Málaga in 1 or 2 days

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city break

Estimated average budget per person: 300€

(hotel with breakfast, meals, activities and local transportation included)  helps you plan the perfect trip to the city of Malaga. Our expert guides have compiled the best of the best restaurants, museums, attractions, etc. We do not sell travel, we simply provide the best advice you will find on Spain.

Málaga is a modern and  vibrant city, located o Spain´s famous Costa del Sol. Málaga is world renowned for as a party city but it has so much more to offer, definetly one of the best places to vacation in Spain.

You will find recommendations to extend your stay and also to adapt it to your budget and travel style.

Vacation itinerary trip plan and budget in a nutshell

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Our budgets are based on average costs if you enjoy the different activities mentioned in the itinerary. But prices vary from month to month, or also in case of special events in Cordoba, which means you should treat our daily budget as an orientation.

You will be able to add any of the elements we recommend in the itinerary to your trip plan list to ease your planning.


Budget estimation
160 per person
  • Check-in at hotel
  • Visit the Gibralfaro and Málaga's old quarter
  • Traditional Malagueño lunch
  • Visit the Picasso Museum
  • High-quality Andalusian diner


Ideas for a 2nd day
  • Excursion el Caminito del Rey
  • Beachside seafood lunch
  • Visit the Atarazanas Market
  • Enjoy Malagueta Beach


Hotel options during your stay in Málaga

(Find all our recommended hotels in Málaga here)

DAY 1 - Málaga

Estimated walking time

2 hour

If you have just day 1 in Málaga you will still be able to good feel for the city, you will quickly loose the notion that Málaga is al about partying and nightlife. 

Málaga features and incredible Moorish palatial complex in the center of the city, know as the Alcazaba. The Gibralfaro is the main fortress of the complex and will transport you back to a different era as you explore the ruins. Here you will aslo find and ancient Roman theater, as the moors repurposed what had been the Roman city center when they had occupied the city. 

Also in the Málaga you will find the Málaga Cathedral. This 150 year old temple is one of the cities main attractions and blends Baroque and Renaissance architectural styles. 

Málaga Day 1 - Recommended itinerary

La Alcazaba de Malaga – Gribalfaro- Malaga

One of the landmarks of Malaga which offers truly impressive views

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Roman theatre in Malaga – Spectacular Roman Ruins near the Alcazaba

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Restaurante Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro – One of the best dining experiences you can have in Málaga

An elegant and sofisticated restaurant that features some of the best views of Málaga you will find

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Cávea – Excellent modern Andalusian eatery in the heart of Málaga

Run by Chef Alberto Molina, this restaurant in the center of Málaga, is sleek and modern and offers

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El Merendero de Antonio Martín – Down on Málaga’s port, this restaurant offers one of the most authentic dinning experiences in the city

Located in the port of Malaga, the Malageta, this restaurant offers a very authentic Andalusian seaf

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The itinerary for the day

Insider´s hints

La Alcazaba de Malaga – Gribalfaro

Málaga, like all of southern Spain, during the middle ages was under Moorish rule. A relic from that time is the Alczaba fortress and the Gibralfaro castle. The fortified complex dates back to the Roman empire and features a series of spectacular gardens and fountains.

This site is the heart of Málagas historic city center. within walking distance you will also find the Roman Theater, another relic from an even older occupier of the Iberian Peninsula and the Cathedral of Málaga.

Cathedral of Malaga

One of Spain´s best examples of Reinassence architecture, Construction of the cathedral of started in 1528 and the project was completed in 1783.

The Cathedral features two towers one of which was never fully completed. If you stand in front of the temple you will see that the tower to your right seems to be missing its capitol. This tower is known as “La Manquita” or the one without.  The interior is beautiful, ornate and massive. The main hall is over 300 fett long and over 160 feet tall.  In the middle there are very beautiful choir stalls with 100 seats and 40 statues of saints saints, carved by Pedro de Mena (1658-60).

You will also find a gilded statue of the Virgin that was supposedly carried as a good luck charm during the re-conquering of Spain.


Roman Theater

Located right next to the Alcazaba, this roman-era-relic was built during the reign of the Emperor Augustus. The theater is built into the hillside and still maintains some of the marble furnishings.


El Caminito del Rey 

A truly excellent day trip to take if you are in Málaga. El Caminito del Rey or the King’s Path is a famous walkway through the surrounding mountain mountain range, just outside of Málaga. The gravity deifying path connects  Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls. For decades it was considered to be the most dangerous hike in the world. Between 1999 and 2000, 5 people died while trying to get across.

The walkway is just 1 meter (3 ft) wide and rises over 100 meters (330 ft) above the river below. You can see how this trek might not be for the faint of heart. 

For decades the pathway lay forgotten and fell into disrepair, making it all the more dangerous and deadly.  In fact, large chunks of the pathway had to be closed to the public as they were too dangerous for even expert hikers.

Finally, in 20015, the pathway was re-furbished and saftey measures where implemented, making El Caminito thrilling but completely safe. 


These are the best ideas and activities to enjoy a second day in Cordoba.  You can find additional recommendations for restaurants in Málaga on our dedicated page.

Malaga fair

The Malaga fair

The Málaga Fair dates back to the fifteenth century when Málaga joined the Crown of Castilla in the reign of the Catholic Monarchs, who entered the city the 19th of August after the reconquest. Since then the City Council set this date to commemorate the fact, and the Malaga fair is established as the big summer fair every August 15th.

Malaga Fair has a reputation for being a very open and participatory festival, both national and international tourists, given the position of the city as the capital of tourism on the Costa del Sol