A Day Out in Malaga City

The gardens of Malaga Cathedral

“Málaga is turning into the coolest city in Andalusia – not temperature-wise, obviously, as it is warm throughout autumn, and even in December and January you can usually sit outside or walk along the waterfront without a jacket – but in a cultural sense.”


The historic centre is a warren of little streets with interesting shops and some fabulous bars and cafes where you can sip a chilled drink or sample some of the distinctive local cuisine.

El Jardin, outside Malaga Cathedral

Opposite the cathedral is El Jardin with its wonderful Art Nouveau style décor.

Bar Pimpi


A few streets away is El Pimpi, haunt of flamenco stars, where the walls are lined with aged barrels of sherries and local wines, and posters signed by local celebrities – including Antonio Banderas!

Inside Bar Pimpi - sherry barrels signed by local celebrities
The entrance of El Pimpi
Shopping in Malaga's Historic centre
Flamenco fashion
Shopping in Calle Larios
Gorgeous ornate architecture
Nice Things

Nice Things is the home of gorgeous local fashion designer Paloma Lanna, selling pretty accessories and jewellery and unusual clothes for women and children.

Nice Things Malaga fashion

There are shops specialising in Andalusian decorative fans, flamenco dresses and shoes, and lots of little food shops selling the delicious local ham, olives and manchego cheese.

Street art near Malaga's Picasso museum
Lots of tasty local bars and cafes

If you’re a foodie, Malaga market is a must. There are stalls selling a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables, herbs and leaves, fresh cherries, mangoes and peaches in season. The market stalls sell cheeses, Iberican cured salamis, chorizos and hams, there are Moroccan stalls selling olives and pickled lemons and Moroccan pastries and flat breads, and the most incredible variety of fresh fish and seafood.

Malaga food market
A cornucopia of exotic fruit and vegetables
Manchegos and Iberican cured hams and chorizos
Delicous local tapas in Malaga centro

If you’re a culture vulture, Malaga will not disappoint. There are museums, shows and galleries to suit every taste. Malaga is the birthplace of Picasso, and as well as the famous Picasso museum, visitors can explore the town house in the Plaza de la Merced where Picasso was born.

The Picasso museum
Thyssen museum

The Thyssen museum is tiny but has gorgeous and regularly changing exhibitions including Pop art and Impressionism.

The pop-up Pompadou gallery at the port holds some 80 paintings and photographs including Picasso, Rineke Dijkstra, Tony Oursler, Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Chirico, Alberto Guacometti and Sophie Calle.

CAC Malaga

Other museums include the Russian museum with the St Petersburg collection, and the eclectic CAC Contemporary Art Centre

For sightseeers, the Alcazaba and the ruined Gibralfaro are two famous Malaga landmarks,both dating back to the time of Moorish rule. The city also features a Renaissance cathedral and a Roman ampitheatre.

The Alcazaba, Malaga

El Corte Ingles is Spain’s Selfridges – a multistorey department store selling everything from sellotape to Apple Macs to fashion to food. The food market on the 6th floor has a variety of different eateries - you can pick and choose and, if you wish, take your food outside to eat on the very pretty rooftop terrace overlooking the city.

View of the port in Malaga

We like to visit the newly renovated port in the evening and see the Malaga coastline with ships in the distance and the lights of the town and the harbor all laid out below. There are covered walkways and gardens, restaurants and bars, and lots of shopping opportunities.

Gin and Tonic
Malaga port at night


Whatever the season, if you’re visiting the Axarquia, Malaga makes a fantastic city for a day out!



Thanks to Chloe Gavin for some of the gorgeous pictures of Malaga port!