Malaga is the second largest city in southern Spain and the capital of the Province of Malaga. Situated in the area referred to as “Costa del Sol”, it is a popular destination for travelers seeking warm weather and plenty of sunshine. Malaga is often a port of call for cruises around the Mediterranean and has been a major trade city going back to the Phoenician times. 24 hours in Malaga might seem like a short window to explore a city with a long history and plenty of activities; but since time is of the essence, I suggest visiting these must see sights first. Then perhaps stay a bit longer to explore the rest of the city the next time around.
24 Hours in Malaga: Must See Sights
As you approach the port of Malaga, the Alcazaba, is likely one of the first landmarks of the city that will come to view. Built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century, it is the best-preserved Moorish fortress palace in Spain. It boasts some of the most remarkable examples of Moorish architecture in the country. In addition, the vast compound reveals the deep history of the city.
The castle sits right at the foot of the Gibralfaro hill and is reachable by foot or via public transport (bus and train both stop at the hilltop entrance.) The fee is 2.20 euros for adults. If time permits, buy the combination ticket with Gibralfaro and continue with the hike that will provide you with incredible views of the city.
The Roman Theater
Another sight worthy of a visit during your 24 hours in Malaga is the Roman Theater. Located right below the Alcazaba, it dates back to the 1st century A.D. and showcases classic Roman theater architecture with its layered seats and grand entrance. It was used for almost 200 years until the fall of the Roman Empire. The theater then became a source for materials for building the Alcazaba.
The theater is continuing its renovation efforts so visitors are only allowed to explore certain areas. Entrance is free.
Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga
Other than the Alcazaba, the Cathedral of Malaga will be one of the first landmarks you will see as your cruise line approaches the port. Officially known as Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga, the church features stunning Renaissance and Baroque-style architectures. It was built on the ruins of the old mosque sometime around the 16th century.
Ticket prices to visit the cathedral begin at three euros. If you want to include a visit to the roof, consider buying the combined ticket. It also includes the entrance to the cathedral and its exhibitions.
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