13 Best Walking Tours in Malaga: Local Expert Tips [2023]

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Are you looking for a walking tour in Malaga?

In that case, you’re at the right place!

I live next to Malaga and spent a lot of time walking around the city, exploring everything it has to offer, beyond the highlights.

If you’re looking for tips on the best walking tours in Malaga – it’s best to ask a local right?

In this article, I have reviewed the best available walking tours in Malaga, by local guides, so you can skip all the tourist traps and get the best experience while visiting Malaga.

Check my top 3 picks below, or see the whole list if you’re looking for something a little more unique!

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No time to read the whole article?

No problem – just head over here to book the most popular walking tour in Malaga.

This tour is 3 hours long and will show you all the highlights of the city with an expert local guide! PS: it includes tickets to the monuments!

Below are the best options for your walking tour in Malaga.

If you’re looking for more practical tips, you will find those at the end of the article together with frequently asked questions.

Best Picks: 13 Guided Walking Tours In Malaga

Here is the best of the best – click the book here button to see availability and prices.

To find more details about each tour you can scroll down in the article.

people walking around in Muelle Uno in Malaga, Spain

3 Hour Walking Tour with Tickets

4.8 / 5 Rating
Tickets to Monumentes
Top Pick
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Walking Tour with Tapas Tasting

4.8 / 5 Rating
3 Hour Activity
Pick no 2
malaga walking tour 2

2 Hour Highlights Tour

4.5 / 5 Rating
Historic City Center Tour
Pick no 3

Below you will find more details on the top three picks and other recommended walking tours in Malag.

1. Malaga 3 Hour Walking Tour with Tickets

horse carriage in malaga old town
Rating: 4.8 / 5
Tour Length: 3 hours
Availability & Price: check here

The highlights of Malaga in just 3 hours!

This tour will cover every major landmark in Malaga on a simple walking tour with an expert local guide. It also includes tickets to the Alcazaba of Malaga, the Roman Theater and the Cathedral.

As part of your guided walk, you will start at Plaza de la Merced, where you will see Picasso’s birth home, and follow to the old town to tick off all the highlights, finishing your walk at the Roman Theater.

This tour runs every day except Sunday, and starts around 10.30 am.

2. Malaga 3 Hour Treasure Hunt Tour

spring in old town Malaga, Spain
Rating: 5 / 5
Tour Length: 3 hours
Availability & Price: check here

If you’re looking for a fun way to explore Malaga, this treasure hunt tour is certainly one of the top picks.

Learn about the historic sights through an interactive treasure hunt which combines sightseeing, information, independence and fun!

As part of the treasure hunt, you will see all the important historic sights in Malaga, and will have a tour guide in English language.

This tour runs every day of the week, with a meeting point at Plaza de la Constitution. Click book here to see availability and prices.


3. 2 Hour Malaga Center Walking Tour

people walking in old town Malaga, Spain
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Tour Length: 2 hours
Availability & Price: check here

If you only have a couple of hours to spare, this short tour is perfect for you!

As part of this walking tour, you will explore the old town of Malaga and Malaga Cathedral, where you will learn lots of interesting information from a local guide.

You will walk through the most important places in Malaga such as Calle Granada, Plaza de la Constitución, Iglesia de Santiago, Calle Larios and more.

This Malaga walking tour runs every day except Sunday and includes an entrance fee to Malaga Cathedral, so no waiting in the line!

4. 3 Hour Malaga Bachelorette Treasure Hunt Tour

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Rating: 4.7 / 5
Tour Length: 3 hours
Availability & Price: check here

Are you staying in Malaga for a Bachelorette weekend or a special trip with the bride?

I’ve got the perfect walking tour for you! This fun local tour is a treasure hunt where you combine a game with learning interesting things about the local monuments in Malaga.

There is a special bachelorette game at each location and the whole tour takes 3 hours.

The perfect combination of fun and education!

‘Everything was well organized. The bride was happy and we would do it again and again. This gives you a great overview of the city – very good!’ (traveller from Germany)


5. Malaga City Center Walking Tour with Tapas Tasting

tapas in Malaga, Spain
Rating: 4.8 / 5
Tour Length: 3 hours
Availability & Price: check here

See the city through the eyes of a local, while you sample some of the local cuisine!

This combined walking and food tasting tour is the perfect combination that will entice all your senses – you will discover all the highlights of Malaga, and at the same time get a chance to taste the delicious local tapas!

Your walk will pass through Calle Granada and Iglesia de Santiago, Pasaje de Chinitas, and Plaza del Obispo, and finish at the Malaga Cathedral. In addition to the historic sights, you will also learn a lot about the local cuisine, the history and importance of tapas in Andalusia, and much more.

This walking and food-tasting tour runs 7 days a week and includes free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity.


6. History of Picasso Guided Walking Tour

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Tour Length: 2 hours
Availability & Price: check here

You can’t leave Malaga without learning a thing or two about Picasso! And what a better way to learn about the artist than by taking a dedicated walking tour in his native city!

If you want to know everything there is about Picasso, see how the city inspired him, see his birthplace and visit other places relevant to his family, a local guide will show you everything you should know on this 2 hour guided walk.

This brand-new walking tour in Malaga runs only once a week on Fridays, so make sure you book your spot so you don’t miss out!


7. Malaga 2 Hour Private Walking Tour

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Rating: 4.5 / 5
Tour Length: 2 hours
Availability & Price: check here

Don’t fancy the crowds? You don’t need to!

You can book this private guided walking tour of Malaga, with an expert local guide that will show you all the historical monuments with a personalised itinerary just for you!

This tour is a great option, especially for those who have visited Malaga before. You can ask the guide to give you an alternative itinerary, that will take you beyond the main sights and show you authentic places in Malaga.

This walking tour includes a hotel pick up and runs 7 days a week. Check availability and prices by clicking the button below.


8. Malaga Private 3 Hour Personalised Walking Tour

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Rating: 4.5 / 5
Tour Length: 3 hours
Availability & Price: check here

Same as the option earlier, this is a private walking tour in Malaga which allows you to personalise your itinerary based on your needs!

Unlike the first option, this one is slightly longer, running for 3 hours, with pick up from the hotel included. To check the prices & availability click the button below.

‘David was a very nice tour guide, told us a lot about the country and its people and showed us a lot in Malaga, gave us tips and responded to our wishes. Malaga is a really beautiful town, is worth seeing’ Traveler from Spain


9. Malaga Highlights & Sunset Walking Tour

Malaga city views from Gibralfaro castle
Rating: 4.3 / 5
Tour Length: 2 hours
Availability & Price: check here

Explore Malaga at the golden hour during this 2 hour guided walking tour!

Perfect for those who want to capture Malaga in the best light, and also avoid the mid-day crowds.

This guided tour starts at Plaza de la Constitución and continues through all the main historic landmarks, finishing off by climbing to one of the best viewpoints (miradors) to admire the sunset views of Malaga Bay.

This walking tour is a small group only – up to 10 participants, and starts around 7pm. It runs 7 days a week. Book your spot via button below.


10. Malaga 1.5 Hour Small Group Walking Tour

Malaga cathedral, spain
Rating: 5 / 5
Tour Length: 1.5 hours
Availability & Price: check here

Don’t have much time in Malaga?

In that case, an express 1.5-hour walking tour through the main historic locations will tick all your boxes!

This tour includes a guided walk through the Roman Theater, Alcazabilla Street, and Plaza Merced (Picasso’s birthplace). You will walk passed the Picasso Museum and finally arrive at Malaga Cathedral.

Short and complete tour of Malaga’s highlights in just 1.5 hours!


11. Malaga Art District Walking Tour

Malaga old town, Spain
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Tour Length: 1.5 hours
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Fancy seeing something a little different?

In that case, head to the art district – Soho – with a knowledgeable local guide that will show you the off-the-beaten-path locations and beautiful street art.

This is a short 1.5 hour walk through the neighbourhoods of Soho and Lagunillas, which runs once a week on Mondays.

Book your spot below.


12. Malaga Crime Challenge Walking Tour

Malaga old town, Spain
Rating: 4.8 / 5
Tour Length: 3 hours
Availability & Price: check here

If you’re looking for a unique way to explore Malaga, then you can’t miss this walking tour!

Grab your detective kit from your local guide, and set off on an adventure with your GPS device that will take you to historic locations where you will solve puzzles.

At the last station, your guide will be waiting for you with the final puzzle that will reveal your treasure. A fun way to see the city, for big kids or small!


13. Taste of Malaga Walking Tour

Malaga Cathedral, Spain
Rating: 5 / 5
Tour Length: 3.5 hours
Availability & Price: check here

One of my favourite ways to explore a new city is through the cuisine – and this walking and tasting tour ticks all the boxes!

Venture on a guided walk that will take you through the culinary highlights of Malaga, in the best tapas bars and artisanal food shops.

Great tour for food lovers who also love to discover something about the history of the city.


Top Tips Walking Tours in Malaga

Here are some practical things to consider when you book your Malaga walking tour!


First things first: Malaga is a very walkable city!

You don’t need to worry about a 3 hour walking tour in the city as 90% of the time you will be in the old town, walking on cobbled streets or wide pavements.

However, many of the tours (like the sunset tour) will take you to the viewpoints, which means a steep uphill climb towards the Gibralfaro Castle. Make sure you check the itinerary closely before you book, especially if you have any issues with your knees or mobility restrictions.


Comfortable shoes are an absolute must for a walking tour!

Forget flip flops and high heels and opt for something that won’t leave you with blisters after the walk! Also consider the weather of course!

Centre Pompidou in Muelle Uno, Malaga, Spain


Malaga is blessed with over 300 sunny days per year, so worrying about weather conditions will be the last thing on your mind!

If you’re travelling in the summer, you just need to ensure to use plenty of sun protection and take a bottle of water with you. It gets VERY hot! Check the start time of the walking tour, the morning walks are usually more pleasant in the summer than the ones in the afternoon.

If you’re visiting off-season, in the rainy winter months, check tours that have flexible cancellation policy so you can quickly change the plan if the weather goes bad. Almost all the tours I featured have free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity.


As I mentioned, nearly every tour featured here has a free cancellation policy, giving you lots of flexibility in case you change your plans.

This is super beneficial if you’re travelling with kids, if the weather is a little unpredictable, or if you’re simply not sure if you’ll be up for the walk!

Muelle Uno in Malaga, Spain


Walking tours in Malaga usually just pass the main historic sights, like the Cathedral and Alcazaba and you don’t actually venture inside. This is due to the fact that an average walk takes only 3 hours, so it would leave less time for exploring other parts of Malaga, and also make the tickets more expensive.

The first tour I recommended (This tour) is one that has the best of both worlds – tickets to a couple of the monuments while allowing you plenty of time to explore the rest of the town.


If you’re visiting with small kids, the shorter 1.5 to 2 hour walks will be a better option.

Also keep in mind that the old town has old cobbled streets – check that your pram can handle it! (mine has narrow wheels which are hard to navigate through those pavements).

Final Thoughts

I hope you found lots of interesting ideas for the perfect guided walk for you!

If you’re staying in Malaga a little longer, don’t forget to check the recommended articles with tips on what to see in Malaga below.

And while in Malaga it would be a shame to miss out on some of the beautiful places that are available as a day trip excursion – check out the best ones in the list below!

people walking around in Muelle Uno in Malaga, Spain
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This tour is 3 hours long and will show you all the highlights of the city with an expert local guide! PS: it includes tickets to the monuments!

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Lucia is a founder and travel writer at Viva La Vita. She has been living on Costa del Sol in Southern Spain (Fuengirola) since 2020. She helps travellers plan the perfect trip to Spain thanks to her local insights, practical tips and unique insider perspective complemented by original photography.

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