The Malaga night is young! And besides, it has many plans to offer you from the time the sun goes down until it comes up again. Walking around this Andalusian city during the day is a real wonder, but at night it doesn’t lose that charm either.
Visiting Malaga at any time of day is always a good idea. But thanks to its climate and atmosphere, summer nights also become one of the best times to go out and discover the alternative plans that Malaga has to offer.
In Malaga, and in most of Andalusia, you will never see an empty street, especially if you travel in summer. Malaga’s nights are always full of people in the streets who take advantage of the fact that the heat has diminished and go out at those times. Therefore, we recommend that you also take a walk when the sun goes down and go out to discover Malaga.
Even if you have to see the monuments from outside, don’t worry! All its buildings and streets are very well lit even for taking pictures. So you have no excuse to take a walk through the historical centre and discover the most romantic side under the light of the lampposts of the quieter Malaga.
Also take advantage of this opportunity to go for a walk along the promenade and feel the sea breeze and your feet touching the fresh sand of the beach. You will not be able to enjoy these moments during the day, and they are well worth it.
To discover the deeper Malaga there are also many plans to discover when the moon has already risen. Skip a little bit of the typical tourism of monuments and museums and get to know the Andalusian culture with all its details.
There’s nothing more typical than going from bar to bar for a tapas dinner. Tapas are small portions of food to share, always accompanied by a cold beer (and more in summer) or a wine. In Malaga there are many bars where you can try them, but we recommend that you go to one of the chiringuitos on the beach. Ask for the specialty of the house that surely you are not going to regret.
If you don’t know where to start tasting these tapas, we recommend you to start in Moreno Monroy street: you will find bars that offer the most traditional gastronomy up to those that bet on the avant-garde cuisine. It won’t take you 2 minutes to get there, but you can stay at the bar for more than 2 hours. Or José Iturbi street; also known as the boulevard of tapas in Malaga.
Although Malaga is also known as one of the cities that has more parties, there are also plans for “tranquillity” to enjoy a drink or mojito with the tranquillity and silence. Many of the chiringuitos that there are, at a certain time of the night, dismantle the tables where they have been serving dinner and play relaxing music for the moment. The only sound you’ll hear is the people whispering, the music, and the sound of the waves breaking on the shore under the moonlight reflected on the sea.
The most famous chiringuitos are located on the Paseo Antonio Banderas, and among them we recommend that you enter the Litoral Pacifico chiringuito and the Gutiérrez Playa.
Another of the night plans that Malaga offers us is the wide range of shows that exist. You will be able to live the experience of being in front of an authentic flamenco tablao with Andalusian dancers and singers. There are several bars that also have live shows, or if you prefer and it coincides, go to a theater to see them. Stop by the Cal y Canto hall located right in the centre of Malaga next to Calle Larios to see a traditional flamenco tablao; the tablao Los Amaya, located in Calle Vélez; or the spectacular Teatro Cervantes, in Calle Ramos Marín.
A very typical Andalusian plan for summer nights is to go with friends to a summer cinema. It all depends, of course, on the film and the weather on that day. But in Malaga there is sun and heat 300 days a year, so enjoying a movie with popcorn and friends, and the roof is the stars is a real plan to live in Malaga. One of the most famous summer cinemas is the Cine de Verano de la Malagueta, located on Paseo de la Farola.
Most visits to Malaga’s monuments have daytime hours and usually close around 8pm, although some of them take advantage of the night to give their cultural visits a different focus and make them a different experience.
The Alcazaba is a palatial fortification from the Muslim era, built on a previous fortification of Phoenician-Punic origin. It is located on the Gibralfaro mountain. It was originally built as a defence against attacks from the west and north. Its name in Arabic means citadel, and it was formerly the wall that ended the city.
The night tour lasts approximately one hour and must be done on foot. During the visit you can walk through the gardens and courtyards and discover the passages that existed in ancient times. In addition, they have wanted to give it a theatrical touch, and the guides are actors disguised as musicians, jugglers, dancers and soldiers of the time.
The Historical Cemetery of San Miguel is one of the main historical monuments in Spain. It has been a place of burial and worship since the 19th century and all its chapels, wakes and rooms have been preserved since it was built.
The opportunity to see it at night allows us to appreciate the architecture of its buildings from another angle. Furthermore, the view is guided by one of the most illustrious Malagan people who are buried there. He will show you which painters, characters and people who have marked the era rest there and you will be able to enter the Heredia Pantheon.
It is located in the Basilica of Santa Maria de la Victoria which is one of the most important churches in Malaga. It hosts several Easter brotherhoods. It also houses the Pantheon of the Counts of Buenavista.
During the night visit you will be shown and explained all the decoration that revolves around death and purgatory which is considered to be one of the best in Andalusia. The impressive camarín de la Victoria has a decoration like a heavenly garden. You will also learn about the beginnings of Ferdinand the Catholic, all his history with the Convent of the Minims and the history of Anita Delgado’s mantle.
The botanical garden of Malaga is of English landscape style and has more than 150 years of history. Thanks to its subtropical climate, there are more than 50,000 tropical and subtropical plants that can only be found here, as well as more than 100 species of palms, bamboos and water plants.
Here again we find that their nocturnal visits are dramatized. Depending on the date you visit it, you will enjoy the play A magical world or Botanical Garden: the origin. You can come and visit this garden accompanied by all your family and friends regardless of age; however, the play A Magical World is dedicated to children.