With the shift in temperature and change in season, it’s definitely time for roof terraces in Malaga. Read on for our list of the best and why to get up there during your stay in Malaga.
Pool roof terraces in Malaga
If you like your rooftop terrace to come with a pool, here are your venues.
AC Palacio Hotel
This is as high as it gets in Malaga and the rooftop terrace on the 15th floor at the AC Palacio Hotel obviously boasts the best views of the city. Drinks can be taken poolside, although if you want a dip you need to be a guest.
Where: AC Palacio Hotel is next to the Cathedral and directly opposite Plaza de la Marina.
Best for: views of the city at night, particularly the Cathedral, just a stone’s throw away from the terrace.
Top tip: Time your visit just after sundown to have a better chance of getting a table.
Open daily noon till late
Molina Lario Hotel
Intimate poolside drinks on this small terrace on the top floor of the hotel. On the 8th floor, views aren’t quite as spectacular as the AC Palacio but you do get up close and personal with the Cathedral. Live music from the resident DJ plus lots of activities.
Where: The hotel is almost opposite the Cathedral on Calle Molina Lario.
Best for: after-lunch drinks on a Friday to get the weekend off to a great start.
Top tip: Enjoy the executive menu of the day at the Café de Bolsa downstairs first.
Open May to October Thursday to Saturday 5pm to 2am and Sunday 4-9pm.
Room Mate Valeria
One of the newer roof terraces in Malaga, this one comes with its own pool and great views of the port and Muelle Dos. We especially like the view of the pergola from the top.
Where: Room Mate Valeria sits on the corner of Plaza de la Marina and Muelle Heredia.
Best for: sea and port views.
Top tip: head here after a meal at one of the venues in Soho. We like Mixturate, Mamuchis and Picnic.
Open Sunday to Wednesday 11am to midnight, Thursday to Saturday 11am to 2am.
History from roof terraces in Malaga
Vistas of Malaga’s oldest monument don’t get much better than this and there’s something special about gazing at the Alcazaba Fortress over a cocktail. You also have a bird’s eye view of the Roman Theatre. The views are best at light when both monuments are lit up.
Where: Batik Club is on the 4th floor of Alcazaba Premium Hostel in Calle Alcazabilla, next to the Albeniz Cinema.
Best for: views of the Alcazaba.
Top tip: start your evening at Batik Restaurant that serves some of the best fusion food in town as well as some seriously delicious burgers.
Open daily 4.30 to 8.30pm and 0.30 to 2.30am.
You could almost be in Tuscany up here as you gaze at the terracotta roofs and towers. Oasis Terraza has several areas including a more private corner and they all come lit up in funky blue and green.
Where: on Calle San Telmo, Oasis Terrace is behind the Carmen Thyssen Museum.
Best for: the long list of cocktails that include several non-alcoholic options.
Top tip: head for this terrace after a visit to the Carmen Thyssen Museum whose rooftops you can see below you.
Room Mate Larios
Views over the rooftops in the old quarter and towards the Cathedral don’t come much better than this. The terrace also enjoys a bird’s eye view of Plaza de la Constitución and Calle Larios. Chill-out music is usually playing and this terrace has a definite laid-back vibe.
Where: At the junction between Calle Larios and the Plaza de la Constitución.
Best for: relaxed gazing at Malaga’s historic rooftops with a cocktail in hand.
Top tip: make for this terrace after a spot of shopping in Malaga.
Open Sunday to Wednesday 5pm to midnight, Thursday to Saturday 8pm to 2am.
Alternative roof terraces in Malaga
Not on a rooftop but up high enough to get a good view of Muelle Uno and Malaga old town. Owned by Jose Carlos Garcia, Malaga’s only Michelin-starred chef, this terrace offers drinks (non and alcoholic).
Where: Walk along Muelle Dos under the pergola and climb the slope by the Pompidou to reach the terrace.
Best for: Sundowners as you watch the sun set behind the ferris wheel.
Top tip: Make for this terrace after you’ve explored the Malagueta area. Find out what to see in this part of Malaga.
Open daily from noon to late.
The Gourmet Experience on the top floor of the Corte Ingles department store includes a rooftop terrace. You can enjoy a drink and food from one of the many food venues inside
Where: the Corte Ingles is located to the west of the Alameda Principal just after you cross the main bridge.
Best for: unusual views of Malaga Cathedral, which you rarely see from this angle.
Top tip: buy some gourmet food produce to take home.
Open Monday to Thursday 10am to midnight, Friday and Saturday 10am to 2am.
Terraza El Balneario
Not on a rooftop and actually at sea level, but definitely a terrace and one well worth visiting. Located on the way to Pedregalejo and El Palo, Terraza El Balneario makes a great place for any meal and any drink. Live music on weekend evenings. Based in the old Baños del Carmen bathing houses, the terraces are literally lapped by the waves. Take a 360-tour
Where: an easy walk from the centre of town along the seafront promenade. Or you can get the bus (nos 3 and 11) from the Alameda Principal.
Best for: early bird breakfasts and lazy Sunday lunches. Winter sunsets are particularly spectacular.
Top tip: combine it with a visit to the historic shipyards next door, one of the more unusual things to do in Malaga.
Open daily from 8.30am to 1am (2.30pm Friday and Saturday).
This terrace offers a spacious chill-out area decorated in an eclectic French style with some of the hotel’s signature art pieces. Full bar service available along with a choice menu of snacks and tapas plus a tempting range of desserts.
Where: in the heart of Soho on Calle Casas del Campo.
Best for: a cool urban vibe and some inspirational décor.
Top tip: combine it with a visit round the street art in Soho.
Open daily from 4pm to 11pm.