Are you looking for inexpensive and free things in Malaga, such as places to visit or special events? You are in the right place! Here we listed the top FREE things to do in Malaga!
1. Atarazanas Market
One of Málaga’s historical gems is the Atarazanas Market. You can find the market in the center of Málaga. Be amazed by its beautiful 14th-century Moorish architecture and 19th-century industrial design. Converted by a shipyard, now the market is a historical monument, which you can observe while you’re choosing from a big variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and so much more. Take a random walk through all of the three large halls and buy your favorite food for the best prices!
Small fruits and almonds are regularly offered as free things to taste in Malaga’s main market. The sellers are proud of their products. Therefore, for less money, you walk outside with a bag filled with delicious food!
From Monday to Saturday you can visit the market from 08:00 until 15:00, as at the end of the working day you can find a price discount for a lot of food, which won’t have the same fresh taste on the next day. Pay attention! On Monday the fish department is mostly closed because there is no fresh fish directly after the weekend.
2. Alcazaba and Castillo de Gibralfaro
If you are a fan of architecture and history, you should visit Alcazaba Fortress and Gibralfaro castle. These are the most amazing landmarks of Málaga and they are unmissable for you to visit.
Both of these landmarks are located on a hill, so bear in mind that you should put on your best walking shoes.
Combine both castles and buy a ticket for 5.50 euros in total, or visit them on a Sunday after 14:00 for FREE.
3. Malaga is a city full of art
If you love art, then Málaga is the place that can offer you a lot in this sense! Málaga offers several museums that you can visit for free during your stay in Málaga.
One of the most famous artists of the world – Pablo Picasso – is born in Málaga. You can visit the huge collection of his artwork, displayed in the Picasso Museum. Enter the museum for free on the last 2 opening hours on Sunday.
The Pompidou Center
When you visit the Pompidou Centre, you will find out that the museum is split into three parts: a museum, a temporary exhibition space, and a children’s workshop place. There are several exhibitions you can see including photography, design, architecture, and video. Or maybe you are more interested in creative arts such as dance, film and spoken word.
The Pompidou Center in Malaga has a lot to offer for everyone! Access for free between 16:00 – 20:00 on Sundays.
Find out other museums in Malaga that you can visit in certain days (or even every day) for free.
4. Free Beach Life
Málaga has so much to offer for you. Besides art and nature, Málaga also offers beaches for our sunbathing lovers! The popular beaches you can visit are Playa las Acacias or Playa de la Malagueta.
If you want to travel a little further from the center you can visit the beaches near Pedregalejo on the east side. Pedregalejo is one of the oldest fishing neighborhoods in Málaga. It also provides some coves, beaches and lots of entertainment you can enjoy!
5. Fitness for Free at the Beach
This is great for all fitness fanatics among us. Several beaches offer outdoor fitness equipment. In that way, you don’t need to pay for a gym membership on your holiday and you can work out for free while you’re staying in Malaga!
Keep in mind that during the morning and evening it can get very busy. So, depending on your preferences, if you like to meet a lot of people or you prefer to train alone, choose the best option for yourself. The great and energetic atmosphere is promised!
6. Botanical Garden
Are you a nature lover? Therefore, the Botanical Garden is just the right place to visit for you! The Botanical Garden is an area of 250,000 square meters and has over 2000 species of plants and trees. It is a paradise for water features, insects and birds. It is one of the most diverse and exotic botanical gardens in Europe.
You can visit the Botanical Garden for free on Sundays from 09:30 – 16:30 during the winter. You can also visit it for free in summertime after 15:30.
7. Montes de Málaga Nature Park
Discover Montes de Málaga Natural Park‘s stunning nature. The park is located a few kilometers outside of the center. Go there and get the feeling that you are in a whole different world. Have a picnic under the Aleppo pine and hike up to some of the peaks with an amazing view. Otherwise, you can try one of the traditional restaurants, where you can eat one of the popular local dishes ‘Plato de Los montes’ which means ‘dish of the mountains’.
In conclusion, among the free things to do in Malaga, we must mention the most emblematic one.
When you visit Málaga you should definitely take a free walking tour to discover the city. This is a great way to learn more about its main sites and history. Here, at South Tours, we offer a walking tour for free every day at 12:00 p.m