Dawn in Málaga is a delightful spectacle that is free to all and with no entry limits. Take to the streets early and walk down to the beach, to the esplanade, from where you can watch how the sea is slowly tinged with gold as it is touched by the first rays of the sun. A dawn that, as you will see, will totally re-energise you.
You can also stroll around the Atarazanas Market and its surroundings, the most popular area in the Historic Quarter. Watch the hustle and bustle of people coming and going, see the stacks of boxes, products, vegetables, fruit, fish and much more. Listen to the sounds, the rumour of city life and to the background melody of the fishmongers as they sing out their wares. This is an area of the city where you need to sit in a café and, if you have not yet had breakfast, order a few good-sized “churros” (fritter type rings) and a coffee or, better still, a double hot chocolate. Be silent and listen carefully, the city, Málaga with all its charm and spirit, is waking up.
You will hear it if you listen carefully and, in the background, the bells of the nearby churches. You can set your watch by their chimes.
During the evening hours in Málaga the light becomes very special. The hours before sunset is the time to find a good terrace and enjoy a drink: tea, coffee, fruit juice –whatever takes your fancy. Sip it with some confectionery delicacy, one of those jewels that have given us our creative pastry-making fame, whilst you watch time go by while the light changes so typically for this part of the day. You can enjoy these special moments, chatting with friends or simply watching and observing at any of the city's cafés, tea rooms or cake shops in places such as Plaza de la Merced, Calle Alcazabillas, Calle San Agustín or Plaza de la Constitución and Calle Larios .
You could also go down to our sea front Esplanades and watch how the sea changes in colour at this time of the day. There are a number of "chiringuitos" (beach cafés) on both esplanades. A particularly beautiful spot for this is Baños del Carmen, though from any point along the coast you will undoubtedly find it a moving experience.
Málaga offers a variety of different ways of enjoying the night. You will find lively areas full of excitement and music to dance until the early hours whilst there are other, more relaxed areas where you can talk, enjoy a drink and good music. You can choose any of them, as you prefer. In any case, fun and good times are guaranteed.
From Thursday night to Saturday night, the Historical Quarter offers a taste of authentic nightlife. The young and the not so young come out in force to enjoy themselves, gathering in the bars to have a drink and “shake that body”. Good music and fun are guaranteed. At some of these establishments you can also enjoy live music. However, there are also quieter places, peaceful havens amidst the hustle and bustle where you can enjoy a chat. This night life area ranges from Plaza de la Merced to Plaza de la Constitución along the streets and squares - Granada, Alcazabilla, Plaza de Uncibay, Convalecientes, Comedias, Luis de Velázquez, Santa Lucía - and many others, all of them full of great spots to spend a night out.
If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere we suggest La Malagueta, Paseo de Sancha, Limonar and Pedregalejo. In these areas there are many places where you can listen to good music and enjoy a chat with friends. If out of town, we recommend you pay a visit to the leisure centres at Plaza Mayor Málaga Nostrum where you'll find cinemas, nightclubs, bowling alleys and bars, and where the atmosphere is lively.