See remnants of Roman, Moorish and Andalusian Christian civilisations by day and then return to this historic centre at night to experience the vibrant nightlife.
Málaga’s rich, dynamic past springs to life in its charming Old Town. Follow the winding streets of the old historic centre, travelling through centuries of local history and numerous civilisations lost to time. Packed with great sightseeing spots, as well as good food and drink, Málaga’s Old Town is a perfect place for a leisurely daytime stroll and a relaxing evening out.
The narrow streets of the Old Town are best explored on foot, although the city’s metro buses also service the area. Take a walk to see the Málaga Cathedral, which has an interior in the Renaissance style and a stunning Baroque façade. Head on to the reconstructed Roman ruins of the Málaga Amphitheatre, the oldest monument in town.
The nearby Moorish fortress Alcazaba is stunning in its grandeur. Keep an eye out for columns lifted directly from the Málaga Amphitheatre in the eighth century. Further on, at the Gibralfalro Castle, you can enjoy spectacular views of the city and the sea.
At the heart of the Old Town lies the Paseo del Parque, a harbour promenade that was converted into a park. Here you will find a variety of plants, waterfront pathways and outdoor cafés. Málaga’s historic bullring, the Plaza de Toros, cuts an imposing figure at the eastern end of the park.
Street vendors throughout the Old Town sell espresso and Spanish churros (sweet deep-fried pastries) to visitors who are eager to recharge and watch the world go by. At the end of a busy day, watch the sun set over the red roofs of Málaga with a Spanish sherry or sangria in hand.
By night, the restaurants of the Old Town come alive. Terraces line the streets until late, as regional specialties are served with great éclat. Try a share in fresh tapas, or claim your own plate of paella or fried fish.
The Málaga Old Town is easily navigated on foot. It is also accessible by metro buses, which stop at the Paseo del Parque.