Do you have a limited budget? Don’t worry! Malaga is a city that can offer you many experiences without having to spend a lot! In this article, you will find a list of the best free things to do in Malaga.
It is a fact that we would all like to enjoy and get to know a city in the most affordable way. At the same time, if you want to learn about a city through the eyes of its inhabitants, definitely the best way is to visit the places where the locals usually gather, go for walks or relax. And of course, all of these are free things to do during your stay! Málaga is a place that provides many free activities even to the most demanding tourist and given its wonderful weather, it is always a good opportunity to try them!
Malaga exudes timeless beauty, with many attractions dating back thousands of years. It is also famous for its natural landscapes, surrounded by enchanting mountain ranges and endless shores. In addition to that, Malaga’s culture and art are also things to add to your list without having to worry about money, as many of the museums or historic places have free entrance.
To start with, here are 8 of the best things you can do in Malaga for free!
Free things to do in Malaga outdoors:
1. Malagueta Beach
The first thing you should know about Malaga, the capital of Costa del Sol, is that is a city with a large beach that spreads along the whole city. There are plenty of beaches you can lay on. Specifically, there are two main beaches on either side of the port. On the east side of the port and closer to the city center, there is Malagueta beach, which gets its name from the neighborhood nearby.
The beach’s sand is dark, it spans an area of 1,200 meters in length and 45 meters in width. It’s a tourist beach with all the things expected to be seen there: sunbeds, umbrellas and some bars to have a coffee or drink. Near the promenade, you have large hotels with a lot of restaurants. On the west side of the port, you have a less touristic beach, you can also go for a walk or swimming. Both beaches are pretty and unique in their way.
2. Go for a stroll at the botanic garden / Jardín Botánico
Sundays are meant to be the day of the week in which you relax and rest from the hustle and bustle of the previous days. So what better place to do that than a tropical garden? Every Sunday you can visit the Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción for free. Additionally, the botanic garden is the perfect place to discover unique plant species that you can find in the south of Europe only. You will get the chance to see about two thousand subtropical, tropical, and native plants while exploring the park. Furthermore, in the center of the botanic garden, you can find the palace of La Concepción.
Where do I find it and how do you I there?
Since it is located on the northern border of Malaga, 5 kilometers away from the city center, you’ll need to take a bus. It might seem a little complicated at first, but don’t worry. All you have to do is type in the destination on google maps and it will give you the next and closest bus available. Once on board, just pay your ticket and enjoy your 10 minute ride.
3. Free thing to do in Malaga: the Castle of Alcazaba
You can also visit the beautiful castle Alcazaba for free on a Sunday. As a matter of fact, it is one of the best historical monuments of the city and a tourist hotspot. Alcazaba represents the Arabic architecture in the city of Malaga, which is a landmark of the wider Andalusian region. The castle dates back to the 11th century and it is the most important military fortification from the Hispanic-Arabic period. What’s more, the entrance to the Alcazaba is situated right next to the Roman theatre. The view of this will immediately give you insight into Malaga’s history and, therefore, its alluring blend of cultures.
4. Enjoy both the view and the walk in Gibralfaro
The Gibralfaro Observatory offers by far the best views of Malaga and is considered a great place to see the sunset from the top of the city. The observatory, mirador in Spanish, is located just below the hill of Gibralfaro Castle, which makes it easy to combine these two activities of watching the beautiful view and visiting the aforementioned castle. I would suggest going there late in the afternoon, especially during warmer months, as the temperatures tend to be high. Wear comfortable shoes and make sure you have enough water with you because the route is very tiring in the sun. If you try it, you will be rewarded with stunning views of Malaga and a panoramic view of the whole city.
5. Taste quality food at the Atarazanas Market
Another good idea would be to visit the Atarazanas Market, which is a local market close to the historic center of Malaga. You can try the fresh food that is offered and served there. For instance, shop assistants might invite you to try their delicious fruit, meat or fish. Locals go there daily to buy their groceries, so it is a good choice to go if you want to know what everyday life is like in Malaga. You will have the opportunity to interact with the vendors and get to know the city from their point of view. Enjoy the different tastes and smells, which are spread all over the place, and try the fresh products of Malaga!
Free things to do in Malaga indoors: Museums
Almost all of the museums in Malaga are free on a Sunday afternoon. There’s a large number of different types of museums in the city. Because of that, everybody will find a museum in which he or she is interested in. Here are three of them:
1. Picasso museum
The Picasso museum is a must-see on your journey to Malaga. It is one of the many Picasso museums found around the world, but this one has the peculiarity of being in the birthplace of the famous painter. Where do you find it? In the Palacio de Buenavista, in the center of Malaga. It is one of the best free things to do in Malaga during your stay. It gives you a clear understanding of Picasso’s point of view, while you have a look at some of his admirable paintings. In addition to that, the museum is free every Sunday afternoon.
2. Museum of Malaga
You will not regret visiting the museum of Malaga! You can find it in the city center of Malaga, really close to the Picasso Museum. It is a museum divided into two parts, so basically, two different museums are placed in one building. On the one side, we have the Museo de Bellas Artes, which is the Fines Art Museum of Malaga. On the other side, there is the Museo Arqueológico Provincial, which is the Archeological Museum of the city. It is one of the biggest museums in Spain, with more than 15.000 archeological findings and 2.000 paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum of Malaga is also free for EU citizens.
3. Museo Casa Natal Picasso
Another worth mentioning museum you can visit for free on a Sunday afternoon, connected to the birthplace of the famous artist. It is located in the heart of Malaga. So, you can combine your visit there with a walk in the beautiful historic center (centro histórico). The collection of the museum represents Picasso’s life and career, starting from his early studies to his revolutionary artistic innovations. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of works. Moreover, many of the things you can see at the Museo Casa Natal are donations by the painter’s family. There are also books written not only by Picasso but also by famous artists such as Max Ernst.
Last free thing you to do in Malaga: Walking around the city
Additionally, the easiest free thing to do in Malaga is just to walk around the city and find out what the city has to offer. All of this while getting some views of different types of buildings, people, and the typical small Spanish streets. Nevertheless, you can also just walk along the promenade or to the port if you’re not interested in historical architecture. If you don’t wanna explore the city on your own, just have a look at our Free Walking Tour. The tour is about 2 hours and we will guide you through beautiful Malaga while giving you a lot of information about the city.