No destination wedding venue marriage on the beautiful southern coast of Spain would be complete without paying homage to the stunning city of culture that is Malaga. Whatever time of year a couple decides to say ‘I do’ in this enchanting part of the world, a trip to Malaga city is a must, providing so much contrast, entertainment, and fun for the bridal couple and their wedding guests. A truly memorable addition to the main wedding celebration itself, and a great way for everyone to spend some quality time together.
We are proud to present 10 of the most diverse and inspirational things to do in our fabulous Andalusian city. Some real hidden gems that will give the days surrounding a wedding even more wow factor…
In no particular order – because each of these unique experiences is wonderful in its own way:
1: The Malaga Christmas Lights
The spectacle of the lights is truly something to behold. 2019 saw the brand new set of lights festooning the city (reputedly costing close to 1 million euros) switched on by none other than local film star, Antonio Banderas! Combine a stroll along the brightest of all the streets, Calle Larios, with churros and chocolate to go, and prepare to be utterly dazzled by the timed light and music displays as you let the festive season wash over you. All adding to the romance of any winter Spanish wedding.
2: European Christmas Market
Taking place in nearby Torrox, the European-style Christmas market is a firm favourite on the calendar for all Malagueños – and with good reason. Over 80 stalls assemble annually to offer a glorious array of artisan food and drink, crafts, Christmas decorations, traditional toys and more. Sip on mulled wine as you wander the lanes and mull over what you are going to treat yourself to next…
Did you know that Malaga was home to the famous Spanish artist? The city is rightly proud of its talented son and you will find many sites dedicated to him throughout Malaga. Whether you are a culture vulture or not, the Picasso museum and Picasso’s house should not be missed.
4: Cruise Terminal Shopping and Refreshments
Whiling away the hours dockside of Malaga’s impressive port is a great way to enjoy an alternative view of the city. Here shopping opportunities abound, whilst some of the city’s best dining venues cannot fail to hook you with their delicious seafood menus. The perfect setting for the perfect afternoon with family and friends.
Malaga may be a city, but it’s a city flanked by the turquoise waves of the beautiful Mediterranean sea. And the chiringuitos (or beach bars) of Malaga are a fantastic place to enjoy lunch, an afternoon Tinto de Verano (or 2!) and the warm rays of Spanish sunshine – after lunch why not hire out a sunbed for a well-deserved siesta and a paddle in the sea? Many of these gorgeous set-ups have been redeveloped in recent years so they are less rustic, more stylish, offering superb facilities and staying open well into the evening.
6: Caminito del Rey
Is your wedding party full of thrill-seeking adventurers? If so, then a trip just outside the city to El Caminito del Rey (The Path of the King) could be just the ticket! Fringing the narrow walls of a gorge, the natural splendour is as breathtaking as the sheer drop. A memorable day trip… but maybe not one for the fainthearted.
7: Harbour Cruise
Enjoy an exhilarating panorama of the city by boat (and a glass of fizz) with one of the popular Malaga harbour cruises. The joy of taking to the waves is the unique perspective it brings to any city. Malaga is no exception there, its alluring cathedral shining like a beacon in the sunset.
8: Pompidou Centre
It may look a little bit like a giant Rubik’s cube, but this arty hub showcases some seriously awesome and inspiring art. Exhibitions vary throughout the year meaning there is something for everybody’s tastes. The setting of the museum couldn’t be more idyllic or convenient with the harbour right on its doorstep.
9: Museum of the Imagination
It may be relatively small but it is one of Malaga’s hidden gems that still relatively few people know about. A super fun way to spend a couple of hours if you find yourself in the Calle Larios or marina area. The museo de la imaginacion is full to bursting with the most brilliant Instagram photo opportunities! An exhibition full of props and optical illusions just begging for interaction – with young and old alike…
10: La Cañada Shopping Mall
On the way back to your wedding accommodation, a pit-stop for a spot of retail therapy at Marbella’s excellent out-of-town shopping mall is highly recommended. Here you will find high-end high street shops packed with the latest in Mediterranean fashion, some delicious eateries, and a cinema. You may also find your purse feeling quite a bit lighter!
But this has only skimmed the surface in terms of the many hidden gems waiting to be discovered in the city…
The Sunshine Weddings Spain team can’t wait to hear about all of your favourite Malaga wedding excursions in the coming season.