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

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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...

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...

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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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...

The Secrets of the Alcazaba

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  • ¿Estás listo listo para adentrarte en una de las mejores fortalezas de la Edad Media?

    La Alcazaba de Málaga, ubicada en la ladera del monte Gibralfaro fue reformada por el rey Badis en el siglo XI para mejorar la antigua fortaleza musulmana del siglo VIII, que yacía sobre los restos de una fortaleza Romana o incluso Fenicia. more

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,...

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 more

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...

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 more

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...

Skip-the-line Ticket to Museo Picasso Málaga with Audio Guide

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  • This ticket will allow you to skip the frequently extensive line.
    Once inside, get your audio guide and learn more about maestro's life and art.

    There are over 200 works, that Picasso's family donated to the museum and they represent all the periods and styles that shaped Picasso's work. These works catalogue the artist’s more

Tapas tour in Malaga with flamenco show

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  • Exploration of the streets of Malaga in search of the finest food in the city.
  • A gastronomic experience representing traditional tapas and Spanish wines.
  • The tour includes Flamenco dance, a popular manifestation of Spanish culture.
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Ronda Village Guided Tour from Costa del Sol

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  • Day trip to a few picturesque settlements not far from Malaga and a tour of the beautiful Andalusian countryside.
  • Setenil de las Bodegas is a village whose houses are fit under the rocks, while the town of Ronda occupies the top of a deep gorge.
  • During the day trip, travelers visit Spain's oldest bullring.
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Gibraltar Express: Sightseeing Full Day Tour from Malaga

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  • 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 here that you'll find the Rock of Gibraltar.
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Tangier, Morocco Day Trip from Costa del Sol

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  • 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 to explore a different country with knowledgeable and intellectual guides.
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Frigiliana and Nerja Tour Direct from Malaga

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  • Frigiliana and Nerja are two interesting Andalusian settlements offering their visitors a chance to appreciate the authentic experience.
  • During the tour, visitors can acquaint themselves with the local products and produce.
  • The activity allows travelers to visit a medieval fortification, see traditional houses and wander
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Cordoba Tour with Mosque, Synagogue and Patios Direct from Malaga

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  • Dubbed the "Heart of Andalusia," Cordoba is a multireligious and multiethnic city boasting structures and landmarks established by the Christians, Muslims and the Jews.
  • One of the highlights of the tour is the Mezquita - a grand mosque that is a cathedral at the same time.
  • Another highlights of the tour is the Roman Bridge,
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5-Day Morocco Tour: Casablanca, Marrakech, Meknes, Fez and Rabat from Malaga

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  • A several-day trip to Morocco revealing an outstanding legacy of the country and its top tourist destinations.
  • During the trip, travelers benefit of guided tours and have time to explore the destinations at their leisure.
  • During the trip, travelers visit Tangier, Casablanca, Marrakech and Fez among other destinations.
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