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Malaga Historic CentreSpain

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.

Where to stay in Malaga Historic Centre

Malaga featuring a city

Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(807 area reviews)

Picasso Museum Malaga and Alcazaba are a few top attractions in Centro. Hop around the city on the metro at La Marina Station or La Malagueta Station and check out the area's fantastic nightlife, stunning cathedral and captivating waterfront views.

Centro
Picasso\'s Birthplace showing interior views

La Merced

If you're spending some time in La Merced, Plaza de la Merced and Teatro Cervantes de Malaga are top sights worth seeing.

La Merced
Tajo\'s Tree-Lined Avenue showing a park

Ensanche Centro

While you're in Ensanche Centro, take in top sights like Teatro del Soho CaixaBank and jump on the metro at La Marina Station to see more of the city.

Ensanche Centro

Top hotels in Malaga Historic Centre

Petit Palace Plaza Malaga Hotel
Petit Palace Plaza Malaga Hotel
4 out of 5

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from Plaza de la Constitucion, Fuente de Genova and Palacio Episcopal. Málaga Cathedral and Carmen Thyssen Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (973 reviews)

"1. Location is great 2. Free bicycle rental 3. Free coffee/tea 4. As VIP member, free small bottle of wine."…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2020

Petit Palace Plaza Malaga Hotel
Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio Hotel
Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio Hotel
5 out of 5
Pasillo Santa Isabel no. 7, Málaga, Malaga
The price is £96 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

Located in Centro, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares and Calle Larios. Picasso Museum Malaga and Málaga Cathedral ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (967 reviews)
Good value

"Well located, good value, recently refurbished."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2020

Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio Hotel
Hotel Boutique Teatro Romano
Hotel Boutique Teatro Romano
2 out of 5

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from Malaga Roman Theatre, Picasso Museum Malaga and Alcazaba. Plaza de la Merced and Málaga Cathedral are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (73 reviews)

"The hotel is in the heart of malaga all the cafes,resturants are outside the hotel. If you want a quiet holiday this isnt the place as the resturants"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2020

Hotel Boutique Teatro Romano
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Malaga Historic Centre

Soho Boutique Museo
Soho Boutique Museo
3 out of 5

Located in Centro, this apartment building is steps away from Picasso Museum Malaga and Malaga Roman Theatre. Málaga Cathedral and Plaza de la Merced are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (149 reviews)

"Most comfortable bed ever. Great design, good location."…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

Soho Boutique Museo
Apartamentos Coronado
Apartamentos Coronado
3.5 out of 5

Located in Centro, this apartment building is steps away from Carmen Thyssen Museum and Calle Larios. Picasso Museum Malaga and Málaga Cathedral are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (144 reviews)
Comfortable Stay

"I enjoyed my stay here it was really comfortable. The place was nicely decorated, spacey and fully equipped. I would spend the whole day out and then come back to relax like I was at home. The building has a nice rooftop to enjoy. The location is central and places are walkable. I had some issues ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2020

Apartamentos Coronado
Halcyon Days Apartamentos
Halcyon Days Apartamentos
4 out of 5
The price is £104 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

Located in Centro, this apartment building is steps away from Central Market of Atarazanas and Calle Larios. Picasso Museum Malaga and Málaga Cathedral are also ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (83 reviews)
Spacious apartment

"Great location in old town close to port, railway station and bus station. A little noisy outside at night so I needed earplugs. The apartment is well equipped and very comfortable for a long weekend."…"

Reviewed on 22 Dec 2019

Halcyon Days Apartamentos
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Malaga Historic Centre

Picasso Museum Malaga
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Picasso Museum Malaga

4/5(289 reviews)

Within the Palacio de Buenavista, a 16th-century palace, is this museum showcasing the life and works of Malaga’s most celebrated artist.

Alcazaba
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Alcazaba

4.5/5(315 reviews)

Explore the lavishly decorated residence of Moorish sultans and other rulers in this thousand-year-old fortress built on the remains of a Roman settlement.

Málaga Cathedral
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Málaga Cathedral

4.5/5(477 reviews)

The “One Armed Lady” and her ornate Baroque and Renaissance features has charmed locals for over 200 years.

Calle Larios
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Calle Larios

4.5/5(85 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Calle Larios, a favourite shopping spot in Malaga Historic Centre. While in this walkable area, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Malaga Roman Theatre
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Malaga Roman Theatre

4/5(178 reviews)

After construction workers uncovered this 2,000-year-old ruin in 1951, careful restoration brought it back to a fully functioning open-air theater.

Plaza de la Merced
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Plaza de la Merced

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Enjoy the sunshine with the locals in this historic Old Town plaza filled with majestic monuments, Picasso tributes, lanterns, trees and restaurant terraces.

Top things to do in Malaga Historic Centre

Malaga Interactive Music Museum + Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Malaga Interactive Music Museum + Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£20
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Tapas & Wine Tasting Experience
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Small-Group Tapas & Wine Tasting Experience

£61
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Old Town Tapas Tour
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Small-Group Old Town Tapas Tour

£59
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Winery Private Tour with Wine Tasting & Visit to Ronda
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Winery Private Tour with Wine Tasting & Visit to Ronda

£241
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Malaga: Alcazaba and Roman theater tour
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Malaga: Alcazaba and Roman theater tour

£14
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Tablao Flamenco Los Amayas Admission Ticket
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Tablao Flamenco Los Amayas Admission Ticket

£32
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

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