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Sights

Teatro Romano

Teatro Romano

Unearthed beside the Alcazaba as recently as 1951, the Roman Theatre dates back to the first century AD during the time of the Emperor of Augustus. In use for another 200 years, it was picked apart by the later Arab rulers to help build... More Read More

Palacio de la Aduana

Palacio de la Aduana

This late 18th-century customs house by the Port of Malaga is where the new, €23 million Museo de Málaga is being accommodated, due to open at some point in 2013-14. The Neo-Classical building, sacked by Napoleon’s troops in 1810,... More Read More

Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga

Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga

The Malaga branch of the Carmen Thyssen Bornemisza Collection (long established in Madrid) was opened in 2011 thanks to an agreement with philanthropist Carmen Cervera and the Malaga City Council that runs until 2025. In all,... More Read More

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Food & Drink

Restaurante Amador

Restaurante Amador

On the northwestern city limits of Malaga, Villa Guadalupe is real honeymoon hotel material, as is its flagship panoramic Restaurante Amador. Named after chef Amador Fernández, it provides a memorable meal to match the setting... More Read More

Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro

Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro

You’ll find no finer location than this, by the battlements of Gibralfaro Castle, with a jaw-dropping panoramic view of the blue sea beyond. This being the restaurant of an upscale parador (a luxury hotel in a historic... More Read More

Manducare

Manducare

Tucked just in from the port, Manducare strikes the right balance between traditional and contemporary, and offers mains such as Malaga-style roast suckling goat (€22) and blue fin tuna (€21) to a discerning, international... More Read More

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Kids

Tivoli World

Tivoli World

Combining family-friendly shows with the rides of the modern-day amusement park, Tivoli World is the natural choice for a kid’s day out. All-in tickets are reasonably affordable, especially if bought cheaper online, and... More Read More

Soho Málaga

Soho Málaga

Right downtown, this indoor children’s playground contains enough trampolines, inflatables and slides to keep the kids busy and active for hours. Formerly known as the Magic Park, it is open to the public from 4.30pm to 9.30pm Tuesday... More Read More

Museo Interactivo de la Música

Museo Interactivo de la Música

Moving in June 2013 to a new downtown location, the Interactive Museum of Music is a wonderful family attraction. Instead of “Don’t Touch!”, signs here read, in two languages, “Please Play!”. The museum owns 1,000 instruments... More Read More

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Shops

Museo Automovilístico de Málaga

Museo Automovilístico de Málaga

Another one for the boys, this collection of vintage and classic cars dating back to 1898 – Bugattis, Bentleys, Packards and Ferraris – are set in themed areas (“Art Deco”, “Belle Époque”) around this former tobacco... More Read More

Viva La Fería

Viva La Fería

Given the sad recent closure of flamenco-focused boutique Flamenka, this more formal outlet is the best in town to stock those frilly skirts, fans and ornate dresses required when festival season comes around. Even if you... More Read More

Vialia Mall

Vialia Mall

Built into Malaga’s gleaming new train station, the equally gleaming Vialia Mall features the big names in high-street shopping on its ground floor: Zara, Desigual, H&M and Pull & Bear complement outlets such as Zara Home,... More Read More

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Day Trips

El Torcal de Antequera

El Torcal de Antequera

Outside Antequera, some 13km south of town, is El Torcal Natural Park Reserve of striking karst landscapes (shaped by soluble bedrock). Mainly accessible on foot, easily explored by walking trails, El Torcal is home to the Andalusian... More Read More

Nerja

Nerja

This 5km-long complex of caverns, accessible enough from Malaga that it hosts concerts in high season, is one of Spain’s major tourist attractions. Skeletons and other finds are displayed in the public areas, though recently found... More Read More

Jardín Botánico La Concepción

Jardín Botánico La Concepción

Malaga’s closest attraction is this tropical garden 5km north of town, accessible by bus 2 or a taxi ride of under €10. Created in the 1850s by the Marquis and Marchioness of Loring, who came up with the idea while on honeymoon, the... More Read More

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Nightlife

ZZ Pub

ZZ Pub

This unpretentious downtown spot has been offering rock, funk and jazz sounds for a decade or more. Music tends to be live – local blues acts, or Lenny Kravitz or ZZ Top tribute bands – at the start of the week, switching to... More Read More

Zeppelin Rock Bar

Zeppelin Rock Bar

Open from 11pm to silly o’clock in the morning, this stalwart haunt of the rock-and-leather fraternity has managed to maintain its character in Malaga’s main bar hub when so many have bowed to trendification. A motorbike mounted on... More Read More

Weekend

Weekend

In a square lined with cafés and bars, in the shadow of the house where Picasso was born, Weekend is perhaps the liveliest option. A likeness of Elvis and promising cocktail board usher you into a dark interior that gets absolutely... More Read More

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Art & Entertainment

Tetería el Harén

Tetería el Harén

“Tea and culture” are on offer at this atmospheric little spot, done out in exotic style over several floors. Live, unplugged performances are given most weekend nights, laid-back affairs that don’t require any admission fee –... More Read More

Teatro Cervantes de Málaga

Teatro Cervantes de Málaga

Opened in 1870 and renovated more than a century later, this beautifully ornate theatre can accommodate around 1,100 people in modern-day comfort. A Spanish-language play is staged usually once a month – the calendar is... More Read More

Teatro Cánovas y Sala Gades

Teatro Cánovas y Sala Gades

A modern cultural space of 370 capacity within Malaga’s historic centre, the Cánovas Theatre was opened in 1991 and expanded in 2008 to accommodate the Gades Hall. Between them, these adjoining venues host performances of... More Read More

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