Malaga Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

A covered Plaza de la Constitución - Málaga, Spain (50)

Orientation

Our Malaga Free Walking Tour is a quickie as Málaga is not exactly stuffed with tourist attractions. The smallish city centre is surrounded by, to the north, Plaza de la Merced, the principal square of the city. To the east sitting high on the hill is the Alcazaba de Málaga (Malaga Castle), further down the slope towards the centre is the Catedral de Málaga. To the south is the tree lined Alameda Principal and to the west the River Guadalmedina. The main shopping part of town, and also where you will find most banks, is clustered around Calle Marqués de Larios. The principle monuments are generally based around Calle San Augustín and Calle Alcazabilla.The city has two beaches, heading through the Tunel Alcazaba from Plaza de la Merced leads you to Playa de La Malagueta (Malagueta beach). The more family friendly Playa de Pedregalejo (Pedregalejo Beach) is a little quieter but requires taking the 34 bus from Alameda Principal.

Malagueta Bullring, taken from Malaga Castle - Malaga, Spain (24), Malaga Free Walking Tour

Malaga Free Walking Tour

Monument & Sights Guide

Castillo de Gibralfaro
(Gibralfaro Castle)

Monument Type: Castle
Address: Monte de Gibralfaro, s/n
Website: –
Opening Times: Apr 01 – Oct 31Mon: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tues – Sun: 9 a.m. – 8.15 p.m. Nov 01 to Mar 30Mon: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tues – Sun: 8.30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.
Price: Alcazaba & Gibralfaro: 3.55 € General Admission: 2.20 € Students, Pensioners, Families, Malagacard holders: 0.60 € Sun: 2 p.m. – close: Free

The walls of Alcazaba de Málaga, with the Castillo de Gibralfaro in the background - Malaga, Spain (23), Malaga Free Walking Tour

Information: The castle was constructed in 929 AD by Abd-al-Rahman III, the then Caliph of Cordoba, on the site of a former Phoenician enclosure and lighthouse, from which its name was derived – gebel-faro (Arabic and Greek, meaning rock of the lighthouse). It was enlarged at the beginning of the 14th century, and also saw the addition of the double wall down to the Alcazaba. Today the most visible remains are the solid ramparts which rising from the woods above Malaga; Whilst inside the fortress itself you will find some buildings and courtyards, reminiscent of those in the Alhambra. The ramparts have been well restored and you can walk all the way round them.

Alcazaba de Málaga
(Alcazaba of Malaga)

Monument Type: Palatial fortress
Address: Calle Alcazabilla, 2
Website: –
Opening Times: Apr 01 – Oct 31: Mon: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tues – Sun: 9 a.m. – 8.15 p.m. Nov 01 to Mar 30: Mon: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tues – Sun: 8.30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.
Price: Alcazaba & Gibralfaro: 3.55 € General Admission: 2.20 € Students, Pensioners, Families, Malagacard holders: 0.60 € Sun: 2 p.m. – close: Free

Reflective pool inside Malaga Castle - Malaga, Spain (19), Malaga Free Walking Tour

Information: Perching high above, on Mount Gibralfaro, is the Alcazaba, one of the best preserved Muslim citadels in Spain. It contains both an outer and inner citadel, is extremely quaint with beautifully ornate décor and water features, and offers great views over the city and port. The citadel was the scene of one of the longest sieges during the reconquista of Spain when Ferdinand and Isabella captured Mālaqa from the Moors after the Siege of Málaga (1487).

Teatro Romano
(Roman Theatre)

Monument Type: Remains of Roman theatre
Address: Calle Alcazabilla, s/n
Website: –
Opening Times: Apr 01 – Oct 31: Wed – Sat: 9 a.m. – 8.30 p.m. Tues: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sun: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov 01 – Mar 31: Wed – Sat: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tues: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Price: Free

Roman theatre with the Malaga Castle above on the hill - Malaga, Spain (5), Malaga Free Walking Tour

Information: Constructed in the 1st century BC during the reign of Emperor Augustus the amphitheatre was in use until the 3rd century when the Arabs appropriated parts of the theatre for their own building purposes, including the column shafts for their own Alcazaba fortress. The theatre has a radius of 31 metres and is 16 metres tall with an orchestra of 15 metres. . The remains of its ruins were not discovered until 1951, after being buried underground for many centuries.

Plaza de la Merced
(Merced Square)

What is it? Public square located in the Merced neighbourhood.
Where is it? Located to the north of the historic centre

Information: Plaza de la Merced is the principal square of the city and is the location of the neoclassical Torrijos Obelisk, the market of Merced, the Crópani Palace and the house which was the birthplace of Pablo Picassco which now houses the Fundación Picasso Museo Casa Natal. Today the square is a popular meeting place with the north side of the square dominated by pavement cafés. Open air events also take place here during the summer months.

Museo Picasso Málaga
(Malaga Picasso Museum)

Monument Type: Museum
Address: Palacio de Buenavista San Agustín, 8
Website: www.museopicassomalaga.org
Opening Times: Tue – Thu: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fri & Sat: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Price: General Admission: Permanent collection: 6 € Temporary exhibitions: 4.50 € Combined ticket (permanent collection + temporary exhibition): 9 € Student, Pensioners, Groups +20: half price Sun: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Free

Information: Situated in the Palacio de Buenavista a 16th century Renaissance palace the museum is a direct result of the wishes of Picasso himself who desired his works be represented in his hometown. The space contains over 200 works by the Master, including painting, sketches, sculptures and ceramics. There are also temporary exhibitions, as well as educational and cultural activities, based on Picasso – related topics.

Iglesia de Los Santos Mártires
(Church of the Saintly Martyrs)

Monument Type: Church
Address: Calle Santa Lucía, s/n,
Website: www.santosmartires.es
Opening Times: Mon – Fri: 9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Sat: 9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. & 7 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Sun: 11 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
Price: Free

Information: Erected in honour of the martyrs Ciriaco and Paula, the patron saints of the city. the church has undergone several reforms that have altered its original Gothic-Mudejar style. Today it is heavily influenced by an eighteenth century Rococo style, although a Mudejar tower remains on the outside.

Plaza de la Constitución
(Constitution Square)

What is it? Public square dating back to the 15th century
Where is it? In the heart of the old town, close to Malaga Cathedral

A covered Constitution square - Malaga, Spain (50), Malaga Free Walking Tour

Information: Originally known as the Plaza de las Cuatro Calles (Square of the four streets) and Plaza Pública (Public square), the ebbs and flows of history have seen the square constantly renamed until settling on Constitution square in the 1970s with the re-imposition of democracy. Today notable buildings surrounding the square include the Old Jesuit College and the House of the Consulate. In 2003 , the square and the adjoining Calle Marques de Larios were pedestrianised.

Palacio Episcopal de Málaga
(Bishop’s Palace of Malaga)

Monument Type: Palace / Museum
Address: Plaza del Obispo, 6
Website: –
Opening Times: Tues – Sun:10 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.
Price: Free

Information: Inspired by the late Baroque of the XVIII century, the Episcopal palace is probably the finest example of civic architecture in the city. The façade, which is designed to be in perfect union with the imposing cathedral entrance, is simply devine. With its most interesting features being the central body formed by three self-styled bays and a niche with a Virgin of the Anguishes, fdesgined by sculptor Fernando Ortíz. At present the area houses temporary exhibitions with a a changing visit schedule.

Catedral de Málaga
(Malaga Cathedral)

Monument Type: Cathedral
Address: Calle Molina Lario, 9
Website: www.malagaturismo.com
Opening Times: Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun: 10 a.m. – 4.45 p.m.
Price: General Admission: 5 € Groups: 3 € Students, Pensioners: 2 € Children -12: Free

Main façade of Malaga Cathedral, taken from Obispo square - Málaga, Spain (39), Malaga Free Walking Tour

Information: Built on the site of the city’s main mosque, this rectangular Renaissance church took over 200 years to build. The façade, unlike the rest of the building, is in the Baroque style and is divided into two levels; on the lower level are three arches, inside of which are portals separated by marble columns. Above the doors are medallions carved in stone; those of the lateral doors represent the patron saints of Malaga, Saint Cyriacus and Saint Paula, while that over the centre represents the Annunciation.

written by: Jon

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