Most tourists visit Malaga for sun, sea and private sandy beach holidays. However, there are a chosen few who come to spend their time on many of the marvelous sightseeing tours available.
There are a few high-profile famous people that were born in Malaga, like the film actor Antonio Banderas and artist Pablo Picasso; a museum was recently opened in honor of the famous painter exhibiting some of his very personal private works. Founded in the eighth century, Malaga is the Mediterranean's oldest and most loved seaside port. Private custom tours of Malaga will take you around this multicultural city with a Phoenician Lighthouse, Moorish Castle and a Baroque Basilica.
Leafy palm trees line the charming seaside beach promenades, and tropical vegetation flourishes throughout the city. Malaga's old world ambiance enchants visitors while they explore the many little backstreet shops, boutiques, and restaurants in the historic center.
Stroll along the harbor, and stop at any of the seaside restaurants to indulge in some the delicious seafood or try a little traditional tapas. Read More...
Malaga Guided Tours Around This Multicultural City; See the Moorish Castle and Baroque Basilica
Escorted tours of the Moorish Castle and Basilica are major attractions to tourists visiting Malaga. The Moorish Castle was built in the ninth century and rebuilt in the 11th century, perched high on Mount Gibralfaro, this fortified palace was designed with three defense walls and over 100 massive central towers. Tourists can see some of the remaining towers including the Arco de Cristo (entrance), de la Vela (tower), and the Torre del Homenaje (tower) and lovely views.
Also, private sightseeing tours of The Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Victoria baroque church is one of the most cherished tours in Málaga. The Basilica has a beautiful Shrine to Our Lady of Victory with a 15th-century statue of the Virgen de la Victoria who is the patron Saint of Malaga town. Two beautiful sculptures by Pedro de Mena are a highlight for all tourists to this Church. Both tour sites are worth a visit to engage in the culture and history of lovely Malaga.
Mega tours with things to do in Malaga
Holy Week Festival
Málaga is known for its extravagant Holy Week celebrations; this is a splendid time to visit when the religious processions bring the city to life. Holy Week dates back over 500 years and is a delight for all visiting worshippers, the lavish floats displaying the sacred icons accompanied by musicians are great. Thousands of penitents and tourists follow the procession route carrying flickering candles.
Botanical Gardens Malaga
Sightseeing tours in La Concepcion Botanical Gardens Malaga are a great part of any of the city tours. These beautiful grounds filled with vibrant tropical, subtropical and Mediterranean fauna and flora are beautiful. There are many exotic flower and plant species from all over the world in the 3 hectares of gardens here, and you can go the "all around the world in 80 trees" tour it is great fun for all the family.
Go on escorted tours of The Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Victoria 17th-century Baroque church, one of the most loved churches in Málaga. The Basilica has a beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of Victory with a 15th-century statue of the Virgen de la Victoria who is the patron Saint of the town. Two beautiful sculptures by Pedro de Mena are a highlight for all tourists who visit this Church they are amazing.
Old Moorish Castle
A major stronghold of the Moorish Kings, the Castle was built in the ninth century and rebuilt in the 11th century and is highly recommended for private guided tours. Advantageously perched on Mount Gibralfaro, this fortified palace with three circuits of defense walls and over 100 main towers. Tourists can see some of the towers including the Arco de Cristo (entrance), de la Vela (tower), and the Torre del Homenaje (tower).
Art & Costume Museum
Visit this charming museum in the Old Town of Málaga on private sightseeing tours. The Moorish architecture of the museum with its whitewashed walls, Islamic old tile work, and lovely pleasant gardens are a great start even before you go inside. Inside there are exhibitions based on the local Malaga cultures with equipment on fishing and cooking, folklore costumes, and handcrafted ceramics.
The entrance to the Market Hall has a unique horseshoe-shaped Islamic gateway that dates back to the 14th century. Try a private market tour and see the most beautiful interior stained glass windows at one of the best historical landmarks in Malaga. The stall and street vendors are hilarious here and will have you giggling away while you are trying to get a reasonable bargain and agree on a price.
The magnificent city Cathedral dominates the Old Town area of Malaga, with its twin-towered facade, the 16th-century building stands proudly and is loved by tourists on custom tours and locals alike. You can climb the 86mtr North Tower and admire the splendid panoramic views of the city and surrounding area. Carved wooden statues and magnificent antique paintings adorn this spectacular Cathedral.
Pablo Rur Picasso Museum
Lovers of modern art will adore this museum in Old Town Malaga; private city guides will escort you to the house where Picasso was born. Inside the museum, there are over 200 displayed pieces of his artwork; he collection represents the span of Picasso's life and art career. You will see Picasso's studio, and the highlight of the tour is his paintings like The Acrobat, The Bather, The Mother and Child and much more.
Castillo de Gibralfaro
The medieval Moorish Fortress of Castillo de Gibralfaro stands on the hilltop of Mount Gibralfaro. Guided tours of the ruins of the castle will make you appreciate the historical and cultural value of this once fabulous place. As you walk around the ancient ramparts, you can admire the stunning views of the harbor. Admire the lovely views and Islamic architectural influence of the old buildings inside the wall of the Castle.
Contemporary Art Museum
The Malaga museum of contemporary art displays a unique collection of 20th-century artworks. Pieces range from the fabulous 1950s right up to to the present day with magnificent works of art. The spacious and bright exhibition areas are full of traveling exhibits, but on permanent display are the select works from super Spanish Artists; Miquel Barceló, Juan Muñoz, Juan Uslé and María Sicilia.
Travel Tips for Malaga
Best Time To Visit
When is the best time to visit Malaga? During the high season for sun worshipers from July and August. If you want to do some super sightseeing then anytime in the months of March/ April/ May/ June/ September/October and November as packages can be a little cheaper. The Malaga weather is still warm and there are fewer tourists on private city tours.
Costs in Malaga are reasonable in comparison to other EU coastal holiday destinations. Packages for inclusive holidays can vary in price depending on when you book, but the restaurants and bars have early bird menus and special offers for alcohol. Use public transport where possible while traveling around Malaga when you are not on sightseeing tours.
Know Before Visiting
Mainland Spanish locals have specific dining times, lunch is usually around 2.30pm and dinner is no earlier than 9 pm. Malaga is no different from any other private or public EU holiday resort; they have professional pickpockets so always be careful when carrying money on tours and keep it somewhere safe on your person. Keep all personal documents and extra money in the hotel safe.
Holidaymakers heading to Malaga can expect a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers that will have temperatures reaching almost 35 degrees Celsius. Mild, rainy winters have temperatures only going as low as 12 degrees Celsius in the region. There is a lovely mixture of seasons for Spring and Autumn a great time to visit.