Malaga has for decades been viewed as nothing more than an airport gateway to the Costa del Sol. However it is now being seen as a top destination for travel in 2015 for many reasons including its art credentials which is set to improve further thanks to the opening of the Centre Pompidou (centrepompidou.es) in the swanky new port area in spring 2015.
Along with the many paid visitor attractions in Malaga there are also fantastic free options to consider.
Here are SkyPark Steve’s top five Free things to do in Malaga
1. Seeking some modern art things to do in Malaga
Free entrance to Malaga’s Centre for Contemporary Art housing a fantastic collection of 20th and 21st-century works featuring artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Olafur Eliasson and Damian Hirst, as well as recent Andalucian art.
Alternatively, the Picasso Museum, also offers free entrance but only on the last Sunday of every month. Housed in a renovated 16th-century mansion in the heart of the city’s oldest quarter, it features 155 works donated by Picasso’s daughter-in-law and grandson.
2. Take a relaxing stroll by the sea
There are more things to do in Malaga than just staying directly in the City Centre. Escape from the busy city by taking a half-an-hour walk or a 10-minute bus-ride east to Pedregalejo, one of the city’s oldest fishing neighbourhoods, fringing a succession of tiny bays. At the weekends the sandy crescents fill with local families taking a paddle and eating good-value fried fish and barbecued sardines at the numerous restaurants.
3. Visit Alcazaba and Castillo de Gibralfaro
On Sunday afternoons visitors can enjoy the Moorish palace and fortress built on a hill in the centre of the city for free. It is possible to drive to the fortress entrance but the steady climb past the sun-baked pines and eucalyptus is recommended for views of the sparkling Mediterranean, docked ships, the cathedral and bullring. Much of the palace dates from the 11th century and features Islamic pottery, ornate ceilings, and a patio lined with orange trees.
The watchtowers and parapets of the Gibralfaro castle, set just behind the palace, afford a perfect view of the entire complex.
4. Explore the exotic gardens
The botanical gardens of Malaga’s city park stretch along the seafront from the Alameda Principal, and has become the best thing to do in Malaga if you are looking for the perfect spot for a stroll with an ice cream. As well as the wonderfully fragrant orange blossoms in season the gardens also feature more tropical plants such as palm trees and frangipani.
5. Enjoy the foods from Atarazanas Market
Head to this interesting market for fabulous fresh Andalucian fare including fish, meat, cheese and plump, pink seafood. Look up as you enter to admire the only remaining horseshoe arch from the building’s days as a shipyard. It opened as a market in 1879.
- Aberdeen Airport Parking
- Belfast Airport Parking
- Birmingham Airport Parking
- Bristol Airport Parking
- Doncaster Airport Parking
- Durham Tees Airport Parking
- East Midlands Airport Parking
- Edinburgh Airport Parking
- Exeter Airport Parking
- Gatwick Airport Parking
- Glasgow Airport Parking
- Heathrow Airport Parking
- Leeds Bradford Airport Parking
- Liverpool Airport Parking
- Manchester Airport Parking
- Newcastle Airport parking
- Stansted Airport Parking
- Luton Airport Parking