A Memorable Day in Málaga, City of Museums

Your Memorable Day in Malaga Starts Here

With the completion of the A7 Mediterranean Motorway, you’ll find it perfectly feasible to spend a memorable day in Malaga. The journey from Casa Tagomago takes about an hour and a half. We recommend driving down to the seafront in the centre of Málaga and parking in Aparcamiento Muelle Uno. From here, you can visit all the most important museums this beautiful city has to offer. As well as, the Alcazaba, the Roman Theatre, a market or two and some excellent eateries.

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City of museums, The Pompidou Centre in Malaga, Andalucía

The Pompidou Centre on Málaga’s waterfront

Let’s start in the Pompidou Centre, just above the car park. Opened in 2015, the Centre Pompidou occupies the Cubo de Malaga, a striking multicoloured glass building right on the promenade. Discover a select collection of exhibits of XX and XXI century art from France’s renowned contemporary museum. Renewed every 5 months this collection is enhanced by two or three temporary exhibitions a year.

The Alcazaba and Roman Theatre

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Visit the Alcazaba and the Roman Theatre

Our next stop takes us across the gardens on Paseo del Parque to the Roman Theatre and the entrance to the Alcazaba, an ancient Nasrid fortress. Well worth a visit, this monument is reminiscent of the Alhambra in Granada but on a smaller scale. We love the beautiful patios and smaller chambers, all set in a magnificent position overlooking the sea on one side and the centre of Málaga on the other. When you leave here, you can see the Roman theatre from the street or enter inside if you wish.   Calle Alcazabilla, 2.   Alcazaba – Opening Times: Summer: 9:00  – 20:00  Winter: 09:00 – 18:00

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Don’t miss this smaller, more intimate version of the Alhambra

A Memorable Day in Málaga – Markets

From here it’s not far to the Plaza de La Merced and the market of the same name. This is a Gourmet Market and therefore a great place for some tapas and a local vermouth.  Calle Merced, 4,  Eateries – 11.00 to 24.00. Food stalls mornings only. Tel. +34 95143064.

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Enjoy a local vermouth and a bite in the Gourmet Market on Calle de la Merced

Another market worth visiting if time allows is the large Atarazanas Central Market, on the site of the 14th century, Nasrid shipyards. After the Christian Reconquest of Malaga, it became a storeroom, an arsenal, a military hospital and barracks. In 1870, they built the market, conserving the original portico as seen today. This is where malagueños do their shopping; the array of goods on sale is astonishing. Make the most of your visit to stock up with some traditional, local delicacies. Calle Atarazanas, 10. Open from 8.00 to 14.00 Monday to Saturday.

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If you like olives and dried fruits, this stall is for you – Mercado Atarazanas

Enjoy a Memorable Lunch in Málaga

If it’s lunchtime, then I suggest a meal at Bodega Bar El Pimpi just opposite the Roman Theatre. A typical bodega, the atmosphere is traditional and buzzing. Food is varied and good. We had a lovely seafood platter on our first visit, highly recommended. Better to eat early, even on a weekday as it gets crowded quickly. They won’t reserve tables.

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We thoroughly enjoyed this seafood platter at El Pimpi in Málaga

The Picasso Museum

Next up might be the Picasso Museum on Calle San Agustín, 8, not far from El Pimpi, in the Buenavista Palace, formerly the Museum of Fine Arts. Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga in 1881 in a house on the Plaza de La Merced, also a museum. The painter himself expressed his wish to have an exhibition space in his hometown and his daughter-in-law and grandson, Christine and Bernard Picasso made this wish come true by offering the principal pieces of the collection. 233 works of art, in eleven rooms, make up the collection, spanning 80 years of the artist’s life from 1892 to 1972. The Buenavista Palace itself is also worthy of note and some good photos. Calle San Agustín, 8. Tel. +34 952127600.

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The Palacio Buenavista home to the Picasso Museum

Opening Hours:
September-October: open daily 10am-7pm
November-February: open daily 10am-6pm
March-June: open daily 10am-7pm
July-August: open daily 10am-8pm

From March 31, 2020:
-Collection: 9€ (reduced fee 7€).
-Temporary Exhibition: Genealogies of Art 8€ (reduced fee 6€).
-Combined ticket: Collection + Genealogies of Art 12€ (reduced fee 9€).
Visitors over 65, holders of Euro Youth Card and students under 26 with valid identification.



The Glass Museum

Now for something different, on a wet, wintry afternoon, we discovered the enchanting Museo de Vidrio y Cristal or Glass Museum completely by chance. And what a find! Privately owned and lived in by the owner, this is a private collection set in the Old San Felipe Neri Inn beside the church of the same name, in the artisan district. The building is the ideal place for this amazing collection of over 3,000 pieces (not all on show at once but in rotation) displayed as they would be in a private residence, including beautiful pieces of furniture. Our guide was a volunteer and showing us around we could see how much he loved the place. He told us that now and then they host big dinners and social events and that it’s up to him to make sure every piece of porcelain and glassware is correctly washed up and replaced in the right place! Take special notice of the gorgeous stain glass windows. Plaza Santisimo Cristo de la Sangre, 2. Tel. +34 952220271.

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The exceptional Glass Museum. Don’t miss it.

Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00 to 19.00. Guided visits only.
General – 7€
Reduced: 5€
– Those over 65 years of age.
– Children from 7 to 12 years.
– Groups of 10 or more.
– Students and unemployed (with ID).
* Free for:
– Children of 6 years and under.
– Members of ICOM.
– Friends of the museum.


If you’ve managed to do all this, you’ll now deserve a visit to a typical Arab tea shop or maybe a glass of wine and a tapa or two. Although it’s possible to do this in one long spring day, I must admit that we did do it all and more but not in one day and it was in November. We stayed overnight in the Hotel Ibis Malaga Centro Ciudad. We arrived around 11.00 and left again around 16.30 on the following day. This Ibis hotel, ideally situated a few metres from the centre of Malaga, is an excellent base for exploring this wonderful Mediterranean city.
If you’d rather take a guided tour why not check out one of these:

Looking for more places to go? Take a look at our Lecrín Valley Guides and our Blog posts on Andalucía    (More to come!)

Post and photos by Susan