Malaga Cathedral (Cathedral de la Encarnación) Tours

Málaga’s gleaming white-stone cathedral was built over many years on the former site of a mosque after Isabella and Ferdinand had expelled the Moors from Andalusia in the 1480s. All that is now left of the mosque is the pretty Patio de los Naranjos, still filled with sweet-smelling orange trees. The cathedral is affectionately known locally as La Manquita (the one-armed lady) as it only has one—granted very elaborate and Baroque – bell tower. The other tower stands stunted and half-finished and the cathedral façade was never completed due to lack of civic funds; no-one is sure why but it may have been that funds were diverted into other projects across the region after a massive earthquake in 1680.

The original architect of the cathedral was Diego de Siloe and construction began in 1528; it continued slowly over the next two and a half centuries and this can clearly be seen in the mish-mash of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture on the façade. The architecture José Martín de Aldehuela, who built the Puente Nuevo in Ronda, also had a hand in finishing this cathedral.

The interior is a mix of gleaming Renaissance and Baroque elements, with a lavishly ornate vaulted ceiling and two massive organs that boast 4,000 pipes between them. The fine 17th-century choir is of mahogany and cedar, adorned with 42 sculptures of saints designed by Luis Ortiz da Bargas and Pedro de Mena.

Adjacent to the cathedral is the smaller, 15th-century Iglesia del Sagrano. Only its original Gothic portico now remains as it was largely rebuilt in 1714 following the 1680 earthquake; it has a wonderfully over-the-top interior. There is a small open-air museum in the cathedral grounds scattered with sculptures by Málaga artist Jorge Rando.

Practical Info

Málaga Cathedral is in the historic center of the city, where parking is difficult. For drivers, the nearest parking is at Plaza María Guerrero. The cathedral and museum are open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm but closed on Sunday unless for services. There is an admission charge but the open-air museum and gardens are free.
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Address: Calle Molina Lario, 9, Málaga 29015, Spain
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Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Closed Sunday
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Malaga Shore Excursion: Private Malaga Highlights and Mijas White Washed Village

Experience Malaga and Mijas highlights—from historical sites like the Gibralfaro Castle to picturesque hillsides full of whitewashed houses overlooking the sea—in as little as five hours on this shore excursion. Since you won’t have to worry about arranging transportation among destinations, you can relax while you hear informative commentary from your guide about Mijas and Malaga’s most popular attractions.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Malaga City Private Walking Tour including Alcazaba Fortress

Discover Malaga’s coastal beauty and ancient treasures on this private, 3-hour walking tour. See architectural highlights like the Roman Theater and the stunning Malaga Cathedral while your knowledgeable guide shares tales from the city’s nearly 3,000 years of history. Step inside the awe-inspiring Alcazaba fortress, one of the highlights of any visit to Malaga. Enjoy a stop for light refreshments and the personalized attention of your private guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Malaga Historical Center Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

Explore Malaga in a fun and unique way: with a treasure hunt. A guide will get you started with a kick-off clue, then you will follow your GPS through the city to ten different historical stops, learning about the history of the city at every turn. Unlock clues and walk at your own pace, meeting your guide at the last stop to reveal a personal treasure just for you. You'll travel with just your private party, which ensures an intimate atmosphere and plenty of personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour: Half-Day Historical and Cultural Málaga

Make the most of your time in Malaga with this private, full-day city tour. Benefit from personalized attention from a dedicated guide and the ability to customize your itinerary while exploring Malaga's cultural and historical aspects. Enjoy the chance to focus on the landmarks and highlights of the city that appeal to you and your private party, then stop for tapas and beverages for your party of up to 15 people.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Malaga Segway Tour

Explore the historical heart of Malaga on a modern Segway during a 1- or 2-hour Segway tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, glide through the atmospheric streets of the Old Town to discover legendary landmarks like the Malaga Cathedral, the Alcazaba Citadel and the Museo Picasso. On the 2-hour tour, enjoy further exploration of the picturesque seafront promenade and Castillo de Gibralfaro. Learn about the rich historical heritage of the city and experience an alternative sightseeing sojourn on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 10 people.
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Malaga Bike Tour

Pedal your way through Malaga and check off the port city’s key sights on this 3-hour bike tour. Accompanied by your tour leader, you’ll cycle through the charming historic center on beautiful pedestrian streets. See the Renaissance Cathedral of Malaga, the Roman Theater, Alcazaba and other showstopper landmarks. After stopping at Malaga’s bullring, continue along the waterfront pausing for a drink at a beach bar (own expense). On the way back to the city, cycle through the beautiful marina and take in the spectacular skyline of Malaga.
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Málaga Picasso Museum Private Guided Tour

Enrich your knowledge of Picasso’s artistic legacy on a 3-hour small-group tour of the Picasso Museum in Málaga. In an intimate group limited to 15 art enthusiasts, you’ll begin at Casa Natal – the birthplace of Pablo Picasso – and listen to engaging commentary from your guide. Head inside the Picasso Museum, housed in Palacio de Buenavista, and take a tour of prominent artworks and recognizable masterpieces created by the influential artist. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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Málaga Private Half-Day City Tour With Tapas

Discover the cultural delights of Málaga on a 2-hour tour of the vibrant city including tapas. Alongside your guide, delve into the rich history of Málaga as you visit prominent landmarks like the Roman Theatre, Málaga Cathedral and Ataranzas Central Market. Sample traditional tapas at the famous El Pimpi restaurant and stroll around Plaza de la Constitución and Málaga’s historical quarter at a leisurely pace.
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Half-Day Private City Tour of Málaga

Design your own ideal day in Málaga with a private, half-day sightseeing tour led by a savvy local guide. Learn about the city’s rich history and many different periods of rule as you explore cultural and architectural highlights like the ancient Roman theater, St John’s Church, Plaza de la Merced and the Moorish Alcazaba. Your guide will customize the day’s itinerary to suit your preferences for a completely personalized and enlightening tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Highlights and Treasures of Malaga City Bike Tour

Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience of Málaga on a 3-hour bike tour of the city’s cultural highlights. Atop a bicycle, you’ll visit prominent attractions like Gibralfaro Castle, the Roman Theatre and the birthplace of Picasso, Casa Natal. Exert minimal energy as you follow a flat route to Atarazanas Central Market and learn off ancient Spanish traditions at bullring, Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta. As you ride, you’ll listen to interesting commentary from your guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour of Malaga from Seville

Enjoy the services of your own luxury vehicle and private chauffeur on this customizable day trip to Malaga. Take in all the highlights of the history-packed Andalusian cultural hub, from ancient Phoenician ruins to the renowned Picasso Museum. You’ll have your own driver and transport at your disposal the whole day—plus an on-site tour guide—so you can set the sightseeing itinerary.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Málaga Tapas, Markets and Architecture Tour

Feast your senses on the culinary delights of Andalucía on a 2.5-hour tapas and market tour of Málaga. Alongside a gastronome guide, you’ll browse stalls brimming with fresh produce at Atarazanas Central Market and stop at gourmet shops to taste four Spanish delicacies such as goats cheese, Iberian ham and olive oil. Then, you’ll embark on a guided city tour and see famous Málaga landmarks like the Picasso Museum and Constitution Square before sampling local dish, ‘porra antequarana’, in a popular vegetarian restaurant.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Full-Day Málaga City Tour from Marbella

Explore the beautiful, ancient city of Málaga on a private, full-day tour form Marbella or surrounding towns. Learn about the city’s long and multilayered history with visits to a Roman theater, the famous Alcazaba Moorish citadel and the Renaissance-style Málaga Cathedral. Stop at the childhood home of Málaga’s most famous citizen, Pablo Picasso, and enjoy leisure time to stroll through the winding streets and taste local cuisine.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Malaga Private Tour with Flamenco and Live Music Show

Part Moorish, part Spanish, and completely Andalucian, Malaga is a mixing pot cultures in southern Spain. See the sites that set Malaga apart from its neighbors on this 3-hour walking tour, which includes a flamenco performance with live music at the end.
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Private 9-Hour Tour of Malaga from Granada

Enjoy this completely personalized private 9-hour tour of Málaga from Granada and explore the city’s most iconic monuments and sights.You will get to know Malaga with a private official tour guide, who will show you the most emblematic places of this beautiful city that has been growing so much on the last 20 years.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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