To say it’s been a upside-down year for tourism is putting it very lightly 😅. Malaga has gone from record visitor figures in January and February to zero from mid-March to the end of June. The summer hasn’t been great, but the city continues to welcome some tourists and at Guide to Malaga, we’re optimistic that the situation will improve soon. And because the tourism sector means so much, this year’s World Tourism Day in Malaga is more important than ever before.
When is World Tourism Day?
This year’s edition takes place on Sunday 27 September, all day. This year celebrates rural tourism, which is why our hero image includes a bit of the countryside outside Malaga. The photo is taken from Monte Victoria in the east of the city.
What’s special about World Tourism Day in Malaga?
This is one of the days in the year when all museums and monuments have open doors all day. That means free entrance to them all. Take advantage of the day to catch up on that art exhibition you’ve been meaning to see; to visit the Alcazaba; take a tour of the botanical gardens; or see one of the more unusual monuments in Malaga.
Which places are taking part this year?
A total of 25 venues are taking part on Sunday all over the city. To see which museums and monuments are participating in World Tourism Day in Malaga, click here for a downloadable pdf map published by the Tourist Board.
Some are offering free guided tours – they are marked in red on the downloadable map. Some of them require prior registration via the email in the pdf. Note that the Principia Science Museum has open doors on Monday 28 September, not the Sunday.
Do you recommend any in particular?
At Guide to Malaga, we’re fans of all the venues on the list and all of them offer an excellent experience. If we had to choose, we’d probably go for Nereo Dockyards (Ecomuseum Astilleros Nereo) where you can see the construction of a jabega boat. Or the Aircraft Museum (still on our must-visit list!).
Children will love the Music Museum (MIMMA) and the Museum of the Imagination (where mobile phones come into their own). But all are well worth a visit and they’re free.
Happy World Tourism Day and we hope to see you soon in Malaga! 💪
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