This post provides details about the best pay-what-you-wish walking tours in Málaga, including both introductory outings and trips to Alcazaba.
Málaga is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Spain. It sits on the Costa del Sol and has a history dating back almost 3,000 years!
With a heritage impacted by Romans, Phoenicians, Romans, and Christians you'll find a fascinating city full of great architecture, food, festivals, and more.
You'll find museums full of art by Spanish masters, cathedrals, castles, fortresses, monuments, tapas and bars, panoramic views, beaches, and much more.
It's truly a fascinating city and one you'll want to spend time getting to know.
There are a number of different pay-what-you-wish walking tours available in Málaga, ones cover a variety of subjects and historic locations.
There are currently two types of these tours available, one that gives a general introductory overview of the city, and another that focuses on tours in or around the fortress of Alcazaba.
Introduction tours are a great way to become familiar with the city and discover the most notable sites.
You’ll be able to wander the city with confidence after you get an idea of where everything is located.
Here are a few of the attractions you can expect to visit on a free walking tour of Malaga.
- Roman Theater (Teatro Romano)
- The Muslim Fortress (Alcazaba)
- Malaga Cathedral (La Manquita/One-Armed Lady)
- Picasso Museum (Pablo Picasso Birth Home)
- Constitution Plaza
- Larios Street
- And more!
When it comes to Alcazaba and medieval tours, there are a few options when it comes to pay-what-you-wish walking tours.
While the tour itself won’t cost you anything upfront, you’ll have to pay for admission to Alcazaba yourself.
Luckily, it only costs €3.50 for an adult ticket and €1.50 for a reduced price. Note that you can also purchase a ticket to Gibralfaro Castle (Castillo de Gibralfaro) at the same time if you want to.
If you’re interested in learning more about these and other locations, consider one of the following tours.
2. Explora Malaga - Malaga Introduction
Much like its competitors, this company also provides two pay-what-you-wish walking tours in Malaga, and its introduction tour covers a lot of the most popular locations in the city.
Your tour guide, who is a local, will explain the most important historical details of each stop along the way.
This tour is just under 2 hours on average (1 hour 45 minutes) and it’s available daily at 11:00 am and 13:00 (1 pm).
Tours begin at Plaza de la Constitución. Keep an eye out for Explora Malaga's blue umbrella.
Malaga Guiada - Malaga Introduction
This company currently offers two pay-what-you-wish walking tours in Malaga, including this introductory outing.
Over the course of 2 hours, you can expect to visit a lot of important locations while learning about the history of this city.
Your local guides will also talk about traditions in Malaga such as biznaga or the cenachero.
This free walking tour is available at 13:00 (1 pm) from Monday - Saturday each week.
The meeting point of the tour is in Plaza de la Marina.
Terra Andalusí - Malaga Introduction
If you’re looking for a slightly shorter trip through the city, this company offers a tour they call “Essential Malaga” which covers a lot of important landmarks.
While walking around Malaga, you’ll learn all about the history of the area and discover the significance of several beautiful sites.
At 90 minutes, this tour isn’t as long as the services offered by their competitors, making it an excellent alternative for those who don’t have a lot of time to explore the city.
You can take this tour at 11:30 am every day from Tuesday - Saturday.
Tours start at Plaza de la Aduana. Look out for Terra Andalusí's orange umbrella.
Explora Malaga - Alcazaba
In addition to their introductory tours of Malaga, this company also offers a 90-minute tour of the fortress-palace Alcazaba which covers the history of this landmark in great detail.
While you’re learning about the location itself, you’ll also learn about subjects such as the great battle for Malaga in 1487 and how Muslims have shaped the culture of this city.
Admission to the Alcazaba is not included. You can take this tour every Saturday and Tuesday at 16:00 (4 pm).
Tours meet up at Plaza de la Aduana.
Terra Andalusí - Alcazaba
This company also offers a 90-minute free walking tour of the Alcazaba which covers the landmark’s history and how it impacted the city of Malaga.
Admission to the Alcazaba is not included so tickets much be puchased ahead of time.
You can take this tour Tuesday - Saturday at either 11:30 am or 16:15 (4:15 pm), making their outing more accessible than those offered by competitors.
The meeting location is at Plaza de la Aduana.
If you're looking to experience Spanish food, you won't want to miss the Atarazanas food market.
The market sits inside a former shipyard with an Arabian history. After centuries, in the 1800s, the market appeared. It now sits inside a stunning cast iron building.
Inside you can food fish, fruits and vegetables, tapas, and more, something to fit all tastes.
If you're looking to go shopping, you might try Calle Marques de Larios (Calle Larios)
This pedestrian shopping street which often sees events such as Málaga Fashion Week is a shopper's paradise.
You'll find clothing stores, bars, restaurants, terraces, and many of the city's most important monuments.
If you'd like to go on a paid group tour, there are a number of options available.
You can take a sunset sailing catamaran trip with a glass of cava, or take day trips outside the city to places like Caminito del Rey or Gibraltar.
You can even attend a Flamenco show, book a massage session with a hot bath, or see a Spanish horse show.
There are endless things to do in Malaga!
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