Most travelers see layovers as a necessary evil while getting from one place to another, but they can actually be a way to relax and have some fun.
A layover in Malaga is a great opportunity to get a quick feel for the city. Even if your layover is short, there’s still enough to do inside the airport that you won’t get bored. Here’s how to make the most of your layover in Malaga, no matter how much time you’ve got to spare.
Inside the airport
If you’re short on time, no worries. Malaga’s airport is the busiest in Andalusia and the fourth busiest in Spain, so there are plenty of accommodations for the 16 million passengers that pass through each year.
- Grab a bite to eat or a quick drink at one of the airport’s many bars and restaurants. Choices range from Starbucks and Burger King for those who want a taste of home, to tapas and other traditional Spanish food. Particularly noteworthy is Dani García’s Delibar, owned by a Malaga-born Michelin-starred chef!
- Go shopping. Malaga’s airport offers so much more than the typical duty-free airport shops. Brands such as Victoria’s Secret, GAP, and Sunglass Hut are among the many fashion choices available. You’ll almost feel like you’re at the mall!
- Visit the Air Navigation and Transport Museum near Terminal 3. The museum was the airport’s original terminal from 1948 until 1968. Today, it’s an interesting opportunity to learn more about the history of air travel in Malaga.
Hours: Tuesday 10:00–14:00 and 17:00–20:00, Wednesday–Sunday 10:00–14:00, closed Mondays
In the city
Got some more time to spare on your layover in Malaga? Luckily, the lively city center is only 12 minutes from the airport on the Cercanías train. You can see and do quite a bit in a short amount of time.
- Visit the Alcazaba and the Roman Theater. The Alcazaba fortress is the best-preserved Moorish fortress palace in Spain. Climb up to the top and enjoy the breathtaking views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. The Roman Theater near the entrance to the Alcazaba, built in the first century B.C.E., is also an amazing historic treasure worth checking out.
- Get to know Malaga’s favorite son at the Picasso Museum. Malagueños are proud of the fact that their city is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. The Picasso Museum is an enjoyable way to spend a few hours of your layover in Malaga, and even those who don’t know much about art are sure to appreciate the work of one of Spain’s most famous artists.
Address: Calle San Agustín, 8
Hours: March–June, September and October: daily 10:00–19:00, July and August 10:00–20:00, November–Feburary 10:00–18:00
- Visit the Malaga Cathedral, also known as la manquita (“one-armed”) due to the fact that it only has one tower. The second tower was supposedly never built due to lack of funds in the 19th century. Its unique design make it a must-see sight on a layover in Malaga.
- Take a relaxing stroll through the historic center and enjoy a drink or lunch on one of Malaga’s many charming terraces. Plaza de la Merced has many great restaurants, and you can even see the house where Picasso was born at the northern corner of the square.
Got some more time to spare in Malaga? Join us on one of our food tours, where you’ll taste the best the city has to offer and meet the people behind the local establishments that comprise Malaga’s heart and soul. See you in Malaga!