OUR FAVORITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Have Lunch or Dinner in a Chiringuito
If you visit Malaga, we invite you to eat like a “Malagueño” 🙂 Don’t hesitate- you’ve got to go to a “chiringuito”! These are restaurants on the beach, mostly family businesses, that have existed for two or more generations and that are specialized in the elaboration of the typical fried fish from Malaga (different types of fish, squid, anchovies … all local), sardine skewers and traditional seafood dishes like soupy rice with boquerones. You will spot them easily because of their terraces- they are located in front of a boat where the skewers are roasted over open olive wood fire. These are places with lots of charm, the waiters shout while passing between the tables and running from one side to another and the food is usually very abundant. We recommend El Lirio, Las Palmeras or El Merlo on the Paseo Marítimo de Pedregalejo.
Visit our Monuments
Malaga is one of the oldest cities in Europe, of Phoenician origin, and was home to many different cultures like the Carthaginians, Romans and Arabs. All these influences have left an important cultural and monumental legacy that you will discover during your visit. Our recommendation: Take it easy and enjoy! In addition to visiting our emblematic monuments such as the Cathedral, the Roman Theater, the Alcazaba or the Castle of Gibralfaro, while strolling through the city, you will have the opportunity to discover places, streets and wonderful squares such as Plaza del Siglo, Plaza de la Merced, Plaza del Obispo or the Constitution Square. If you have time, we particularly love the Church of the Holy Martyrs and the surrounding streets, especially the shops and the charm of Andrés Pérez Street and the area called Pozos Dulces.
Take your time. If you don’t see the whole city during your stay, you will have an opportunity to continue exploring our city on your next visit!
Enjoy our Parks and Gardens
If you are going to stroll through the historic center of Malaga, you can’t miss the opportunity to enjoy our Park! It’s easy to find, since it is located right in the city center- a great promenade of almost a kilometer with gardens on both sides that extend from the Plaza de la Marina to the district of the Malagueta. It’s a Mediterranean garden with numerous subtropical plants and many others from all the five continents. The Park is considered to be one of the most important public parks in Europe.
And since you are already there, you might as well have a walk through the Gardens of Pedro Luis Alonso, next to the Town Hall- a garden surrounded by orange trees and cypresses where you can enjoy more than 70 different types of roses. Lovely! A few meters away you will find the “Jardines de Puerta Oscura” on the hillside of the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro Castle, where you can contemplate jacarandas among other botanical species.
Finally, if you have time and a little further away from the historic center, you can visit our Botanical Garden, La Concepción. Created around 1855 by two important families of Malaga, it became a Monument of Cultural Interest (BIC , Bien de Interés Cultural). It’s a magnificent collection of tropical and subtropical outdoor flora. Species from Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
Enjoy a day trip! The center of Malaga and its neighborhoods are amazing and they have many things to offer and to see, but don’t forget that the province of Malaga is quite large and equally impressive! If you are going to stay a few days in Malaga, try to escape one day and visit towns like Frigiliana- without a doubt, one of the most charming white villages of the Axarquía; Nerja, and just like that enjoy its wonderful beaches, or those of the nearest village, Maro!
There are many other towns and villages near Malaga, but we must insist you to visit Ronda. Worldwide a unique spot, famous for its landscapes, nature, architecture, urbanism and history. Stop by some of its wineries as well! The itinerary from Malaga is a real treat.
How to order Coffee in Malaga
Let’s be honest- it doesn’t matter where you go for a coffee in Malaga, it will always be very tasty! That is, if you don’t order Latte Macchiato, Capuchino or Americano, but completely blend in and order your coffee like a “Malagueño” does.
And not only is it delicious, but it will definitely suite your preferences, since we have 9 different names to order it! Basically it depends on the quantity and proportion of freshly brewed, strong coffee and milk.
It all starts with “nube” (cloud), because, as you can imagine, there is very little coffee inside and lots of milk (10/90, approximately). If you like it a little bit stronger, go for a “sombra” (shadow), where the coffee proportion already rises to 20%. “Mitad” (50/50), “largo” (90/10) and “solo” (expresso) are other popular combinations, always increasing the quantity of coffee and lowering the one of the milk.
You can even decide if you want warm or steaming hot milk; in summer maybe with an extra glass with ice cubes to enjoy it cool; order it in a cup or a glass (the latter is very malagueño!); or make it complete and accompany it with authentic “churros” or a mollete bread with tomato, extra virgin olive oil and Iberian ham. Best breakfast ever!
Visit our Markets
If you are into markets, our city is just right for you! You can choose between 15 food markets, all belonging to different neighborhoods. Our main municipal market carries the exotic name of “Atarazanas” (boat arsenal) and not only is the building itself well worth a visit, but as well the mouth-watering local, seasonal produce and the people selling them. Others might be smaller, but not less interesting or beautiful like the Salamanca market for example. And of course all of them are a feast for the eyes, ears, nose and mouth!
Or take it to another level with our wonderful Local Organic Markets that travel around the province of Malaga and reach our capital every other Saturday. That’s truly our countryside, culture and heritage in one basket, thanks to the nonprofit association ‘Guadalhorce Ecological’.
Check out our Ultimate Guide to Malagas Atarazanas Food Market!