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Things to do in Malaga + the Costa del Sol

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Malaga + the Costa del Sol. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Malaga + the Costa del Sol attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Malaga + the Costa del Sol to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Malaga + the Costa del Sol.

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  • Baelo Claudia

  • Catedral de la Encarnación

    Locals call this church La Manquita, or "the One-Armed Lady," because only one of the façade's soaring bell towers was ever completed. Not for lack... More
  • Centro de Arte Contemporáneo

    A streamlined modern former marketplace makes the perfect backdrop for cutting-edge contemporary art. Exhibitions include European big names such a... More
  • El Caminito del Rey

    Translated as "the King’s Little Pathway," this cliffy route near Málaga has been closed for years. But it remains one of the world’s most famous d... More
  • Flamenka

    This flamenco emporium has a huge inventory: CDs, DVDs, how-to books, guitars, castanets, and accessories from shawls to ornamental hair combs to j... More
  • Flor de Lis

    The menus are printed on old vinyl LPs, which should be your first hint that DJs get this joint jumping during dinner and keep it going until the w... More
  • Hemis National Park

    Best for: Snow leopards, Tibetan argali sheep, Ibex, Urial (a wild mountain goat), Blue sheep, chukhar, snow cocks, golden eagles   Logistics: In o... More
  • Iglesia de Santiago

    Where Picasso was baptized. More
  • Jorge Rojas

    Many of the bold and chunky geometric pieces in gold and silver are inspired by the work of Spanish sculptors like Eduardo Chillida. You'll also fi... More
  • La Malagueta

    The arena where young Picasso accompanied his father to bullfights. More
  • Larios Terrace

    You'll feel like you are floating above the city's tiled homes at the rooftop bar in the Hotel Larios. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the illuminated c... More
  • Museo Picasso

    The museum is located in the 16th-century Palacio de Buenavista, which in 2004 was renovated and expanded by architect Richard Gluckman. The stunni... More
  • Officina

    Large photos of Picasso peer down upon racks of smart and stylish men's and women's clothing from designers such as Antonio Miro, Kenzo, and Paul S... More
  • Osborne Bodega de Mora

  • Pinsapo

    The well-chosen selection includes the latest designs from Chloe, Moschino, Donna Karan, and Victoria Beckham's Rock & Republic jeans. Created by ... More

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