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Itinerary for 5 days in Malaga

Discover Malaga with us!

Welcome to our guide for spending 5 amazing days in Malaga! We’ll help you discover all the best things to do, see, and eat in this beautiful city. Day one is all about exploring Malaga’s historic center, while day two includes a Picasso tour and a relaxing beach day. Let’s dive in and make the most of your time in Malaga!

Day 1: Historic Center


Explore Alcazaba Fortress and Roman Theater

Begin your Malaga adventure by immersing yourself in the city’s rich history and culture. Start your day with a visit to the iconic Alcazaba, a Moorish fortress overlooking the city, offering stunning panoramic views of Malaga and the Mediterranean Sea. Wander through its beautifully preserved gardens and intricate architecture, transporting yourself back in time.

Next, head to the nearby Roman Theatre, one of the city’s most significant archaeological sites. Marvel at the well-preserved ruins and learn about Malaga’s Roman past as you explore this ancient amphitheater.

Have lunch at El Pimpi

For lunch, indulge in traditional Andalusian cuisine at one of the most charming restaurant in the historic center, El Pimpi. Sample local delicacies such as gazpacho, fried fish, and Spanish tortilla (omelette), accompanied by a glass of refreshing sangria.


See Malaga Cathedral

In the afternoon, make your way to Malaga Cathedral, affectionately known as “La Manquita” (the one-armed lady) due to its unfinished second tower. Explore the impressive interior adorned with ornate decorations and stunning artworks.

Stroll along calle Larios

As the sun begins to set, take a leisurely stroll along Calle Larios, Malaga’s bustling pedestrian street lined with shops, cafes, and street performers. Admire the beautiful architecture and vibrant atmosphere as you soak in the city’s energy.


Explore our food guide for a range of dining options, featuring a wide range of restaurants to satisfy every craving and preference.

Day 2: Picasso Tour & Beach Day


Picasso Tour

Start your day with a visit to the Picasso Museum, housed in the Palacio de Buenavista, a beautiful 16th-century palace. Explore the extensive collection of works by Malaga’s most famous native son, Pablo Picasso, spanning his early years to his later masterpieces.

After immersing yourself in the world of Picasso, take a leisurely stroll through Malaga’s picturesque Old Town, stopping at Plaza de la Merced, where you’ll find a statue of the artist himself and his birth house, today an interesting museum, Casa Natal Picasso.


Gibralfaro Castle and Viewpoint

Now, it will be time to make your way to Gibralfaro Castle, a historic fortress perched atop a hill overlooking Malaga. Take a leisurely stroll up the winding pathway or opt for a short bus ride to reach the castle entrance. Once there, marvel at the impressive architecture and panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea from the Mirador de Gibralfaro (viewpoint).

Relax on the Malagueta beach

Next, descend from the castle and head towards Malagueta Beach, located just a short walk from the city center. Spend the afternoon soaking up the sun, swimming in the refreshing waters, or simply relaxing on the golden sands.
As the day draws to a close, treat yourself to a delicious seafood dinner at one of the beachfront restaurants, where you can savor fresh-caught fish and seafood while enjoying panoramic views of the sea.

Day 3: Trip to Ronda

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a day trip to the picturesque town of Ronda, nestled in the mountains of the Malaga province.

Transport information

  • To embark on your day trip to Ronda, head to Malaga’s María Zambrano train station. From there, you can catch a direct train to Ronda. The journey takes approximately 2 hours, offering scenic views of the Andalusian countryside along the way. Be sure to check the train schedules in advance, as there are several departures throughout the day.
  • By car, from Malaga, take the A-357 and A-367 highways, which wind through the breathtaking landscape of the Serranía de Ronda mountain range. The drive takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions.
  • Upon arrival in Ronda, the train station is located a short walk from the town center, making it convenient to begin your exploration of this charming destination.

Check the Puente Nuevo and Old Town

Start your day with a visit to the iconic Puente Nuevo, a breathtaking bridge spanning the El Tajo gorge. Marvel at the stunning views of the surrounding countryside and the dramatic cliffs below as you explore this architectural masterpiece.

Next, wander through the narrow streets of Ronda’s historic Old Town, stopping to admire landmarks such as the Mondragón Palace and the Church of Santa María la Mayor. Don’t forget to sample some local wines at one of the town’s charming bodegas.

For lunch, indulge in traditional Andalusian cuisine at a local restaurant, where you can savor regional specialties such as rabo de toro (bull’s tail stew) and serrano ham.

After lunch, take some time to explore Ronda’s rich cultural heritage at the Plaza de Toros de Ronda, where you’ll find exhibits on the history of the interesting “Corrida” tradition.

As the day comes to an end, soak in the serene atmosphere of Ronda’s Plaza de España before heading back to Malaga on the train.

Day 4: Art and nature


Malaga Art

Begin your day with a visit to the Centre Pompidou Malaga, a branch of the famous Parisian museum located in the vibrant Muelle Uno port area. Explore contemporary artworks by artists such as Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, and Marc Chagall, housed in a striking glass cube building overlooking the sea.


Paseo del Parque

Next, head to the nearby Malaga Park, also known as Paseo del Parque, a beautiful green oasis in the heart of the city. Stroll along its tree-lined pathways, admire the colorful flower beds, and relax by the tranquil fountains and ponds.

For lunch, enjoy a picnic in the park or dine at one of the nearby cafes offering al fresco dining with views of the park.

Catamaran ride through the Bay

As the day winds down, take a leisurely walk along Malaga’s scenic waterfront promenade, lined with palm trees, shops, and restaurants and enjoy the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea on a catamaran ride departing from Muelle Uno.


Explore our food guide for a range of dining options, featuring a wide range of restaurants to satisfy every craving and preference.

Day 5: Adventure at Caminito del Rey

Today, venture out of Malaga for an exhilarating day at Caminito del Rey, one of Spain’s most thrilling hiking trails. Start your day early with a hearty breakfast, as you’ll need plenty of energy for the day ahead.

There are 2 options: you can either book your entry tickets a few weeks in advance and travel to the Caminito on your own or book a full tour with transport included. 

Transport information

If you decide to organize the tour on your own, read the information below: 

  • To get to Caminito del Rey from Malaga, you can take a direct train from María Zambrano station to El Chorro station. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes. From El Chorro station, you can catch a shuttle bus to the entrance of Caminito del Rey. Be sure to check the train and shuttle bus schedules in advance, as they can vary depending on the season.
  • Alternatively, you can rent a car and drive to Caminito del Rey. The drive takes about an hour from Malaga and offers scenic views of the Andalusian countryside.

Hike and enjoy the nature

Once you arrive at Caminito del Rey, prepare for an awe-inspiring adventure as you hike along narrow pathways clinging to the steep cliffs of the Gaitanes Gorge. Marvel at the breathtaking views of the turquoise waters below and the rugged rock formations towering above.

As you traverse the trail, you’ll encounter suspension bridges, tunnels, and stunning natural landscapes, providing plenty of opportunities to capture unforgettable photos. Take your time to soak in the beauty of this unique natural wonder and appreciate the thrill of walking along one of the world’s most famous hiking routes.

After completing the hike, reward yourself with a leisurely lunch at a nearby restaurant, where you can savor traditional Andalusian cuisine and relax after your adrenaline-filled adventure.

In the afternoon, take some time to explore the surrounding area. Visit the picturesque village of Ardales, located nearby, or enjoy a scenic drive through the stunning countryside surrounding Caminito del Rey.

As the day comes to an end, return to Malaga, taking in the memories of your unforgettable day at Caminito del Rey.