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Free Things To Do In Malaga

The charming seaside city of Malaga is one of the most visited cities in Spain, thanks to its beautiful resorts, stunning beaches, and historical attractions. For travelers who are trying to save money on their trip, there are a number of cheap things to do in Malaga that can make your trip more enjoyable and fun. In fact, if you simply stroll the island, you’ll already come across a number of interesting sights!

Visiting Malaga is not cheap, especially if you choose to stay at the luxury resorts, which is what the island is known for. But if you take time to explore the many free things to do in Malaga, then you’ll be guaranteed to have a great time. For instance, if you’re into museums, then head to the free museums in Malaga, such as the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, which showcases a wide range of modern art from all over the country and beyond. Of course, there are several other free attractions in Malaga that you’ll surely find interesting. Among these are the Puerto de Malaga, Roman Theatre, Atarazanas Market, and some of the public beaches.

Although most tourists would head to Malaga in summer, there are plenty of things to do in the island regardless of the time of your visit. Of course, one of the free things to do in Malaga this summer is to frolic at the stunning beaches in the island, such as the La Malagueta, a beautiful beach that’s located just across the newly redeveloped port. If you are visiting the island with your kids, one of the free things to do in Malaga with kids is to visit the many parks and gardens, such as the Parque de Malaga, which is just across the Paseo del Parque.

For a complete list of the free things to do in Malaga, check out the list below.

Free Attractions in Malaga

Top Rated Malaga Attractions


Puerto de Malaga

This charming port has recently undergone a major redevelopment and now it’s a pleasure to wander around, admiring the yachts, taking in some lunch at one of the many waterfront restaurants and checking out the sculptures that are dotted around.

One of the best places to spend a relaxing afternoon, with the sun shining on the crystal clear water. It’s easy to get to as well, with the promenade leading from the city centre, past the...

Skip the Line: Centre Pompidou in Malaga Ticket

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  • Centre Pompidou Malaga is a world famous gallery that originated in Paris, France.
  • Artwork is housed in a large glass cube on the corner of Muelle Uno and Muelle Dos streets near Malaga's port.
  • This pop-up museum appears to be here to stay and showcases a selection of fine art borrowed from the original Pompidou in Paris.
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Centre for Contemporary Art

The CAC (Centro de Arte Contemporaneo) is one of the newest and most exciting of Malaga’s galleries, opened in 2003. It showcases a wide range of modern art from across Spain and beyond, with constantly changing temporary exhibitions, so each visit will be different. Among the big stars who have been featured are Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst and Jake and Dinos Chapman. The emphasis is on the best of contemporary art from the 1950s to the...

Skip the Line: Picasso's Birthplace Museum Entrance Ticket

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  • Pablo Ruiz Picasso was one of the worlds finest painters and was born right here in Malaga.
  • The museum occupies the Palacio de Buenavista, a building listed as a Malaga National Monument.
  • The Museo Picasso Mallaga first opened its doors in 2003 to honor the established artist and showcases some of his finest works.
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Museo de Malaga

The Museum of Malaga is a newly re-opened museum that has been relocated, after a 20 year wait, to the historic Palacio de la Aduana which was once the customs house. This 4 storey building is quite simply a treasure trove of archaeological finds and artwork with some 2,000 works of art and 15,000 archaeological finds from in and around Malaga on display.

Must see items include Picasso's 'Old man with blanket' and Simonet's 'And she...

Malaga Glass and Crystal Museum Ticket

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  • The venue is the museum of fine arts set in the ambiance of an 18th-century home.
  • The collection of the museum encompasses glass and crystal objects, furniture and paintings among other exhibits.
  • Related showpieces have originated throughout different eras, starting with the ancient Phoenicians and Egyptians.
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Rio Guadalhorce Nature Reserve

Situated on a naturally formed island where the Guadalhorce river meets the Mediterranean sea, the Guadalhorce Nature Reserve (Paraje Natural Desembocadura del Guadalhorce) is a paradise for twitchers (bird watchers) as it's one of the most important breeding and migration sites in the country being on the direct route between Europe and Africa.

260 species have been recorded here which include ospreys, marbled teals, booted eagles,...

Museo Carmen Thyssen de Malaga Entrance Ticket

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  • The museum exhibits a great collection of the Spanish 19th-century works of art and paintings by Old Masters.
  • The main focus of the museum is the Andalusian art.
  • One of the most significant Renaissance buildings in Malaga houses the Carmen Thyssen Museum.
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Gibralfaro Viewpoint

Get the best view of the city from the 130 metre high Gibralfaro viewpoint, it's one of those top-spots for photography, especially at sunset and through blue hour as the city lights come on. Get there early to ensure you can get the best spot to look down on the bullring and Paseo del Parque Avenue whilst watching the cruise ships come in and out of port.

If you're walking up, allow enough time as it's quite a steep treck, if that...

Malaga Selwo Marina

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  • Selwo Marina is an aquatic park inhabited by dolphins, penguins and sea lions among other species.
  • The park houses species from all around the world, including Amazonia and South Pole.
  • Besides observing animals, visitors can attend penguin feedings and entertaining performances of dolphins.
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Roman Theatre

The Roman Theatre is an archaeological treasure in the city, built in the 1st century BC but only unearthed again in 1951. The restoration is still ongoing, but nevertheless there is much to enjoy when visiting the theatre.

A small museum before you enter the theatre really puts you in the context of the arena’s heyday, with interactive exhibits, a short movie and information boards. This helps you imagine the splendour that once...

Malaga Selwo Aventura

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  • Selwo Aventura is a wildlife park about an hour away from Malaga inhabited by animals from various parts of the world.
  • The park offers a chance for visitors to see majestic animals and learn a lot about them.
  • Some inhabitants of the Selwo Aventura are lions, zebras, Asian elephants and Iberian lynxes.
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Beaches of Malaga

As you’d expect for a popular seaside resort, Malaga has its fair share of beaches. You have a few options if you want to spend a lazy day swimming and soaking up the rays - some are a little distance away from the centre, but are well worth the effort.

The most easily accessible beach is La Malagueta, adjacent to the newly redeveloped port (link). It features dark sand, some palm trees, sunloungers, and plenty of restaurants along...

La Casa Del Rey Moro

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  • It is located on Cuesta de Santo Domingo street. The first documentary evidence of this imposing house-palace dates back to the 18th century, although it has undergone frequent restructuring as a result of successive owner changes. The floor of the house is irregular and labyrinthine, with abundant stairs and corridors that serve to save the...read more

Parks and Gardens Malaga

Malaga boasts a wealth of stunning outdoor spaces, with a rich variety of plantlife which is aided by the favourable Mediterranean climate. Undoubtedly the most important in the city is the Parque de Malaga located parallel to the Paseo del Parque with beautiful views out to the harbour. In fact, the park sits on land which was reclaimed from the sea.

The Parque has an array of tropical flowering trees and shrubs, which were imported...

Skip the Line Butterfly Park of Benalmadena Ticket

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  • More than 1,500 butterflies from tropical areas all over the world fly free inside the Mariposario. As their lifespan is only 2-3 weeks you will be able to find new species each visit. We exhibit more than 150 different species throughout the whole year.

    Many of the butterfly species reproduce in the park itself, so besides butterflies, you...read more

Atarazanas Market

A very popular food market with an extensive range of high quality fresh produce including fruit, meat, cheeses, fish, spices and many more. It’s all set in a beautiful iron structure that has an interesting history of its own.

Originally the town’s shipyard at the time when the majority of the present city was underwater, the Moorish building’s name translates from the Arabic as “a place where ships are repaired”.


Skip the Line: Ronda Reservatauro Ronda Entrance Ticket

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  • Bulls and Horses living freeland. Enjoy an authentic experience of everyday life in the Mediterranean pastureland declared by Unesco Reserve of the...read more

Museo del Patrimonio Municipal

This museum which focuses on Malaga’s civic and artistic history is relatively small but that works in its favour as you get an idea of the figures and events that have shaped the city over the years without an information overload. It’s also one of Malaga’s newest museums, founded in 2007 by Mayor Prados, who also came up with the idea.

The exhibits trace the city’s timeline from the Catholic Kings up to the era of Picasso. You...

Visita en exclusiva con los 5 sentidos

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  • Enjoy an authentic aventure of everyday life in the Mediterranean pastureland declared by Unesco Reserve of the biosphere and enjoy the day to day in the exclusive livestock with a guide at your disposal. Includes Ronda wine and...read more
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