7 Interesting Facts About Calle Larios in Malaga

7 Interesting Facts About Calle Larios in Malaga

You’ve probably heard of Calle Larios in Malaga and wondered what’s all the fuss about.

If that’s the case, then this article will give you everything you know about the most famous – and most expensive – street in Malaga.

In short, Calle Larios is home to some of the most luxurious real estate in Malaga, and one of the most popular shopping street for locals. At Christmas time, Malaga puts on a spectacular display of Christmas lights right on the street, an event that’s been known to attract thousands of spectators.

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people walking on the street of Calle Larios in Malaga, Spain

Where is Calle Larios in Malaga?

If you’re wondering where is Calle Larios, it’s pretty easy to find it – it’s a short walk away from the main train station (Malaga Centro) and if you’re by the cathedral you can walk there in just five minutes.

Here is the location on the map:

7 Interesting Facts About Calle Larios

people walking on the street of Calle Larios in Malaga, Southern Spain

1. The Name Game

Calle Larios is officially known as Calle Marqués de Larios.

It’s named after Manuel Domingo Larios, who was the 2nd Marquis of Larios. The Larios family was instrumental in developing the 19th-century textile industry in Málaga, and their legacy didn’t stop there.

They played a huge role in urban development, and this street is a tip of the hat to their contributions.

2. A Fashionable Address

Since its inauguration in 1891, Calle Larios has been the place to be.

Picture this: a boulevard that quickly became the go-to spot for the affluent, a symbol of economic and social growth. It’s lined with beautiful 19th-century buildings, now home to chic boutiques, popular international brands, and quaint cafes.

If you’re looking to shop till you drop or just enjoy some prime people-watching, Calle Larios has got you covered.

3. Art on Display

While you’re strolling, don’t forget to look up and around.

The architecture here tells a story of its own, with neoclassical and modernist facades that will have you snapping pics non-stop. It’s like an open-air museum, showcasing the elegance and style of bygone eras.

view of Malaga Cathedral from calle Larios in Malaga, Southern Spain

4. The Heart of Festivities

Calle Larios isn’t just about shopping and architecture; it’s also where Málaga’s soulful celebrations take place.

Whether it’s the enchanting Christmas light displays, the vibrant Semana Santa (Holy Week) processions, or the colorful Feria de Agosto, this street is where the action is. Each event transforms Calle Larios, making it a chameleon of culture and festivity.

5. A Pedestrian Paradise

In 2002, Calle Larios said “adiós” to cars, becoming a pedestrian-only haven.

This transformation has made it even more inviting for locals and tourists alike to wander, relax, and soak in the atmosphere without the buzz of traffic. It’s a breath of fresh air—literally and figuratively—in the heart of the city.

Calle Larios in Malaga, Southern Spain
This is me in the beige coat enjoying the winter breeze on Calle Larios!

6. A Meeting Spot for All

At the southern end of Calle Larios, you’ll find the famous Plaza de la Constitución, a historic square that’s been a focal point of city life for centuries.

This is where people meet, celebrations are held, and life happens. It’s the perfect spot to rest your shopping bags, enjoy a coffee, and watch the world go by.

7. A Canvas for Creativity

Every now and then, Calle Larios becomes a backdrop for art installations, performances, and exhibitions.

From dazzling light shows to intriguing sculptures, the street is a canvas for artists to add a touch of creativity to the urban landscape. It’s this ever-changing nature that keeps Calle Larios fresh and exciting.

Calle Larios During Christmas Time

Even though I have been living next to Malaga for many years now, I never actually made it there to see the Christmas lights, until last year.

Not that I am not interested, but I was always put off by the massive crowds gathering there.

Each year, Malaga puts on a spectacular display of Christmas lights at Calle Larios, an event that draws thousands of people to this relatively small space.

If you want to get the most out of it, make sure you arrive there a week or two after the official opening and remember that the light show is only at certain times, which are: 6.30pm, 8pm and 10pm every night (except Christmas eve and NY eve).

This year, in 2024, the lights will be around 28th November 2024, with the final date to be confirmed closer to the festive season. You can check updates on this website, but I will also do my own article closer to Christmas time.

Here are some photos from last years display, it was pretty spectacular.

Calle Larios during Christmas time, in Malaga, Southern Spain
Calle Larios during Christmas time, in Malaga, Southern Spain
Calle Larios during Christmas time, in Malaga, Southern Spain

Practical Tips

Even though Calle Larios might be the prime spot for people watching, there are almost no restaurants or cafes directly on the streets.

You will find mostly shops and boutiques on the main street, and smaller cafes and restaurants scattered in the small streets spilling from the main shopping street.

On the main square where Calle Larios starts, you will find more options to sit down and enjoy some people watching.

Final Thoughts

I hope this article got you excited about exploring Calle Larios in Malaga!

If you have any questions that have not been answered here, please do leave a comment below and I will be happy to answer. In the meantime, please check out other places you can explore in Malaga which I shared below.

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