Family trip to Malaga. Things to do and see with kids.

If you follow us on any of our social media pages, you already know some details about our stay in Malaga. That we stayed in Sercotel Malaga and came to Malaga from Granada.

Malaga, the heart of the Costa Del Sol. With over 300 sunny days a year, hot summers and the warmest winters in Europe, it’s a great choice for a holiday all year round.

Many travellers visit Malaga and then go to Granada, Córdoba and Seville just to discover Andalusian history and beauty. In our case, we came from Granada, and were really happy with the choice.

Malaga is the birthplace of famous artist Picasso, as well as home to some of the oldest fortresses and palaces.

There is a lot that this city has to offer. It is most commonly known for its yellow beaches and high-rise resorts and hotels. But there is also a huge variety of things to do in Malaga Spain.

One our 4th day of holidays, but 1st day when we came to Malaga, we went right to the nearest beach. It was a blessing to pass once again from 40 C degrees to 24 C degrees and to enjoy the breeze of Mediterranean Sea.

Beatriz, Guest Experience Manager from Sercotel Malaga, prepared to us all the things we can do in Malaga. She was the one who highly recommended us to eat Espeto. Espetos are usually made of bamboo cane trimmed into a flat blade-like shape, with one sharpened end; occasionally metal skewers are used. As with many traditional Spanish dishes, an espeto of fish is the essence of simplicity – the fish is covered in sal gorda (coarse sea salt), speared, six per espeto, and cooked over an olive-wood fire until golden, tender and tasty, with that unmistakable smoky barbeque flavour. This is a traditional way of cooking freshly-caught sea fish, most often sardines but also sea bream and even shellfish and calamari, speared on a long flat stick (espeto or espetada) and barbequed over a hot fire on the beach.

As we were keen to eat, we went right to the nearest chiringuito to have Espeto and as well enjoy the time by the sea. As told us Beatriz, we came in the right period, when sardinas are just perfect for Espeto, those are not too big, nor too small.

All our first evening we enjoyed beach, chiringuito and perfect weather. What we can wish for?

On our next day in Malaga we had big plans, we went to the nearest towns, Nerja and Frigiliana, but about these I will tell you later. Today I will talk only about Malaga.

Our last day of holidays, we had a very late flight that day back to Barcelona, we spent only in Malaga. In the morning we went to the Automobile Museum. We went to one in Turin, many years ago, when we still were travelling alone, and were so impressed that we wanted to repeat the experience.

We had no expectations, as we knew, that the museum of Turin, is much bigger, and it is very specialized on Italians car. Our main goal was to make Marc happy, our little son, as he enjoys so much playing with cars, that we thought it would be an authentic experience for him. After spending more than half an hour, we understood, that by the end, we were those who enjoyed the museum more. Marc love little cars, that can be touched and with which he could play.

Automobile museum was a total experience. It is true, that it has fewer collection, but even those were cars that we haven’t seen previously.

After the museum, we took a bus to go to Lego Exhibition, one of the biggest in Europe. We went there, but both kids were tired that we took time to relax in Parque de Malaga. And when kids were more than happy with their time at the playground, we decided to go right to the Old City.

We weaved our way through the beautiful narrow streets of Old Town in Malaga. Malaga is a city of cute pavement cafes, historic plazas and stunning architecture. A former stomping ground for Picasso, there’s a creative streak running through the city. Huge murals, mosaic floors and eye-catching street art line the ancient streets. 

The building fuses 14th century Moorish architecture with 19th century industrial design. All the main places are very close to each other. While we strolled out, we got to the Cathedral of Malaga.

Cathedrals around the world are mesmerizing pieces of architecture that deserve to be looked at and loved. The Malaga Catedral is no different and certainly worth taking the time to go and admire.

Constructed in the 15th Century, it was not completed until the 18th Century and is filled with some of the most beautiful works of art you have ever laid eyes on.

The entry prices are actually very reasonable, and they come with an audio tour that takes you on an immersive and exciting trip through history.

After our time at Malaga Cathedral, we went right into an artisanal shop. Where local goodies were sold, mainly sweets from dry fruits. We are big lovers of dry fruits, that is why, it is difficult to impress us with something new. But it wasn’t the case, as almonds is something very specific to Malaga.

The almond is the main dry fruit grown in the province of Malaga, where its cultivation today accounts for more than 16,000 hectares. In Malaga, the predominant varieties are Marcona, the Largueta and the Comuna, although in recent years the Guara also has been introduced. Of all almonds produced in the province of Malaga, the most appreciated and demanded is the Marcona. This variety, which is the earliest in this area, is especially characterized by its large and rounded shape. Especially abundant in the province of Malaga, it is also the most suitable for baking. In fact, it is considered the most delicate, but also the tastiest.

Going further, it was getting us lost in a local shop where all the products were handmade of leather. Seriously, if not the smell, I would buy all kinds of things from that shop. There is some time, that we are not buying anything  as souvenirs during travels, as most of these are getting useless during the time. But, yes, we try to buy something personal, that we need, and that we can use. In this case it was a leather purse.

So, all our evening in Malaga, was strolling through the narrow streets of Old town, and enjoy local shops. When the time came to go back to the hotel and take our luggage and say goodbye to Malaga and our holidays for this time.



  1. July 10, 2019 / 8:34 pm

    Not sure if I’ve seen such a gorgeous place filled with beautiful architecture! That sounds like a dream vacation!!!! I would love to travel there. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas for what to do there.

    • Travel Family Blog
      July 11, 2019 / 8:16 am

      ohh thank you a lot for your appreciations.

    July 11, 2019 / 12:53 pm

    This looks like such a fantastic trip! I have never heard of Malaga before – it looks like it has lots to offer for a family!

    • Travel Family Blog
      July 11, 2019 / 3:33 pm

      it is a beautiful coast city, where you can enjoy city and beach at the same time with kids

  3. July 13, 2019 / 9:33 am

    What a spectacular place to visit. I’ve never been before. But now you got me thinking about planning a trip there in the near future with the kiddos!

    • Travel Family Blog
      July 24, 2019 / 11:35 am

      i am sure you will enjoy the place with your kids

  4. July 15, 2019 / 5:32 pm

    This place looks amazing! There is so much to do, and so much of it is family-friendly. I have a niece and nephew who would love the LEGO exhibit.

    • Travel Family Blog
      July 24, 2019 / 11:35 am

      I am sure, this is an amazing place to visit with kids, for sure.

  5. Rebecca
    July 26, 2019 / 4:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience! Your family seems lovely and the pictures are awesome. It does look like a great place to visit with kids. I’ll be going there with my daughter and partner in September. Do you think an organized excursion like this one is a good idea to do with a 10-year-old adventurous girl? Just to get a general idea of the city and then explore on our own.
    Thank you and safe travels!

    • Travel Family Blog
      July 29, 2019 / 10:54 am

      I think, taking tours is always great, as you find out much more about the city you explore. But you can perfectly explore it by your own, as the city is small enough, and old part you can enjoy in 1 day.

  6. October 4, 2019 / 10:11 am

    Awesome! It’s nice to get a trip with family to Malaga. Thank you for sharing your vacation experiences and knowledge.

    • Travel Family Blog
      October 9, 2019 / 10:10 am

      Thank you for stopping by, it is always great to discover a place with beloved ones.

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