Top Attractions In Malaga For Free

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

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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...

Caminito del Rey Excursion from Malaga

clock Duration: 4 hours.
  • Caminito del Ray is a narrow walkway that's attached to the steep walls of a gorge in El Chorro.
  • The walkways is a popular tourist attraction and is one of the most visited natural areas on the island.
  • The canyon was formed by...
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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...

Museo Picasso Malaga Ticket

clock Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • 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...
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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 Hop-on Hop-off Tour Bus

clock Duration: 1 day
  • This hop-on hop-off city sightseeing bus ticket allows you to ride on an open-top, double-decker bus, and make unlimited stops around the city for 24 hours.
  • here are two lines in total, the red line and green line, with 19 stops and...
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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,...

Malaga Bike Tour to Old Town, Marina and Beach

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • A guided bike tour of Malaga that uncovers Malaga's beaches, marina and hidden sites.
  • A three hour excursion that explores the best of Malaga's sights, landmarks and architecture.
  • The tour can be personalized around what you want...
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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...

Day Trip to Tangier Tour by Ferry from Malaga

clock Duration: 13 hours
  • A full day trip from Malaga to the North African country of Morocco where you'll explore the city of Tangier.
  • The panoramic sightseeing tour offers the chance to experience a different culture.
  • It's a simple and efficient way...
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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 to Gibraltar Sightseeing Tour Day Trip

clock Duration: 11 hours
  • A full day tour to Gibraltar departing from Malaga by coach.
  • Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula in southern Spain.
  • The small territory is dominated by rocks and its...
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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...

Malaga Private Segway Tours

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • This one hour private Segway tour takes you around Malaga on an alternative and fun mode of transport.
  • Segway's are a two wheeled scooter controlled by balance, there both a modern and popular form of transport.
  • This tour...
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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...

Malaga Evening Wine and Tapas Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • A three and a half hour culture and culinary tour through Malaga stopping at some of the cities best sights, beautiful landmarks and most popular tapas bars.
  • It offers the opportunity to ask your guide all about local Spanish cuisine,...
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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”.

The...

Costa del Sol Day trip to Ronda Tour

clock Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • A full day tour to the neighboring City of Ronda, one of the most historic locations in southern Andalusia.
  • It's a great opportunity to get a taste of local life in southern Spain.
  • The tour also stops off in Marbella on the way...
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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...

Malaga Tapas and Wine Bike Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • A three hour tour of Malaga by bike including wine and tapas tasting at local bars and bodega's.
  • This is both a culture and culinary tour that burns calories as you go.
  • It provides a speedy way to navigate the city, all while...
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There are many things you can do for free in Malaga like booking free entry into some Malaga museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.

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