Backpacking in Malaga – Sun, Culture and Art on a Budget

Go backpacking and experience the sun, culture and art history of Malaga – one of Spain’s oldest cities and the southernmost city in Europe. The birthplace of Pablo Picasso is a super hot marvel and guarantees sunshine all year round.

Overflowing with historic architecture and tapas bars, Malaga is the gateway to Andalucia and is a superb place to unwind on holiday. With plenty of budget hostels  and low cost accommodation available, Malaga is perfect for backpackers touring southern Spain.

Malaga Andalucia
Picture: Tomas Fano @flickr

Culture loving backpackers won’t be disappointed by what Malaga has to offer.  There are 28 museums in the historic quarter, making Málaga’s old town a beehive of history and culture.

The city’s most famous attraction is the Museuo Picasso Málaga, hosting an impressive collection of 230 works by Spain’s most famous artist.

The Picasso Museum is the leading attractions for first time visitors, many of whom stay in the city for two or three nights as there is so much to see and do.

Museuo Picasso Málaga

Situated in a sixteenth century Andalusian palace, the Picasso Museum also hosts underground treasures of the ancient Phoenician and Roman city of Malaga. 

Picasso fans can even visit his birthplace at the nearby Fundación Picasso Museo Casa Natal (Picasso’s Birthplace Museum), which offers a recreation of his early family years.

Art lovers are also recommended to check out the Carmen Thyssen Museum, which focuses on 19th-century Spanish painting.

Teatro Romano Malaga

Malaga’s Roman theatre lies at the foot of the Alcazaba fortress in the western part of the city. It was discovered in 1951, after having remained buried underground for many centuries. The ruined amphitheatre is thought to have been built early in the first century A.D. during the reign of Augustus.

The site has an excellent visitors centre, which teaches visitors about the history of the ruins and its subsequent excavation in 1951.

Malaga City Centre

With so much history and culture on display, visitors will be always be busy in Malaga. Pedestrianised lanes are packed full of shops, cafés and tapas bars all year round, while the beach front is perfect visitors to walk along the sunny promenade in all seasons.

Being a coastal city, a beach is never far away and there are 15 beaches within Malaga’s city limits.

Malaga Beach

Culturally and historically speaking, the city is a gem for backpackers. Home to some of the best art museums in Spain, cheap restaurants, tapas bars and a fabulous nightlife. Malaga is a deeply underrated and charming city that is well worth a three night stay.

Book your holiday now and experience the sunny delights of Andalucia.

Where to stay in Malaga

Feel Hostels Soho Malaga

  • Feel Hostels Soho Malaga is a chilled out designer hostel in the heart of downtown Málaga, just between the Seaport and the Alameda Principal (historic centre). Rooms are available from €20.09.
  • Feel Hostel City Center is arguably the best located hostel in the city, right in the heart of Málaga. The stylish hostel is only a few minutes walk from the Picasso Museum. Rooms are available from €18.24.
  • X Hostel Malaga – Picasso’s Hangout is the best place to party in Malaga. Super friendly and situated in the historic centre of Malaga, there is nowhere better to make new friends. Rooms are available from €14.11.
  • Hostal La Paloma is a super clean, friendly hostel that is only a five minute walk from the Roman Theatre. Rooms are available from €13.85.