What to see in 1 day in Malaga? 

What to see in 1 day in Malaga? 

Are you only going to spend one day in Malaga? We have prepared for you a list of the essential things you should visit.

Founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC, Malaga offers numerous options for spending the day: visiting its historical monuments, its beaches, its museums or its natural spaces,… or simply stroll through its streets and mingle with its people. Here you have some ideas.


First things first, you need breakfast. We recommend you one of these choices:

In Café Central (Plaza de la Constitución) began the tradition of the different names of the malagueños coffees depending on the quantity of milk: “nube”, “sombra”, “mitad”…

Or Casa Aranda (Herrería del Rey street, 3) which is a well-known cafeteria, you will be able to enjoy the typical churros with chocolate.

Atarazanas Market

Experience the hustle and bustle of the market stalls where fresh fish and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables are sold. This covered market is located in Calle Atarazanas, 10 and is one of the recommended visits to familiarise yourself with the city.

Larios Street

Considered one of the most elegant streets of the 19th century in Spain, it is a street of symmetrical noble buildings with rounded corners which the architect designed to achieve greater balance and at the same time allow the passage of the breeze from the port.

We recommend that you follow the main road of Málaga until you reach the Plaza de la Constitución, and then turn right to walk through the narrow streets of Pasaje de Chinitas and go to the next point of the route: the Cathedral.


The main entrance is in the Plaza del Obispo, from where you can see why the Cathedral of Malaga is known as La Manquita (the one-armed lady), as the second tower was never finished.

Inside, the different chapels and the choir stand out. Up until a few years ago it was not possible to visit the roof of the Cathedral, but now that is an option as well.

Roman Theatre

Situated at the foot of the Alcazaba, the Roman Theatre remained hidden for many centuries until it was discovered thanks to the construction of a garden. There are still some remains of the stage and a large part of the grandstand.


The Alcazaba is a sample of the Muslim era of Malaga. It is highly recommended to visit the interior of this Arab defensive structure and tour the Nazari palace and its gardens.

Tapas and wine

To taste the sweet wine and have some tapas, we suggest two oldest, emblematic wineries:

Antigua Casa del Guardia (Alameda Principal, 18) which is a traditional winery, with nothing fancy just wine straight from the barrels and tapas. The place looks the same since it’s opened, if you are interested in experiencing the authentic atmosphere, this is the right choice for you.

El Pimpi (Calle Granada, 62) is a more fancy place, it’s more touristic, while they try to keep their identity as a traditional winery as well. If you find Antigua Casa del Guardia too minimalistic for your taste, try El Pimpi.

Picasso Museum

The Picasso Museum of Malaga is worth a visit both for the continent and for its content. The Buenavista palace that houses the museum is a living example of Andalusian civil architecture that combines Renaissance and Mudejar elements. Pablo Picasso’s descendants have wanted an important sample of his paintings to be exhibited in the city where he was born.

Viewpoint of Gibralfaro

Going up the Paseo de Don Juan Temboury (on one of the sides of La Alcazaba), you can access the path that leads up to the Mirador de Gibralfaro, one of the most advisable places to enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Muelle Uno

At the end of the day, we’d recommend a stroll along Muelle Uno in the Port of Malaga, a recreational area that reaches “la Farola”, a lighthouse that is one of the symbols of the city.


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