After spending some time in Malaga in Summer 2012 I wrote this post A day in Malaga.

This Must see Malaga guide is an update. Two years on I have returned and found that the city has developed and changed over those years.

There are so many things to add.

Malaga Glass Museum

Must see Malaga

Malaga Glass Museum

Or in Spanish ´El Museo de Cristal y Vidrio´ This museum is tricky to find but well worth seeking out. (Look for Calle Ollerias) The collection is far more than just glass. This private house has beautiful Antique furniture and exquisite period paintings.

A remarkable glass collection gathered by three private collectors. They united their pieces together in this perfect setting. More details here: Malaga Glass Museum

They have loving restored stained glass windows from several countries. Collected from churches and escaping destruction. Many decorative glass items from designers across the world are on display and explained to the visitor.

The visit is a guided tour, available in several languages. (French, English, Spanish, Japanese..) The guides really know their stuff and often digress into historical anecdotes, providing an entertaining visit. If you love antiques, furniture, interior design you must visit this place.

Malaga Glass Museum Spain

The Harbour

Muelle Uno is a wonderful place to wander in the evening.  Watch the boats, have an ice cream or have dinner at one of the restaurants there. Opened in 2011 this is a great addition to the city of Malaga. While I was there I ate at three different places in Muelle Uno. Toro which serves Spanish food. They pride themselves on using plenty of Andalusian produce. The fish I ate as a second course, Sea bass was delicious. The service was excellent.

We also tried the greek restaurant Saloniki one evening. Another day we had the menu del día at Lounge bar Plaza. This was great value for money. Delicious food in a lovely setting for 12 euros per person. (midweek lunchtimes only)

Must see Malaga

Malaga City Centre

Packed with tapas bars and plenty of gourmet options for foodies. Over the last few years the number of restaurants has tripled from 200 to almost 600. So plenty to choose from. I went to Cerveceria los gatos in Plaza Uncibay.

This noisy tapas bar prides itself on good meat and hearty raciones. We ate Plato de Feria (a mixed plate piled high with egg, chips, steak and chillis) and Lacon a la gallega smothered in red cayenne pepper. All delicious, inexpensive and served with solera. They also serve local crisps Paco José made locally are yummy.

While in Malaga I also had dinner in the smart restaurant Reserva 12 in Calle Bolsa. (Cathedrala area) Elegant dining at a good price. I must not miss out the Refectorium opposite Malaga Cathedral. They offered great tapas in a modern setting. The service was attentive and slick.

For next time I have El Patio de Beatas and Mesón Cervantes left on the list.

El Pimpi on the Calle Granada (close to Roman Theatre) is a typical restaurant with lots of fried fish and tapas. It is busy at all times but a must see place in Malaga. The walls are covered with photos of famous and notable personalities that have visited over the years.

Malaga Museums

Another place that I´m sure could do with more visitors is the Museum of Art  & Popular customs. This small building next to the river is not far from Plaza Constitucion. They have 16 rooms with different aspects of spanish life. My favourite room were the 18th century dresses and theatre accesories from the grand Liceum of Malaga.

Malaga Wine Museum is also an interesting place for foodies and wine enthusiasts.

Read more about this from my recent visit Malaga Wine Museum

If you prefer a more modern museum why not head to the fantastic Car Museum and see cars from different centuries.

The Hop on Hop off Bus – Malaga has a stop there making it handy to get to.

Helicron Car Malaga Museum

Andalusian charm

In Malaga there is no doubt that you are in the centre of Andalusia. You will see horses and carriages circling the city. On most street corners almond sellers will offer you a taster. But my highlight are the biznaga sellers. These men dress in typical clothes. White shirt, black trousers and red cummerband. They carry the jasmine scented biznagas through the streets leaving the delicate scent on the air as they pass.

Take one home with you for 3 euros.

Calle Larios Malaga Spain

Ice Cream at Casa Mira

For traditional Malaga Ice cream stop off at Casa Mira on Calle Larios. They have been in business since 1890. The most popular flavour is Almond Turron. If you prefer to sit and watch the world go by head to Lepanto on Calle Larios.

They also serve ice cream, cakes and coffee.

Casa Mira Malaga Ice Cream

Malaga Cathedral

As soon as you enter Malaga you will notice the Catedral. With one tower finished and the other half built, it stands out from the skyline. We were lucky to see the Corpus Christi celebrations.

Malaga Cathedral in Spain

The long procession leaves the Cathedral and winds along the main streets. Each street had an altar set up for the passing of the procession. Traditions are still important here.

Alcazaba + Roman theatre

Built at the time of Emperor Augustus and was only discovered in 1951. The Centre of Interpretation is free to visit. Enjoy this view in the evening from a bar across the square.

The Alcazaba and Gibralfaro castle. If you visit Malaga you must visit these monuments. The Gibralfaro Castle  has panoramic views over the city and port. The Alcazaba doesn´t connect with the Gibralfaro (also I appears to as you look upon the city). Take the lift up to the Alcazaba and work downwards for your visit.

While I was in Malaga I went to Cine Albeñiz. This little picture house shows films in different languages. The night I went they had films in french, english and spanish. It was a treat to see a film in english. It was a joy to stumbleupon across this independent cinema showing good films.

Picasso Museum

Malaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Visit the Picasso Birthplace museum in Plaza del la Merced and the Picasso Museum close to the Roman Theatre. Don´t miss the Modern art museum CAC Malaga which is close to the river. Book Picasso Museum Tickets online ahead of time

Picasso Museum

Day trips

With such great transport connections in Malaga you have lots of choice. Why not take a day trip to Granada, Cordoba or Ronda. Or you could enjoy a beach day in Benalmadena, Fuengirola or Torremolinos.

With short and medium distance bus services and an excellent train network from Malaga you will be spoilt for choice.

For hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, why not venture along the Caminito del Rey?

Book a guided walk through this dramatic gorge to ensure that there is availability. Passes are limited due to the narrow corridor through the rock, to ensure safety for the hikers. Hike Caminito del Rey in Malaga – Book now

Must see Malaga

Shopping Area

Shopping in Malaga is one of my pastimes. Wander along the Calle Larios or visit the large Corte Ingles just past the end of the Alameda. For more ecclectic and unique shops walk around the Thyssen area. Also check out the upcoming Soho area.

Malaga Beach Bar beach in Costa del Sol

If none of these suggestions have convinced you, remember that Malaga has several beaches. Pedregalejo and Malagueta beaches are popular with locals. Some great restaurants and bars are along those stretches of coast.

At Pedralejo beach try La Galerna for fresh salads and healthy food. Or the well known La Moraga by Dani Garcia at La Malagueta.

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