How to spend a day in Malaga

Planning a trip to the Costa Del Sol? If you want to see as much as possible and you don’t have much time, here is my guide to seeing Malaga in just one day.

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Get the bus

Go through the town centre towards the marina. From there hop on the big red bus. Yes, I know, yuck tourist busses. However, if you only have limited time in a city then I think they are great.

You have two options:

1) hop on and stay on. Once it’s done (normally around 90 minutes) you can go back around and explore the city on foot, with a better idea of where everything is.

2) hop on and hop off at all the places you want to visit. Saves your feet and means you won’t get lost (wasting precious time).

I  recommend taking a look at Viator, they have lots of tours all around the world and always have great discounts including on these bus tours. They also have a handy app so you can check out tours on the go.

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Eat lunch

I love Spanish food and if you are on a budget make lunch your main meal. Most places have set lunch menus for around €10

Collection of tapas foods.

Go Shopping

There are a few markets on the streets and plenty of shopping centres here. I managed to pick up a lovely leather camera bag for €30 which I was really pleased with.

See Malaga from above

The only place we hopped off the bus was Castillo de Gibralfaro. It will cost you a few € to enter but it’s worth it for the view you get of the surrounding area. Built in 929AD it gives you panoramic views of Malaga which scream to be photographed.

Get yourself an ice cream on your way in from the shop. Take a seat on one of the benches, eat your ice cream and soak it all up. It’s a lovely walk around the castle walls and gives you a break from the bus or the hustle and bustle of the city.

I must admit Malaga has probably been my least favourite place I’ve been in Spain. If I’d had the time I would have liked to explore the Picasso museum and taken a walk around Picasso square. Unfortunately, I just didn’t have the time this trip.

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Top Tip 

Don’t bother visiting the tourist information place. It’s possibly the worst one I have been to. It’s actually more of a gift shop and there wasn’t even so much as a free map available, you had to pay for everything.

Planning a trip to the Costa Del Sol? If you want to see as much as possible and you don't have much time, here is my guide to seeing Malaga in just one day.

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8 Replies to “How to spend a day in Malaga”

  1. I won’t mind sitting in the open deck of that red tourist bus. And the food platter looks yummy. Definitely the views from top are totally worth the extra bucks paid. Sounds like an exciting trip. Would love to take it

    1. The food it one of my favourite things about Spain!

  2. I love Spanish food too. My BF and I recently went to Seville and ate our weight in jambon whilst we were there. A good friend of mine is going to Malaga for NYE – I plan to live vicariously through her!

    1. Being in Spain was such a test of my non-meat eating status! I was so proud of myself..God I loved jambon haha

  3. If the red bus in the photo is the kind of tourist bus that I have to take I have problem with it. It looks cute! Also I’d love to sit on the upper deck.

    And wow, looking at your photos, I must say Malaga is beautiful. But why is it your least favorite place? Does it have anything to do with the fact that you didn’t have enough time to explore more?

    1. You know I’m not sure. You know you just get a feeling when you visit a place if you like it or not sometimes. Malaga just didn’t give me the excited new city feeling. I had less time in Sevilla and Marbella but I liked both of them. Maybe your right and I just needed to give it some more time! I did get a super cute bag from a market there, so that was one good thing 🙂

  4. I’d love to visit that overlooking place and indulge in a Spanish lunch! From your photos I feel Malaga is a wonderful sight but I’ve never been to Europe so I cannot compare my impression yet 🙂

  5. The food was just so enticing to see! I agree with you that some would prefer walking than taking a tourist bus but I guess if it you are running out of time and that you wanted to see the sights in just a day, then taking tourist buses is the best option.

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