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Malaga hasn’t earned itself the title of ‘city of museums’ for nothing!

The city has dozens of world-class art galleries and museums with plenty for all tastes, mixed with a vibrant local culture scene

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Teatro del Soho Caixabank

The Teatro del Soho Caixabank is an initiative promoted by Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas to create a vibrant space for the performing arts in his home city. The theatre, in the Soho district of the city just off the main Alamada, opened in its current guise in November 2019. It took over the space formerly occupied by the Alameda theatre (1961-2018) which had fallen into disuse and disrepair. A varied past The first instance of a venue being on this […]

Teatro Echegaray

The smaller of Malaga’s two grand theatres, after the Teatro Cervantes, the Teatro Echegaray is tucked away on the street of the same name, right in the heart of the historic centre. Seventy-seven years after it originally opened as a cinema, the Teatro Echegaray was meticulously refurbished and transformed into a theatre at the start of the 21st century, reopening in October 2009. A versatile cultural space The original cinema was a grand building designed by architect Manuel Rivera Vera, […]

Teatro Cervantes

Teatro Cervantes is a historic theatre in the heart of Malaga. Located close to the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Plaza de la Merced, this theatre has become one of the city’s main cultural hubs. Designed by Gerónimo Cuervo González (Madrid, 1838 – Malaga, 1898), the theatre is known for its eclectic architectural style, the idea for which was conceived by a group of prominent individuals with strong ties to the arts and culture in the second half of the 19th […]

Sala Paris 15

Sala Paris 15 is a legendary venue on the Malaga live entertainment scene. Located in the San Luis industrial estate on the western side of the city (taxi required to get home!), it first opened its doors in 2010 and has since hosted hundreds of live concerts and sets by both national and international DJs. This versatile venue, which also hosts conferences and private events, has a capacity of up to 3,000 people. International artists Paris 15 has been a […]
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Cine Abierto

With the summer heat suffocating at times, getting outdoors once the sun has set could well be the perfect remedy. That’s why, as part of the Festival de Málaga, the city hall every summer launches the Cine Abierto series of open-air screenings in various locations. The showings cater for wide audiences, especially families, and are free to view though some venues are subject to capacity controls. All films are shown in Spanish, with subtitles. Open-air cinema in every neighbourhood Cine […]
Museo de artes y costumbres populares

Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares

Whoever wants to gain a better understanding of the customs and traditions of Malaga province and the Andalucía region has to visit the Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares (Museum of Arts and Popular Customs). The museum occupies the old Mesón de la Victoria, a 17th-century former inn on the bank of the Guadalmedina river, which has been classified as a Building of Cultural Interest. Preserving Malaga’s heritage The Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares was created as part of […]
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Mercado Atarazanas central food market

Whether you’re a tourist or you’re looking for an alternative to a supermarket for your weekly groceries, the perfect place to discover Andalusian gastronomy is at the Atarazanas central market. Open every morning (except Sunday), this food market boasts over a hundred stalls, primarily owned by local families passed on from generation to generation. They sell a vast array of products, from fresh fish and meat to exotic fruit and local charcuterie and cheese. Walking into the market can be […]
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Museo de Málaga / Museum of Malaga

As if we didn’t have enough in the ‘Museum City’, we’ve been gifted one more. Located in the Malaga port’s old customs house (La Aduana), a stone’s throw from the cathedral, is the Museo de Málaga. The Museum of Malaga boasts 18,000 square metres of exhibition space – more than the CAC, the Thyssen and the Picasso museum combined – making it quite a lengthy visit if you wish to make the most of it. Two museums in one: Fine […]

Lagunillas, Malaga’s authentic art district

An obscure maze of alleyways, plazas and vacant spaces hidden in plain sight behind Plaza de la Merced, Lagunillas is a piece of authentic, bohemian and urban Spanish life perfectly preserved among the city’s most touristic neighbourhoods. But what makes this area so special is its story of a community banding together against poverty and hardship to create what is now recognised by many of Malaga’s residents as the city’s true artistic neighbourhood. A history of social issues Home to […]
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Calle Larios

Malaga’s iconic main street. Now pedestrianised, Calle Larios one of the most emblematic streets in the country and serves as the main commercial and cultural artery of Malaga’s historic centre. Calle Larios stretches for about 300 metres and connects the bustling Plaza de la Constitución with the picturesque Alameda Principal. Nowadays, it’s the busiest part of the city and home to some of the best shops and most-expensive real estate in Spain. The street is named after Manuel Domingo Larios […]
Museo Automovilistico de Malaga – malaga car museum

Museo Automovilístico de Málaga (Car Museum)

It’s difficult to find anything like the Museo Automovilístico de Málaga. This extraordinary private collection, across 6,000 square metres of exhibition space, boasts almost a hundred beautifully restored and exclusive vehicles (some of which date back to the 19th century), upholstered in ostrich and mink fur, or precious woods, with accessories such as ivory and silver handles. The wide range of motors come from a broad selection of iconic manufacturers such as Mercedes, Hispano Suiza, Bugatti, Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Ferrari, […]
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Alcazaba de Málaga

The Alcabaza complex has become one of Malaga’s most distinctive landmarks and a must-visit for anyone who comes to the city. Built during the period of Muslim-ruled Al-Andalus and comprising a palace, fortifications and a maze of beautiful gardens, Malaga’s Alcazaba is one of the best-preserved Arabic citadels in the whole of Spain and attracts thousands of visitors every year. A location of historical strategic importance Throughout history, the location where the current Alcazaba sits has always been very important. […]