What to do in Malaga in 3 days?

Malaga is one of those beautifully livable cities. I lived there for a few months in the beginning of 2015 and it definitely is the city that has it all:

  • a vibrant city life and a nice historic center
  • beautiful nature at its doorsteps,
  • good weather all year long
  • places for recreation, chilling and partying
  • ocean surfing and skiing in a 2-hour distance
  • hills for walking and mountain biking very close

It lies on the southern part of Spain, in Andalucia. Andalucia has a very rich history: in the ancient times, Romans built their cities there. Then for a part of the time, Arabs from the area of today’s Morocco took over. And now, there is Spain. Each of those eras left a visible mark on the city, so a part of the center is full of remains of all those cultures: buildings such as castles, stages, and so on.

Malaga colosseum
The view of Malaga city with the Colosseum from the Roman times.

Malaga in 3 days

So, let’s get to the point: what can, or better even, should, you visit if in Malaga.

1. Castillo Gibralfaro

The castle above Malaga should be free on one of the weekdays (it used to be Mondays if I’m not mistaken) and offers great views over the city. Alternatively, if you don’t get there on the right day, it is still worth the effort to go up- just a bit below the castle, there is a nice plateau from which you may admire the bay.

The view from castle Gibralfaro situated above Malaga city.
The view from castle Gibralfaro situated above Malaga city.

2. Malaga city center

Visit the city center, and try not to get lost in the curvy streets of the old Malaga. But if you do, no worries – you will find the way to the sea sooner or later, and from there navigate to where you would like to be. Center offers something from different eras and cultures, as well as nice cafes and restaurants to visit.

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Malaga city center
Malaga city center

3. Malagueta beach

Visit the beach Malagueta for swimming, sunbathing, slacklining, running, or just to take a stroll. On the other side of the marina and the port, there is another long beachline, on which you may run in the morning or evening. It was one of my favorite activities when I was there.

Malagueta beach
Probably the most known and crowded beach in Malaga is Malagueta beach or as Spaniards called it Playa de La Malagueta.

4.  Nearby towns

Take a train to one of the towns nearby. Malaga has a train service going through the airport straight from the city center, and this same train can take you to the places outside of the city worth visiting, such as Álora, Fuengirola, etc.

5. Outdoor activites

Being a part of Andalucia, Malaga is beautifully located: you may go skiing to the Sierra Nevada by driving for 1.5 hours, kiting in Tarifa or surfing waves in El Palmar (Cádiz) is a similar amount of driving away.

Skiing at the Sierra Nevada.
My skiing trip to the Sierra Nevada from Malaga.

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Author: Matic

Matic is tech startup guy who loves to spend time outside. In his free time he is an true outdoor freak – he tends to surf, run and ride a mountain bike, and in the winter time just loves powder skiing and snowboarding. Matic also loves to travel, often has to because of work, and even more often because he wants to 🙂

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