Where to Park Your Car in Malaga: 5 Safe, Central Parking Options

This blog post was originally posted on August 16, 2016 and was updated on December 5, 2017

Traveling to Malaga by car (or renting a car while you’re staying here) is a great way to explore outside the city center and visit off-the-beaten-track places. But traveling by car means one added complication—finding parking. Doing so can be tricky in Spain, but with a bit of planning ahead, it doesn’t have to be as complicated as it looks. These tips for where to park your car in Malaga will help you find a safe spot for your vehicle so you can go explore worry-free.

Where to Park Your Car in Malaga

1. The Blue Zone (Zona Azul)

Although there is some free street parking in Malaga, it’s quite difficult to come across, and open spots often get filled as quickly as they become available. Parking in the blue zone (the regulated street side parking) is generally the cheapest way of parking your car in Malaga. These parking spots are marked by blue lines marked on the road, as well as ticket machines on the sidewalk.

Parking in these areas is paid from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on working days and Saturday mornings. Most of Malaga’s city center is pedestrian-only, so most blue zones are a little ways away from the main sights. However, parking here is very cheap and the center is not very big, so you’ll never walk very far to get to your vehicle.

Note: You can only park your car in the blue zones for a maximum of two hours. (One hour = €1, two hours = €1.60).  However, a way to get around this is by leaving your car in the same spot during the times that you don’t have to pay in order to get a little extra time. For example, if you arrive at 12 p.m., you can stay until 5 p.m., and if you arrive on Saturday afternoon you can leave your car until Monday morning.

Public Parking Lots

There are parking lots at many locations in Malaga’s city center. These are a bit more expensive, but they tend to be more convenient. They’re all open 24 hours a day, have more parking spaces available and save you the hassle of having to move your car or go back to put more money in the parking meter. Here are a few of the best options in the city center.

Not sure where to park in Malaga? Go to Plaza de la Marina!
Beautiful Plaza de la Marina, centrally located with car parking underneath to boot. Photo Credit: Francesca Bersellini

2. Parking Plaza de Marina

Located right underneath Plaza de la Marina, it’s very easy to reach the city center from this centrally located lot. In fact, as soon as you exit you’ll find yourself at the beginning of Malaga’s main shopping street in the historic center, and in front of the main tourism office. With 440 available spaces, there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to find one for yourself.

Price: 1 hour = €2.05; 24 hours = €26.05
Address: Plaza de la Marina, 5

3. Alcazaba Parking

This large car park with 543 parking spaces is easy to reach and super close to Malaga’s main sights and museums. It is located near (and named after) one of the city’s main monuments, the Alcazaba, and you’ll also find one of Malaga’s main squares, Plaza de la Merced, right next to the lot as well. If you’re looking to get straight into eating, drinking and sightseeing, this is definitely the parking station for you.

Price: 1 hour = €2; 24 hours = €23.10
Address: Calle Muro de Santa Ana, 4

Wondering where to park your car in Malaga? Try the parking lot near this stunning monument, the Alcazaba!
The Alcazaba is one of Malaga’s treasures, and you can even park your car right next door. Photo Credit: Manuelfloresv

4. Parking Granados

Plaza de Uncibay is another one of Malaga’s main squares, filled with bars and restaurants. You’ll find Parking Granados down a small side street just off this bustling square. This parking lot is a little smaller (100 spaces) but it’s very close to popular spots such as the Picasso museum the city’s main shopping areas.

Price: 1 hour = €2.40; 24 hours = €24
Address:
Calle Granados, 3

5. Parking Muelle Uno

Malaga’s beautiful port area is called Muelle Uno, and in addition to great restaurants and lovely shops, you’ll also find a parking lot here. It’s located right by Malaga’s most beautiful park and right in the most modern part of the city.

Price: 1 hour = €2.11; 24 hours = €26.51
Address: Paseo de la Farola, 4

Looking for where to park you car in Malaga? head down to Muelle Uno (the port) to find a car parking station!
Malaga’s beautiful and modern port area, Muelle Uno. Photo Credit: Nick Kenrick

More travel tips: How to get around Malaga

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Not sure where to park your car in Malaga? This guide will help you find a safe spot to leave your vehicle.

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Comments

  1. I hate parking in Malaga. ( Suggestions please!) Generally speaking I get a taxi to Malaga centre. I’ve been working on the Costa del Sol for 4 years now and still not done a Malaga food tour. After discovering this website, that is so going to change!

    1. Taxis are definitely more comfortable sometimes! Can’t believe it’s been so long and no food tour!! Happy to hear that’s changing soon 😉

  2. I will be staying in Antequera but wish to visit Malaga centre. I do have a hire car but understand parking is expensive and difficult to navigate. Can I drive to the outskirts and then catch a bus? or travel direct from Antequera direct by train/bus for a day?

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