9 free things to see in Malaga for a trip on a budget

29 Jul
Last update: 9 January, 2023

The best free things to see in Malaga, enjoy your trip on a budget! Discover which things to see for free in Malaga and start planning your affordable tour of the city.

Most of Malaga’s monuments and museums are free entry on Sunday in Malaga. Let’s find out which monuments and museums are worth stopping by. And if you are wondering which are the other main monuments, enjoy yourself in the cultural route of Malaga.

1. Alcazaba and Castillo de Gibralfaro

Free entrance
Sundays from 2 pm to 8 pm

The Moorish fortress of La Alcazaba is located in the historic city centre of Malaga and gives direct access to the 14th-century Castle of Gibralfaro. You can visit both of them for free on Sundays, from 2 pm to 8 pm. Just remember that the last access is at 7.30 pm.

Free things to see in Malaga: Mirador de Gibralfaro

Enjoy the bougainvillaea of the Alcazaba and the eucalyptus trees that accompany you up until the magnificent “Mirador de Gibralfaro”, which provides breathtaking views over the whole city. You will understand very soon why the Alcazaba and the Castle should be on everyone’s to-do list in Malaga!

2. Botanic – Historic Garden of La Concepción

Free things to see in Malaga: Botanic garden
Free entrance
Sundays from October 1st to March 31st, from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm; Sundays from April 1st to September 30th, from 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm

You will have the possibility to enjoy for free an impressive amount of different species of plants and flowers, which will surely leave you breathless! Just head towards the North of the city, and meet the Botanic Garden in Camino del Jardín Botánico, 3.

Malaga’s botanic garden is renowned as one of the lushest tropical and subtropical garden in Europe. Take a walk along its smooth paths, and relax at the sound of the water of the fountains. An unmissable experience on a budget!

3. Life of Picasso in Malaga

Free things to see in Malaga: Picasso Museum
Free entrance
Picasso Museum: on Sunday, during the last two opening hours; Casa Natal de Picasso; Sundays, from 4 pm to 8 pm. Both are accessible for free on February 28th (Día de Andalucía), May 18th (International Museum Day), and September 27th (World Tourism Day).

You can discover Pablo Picasso’s masterpieces for free, on Sunday from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Museo Picasso. On 27 October, too, which is the Anniversary of the Museum Opening. Situated in a Renaissance building recently restored in a modern style, it hosts a collection of more than 200 paintings that will leave you breathless.

If you fancy knowing more about the most prolific painter in the world and its more-than-50,000 pieces of art, head towards the Plaza de la Merced, and visit Picasso’s birthplace, where his first works and many objects from the painter’s childhood are displayed. The Casa Natal de Picasso has free entry on Sundays, from 4 pm to 8 pm.

4. Carmen Thyssen Museum

Carmen Thyseen Museum in Malaga
Free entrance
Sundays from 5 pm to 8 pm

Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza created the Carmen Thyssen Museum. The collection displays some of the masterpieces belonging to her private collection, which ranges from the 13th to 20th centuries.

You can visit it for free on Sunday, from 5 pm to 8 pm, and meanwhile enjoy the magnificent location in which the museum is located, an impressive palace in the city centre of Malaga. If you want to visit the museum during the week, it opens from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 8 pm. Entrance costs €6.

5. Centro Pompidou

Pompidou centre in Malaga
Free entrance
Sundays from 2 pm to 8 pm

Inaugurated in 2015, it is the first representation of the France’s Pompidou Museum outside the country. Its collection displays 90 masterpieces from the 20th and 21st centuries, to which temporarily exhibitions are added twice/three times every year.

The peculiar colourful cube that let visitors know where the museum is located has rapidly reached the status of one of Malaga’s most recognisable symbols.

You can visit the museum for free on Sundays, from 4 pm to 8 pm, the last entry is at 7.30 pm. If you want to go on any other day of the week, the museum opens from 9.30 am to 8 pm, at the cost of €9.

6. Russian Museum Collection

Russian Museum Collection in Malaga
Free entrance
Sundays from 4 pm to 8 pm, besides the Noche en Blanco, May 18th (International Museum Day) and on September 27th (World Tourism Day)

The original Russian Museum was built in Saint Petersburg in 1895, by Tsar Nicholas II, and nowadays it presents more than 400.000 pieces of work representing the Russian art in the world. The building in Malaga is the first Western Europe official see to the museum mentioned above. It hosts an extensive collection of artistic masterpieces belonging to the Russian world.

The Tabacalera, the building where the museum is located, in Avenida Sor Teresa Prat, 15, has free access on Sundays, from 4 pm to 8 pm. Be sure to get there at least at 7.30 pm, as this is the last moment when you can enter the building. The museum opens from Tuesday to Saturday, from 9.30 am to 8 pm, the entrance being €8.

7. Museo Patrimonio Municipal

Free things to see in Malaga: MUPAM
Free entrance
The museum is accessible for free

This museum in the city of Malaga was built to help the local artists let people know about them. It hosts a collection of more than 4000 pieces, while the permanent exhibition displays about one hundreds pieces of art. It also makes visitors understand which the relationship between the town hall and the city is.

You can freely access to the museum from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 2 pm, and from 5 pm to 8 pm. In summer afternoons, it opens from 6 pm to 9 pm.

8. Malaga’s Centre for Contemporary Art

CAC Museum in Malaga
Pilar Albarracín
Free entrance
The museum is accessible for free

The CAC, as this museum is also known, houses a collection of masterpieces from the 20th and 21st centuries. It’s an international reference in the artistic field, as artists such as Paul McCarthy, Louise Bourgeois, Raymond Pettibon, and Yoshitmo Nara have their masterpieces displayed here. The museum also helps artists of Malaga make a name for themselves. Its main objective is to spread the art of plastic arts of the 20th and 21st centuries.

You can visit the museum for free all week long, from 10am to 8pm.

9. Revello de Toro Museum

Revello de Toro Museum in Malaga
Sumida en el sueño
Free entrance
Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm

You may want to take a look at this museum, which was the home of the famous sculptor Pedro de Mena in the 17th century. Nowadays, it hosts a collection of Spanish painter Félix Revello de Toro’s masterpieces.

Situated in calle Afligidos, 5, it provides free entries for everyone visiting it on Sundays, from 10 am to 2 pm. If you can’t come on Sunday, know that the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, and the entrance costs €2.50.

Places to stay in Malaga

Now that you know about the best free things to see in Malaga, you should probably look for a place to stay. Enjoy relaxing moment after visiting the city in one of the best holiday homes in Malaga and its province. You won’t be disappointed, we promise!

Discover many more monuments and free things to see and do in Malaga, the capital of the Costa del Sol won’t fail you!

Have you been to any of these museums and attractions of Malaga? Which one of these free things to see in Malaga have you enjoyed the most? Or you are planning your first trip to Malaga maybe? Leave a comment, and tell us about your experience in the capital city of the Costa del Sol.

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