20 Best things to do In Malaga ANDULICIA Spain and when they are free .Free museums opening times malaga

Malaga first settled by the Phoenicians in 1000 BC is the sixth most populous city in Spain but has the third most number of museums and is one of the most interesting in terms of architecture and history and is well worth staying for at least a few days to visit and learn about .

Firstly, as usual I have recommended the walking tour to get your bearings and you will be able to pinpoint museums and areas to return to perhaps later that day or another day or so as MALAGA can not be done in a day! There are many tours but have worked for and will recommend EXPLORAMALAGA FREE TOURS also TripAdvisor’s No1 (great minds think alike)

Perhaps during the tour you will pass see and be explained to about most of the sites and museums of the city but to add on to this firstly areas a little bit off the beaten track but equally worth visiting are No1 THE BOTANIC GARDENS accessible via a special tourist bus which leaves from outside the main train station MARIA ZAMBROTTA and does a circular route around and drops off at the AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM AND THE RUSSO MUSEUM  which is right next door both recommended. Nice little day out.

Perhaps second is the tour up to the Gilbrafaro Castillo (don’t attempt this if its been raining or is going to as very slippery steep route up and down )but assuming its dry is 320 plus days a year its well worth the visit for the views at the TOP there is a little café of sorts more like a shack just before you reach the castle gates proper and is half the price of inside and even has a few chairs once again of sorts !

The route down leads to the Roman theatre the era of which doesn’t leave you wondering when it was built and first used but you can walk round it and  the old stage and both combine nicely should let you know really but there are times when nearly all the museums and the above are FREE to visit on Sundays shush not meant to tell anyone

Thereafter obviously depends on what you like and probably better to read the reviews on TripAdvisor making a list and plan a route of sorts along with the recommended visiting time

A note on this that is a good feature on TripAdvisor is the things to do MAPS section so you can pinpoint your favourite targets and also see how far apart they are and if there is anything else of interest nearby to add into the mix so to speak

1. Alcazaba and Castillo de Gibralfaro

Free entrance
Sundays from 2 pm to eight pm
The Moorish fortress + Alcazaba  historic city centre of Malaga and provides direct access to the 14th-century Castle of Gibralfaro. You can visit both of them for free of charge on Sundays, from 2 pm to eight pm.

2. Botanic – Historic Garden  Concepción
as previously mentioned

Free entrance; Sundays from April 1 to September 30 from 3 pm to 7pm and from 9.30 till 4.30 for the rest of the year
You will have the chance  to enjoy for free a bewildering amount of  species of plants and flowers,  surely leave you breathless!

Malaga’s botanic garden is renowned together of the lushest tropical and subtropical garden in Europe.. An unmissable experience on a budget!

3.  Picasso in Malaga
Free things  in Malaga: Picasso Museum

Free entrance
Picasso Museum: Sunday only, from six pm to eight pm; Casa Natal Picasso; Sunday, from four pm to eight pm. Both are accessible for free of charge on February 28th (Día de Andalucía), May 18th (International Museum Day), and September 27th (World Tourism Day).
You can discover Pablo for free, on Sunday from 6 pm to eight pm within the Museo Picasso. Situated during a Renaissance building recently restored during a modern style, it hosts a set of around 200
If you fancy knowing more about the prolific painter  more-than-50,000 pieces of art, head towards the Plaza de la Merced, and visit Picasso’s birthplace, where his first works and lots of objects from the painter’s childhood are displayed. The Casa Natal de Picasso has free entry on Sundays, from 4 pm to eight pm.

4. Carmen Thyssen Museum
Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga

Free entrance
Sundays from 5 pm to eight pm
Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza created the Carmen Thyssen Museum.  displays a number of the masterpieces belonging to her private collection, which ranges from the 13th to 20th centuries.

You can visit it for free of charge on Sunday, from 5 pm to eight pm, and meanwhile enjoy the magnificent location a palace within the city centre of Malaga. If you would like to go to the museum during the week, it opens from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am to eight pm. Entrance costs €6.

5. Centro Pompidou
Pompidou centre in Malaga

Free entrance
Sundays from 4 pm to eight pm
Inaugurated in 2015, the representation of the France’s Pompidou Museum outside the country. Its collection displays modern  masterpieces from the 20th and 21st centuries, to which temporarily exhibitions are added twice/three times per annum .

The peculiar colourful cube lets visitors know where the museum is found has rapidly reached the status of 1 of Malaga’s most recognisable symbols.

You can visit the museum for free of charge on Sundays, from four pm to eight pm, the last entry is at 7.30 pm. If you would like to travel on other days of the week, the museum opens from 9.30 am to eight pm, at the value of €9.

6. Russian Museum Collection
Russian Museum Collection in Malaga

Free entrance
Sundays from four pm to eight pm,)
The original Russian Museum was inbuilt Saint Petersburg in 1895, by Tsar Nicholas II , and nowadays it presents 40.000 pieces representing the Russian art within the world. The building in Malaga is that the first Western Europe official see to the museum mentioned above. It hosts an in depth collection of artistic masterpieces belonging to the Russian world.

The Tabacalera, the building where the museum is found , in Avenida Sor Teresa Prat, 15, has free access on Sundays, from 4 pm to eight pm.  7.30 pm, as this is often the last moment you can enter the building. The museum opens from Tuesday to Saturday, from 9.30 am to eight pm,  being €8.

7. Museo Automovilistico y de la Moda de Málaga
Museo Automovilístico Malaga – free

Free entrance
Mondays from 2 pm to 4 pm
Located within the same building as the Russian Museum, this museum hosts quite 100 cars and seven haute-couture fashion exhibitions. The Museum also welcomes events and weddings, and it’s open for free of charge on Mondays, from 2 pm to 4 pm.

8. Museo Patrimonio Municipal
Free things to ascertain in Malaga: MUPAM

Free entrance all year round all days Tuesday till sunday
The museum is accessible for free of charge
This museum within the city of Malaga was built to assist the local artists let people discover them. It hosts a set of over 4000 pieces, while the permanent exhibition displays about one hundred pieces of art. It also makes visitors understand which the connection between the artists and the city.

9. Malaga’s Centre for Contemporary Art
CAC Museum in Malaga
Pilar Albarracín

Free entrance
The museum is accessible for free of charge
The CAC, as this museum is additionally known, houses a set of masterpieces from the 20th and 21st centuries. It’s a world reference within the artistic field, as artists like Paul McCarthy, Louise Bourgeois, Raymond Pettibon, and Yoshitmo Nara have their masterpieces displayed here. The museum also helps artists of Malaga make a reputation for themselves. Its main objective is to spread the art of plastic arts of the 20th and 21st centuries.

You can visit the museum for free of charge all week long, from 10am to 8pm.

10. Revello de Toro Museum  my personal favourite !
Revello de Toro Museum in Malaga
Sumida en el sueño

Free entrance
Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm
You may want  a glance at this museum, which was the house of the famous sculptor Pedro de Mena in the 17th century. Nowadays, it hosts a set of Spanish painter Félix Revello de Toro’s masterpieces.

Sundays its Free from 10 am to 2 pm. If you can’t come on Sunday, know that the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to eight pm, and therefore the entrance costs €2.50

11 Municipal Heritage Museum

An excellent and informative museum Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm and FREE all the time for EU nationals sorry UK citizens from 2021 have to pay 2 euros entry along with other nationalities.



FREE all day, every day! a museum focusing on Expressionism and the works of the artist a bit out of the way but worth a visit

There are of course other museums in Malaga and perhaps would recommend but unfortunately not free !

13 Malaga Wine Museum five euros

14 museum of Glass and crystal (Museo Del Vidrio y El Cristal)

15 Interactive Music Museum of Málaga (MIMMA)


16 The Flamenco Museum Juan Breva

thursday and saturday at 8pm Flamenco shows

15€.Includes a drink and snack.

17 For nightlife and in particular live music perhaps try this site for more information

18 tranquillity and caves of Nerja and the nearby town of Friglianna



days out from Malaga another article is pending and will be linked with the NO1 choice being Granada Cordoba Seville (perhaps a little far and as the capital worth a few days ) or the tranquillity and caves of Nerja and the nearby town of Friglianna

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