MalagaIf you’re planning a trip to the Costa del Sol this year, you’re in luck: there are lots of great free things to do and see in Malaga and its surrounding area. In fact, as long as you’re not afraid to head outside Malaga you’ll be rewarded with a whole host of fun things to do. Here’s our pick of the attractions:

Atarazanas Market

This 14th century Moorish market is located in central Malaga in an old ship builders’ yard, and will give you an authentic taste of Malaga’s character. Meet the market traders and eye up their fresh local fare in a sensory feast. In particular, you can pick up some surprisingly affordable food here, but there are often some craft stalls around if you want to pick up a bargain souvenir. Or, of course, you can simply head along for a browse – looking costs nothing!

The Montes de Malaga

The Andalucian mountains are the best place to spend a cheap day on the Costa del Sol. All you need is a hire car, a rug and a picnic made up of all the foodie treats you picked up at the market. Don’t forget your camera so you can take some beautiful snaps of the idyllic views of gorgeous Spain, and scope out a shady spot so you can enjoy your lunch in comfort before taking yourself off for an afternoon hike in the peace and quiet.

The Picasso Museum

If you’re lucky enough to visit Malaga at the end of the month, the final Sunday sees free entry to the famous Picasso Museum. As one of Malaga’s most popular tourist attractions, the museum now hosts a collection of well over 200 artworks, and acts as a tribute to one of Spain’s most famous artists. Make the most of the free entry, as it’s well worth a visit.

Malaga’s parks

Make the most of southern Spain’s glorious sunshine by taking a leisurely walk through the picturesque parks of the Costa del Sol. The Parque de Malaga is a century-old city park running alongside the Paseo del Parque promenade, and is probably one of the most attractive parts of Malaga. It is one of Europe’s finest botanical gardens, and you can marvel at the majestic palms and exotic plants from across the world.

The beaches

How can you go to the Costa del Sol without making the most of the sunshine on the white sandy beaches? The region enjoys year-round sun, with the slightly cooler spring and autumn perfect for trying your hand at some exhilarating watersports and the summer ideal for basking in the sun with a book and soaking up the atmosphere.

If you don’t mind heading outside of Malaga, the beaches around Pedregalego are your best bet, or there’s the popular Playa Las Acacias if you’d prefer to stay in the city.
It is easy to see why Malaga is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination, especially with travellers on a budget.

We’d love to hear if you’ve found any free gems in Malaga, and about your experiences of our suggestions.