1 day in Malaga

Malaga, in Spain‘s Costa del Sol, is a vibrant city that perfectly combines history, culture, and relaxation. Malaga is my personal favorite city in Spain and I try to visit Malaga 1-2 times each year at minimum.

Here’s my suggested One Day in Malaga itinerary for anyone who loves culture, sightseeing, and delicious food!

One day in Malaga
One day in Malaga

Morning in Malaga: Breakfast and Historical Sightseeing

For breakfast, I’ve got two places to choose from, depending on if you like a traditional Spanish churro breakfast or prefer a healthy option.

8:00 AM – Breakfast at Casa Aranda – For a Sweet Treat

Start your day with a traditional Malaga breakfast at Casa Aranda, one of the oldest and most famous churro places in town. Enjoy freshly made churros with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee.

One day in Malaga: Casa Aranda
One day in Malaga: Casa Aranda

08:30 AM – Healthy Breakfast at Noviembre

Noviembre is known for offering a healthy and modern twist on breakfast with a variety of options that are suitable for those looking for something nutritious and energizing. Their offerings typically include:

  • Freshly squeezed juices and smoothies
  • A selection of teas and coffee (with non-dairy milk options)
  • Whole-grain and sourdough breads
  • Freshly made sandwiches with a variety of fillings
One day in Malaga: Noviembre Healthy Food
Noviembre Healthy Food in Malaga

If you travel with kids, they will also love Noviembre!

9:00 AM – Alcazaba and Roman Theatre

After breakfast, head to the Alcazaba, a Moorish fortress palace that dates back to the 11th century. It’s a short walk from both breakfast places.

One day in Malaga: Alcazaba
Alcazaba in Malaga

Just below the Alcazaba, you’ll find the Roman Theatre, which is free to enter.

One day in Malaga: Roman Theatre
Roman Theatre in Malaga

10:30 AM – Malaga Cathedral

A short walk from the Roman Theatre is the Malaga Cathedral. Known locally as “La Manquita” or “one-armed woman,” it offers a mix of Renaissance and Baroque styles.

One day in Malaga: Malaga Cathedral
Malaga Cathedral

Midday in Malaga: Art and Culture

11:30 AM – Picasso Museum

Malaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and the Picasso Museum hosts an impressive collection of his works. It’s a must-visit for art lovers.

The Picasso Museum in Malaga is a must-visit attraction for art lovers and anyone interested in the life and works of Pablo Picasso
The Picasso Museum in Malaga is a must-visit attraction for art lovers and anyone interested in the life and works of Pablo Picasso

1:00 PM – Lunch in the Historic Centre

Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the many tapas bars in the historic center. El Pimpi is an iconic place with a lovely atmosphere and a good selection of local wines.

One day in Malaga: El Pimpi
El Pimpi in Malaga

Afternoon in Malaga: Beach Relaxation

3:00 PM – La Malagueta Beach

Spend your afternoon at La Malagueta Beach, the main beach of Malaga City. It’s the perfect place to relax and take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea.

La Malagueta Beach
La Malagueta Beach – perfect for a day in Malaga

5:00 PM – Paseo del Parque

After some beach time, take a stroll through the nearby Paseo del Parque, a beautiful park with lush tropical plants, right in the city center.

Evening in Malaga: Tapas Dinner and Drinks

7:00 PM – Chiringuito Dinner in Pedregalejo

Head to the old fishermen’s quarter of Pedregalejo for dinner. This area is known for its seafood restaurants, chiringuitos, and tapas bars. Try the espetos, sardines skewered and cooked over a pit of coals, a local specialty.

Pedregalejo In Malaga
Pedregalejo In Malaga has many great seafood restaurants

9:00 PM – Rooftop Bar in Malaga

After dinner, enjoy a panoramic view of the city with a cocktail at one of Malaga’s rooftop bars. Alcazaba Premium Hotel has a great terrace with views of the Roman Theatre and Alcazaba.

Alcazaba Premium Hotel has a great terrace
Alcazaba Premium Hotel has a great terrace

10:30 PM – Late Night Drinks in Soho

Finish your evening in the Soho district, known for its artistic vibe and lively nightlife. You can find a range of bars with live music, or quiet spots for a more intimate setting.

Tips for Your Day in Malaga

  • Book tickets for museums and attractions in advance to save time.
  • Keep hydrated and apply sunscreen, especially if you’re not used to the Spanish sun.
  • If you’re visiting in the summer, be aware that the midday sun can be very strong – a siesta during the hottest part of the day isn’t just a stereotype, it’s a practical way to enjoy your trip.
  • Dress comfortably and wear good walking shoes.
  • Try to learn a few phrases in Spanish; locals always appreciate the effort.
  • Be mindful of the Spanish eating schedule, which tends to be later than in many other countries. Lunch is usually around 2 PM to 4 PM, and dinner often starts from 9 PM onwards.

Enjoy your day in Malaga! It’s a city that combines cultural riches with the laid-back lifestyle of the Costa del Sol.

FAQ – One Day in Malaga

1 Day In Malaga

What is the best time to visit Malaga for a day trip?

The best time to visit Malaga for a day trip is during the spring (April to June) or the fall (September to November) when the weather is pleasant, and the city is less crowded compared to the peak summer months.

Having said that, Malaga is gorgeous in the winter too!

1 Day In Malaga

How about a Day in Malaga with the Kids?

If you are visiting Malaga with your children, you might want to add some exciting things to see for your little ones too. Check out this plan for Malaga with Children!

1 Day In Malaga

Can I visit the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro on the same day?

Yes, you can visit both the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro on the same day as they are close to each other. It is recommended to start with the Alcazaba in the morning and visit Gibralfaro later, possibly around sunset for great views.

1 Day In Malaga

Where can I find the best traditional breakfast in Malaga?

For a traditional Malaga breakfast, including churros and hot chocolate, Casa Aranda is highly recommended. For a healthy alternative, Noviembre offers fresh juices, smoothies, and wholesome breakfast bowls.

1 Day In Malaga

Is Uber available 24/7 in Malaga?

Uber generally operates 24/7 in Malaga, but availability can depend on the time of day and driver availability. During late-night hours, there might be fewer drivers on the road, which could result in longer wait times.

1 Day In Malaga

Are Malaga’s beaches suitable for a quick visit?

Yes, Malaga’s beaches, particularly La Malagueta, are suitable for a quick visit as they are close to the city center and offer facilities such as showers, sunbeds, and nearby cafes.

1 Day In Malaga

What are the must-see museums in Malaga for a one-day itinerary?

The must-see museums in Malaga for a one-day itinerary include the Picasso Museum, which showcases works by the famous artist who was born in the city, and the Carmen Thyssen Museum, which features 19th-century Spanish art.

1 Day In Malaga

Where can I eat the best tapas in Malaga?

For the best tapas in Malaga, El Pimpi is an iconic choice offering a traditional ambiance and a variety of tapas. For a more modern take, Tapeo de Cervantes is well-regarded for its creative dishes.

1 Day In Malaga

What family-friendly activities can be done in Malaga?

Family-friendly activities in Malaga include visiting the interactive Museo Alborania, exploring the interactive exhibits at the Principia Science Centre, and enjoying the playgrounds at Muelle Uno.

1 Day In Malaga

Can I explore Malaga’s historic center on foot?

Yes, Malaga’s historic center is compact and pedestrian-friendly, making it ideal to explore on foot. Most of the main attractions are within walking distance of each other.

1 Day In Malaga

What are the best evening activities in Malaga?

Evening activities in Malaga include dining at one of the city’s excellent tapas bars, enjoying a drink at a rooftop bar with panoramic views, or taking a leisurely stroll along the Muelle Uno promenade.

1 Day In Malaga

Are there any unique shopping experiences in Malaga?

For a unique shopping experience, visit Atarazanas Market, where you can find local produce and goods, or explore the shops in the Soho district, known for its artisanal and boutique offerings.

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