Malaga + the Costa del Sol

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.

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

The arena where young Picasso accompanied his father to bullfights.

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 Smith. Its sportier annex, Corsocomo, is stocked with more relaxed Riviera-wear.

Where Picasso was baptized.

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 find more fluidly contemporary designs that look as though they are molten.

Best for: Snow leopards, Tibetan argali sheep, Ibex, Urial (a wild mountain goat), Blue sheep, chukhar, snow cocks, golden eagles


This flamenco emporium has a huge inventory: CDs, DVDs, how-to books, guitars, castanets, and accessories from shawls to ornamental hair combs to jewelry.

Take a break from sizzling on the crowded Costa del Sol beaches for a self-guided driving tour along the Route of the Pueblos Blancos.

The museum is located in the 16th-century Palacio de Buenavista, which in 2004 was renovated and expanded by architect Richard Gluckman. The stunning display of 200 of the artist's works ranges from early sketches of bullfights to Cubist still lifes to sculptures to ceramics.

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 dangerous paths.

A streamlined modern former marketplace makes the perfect backdrop for cutting-edge contemporary art. Exhibitions include European big names such as Louise Bourgeois, Jaume Plensa, and Gerhard Richter.

Locals call this church La Manquita, or "the One-Armed Lady," because only one of the façade's soaring bell towers was ever completed.

The icon of classical Spanish theater was long-neglected until a restoration in 1987 put it back on the map. Now, the venue draws top-name performers in classical and modern dance and music (from symphonies to Euro-pop to flamenco).

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 cathedral and the Alcazaba as you sip a glass of bubbly cava.