15 Best Malaga Tours

The Spanish city of Malaga was originally a trading settlement founded by seafaring Phoenicians over 1,000 years ago.

Now with nearly 600,000 residents, it is one of the ten most populous cities in the country.

It’s also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and remains one of the region’s premier art hotspots.

Malaga is also rich in historical attractions. Known for its long Mediterranean coastline, it offers beach-loving travelers easy access to stunning natural beauty and a wealth of outdoor options.

Here are 15 of the best tourist itineraries worth a visit in Malaga.

1. Guided tour of the Roman Theatre and the Alcazaba

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The Roman Theatre and the Alcazaba are two of Malaga’s most iconic sights.

They date back to the city’s Roman era and are among the best-preserved buildings of its kind in the country.

Together with their guide, guests on this 90-minute tour will gain an in-depth look at the site’s history and architecture, and visit an old walled castle that was once a formidable defense against would-be invaders.

Tours offer stunning photo ops, a comprehensive historical overview of the city and its people, as well as a chance for newcomers to familiarize themselves with all the sights and activities in the area.

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2. Hop-on hop-off bus and experience card options

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Hop-on hop-off bus tours are becoming all the rage, and travelers prefer to focus on the sights they are interested in and not waste time on the sights they don’t.

This bus and card pack includes a lot of options, such as two different bus lines, covering almost all the main attractions in the city.

The card is valid for 24 hours or 48 hours, depending on the option you choose. The bus is equipped with audio guides in multiple languages ​​to accommodate international travelers.

Tour participants ride on an open-air double-decker bus with panoramic views of sights such as the Gibralfaro Castle, the Roman Theatre and the Cathedral of Malaga.

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3. Malaga City Tour by Ninebot Segway

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For those with limited vacation time, covering a lot of places quickly is the key to getting the most out of your Malaga experience.

Many of the city’s attractions are centrally located, but seeing them efficiently on a Segway is more fun than walking.

After meeting with a guide, guests will learn how to use their anti-gravity two-wheeled machines before heading to some of the city’s main attractions.

Highlights include the Gibralfaro hill, the Alcazaba, the many picturesque city beaches and the trendy shopping area of ​​Muelle Uno.

Tours last an hour and depart four times a day.

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4. Andalusian horse and flamenco show

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The Andalusian region of southern Spain is known around the world for its rich culture, with many ethnic influences.

On this value-for-money combo tour, guests will spend 90 minutes learning about the region’s equestrian and dance traditions and watching a remarkable show that combines the two.

The horse portion of the show had a steady tour, followed by nearly 2 dozen animals performing a choreographed ballet that previous guests called awesome music.

Guests will also enjoy a traditional flamenco show in an authentic setting that hasn’t changed much in hundreds of years.

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5. Atarazanas Market Food Tour

Atala Sanas Market

For foodies and foodies on a jet plane, Malaga is a magical city to explore with a knowledgeable local guide.

Starting with a 200-year-old local winery, this 2-hour morning tour covers a lot in a relatively short amount of time.

Guests will learn about the region’s food and wine traditions and visit the bustling Atarazanas Central Market, where many locals go to buy the staples they use in their daily lives.

Especially for first-time visitors, it’s full of exotic, narrow aisles, and local specialties ranging from kippers and olives to local wines, sausages and Iberian ham.

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6. 3-Hour E-Bike Tour to Málaga Hills Natural Park

Montes de Málaga Natural Park

With its many centrally located city attractions, many Malaga visitors spend almost all their time exploring the city limits.

However, for those who need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, there are ample opportunities to get out of the country and see things from a different perspective.

Guests on this three-hour e-bike tour will leave the city and follow an ancient route that twists and turns to Málaga Hills Natural Park.

This is a mountainous and forested area with panoramic sea views, limited crowds and several trails suitable for cyclists of most skill levels.

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7. Picasso Private Walking Tour

Malaga Picasso Museum

While it may sound like an epic task, following in Picasso’s footsteps is an easy task when visiting the birthplace of the creative icon.

One of the most visited museums in the country, the Picasso Museum in Malaga houses an impressive collection of works by the artist.

Guests will benefit from the guide’s insights every step of the way and learn about the inspiration and meaning of each piece.

The tour ends at Lamerside Square, where a statue of Picasso sits in a deep, contemplative posture.

The tour lasts two hours and is wheelchair accessible from mid-morning.

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8. Malaga Tapas and Wine Bike Tour

Malaga Snacks

For those of at least moderate physical ability, experiencing Malaga’s tapas and wine scene is a truly unforgettable experience.

As one of Andalusia’s premier culinary destinations, there’s no shortage of places for foodies and wine lovers to explore under the guidance of experienced local guides.

The tour also includes some historical attractions, which can be customized according to the interests of the participants.

Along the way, you’ll have ample opportunity to sightsee, rest, sample local snacks and wines, and ask questions about your interests.

Guests can also decide to focus on the city or venture along the coast to scenic beaches and quaint fishing villages.

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9. Málaga Picasso Museum Admission Ticket and Audio Guide

Malaga Picasso Museum

When Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga in 1881, his future as a world-renowned artistic pioneer was still decades away.

Now in the 21st century, the city is home to the Picasso Museum of Malaga, established to preserve and promote his one-of-a-kind works in a truly unique setting.

Located in the Palacio de Buenavista, the museum has an eclectic architectural style that includes Roman, Arabic and Moorish elements.

Tickets are valid for a full day, give visitors access to the museum’s temporary and permanent exhibits, and include an audio guide in multiple languages.

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10. Flamenco, Tapas and Wine Tour

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For those who prefer to experience many elements of the city without taking multiple trips, a combo package is a smart choice.

After a brief meeting and greeting with the guide, guests will venture into the city center, where they will visit some traditional taverns and a wine cellar that has been in business for almost 200 years.

Participants will sample a variety of wines, snacks, and, for those with dietary restrictions, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

The tour visits sights such as the Alcazaba, the Roman Theatre, and Europe’s largest tropical garden, and ends with a dramatic flamenco show.

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11. Alcazaba Roman Theatre Guided Tour

Roman Theater

Alcazaba is one of Málaga’s most exemplary attractions, with a real knack for leaving visitors speechless.

Combining magnificent walls and fortifications, stunning gardens and fascinating history, this is one of the places in town that should definitely not be missed.

On this combo tour, guests and their guide will thoroughly explore the site’s interior and exterior, and learn about the Christian and Muslim influences that have contributed to its artistic and archaeological splendor over the centuries.

Tours meet in one central location, are available in English and Spanish, and include a stop at the Roman Theater.

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12. 3-Hour Private Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

Sightseeing treasure hunt

Treasure hunts and other activity-focused tours offer fun-loving travelers the perfect way to experience a new city without getting stuck in more traditional and structured tours.

Before starting, guests will meet their hosts and receive all the guidance and gadgets needed to solve puzzles and find clues that will lead them to many of the city’s most impressive sights.

A trip of this nature provides great fun for families traveling with children who need participation and physical activity. Since they have no guidance, participants are free to go at their own pace and focus on what interests them most.

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13. Caminito del Rey with Malaga wine

Caminito del Re

Lovers of breathtaking natural beauty need only visit Caminito del Rey and the El Chorro Gorge Tour from Malaga.

Guests will depart from Malaga by air-conditioned bus. After a short coffee break en route, they’ll find themselves surrounded by some of the most stunning natural beauty in the region.

Guided walks will take participants along the canyon’s boardwalk to learn how canyons, cliffs, and ravines are formed, with ample opportunity to take photos and ask questions.

Man-made walkways are suitable for most guests, and each tour includes lunch and wine tasting.

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14. Snack cooking workshop with market visit

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Cooking workshops with local instructors are one of the most culturally immersive events a visitor can experience during their holiday.

This tapas cooking class begins with a trip to the Atarazanas market, where guests and their guides will talk to vendors and choose the ingredients they will use in their dishes later.

Cooking workshops take place in large, modern kitchens in the city’s Arts District just a few blocks from the market.

The fun atmosphere of the tour promotes hands-on practice, and when all is said and done, everyone will enjoy the delicious fruits of their labor.

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15. Professional photography and city tour

La Malagueta Beach

Thankfully, you don’t need to be a wealthy high roller or international celebrity to enjoy private and professional photo shoots at some of Malaga’s most stunning sights.

Tours include the services of an experienced local photographer and are a popular activity option for romantic couples and those looking to strengthen their model portfolio.

Shooting locations can be tailored to the needs of the guests. Popular locations include the Soho Street Arts District, la Málagueta Beach and the many secluded gardens and courtyards throughout the city.

The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes 20 high-resolution pictures delivered via computer over the course of the week.

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