After seeing everything else Málaga has to offer, you might find yourself wondering what to do. Especially on a rainy day when the beaches aren’t a good option. And what better way is there to pass the time than by spending money on things you don’t necessarily need. You should especially look out for sales.
Apart from the stores all over the city center, Málaga also has different shopping centers throughout the city.
Once upon a time there used to be a gin factory where there now is a shopping center. Over 100 shops reside inside the Larios shopping center on its 2 shopping floors. Arguably Larios’ most important shop is Primark, and there is also a Zara shop. Additionally they have 2 floors for parking, which can hold about 1500 cars. It was opened in 1996 and in 2003 renovated.
The opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00.
Vialia Centro Comercial
The Vialia shopping center with its over 80 shops is a 15-20 minutes away from Málaga’s center and just a 5 minute walk from the Larios shopping center. This is the newest shopping center in Málaga. It’s open from 10:00 to 22:00.
What makes this shopping center special is, that it is part of the María Zambrano train station. The bus station is right outside. So it is not only a hub for shopping, but also for travelling. It’s a nice opportunity to do some shopping while you are waiting for your train or bus. It is also well adapted for people with reduced mobility. On the top floor you can find a cinema.
This one is on the edge of town, right next to the airport. It is worth a visit however because it stands out from other shopping centers: It’s outside and built like a “village”. There are more than 300 shops and a lot of food offers, a cinema, and even a petrol station. You should also check out “Pause & Play”, a casino-like store which offers a variety of games and ways to spend your time.
On Fridays and Saturdays it’s open from 10:00 to 03:00, the rest of the week, including Sunday, from 10:00 to 01:00. You can reach it via public transport, by train or bus, or you can take the car and use the free parking possibilities. It is adapted for people with disabilities. Across the street there is also an IKEA.
Located in the north-west of the city, the Rosaleda shopping center opens its door for customers Mondays to Saturdays from 9:00 to 00:00. It offers about 120 shops, including a cinema. Its name stems from the rose plantations that used to exist it this part of town. The shopping center opened its doors in 1993, which makes it the oldest shopping center in Málaga.
A skylight on the roof distributes natural daylight through the Málaga Plaza shopping center. There are 60 stores inside, while the entire top floor is filled by a FNAC store. FNAC is the right address for you if you are looking for any kind of merchandise of movies or tv shows. It is open Mondays until Saturdays, from October until March from 10:00 to 21:30, from April to September from 10:00 to 22:00.
There are also shopping streets, like the Calle Larios, the Calle Nueva and the Muelle Uno, where you can find a variety of stores. The Muelle Uno is located at the port, so it is good for a stroll.
When planning your shopping day you should think about what stores you want to visit and choose a shopping center according to that. However generally speaking the Plaza Mayor is always worth a visit, simply because of its size and nice outdoor feel; you won’t feel as crowded there. If you prefer staying more in the center of the city, visiting the Larios Centro and the Vialia Centro is always a good idea, since they’re so close together.