Malaga is a great city to visit that combines in an excellent way the cultural tourism with the sun and beach tourism offering you the best of both worlds. It is possible that for this last reason you decide to approach it by car, making a route by the Costa del Sol or by any reason. If so, here you will find the best places to park so that you can save money to enjoy your trip better.
Like many other places with a historic centre in Malaga, this one is pedestrianised, which implies a whole series of restrictions on vehicle access. Luckily the provincial capital is one of the big cities with the largest number of free parking areas. This does not mean that there are many, but it does mean that there are more possibilities than in other places.
These places are marked by the white color of their paint. One of the best areas is the one located in Guillén Street as it is close to some of the most outstanding monuments in Málaga. It is less than 10 minutes walk from the Cathedral, 5 minutes from the Alcazaba and very close to the main museum area. This means that it is usually quite busy.
Carreteria street is also a good option, less than 10 minutes from the historical centre, it has a field where you can leave your car. The only problem is that in recent times it has become famous.
Around the El Ejido neighbourhood there is a large concentration of faculties and schools that generally have their own parking lot. Although this possibility is already further away with about 20 minutes of walking.
At a more or less similar distance is the Rosaleda Stadium. In this area there are several open spaces that are used as parking, especially when there are football games. It is also very close to the Paseo de Martíricos and the banks of the river Guadalmedina which also usually have free spaces.
If you are unlucky in this area with a little bit of displacement you can try where the Mother and Child Hospital is. Between Fatima Avenue and Arroyo de los Angeles Avenue you will most likely find some free space but it must also be said that the road can take up to half an hour.
Finally, going up La Victoria Avenue, in the Conde de Ureña neighbourhood, before reaching the vicinity of the church you may have space to leave your car. It is worth mentioning that we have always taken the Cathedral as the reference point of the heritage area. Therefore it is possible that if you start your visit by another monument the arrival times vary.
Another possibility is that you will find parking spaces marked with a blue line. These are regulated parking areas known as SARE and are located in the old town or in the most populated areas of the city. To get to know the old town of this incredible city, take a look at the Guided Tours in Malaga, as well as other offers in the province such as the Caminito del Rey Guided Tour, continue to find out in the links.
Continuing with these parking areas, there you have to pay an hourly rate during working hours. In the vicinity there must be a kind of mailbox where you can get the ticket to record that you have paid the amount. Generally it is from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 14:00 resuming the service in the afternoon from 16:00 to 20:00 and on Saturdays only in the morning. Sundays and public holidays are free of charge. This is the most common tone but it is important to pay attention to the sign because it has to indicate all these concepts.
The closest areas to the historical centre where you can find them are the surroundings of Mármoles Street, Atarazanas, Soho, Armengual de la Mota, Urbanismo, Malagueta, Aurora, Composer Lehmberg, Babel, Carmen Market and La Trinidad neighbourhood. There are two zones, the normal rotation, where you can leave the car up to 150 minutes, and the high rotation (S.A.R.E. 30), which you can only use half an hour as there is more car traffic.
Both residents and people with reduced mobility have a discount of up to 98% but it is necessary to leave the relevant documentation visible. In addition, electric vehicles can use the normal rotation areas free of charge, but not the high rotation areas.
In a similar way, the loading and unloading areas work, and have a set schedule where you can park without penalty. They are usually located near the port, airport or María Zambrano train station. Alternatively, there are two town hall car parks in the vicinity of the heritage centre, such as the Marina Square (next to Larios Street) and the Merced Square (under the Alcazaba).