Top 20 Fun Things to Do in Malaga

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As you may know, Malaga is full of fun things to do! From museums to activities in nature to various pub crawl and food tours you can find every fun program on the famous Costa del Sol. Besides being a tourist paradise, I also love Malaga for its diversity. You can find programs for children, parties and pub crawl for university students, but you can also see elderly couples strolling around historical monuments and trying out new restaurants. This city is for everyone. So here are our favorite top 20 fun things to do in Malaga!

Fun things to do in Malaga:

1. Join a Pub crawl

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Pub crawls are the number one fun thing to do in Malaga. Malaga is famous for its vibrant nightlife. If you are looking for things to do in Malaga at night, Pub crawls are great to discover the nightlife in the city and visit the most famous bars and clubs chosen by locals.

But most of all, pub crawls are for meeting new people. If you arrive in Malaga as a solo traveler, we encourage you to take part in a pub crawl because you can make 20-30 friends in one night! It is also a fun group activity and the favorite of Erasmus students. In general, you can expect a 3-hour long tour and drinks included in the ticket price.

If you are interested, check out South Tour’s famous pub crawl!

2. Take a dip in the Arabian Baths at Malaga’s Hammam Al Andalus

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Hammam Al Andalus is the most famous Arabian bathhouse in Malaga. The bathhouses are the remnants of the Arab culture that heavily influences Malaga’s architecture and food too. This is a great place to visit even during the winter, as Hammam Al Andalus has hot and cold baths. Moreover, various traditional massages are available to help you relax. For the baths, the ticket costs around 37€, and you can book your massage online from 50€. Immerse yourself in the silky water, relax and admire the exquisite architecture of the bathhouse.

3. Get carried away by a Flamenco Dance Show

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Among many things, Spain is known for flamenco dancing. It is one of the staples of Span ish culture. If you visit Malaga, you will find numerous shops selling flamenco dresses and accessories, starting from children’s sizes.

When in Spain, you simply must attend a flamenco show. Sometimes you can watch street performances, especially during the Malaga Carnival and the Malaga Fair.  But if you want to attend an authentic, professional flamenco dance show while in Malaga, we recommend you book a performance. The dresses are beautiful, the music is incredible, and the dancers perform as if they were born for this. It is definitely an unmissable experience.

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4. Get an adrenaline-rush at El Saltillo

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El Saltillo is for the true adrenaline junkies! Usually, you can hear about Caminito del Rey, another famous walkway in the province of Malaga. But El Saltillo is the lesser-known alternative, which is good because it is less likely that you meet crowds of tourists. El Saltillo opened in 2021 so it’s relatively new to the public. If you want to walk along the mountains and admire the picturesque view, we recommend El Saltillo to you!

If you want to read our article on amazing off-the-beaten-track trails like El Saltillo, you can do that by clicking here.

5. Check out Malaga from a bird’s-eye view

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The Gibralfaro castle is one of the best photo spots in Malaga. This 8th-century building is a tourist favorite place and even locals like to visit it. On a sunny day, you can see the whole city, the piercing blue sky, and the clear sea from the castle. You can enjoy the full panorama view the castle has over the Malaga.

Pro tip: visit the Gibralfaro castle on Sundays after 14:00 because then the entrance is free for everyone! And make sure to use sunscreen and bring a hat with you if the weather is hot!

6. Visit the “one-armed lady”

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Locals call the Malaga Cathedral La Manquita, meaning “the one-armed lady” because it is unfinished. The south tower of the Malaga Cathedral was supposed to be finished during the American Revolution, but the locals decided to use their funds to help the British colonies to gain their independence from Great Britain and become the United States. Therefore, the church was never finished and Malagueños actually prefer it this way.

The cathedral is a mixture of all the religious influences of the city: Renaissance architecture, remnants of Moorish walls, Baroque style, and Gothic altarpieces. It is definitely a unique and beautiful cathedral to visit.

Pro tip: With a special ticket you can also visit the Cathedral’s roof. And let me tell you, this view is unmatched. Whether you stop by during the day, at sunset, or at the evening, you will see the many faces of Malaga from here.

We recommend you visit the cathedral on Sunday from 14:00 until 18:00 if you are from Malaga because the entrance is free for you then. The general ticket costs 4€ but here you can check out the ticket prices.

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7. Get artsy at Malaga’s Museums

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In my opinion, Malaga is a city for museum lovers. You can find so many museums in Malaga and they all cater to different audiences.

Malaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso so you can find two museums honoring the artiste: The Picasso Museum Málaga presents the work of Picasso while the Picasso Birthplace Museum commemorates the home where the world-renown painter was born and continued to live in. You can visit the Picasso Museum Málaga for free every Sunday between 17:00 and 19:00!

For contemporary art lovers, we recommend the Centre Pompidou and the CAC or Contemporary Art Center of Malaga. Both museums exhibit modern paintings, photos, and statues. The entrance to CAC is always free so it is definitely worth checking out. The Centre Pompidou is the sister museum of the Paris museum, and the entrance is free every Sunday from 16:00 to 20:00.

Last but not least, if you like history and paintings from Romanticism, and want to learn more about Malaga, we suggest you check out the Carmen Thyssen Museum and the Museum of Malaga. Both museums exhibit huge collections of paintings, while the Museum of Malaga also displays archeological pieces. The Carmen Thyssen Museum is free every Sunday from 17:00 – 20:00, and the Museum of Malaga is always free for EU citizens.

8. Get on top of the world at the Montes de Malaga Natural Park

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This natural park is a stunning, untouched part of Malaga. Why should you visit it? Well, first of all, the view. The view here in the mountains is spectacular. Here you have the clear blue sky, mountains over mountains on the horizon, and some flora and fauna. Secondly, if after your holiday in the historic city center you miss being in touch with nature, this is the perfect activity for you. Thirdly, you can rent a bike and go on a bike tour to discover more of this 5,000-hectare park.

9. Witness the beauty of nature at La Concepción Historical Botanical Gardens

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If you plan to take any day trips situated outside the city of Malaga, make it this one. Jardín Botánico – Histórico La Concepción is half an hour away from Malaga by bus, and it stretches over 23 hectares north of Malaga.

This peaceful, tropical botanical garden is full of luscious plants that will make you admire nature. La Conceptión has 50,000 plants with over 2,000 different species from Europe, America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania! Also, you can also find various ponds, waterfalls, fountains, greenhouses, and sculptures. Make sure to check out the gazebo, which is one of the highlights of the botanical garden and a perfect photo spot too.

Usually, it is a 2-3 hour-long program. And it is a perfect activity for a sunny weekend, especially during the spring and summer. Most importantly, you can visit the Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción for free every Sunday! I would recommend this activity for everyone as it is one of the fun things to do in Malaga.

You can find the ticket prices and suggested visiting times on the garden’s website.

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10. Cool down on a hot summer day at the Aqualand Torremolinos aquapark

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This is honestly the most fun thing to do in Malaga with your family or friends! It is a super fun aqua park in Torremolinos, just outside of Malaga. On a hot summer day, this is the perfect activity to cool yourself down and slide down the various colorful water slides. Check out the website before planning your trip for ticket prices and opening hours.

11. Wander around in the Nerja caves

For an adventurous day trip, you can visit the Nerja Caves. This historical cave system stretches for 5 kilometers under the city of Nerja. Moreover, it has an intriguing discovery story, which you can discover more about during a guided tour.

12. Fill your belly on a Tapas tour

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After a long night at the pub crawls, you might lack the energy to think about where to eat, what to eat, etc. That is why we recommend our tapas tour to you. This is a very popular tour that is very reasonably priced considering you get to eat at 2-3 authentic tapas restaurants and drink Spanish wine. You just have to come and everything will be organized for you. Click here to discover what is a tapas tour and click here to book a tapas tour with us, you won’t regret it!

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13. Make new animal friends at Bioparc Fuengirola

This zoo and animal park is simply perfect if you are traveling with kids to Malaga! In addition, the Bioparc Fuengirola is special in the way that you have to go to the jungle to visit the animals and not vice versa! There are numerous animal species and the kids can learn about them while in nature. Click here for their website.

14. Get groovy at the Interactive Music Museum

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Music-lovers, this place is for you! The Interactive Music Museum displays ancient and modern instruments. Here you can learn about the history of music while trying out the various instruments of the exhibitions! Therefore this is a must-visit for musicians but also one of the most fun things to do in Malaga even if you don’t play any instruments. And children will also love it! Click here to check out the opening hours and get online tickets.

15. Explore a different part of Malaga: Pedregalejo

El Pedregalejo is a gem for tourists, as it is a fishing neighborhood in Malaga just 30-minute walking from the city center. It has an aesthetically pleasing, small-town kind of atmosphere. You can spend a sunny, relaxing beach day here at the Playa de Pedregalejo beach. After swimming and sunbathing, you have to try the Payoya goat cheese, duck hamburger, spicy tuna tataki, or one of the best “camperos” in Malaga, as these are traditional dishes here.

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16. Get into the ring at La Malagueta Bullring

The La Malagueta Bullring opened in 1876 and to this day they host events and bullfighting but nowadays it is less common. However, during the Holy Week or Semana Santa, you can attend the bullfighting where bullfighters wear Pablo Picasso-inspired outfits. Even when the stadium is empty, you can feel the historic and cultural significance it has by visiting the displayed exhibitions.

17. Watch a show at Teatro Cervantes de Malaga

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Teatro Cervantes was built in the 19th century and the theatre is still actively working nowadays. As a result, the decor of the theatre is breathtaking. What is more, the grand opening of the Malaga Film Festival is also hosted here, as the theatre is big enough to present large shows. We recommend you to visit it if you enjoy theatre performances, flamenco shows or even kids’ theatre.

18. Get fresh produce at the Atarazanas Market

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The Atarazanas Market was actually a shipyard back in the day. However, today it is used as the city market, full of fresh produce like fish, meat, a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, smoothies, and so on. During lunchtime, the standing desks around the market are always full. Thus, if you want to try out some authentic local foods while admiring the industrial train station-like building, visit the Atarazanas Market.

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19. Watch the sunset from rooftop bars

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With the endless sea and the romantic city view, Malaga is perfect if you want to experience a magical sunset while sipping some cocktails. So if you are interested, check out our article on the best rooftop bars in Malaga according to a local!

20. Try to escape from an escape room

If you had enough of all the historic monuments and you already tried all the traditional foods and drinks, we have something exciting for you. We recommend you check out a riddle-filled escape room in Malaga! This is a great way to have fun with your friends and bring out your inner Sherlock Holmes. Check out the various themed escape rooms in Malaga here.

If you want to know about unusual things to do in Malaga, click on this link!

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