Today starts off with a true “Malagan” breakfast:
Churros and chocolate at Casa Aranda!
Don’t make the tourist mistake of ordering churros for dessert. Here, they make up part of the most important meal of the day.
The churros are airy and light on the inside, and the chocolate has a consistency somewhere between hot chocolate and warm chocolate pudding.
I don’t even really like sweets and I LOVED this decadent breakfast.
After breakfast, direct yourself to the Mercado Central (central market) to do some shopping.
It’s a really lovely market! Stop here to pick up some local raisins (weirdly delicious) and almonds.
Next, take a few hours to explore the free modern and contemporary art museum: CAC Malaga.
If modern art isn’t your thing, you can simply wander around the up and coming “SoHo” neighborhood. This area is quite lively and filled with artisans.
Once you’ve tired of walking, decide where you want to go for lunch.
La Fabrica de Cerveza (The Beer Factory) Craft Brewery serves up a mean pint, and I’ve heard the truffled omelet is amazing. If you like it here, check out their events line-up for while you’re in town.
For wine-lovers, head to Antigua Casa de Guardia where you can sample directly from the aged barrels. They get really busy after 1pm, so come around noon to avoid the rush. This place is much more about wine than it is about food (although they do serve small plates). If you’re starving, fill up elsewhere before coming here to taste wine.
After your siesta, make your way to the Picasso Museum before they close at 7pm.
For dinner tonight, visit the famous Bodega El Pimpi.
This beautiful restaurant has been *the* place to go in Malaga since 1971.
Be sure to check out all of the photographs in the bar which showcase celebrities who have visited!
It can get quite busy here, so make a reservation online before you go.
Make it an early night tonight, because tomorrow morning you hike up to Gibralfaro!
First order of business (after more churros and chocolate, of course):
Okay, only kidding, that’s another photo of the Alcazaba.
But good news, the path up to Gibralfaro takes you along the upper outside of the Alcazaba, giving you an entirely new perspective of the ruins.
The walk up to Gibralfaro is absolutely lovely, and only takes about fifteen or twenty minutes.
To find your way up, head back to the entrance of the Alcazaba and turn right to walk up the hill.
There are some truly lovely views as you walk up. You can see right over the Jardines de Puerta Oscura — aren’t they lovely? Don’t worry, we’ll walk through there on our way back down.
Once you reach the top you’ll need a ticket to enter the ruins. There’s another ticket machine up here, but there was also a human behind a desk when I visited.
If you already bought your ticket when you visited the Alcazaba, just skip the ticket line and show your ticket to the guard at the entrance.
Now you’re free to explore!
I only saw a handful of other people the whole time I was up there!
I guess most people just visit the Alcazaba and don’t bother making the walk up here.
At least I had this Seagull to keep me company!
If you thought the views from the Alcazaba were nice, wait until you make it to the top of Gibralfaro. Gorgeous!
As promised, now it’s time for gardens.
On your walk back down, wander through the Jardines de Puerto Oscura.
Once you arrive back at sea level, take a stroll through the Jardines de Pedro Luis Alfonso.
There’s a lovely view of City Hall from here, too.
Keep walking towards City Hall…
… then cross the street and explore the spacious Parc de Malaga.
This is a great place to come to escape the heat. There’s plenty of shade and lots of park benches around.
When you’ve had enough of the gardens, head back towards Old Town. Lunch today is at Casa Lola, a favorite of locals and tourists alike.
Though we’re going to the beach after lunch (yay!), Casa Lola is much better than anything you’ll find at the port.
Get there early (a little before 1pm) if you want a chance at snagging a table.
Do as the locals do and order a glass of tinto de verano in lieu of sangria at lunch.
The tinto is simply red wine mixed with a citrusy soda (like lemon fanta). Order sangria and you’ll get tinto de verano with an orange slice for twice the price.
Today’s siesta will be taken on the beach.
Depending on the time of year you visit you may want to head to La Caleta to get away from the crowds.
When I visited, La Playa de Malagueta was mostly deserted so I spent my time there. It’s only a 10-minute walk from town!
If you’re not feeling a nap, walk along the beach and explore the port.
Lots of visitors rave about watching the sunset from the rooftop bar at AC Marriott.
For tonight’s entertainment, check out a live Flamenco show accompanied by a meal of delicious Spanish food. Flamenco Malaga Centro has you covered!
I hope you enjoy your 3 days in Malaga much as I did!