforgettable days: with a delicious taste of the sea and the certainty of wanting to stay in this city forever.