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FREE WALKING TOUR MALAGA
- 2 hours lenght approximately.
- In english
Our free tours in Málaga are the best introduction to the city for travelers who don’t want to waste time planning their visit and don’t want to find themselves wandering around with a tourist map full of advertisements without knowing exactly where to go.
We offer you a guided tour to take you directly to the most emblematic places in the city. Some of these sites will make you say “I didn’t expect this at all.”
We will show you the best of the city in a very entertaining and dynamic way while giving you your best history lesson. 😜
This free tour of the historic center of Málaga is designed so that you don’t miss anything in 1 hour and 45 minutes with one of our local and 100% official guides. Walk through the squares where Picasso was born, or where Antonio Banderas took his first steps in acting.
What we will see during the tour goes far beyond monuments, facts, or dates… We tell stories that make complete strangers stop and listen as they stroll by.
And have fun…
So if you come to Málaga and want to have a great experience, I assure you that on the free tour in the historic center of Málaga, you will have a top-notch one.
In the Free Tour of Málaga, we will discover, among other things:
- Why the Phoenicians, Romans, and Muslims didn’t go to the beach when they arrived in the capital of the Costa del Sol.
- The monument that if it were in Barcelona, they would call it Sagrada Familia 2. And if it were in Seville, an endless story.
- How a homemade mosquito remedy became such a curious film award that even Will Smith would want to have it in the living room of his mansion.
- The lesson from the artist who at the beginning of his career had more names than paintings and ended up breaking the Guinness World Record book.
- Why people from Málaga insist on seeing lights when what they really want is to dance.
As an extra bonus, your guide will tell you about other activities you can do after the guided tour to complete your experience in Málaga.
Make your free reservation and leave room for surprises.
An Unexpected Visit Like No Other
We propose a guided tour that will take you directly to the most emblematic places in the city. Some of these sites will leave you with a “I never expected this at all” feeling.
Calle Larios De Málaga
Here is our meeting point, and this is where our guided tour starts at 11:00. Calle Marqués de Larios is one of the most iconic places in the city, with its origins dating back to the late 19th century. We will explain the circumstances surrounding its construction and how it got its name. As we stroll along the street, we will point out the most interesting and valuable architectural details and notable buildings. Once our tour is over, you can come back here to do some shopping at its numerous shops, although we must warn you that it is one of the most expensive streets in Europe. It is considered one of the most elegant avenues in Spain due to its noble character and the characteristic Chicago-style architecture. If you can visit Málaga during Christmas, you will be amazed by the lavish lighting display that attracts more and more people each year.
Plaza de la Constitución
You will soon realize that it is the center around which the life of the people of Málaga has been structured since the Middle Ages. We will tell you the different names it has had throughout the centuries and when and why it was given its current name, Plaza de la Constitución. You will learn about the location of the former town hall, the house of the magistrate, the jail, the Audiencia (court), a convent of Augustinian nuns, and other buildings of interest that showcase the importance this place has had in the city of Málaga. In fact, this is where the casetas for the Feria de Málaga (Málaga Fair) are set up, as well as the seating for authorities during Holy Week and other important events throughout the year. This square was closed to traffic in 2003, allowing us to explore the historic center on foot without having to navigate around cars.
Plaza del Obispo
Our next stop is Plaza del Obispo and its incredible Baroque style. The Episcopal Palace located in this square was built in the 18th century, but the square was already significant since the Muslim era. Here, you will also see the Cathedral of Málaga, known by the popular name of “La Manquita” (we will explain why), as well as the marble stairs and iron fence that mark the boundary between the cathedral and the square. In the center of the square, you will see a fountain that supplied water to the residents of the surrounding streets. We will share some stories about this fountain and where it received its water from.
Patio de las Cadenas (Catedral de Málaga)
At the entrance of the cathedral, we find the Patio de las Cadenas, also known as the Patio de los Naranjos (Courtyard of the Oranges), named after the chains that surround it. We will enter through the Puerta de las Cadenas to admire one of the tallest cathedrals in Andalusia (over 85 meters in height). You will see the north facade of the cathedral with its two tall circular columns and the fluted decoration of the lower section. Several balconies and windows open onto its entrance along with other details that we will explain to you. One of these details is the thirty-six bells housed in its north tower, or the cannon-shaped gargoyles on the upper eastern part. We will also tell you about the differences between the Old Cathedral and the New Cathedral and how the former Aljama Mosque that once stood here is related to all of this, before the arrival of the Catholic Monarchs.
Museo Picasso de Málaga
Our steps will lead us to San Agustín Street, a place of residence for many Christian knights after the conquest by the Catholic Monarchs, whose traces can still be seen. Before that, the Moorish Quarter was located here, and we will explain what happened to it and its inhabitants. From that time, its characteristic is its irregular and narrower layout compared to other streets in Málaga. As we stroll along, you will be able to see the façade of the San Agustín convent, which gives its name to the street. The Picasso Museum is located on this street, the most visited museum in Andalusia, and it is also housed in a palace. We will tell you the history of this place and you will understand why it is much more than a museum.
Previously known as Calle Real (we will obviously tell you why it changed its name). If you look on both sides, you will see some Nasrid palace houses that were converted into religious places. It’s no wonder, as it was one of the main streets in the Muslim city. Additionally, this street was a settlement for some guilds of artisans. As a significant feature of its Muslim era, it preserves some barriers and narrow alleys, the function of which we will explain to you. The winding layout is very characteristic of Muslim urbanism and extends for 500 meters, connecting Plaza de la Constitución with Plaza de la Merced. Here, one of the Jewish quarters of Málaga was located, where today we find the El Pimpi cellar, the Mudéjar tower, and the small square where an interpretation center will be situated. We recommend returning to El Pimpi to taste some of the best wines from Málaga. Furthermore, in that building is the seed of the successful careers of many flamenco artists.
Iglesia de Santiago
The Church of Santiago is closely linked to the conquest of the city by the Catholic Monarchs in August 1487 and is one of the four parishes established by order of the kings (along with the Church of El Sagrario, Church of San Juan, and Church of Los Santos Mártires). It is also the oldest church in the city. The parishes represent the symbolic mentality of medieval Christianity. The devotion to Santiago represents the victory of Christianity over Islam. Additionally, this church is home to religious images that process during our Holy Week, such as the famous image of Jesus el Rico. We will tell you why, since the late 18th century, we release a prisoner during Holy Week and the connection it has with King Carlos III. Lastly, we will see the place where Pablo Ruiz Picasso was baptized, along with the baptismal record and the artist’s full name.
Plaza de la Merced y Casa Natal de Picasso
Now we will head to Plaza de la Merced, also known as Plaza del Mercado or Plaza de Riego. It won’t take long for you to realize that it is one of the most beautiful squares in Málaga. Additionally, it is common for festivals, concerts, and all kinds of events to be held here, attracting both tourists and locals alike. In this square, you will also find the house where Picasso was born, so we invite you to imagine the painter as a child, running around this square. But Pablo Picasso is not the only celebrity who was born and lived in this place: we will tell you about other personalities who resided in Plaza de la Merced. This square used to host a market, so you can picture a young Picasso finding inspiration in the different people who passed by here during their daily chores.
We will make a quick stop in front of one of the most iconic cinemas in the city, the Cine Albeniz, which was inaugurated in 1945 and is now the venue for the Málaga Film Festival since 1998. We will explain why the Biznaga, a typical flower of our city, has become the symbol of the film festival and why you can only find it in Málaga.
Teatro Romano de Málaga
Málaga had a Roman past, and the greatest evidence of this is the city’s stone monument, the Roman Theater, which has an interpretation center where you can learn more about the life of the Romans in Málaga two thousand years ago. Just a few meters away, we will find some Roman pools under the glass pyramid, which were used for the production of Garum, a popular fish sauce made with ingredients found in the area. This was possibly one of the most important industries in the city.
Cofradía del Santo Sepulcro y Soledad
We continue walking until we reach Alcazabilla Street, where the Museum of the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulcher and Solitude is located. Here, you can see the thrones: the throne of Christ and the throne of the Virgin of Solitude. The museum’s collection consists of various objects from the brotherhood dating back to the 19th and early 20th centuries, many of which can be seen during the Good Friday procession. If you visit the museum, we recommend going up to the attic, where you will have incredible views of the Roman and Moorish parts of Málaga.
Vistas de la Alcazaba de Málaga
Next to the Roman Theater, we will see the Alcazaba, an Arab fortress that houses several palaces within its walls, built throughout its history. It was constructed in the 11th century and has been influenced by various dynasties such as the Almoravids, Almohads, and Nasrids, among others. We will tell you about the imprint each of them has left on this incredible monument and point out the elements that combine palaces with gardens and courtyards with the defensive fortress ready to withstand a siege. Surrounding the Alcazaba, there was a neighborhood with houses that even had a sewage system and their own latrines, a sign of their level of civilization. Among other things, we will explain where the Christian captives who worked in the Alcazaba were imprisoned and where Roman remains with evidence of garum preparation, a fish sauce, were found. This is where our visit ends after a two-hour tour of the city’s historic center.
- Schedule: Every day from Monday to Sunday at 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM.
- Tour duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
- Available spots: 30
- Price: Libre
- Idioma: Inglés
- Accesibility: Wheelchair accessible. It is necessary to indicate it in the reservation.
- Pets: Pets are allowed.
- Includes: Includes guided tour with an Official Local Tour Guide.
- Cancellation: Cancellation is free. In case you are unable to attend the tour, we kindly ask you to cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
- Ending point: Plaza de la Aduana.
Marqués de Larios Street, next to the statue. Look for the purple umbrella.
Julio ha sido un guía estupendo. Además de ser muy amable y simpático. Recomendable 100%
Puntuación: Publicado el : 27-Mar-2023
Renata Du Toit
Really good tour around the old town of Málaga to learn about its history, where to get the best food and which sites to see. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable so made the experience well worth it. Perhaps one thing that could be better is to give tourists a few minutes at each site to take pictures before moving on to the next place. Other than that, we really enjoyed it!
Puntuación: Publicado el : 25-Mar-2023
It was great. The guide was excellent
Puntuación: Publicado el : 22-Mar-2023
This was a wonderful tour. Our tour guide was Julio and he was very knowledgeable about the history of Malaga, the architecture, the culture, food and art. We all enjoyed the tour and he also gave us terrific suggestions on other places to visit and restaurants were locals eat.
Puntuación: Publicado el : 13-Apr-2023
Maria Jordà Borràs
Una experiencia genial para conocer el centro de Málaga. Un tour dinámico, ameno, con ilustraciones para entender la evolución de la ciudad y Julio muy buen guía.
Puntuación: Publicado el : 12-Apr-2023
Paula Mahiques Sanchis
Nuestra experiencia fue genial!! El guía que nos acompañó se llamaba Julio y la verdad que fué un encanto, nos hizo la visita muy amena y divertida!!
Puntuación: Publicado el : 11-Apr-2023
Muy buena explicación y muy buenas recomendaciones para conocer Málaga y muy útil, lo recomiendo.
Puntuación: Publicado el : 09-Apr-2023
Julio es súper simpático y chistoso. Recomiendo al 100% hacer el free tour con él. Ahora sé qué naranjas no usar para mi zumo 😉
Puntuación: Publicado el : 01-Mar-2023
Una visita guiada en inglés para nuestro alumnado de 4 eso, genial la experiencia!! Muy recomendable.
Puntuación: Publicado el : 22-Feb-2023
Preguntas frecuentes (FAQs)
How is this free tour of Málaga?
It is a 2-hour walking tour through the center of Málaga. Some call it the must-see Málaga tour, others the essential Málaga tour. Call it whatever you want, but it is a free tour of the historic center.
Is it necessary to make a reservation?
We recommend making a reservation in advance to secure your spot on one of our guided tours. Join us by making your free reservation.
What is the price?
Pay what you want. There is no fixed amount, as you decide the price at the end of the tour. The only thing we can tell you is that just by listening to the guide at the first stop, you will realize the value you are getting.
How can I identify the guide of the free tour in Málaga?
Your guide will always be waiting for you with their official guide identification from the Junta de Andalucía, holding a purple umbrella from Málaga Paso a Paso Tours.
Do you have any other free tours in Málaga?
Yes, we have a free tour of the Alcazaba and Roman Theater.