Our most ambitious route. It is not easy to visit in only one day the main points of interest of Malaga, so I have decided to design a visit structured in 3 parts: Muslim occupation, historic center and gastronomic tour, which will allow us to get a global vision of the city.
One of the advantages of Malaga is that almost all places are accessible by foot as the best option, so be prepared with a good footwear.
We will start at Castillo de Gibralfaro from where you can get the best views of the city, so we can observe the Muelle Uno (Pier 1), la Farola, the park, the Malagueta bullring, the cathedral and the curious boat shape that the gardens have next to town hall.
We will continue towards the Alcazaba, the old Arab fortress that gave character and importance to Malaga. Then we will walk through its adjacent streets, highlighting Alcazabilla street, with several bars where you can take something and even the back of the famous Pimpi, perfect place to make a stop before walking further towards the historic center.
In the vicinity of Granada street, there are numerous bars and restaurants where you can eat or take a break with a beer or wine.
The second part of the day will begin at Plaza de la Merced, where Picasso’s birthplace is located, next to the new market, another good place to grab some delicatessen. On the side you will find el Teatro Cervantes, the focal point of the Malaga film festival and the cultural landmark of the city. Continue along the small streets until you reach the Plaza de la Merced and down Granada Street, where you will find la iglesia of Santiago, one of the most important in the city. Halfway down the street, you will find Calle San Agustín where the Picasso Museum is located.
Perhaps for a day trip, it seems complicated to enter the museum and enjoy it, but it is a matter of priorities and you can eliminate some part by visiting it. An essential for lovers of art and genius Malaga.
Our tour will continue to the area of the Cathedral, which we can observe from its gardens and from the Plaza del Obispo. Keeping the step towards the sea we will arrive at the Plaza de la Marina and the new area of Muelle Uno, where the Centre Pompidu Málaga and el Palmeral de las Sorpresas are located. A good place to enjoy the sunset and the sea breeze.
The day will end on the most important street of the city, Marqués de Larios street, main spot of the historic center. Being a pedestrian it is a delight to stroll through it until you reach Plaza de la Constitución, from there we can get lost by its little streets (Especería, Compañía, Santa María, etc.) until you find somewhere you like to dine or have a drink , Although I propose a small gastronomic tour of tapas for my favorite places.
We could start at the Quitapenas (Calle Sánchez Pastor, 2), where you can enjoy some fried fish and the secret champagne cocktail. The next place, would be one of reference in the city, La Farola De Orellana (Calle Moreno Monroy, 5). For the last stop I leave you two places and you can choose either to visit both: Mesón Lo Güeno (Calle Marín García, 12) and Merchanas (Calle Mosquera).
The day would be ending with a good dose of Malaga culture, so my last recommendation will be to take the last drink in one the most classical places in Málaga nightlife. If you are looking for a drink on a terrace, both the Malaga Palace Hotel and Molina Lario have excellent views of the city. If you are looking for a quieter place to sit, in the Plaza del Obispo or Muelle Uno you will find several options. If on the other hand, you want more atmosphere, the Mitjana square (Marqués del Vado del Maestre square) should be your choice.
So far the day trip through Malaga, linking history, culture and gastronomy. Obviously there are many placesto visit as well as the main museums of the city, but everything can not be encompassed in a single day.
Hope you are enjoying the 1 day trip to Málaga, if you have more time please take a look into the 2 days itinerary.