Malaga has always been the "shopping centre" of the Costa del Sol. This trend has intensified in recent years with the reconstruction of the old town and the construction of new shopping centres. There is something for everyone. The Calle Larios (big brands - figurehead and main shopping street) with its side streets (small local shops), the market hall for gourmets and "fresh fanatics", the Plaza Mayor at the airport, which is modelled on an Andalusian city, or the many large shopping centres in the different districts.
The market hall (Mercado Central de Atarazanas) is located on the former site of a 14th century shipyard, of which the entrance gate is still preserved. The market has a 600 year old history. The entrance gate is listed as a historic monument. From 2008-2010 the market was extensively restored and brought back to its original state.
The market is divided into 3 halls, one each for east/vegetables, meat and fish/seafood. On the south and north side there are small bars (8 in number). There you can enjoy the fresh delicacies. The market is a must for every visitor to Malaga.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 08:00 - 15:00
Address: Calle Atarazanas 10, 29005 Malaga
The history of Calle Larios
Calle Larios in Málaga is the most important architectural work of the 19th century When the central shopping street of Larios was officially reopened after eight months of renovation work, many a visitor interested in history may have thought of the year 1891. Because in that year, the year the street was completed, the interest of Malaga's inhabitants was as great as almost 112 years later. Calle Larios has played an important role in the provincial capital for more than a century: as a promenade, a shopping street and as the setting for the famous Feria in August. The history of Malaga's most famous street begins in 1880 with the city's first referendum. The mayor of the time asked the inhabitants whether they would rather see the city's available funds invested in the extension of the second tower of the Cathedral or in the construction of a central street in the city centre. The result is well known: The nickname of the cathedral in Málaga is still "La Manquita", the one-armed woman - the residents chose Calle Larios. In 1880, the city of Málaga founded a construction company and, with the purchase of house number 28 in Plaza de la Constitución, laid the foundation stone for the construction of a street that would open the way to the port. In an attempt to attract private investors to the project, the mayor of Málaga came across an industrialist family whose name is still closely linked to the city of Málaga: the Marqués de Larios family not only promoted the street named after them, but also many other projects of the city, and they still own many buildings in the city centre of Málaga. The condition was to complete the road and its buildings within four years and to provide the city with 4,800 square metres of land. The four-year deadline was met and on 27th August 1891 Calle Larios was officially opened, with the first lighting six years later. The first shops and cafés, many of which are still there today, quickly became the meeting place for Malaga's citizens. Historians describe the construction of Calle Larios as "the most important architectural work of the 19th century". As the street continued to expand and was opened to motor traffic, it lost much of its former splendour over the years. (Sabine Schulz / Málaga Costa del Sol Nachrichten)
Everyone agreed - the redesign of Calle Larios, Malaga's popular promenade, was a good idea. Not one negative comment from businessmen and politicians, no ifs and buts were voiced at the inauguration. The eternally congested artery was transformed into a wide boulevard.
This gave the adjacent shops a new chance. From this point of view, it is the beginning of a progressive and integral project that will one day lead to the creation of a car-free zone throughout the historic centre, and to achieve this, Calle Larios has by no means had to change its previous character. The venerable bourgeois façades on the right and left will ensure this. But above all, it is thanks to the good taste of the city fathers that this time there has been no "modernisation", as we have often seen in Malaga. Just look at the Naval Square at the beginning of the street, or the River Park at the mouth of the Guadalmedina...Mayor Franzisco de la Torre was bursting at the seams with pride on the day of the opening. "Reality has far exceeded our expectations," he said happily. "The redesign of the street is an important impulse for traffic calming in the entire old town". On weekdays, it was used by 16,000 to 17,000 cars. The "Operation Larios" does not only affect the street itself, but also its surroundings: above ground, canopies and awnings were removed for aesthetic reasons and ugly patio furniture was banned. The attractive flooring is thus better displayed: you walk on cream marble coming from Alicante; the grey and travertine rojo come from Almería. The grey-green marble was quarried from the Sierra Elvira in Granada and the green stripes for decoration were brought from India. The lanterns were cast from the original mould from 1891, and the underground was a tangle of 75 cables and pipes. The former market place, Plaza de la Constitución, where the road to the north ends, was included in all the work. After a trial period of a few weeks without traffic, the 90 or so neighbours, as well as the business and publicans, decided, together with the city, to use Calle Larios and its side streets only between 22,000 and 08.00 hours. But the backbone of the old town was not always so peaceful. It has had an eventful history. Marches, demonstrations, parades, fights and celebrations on the "Larios" are historical references in the city's history. When it was inaugurated in 1891, the wealthy residents, especially its initiator, the Marquis de Larios, had organised a parade of carriages to celebrate the occasion. After all the speakers had spoken their sayings, the cleaned carriages drove from the naval square in the port into the street and, according to the programme, thousands of flowers were thrown from the elaborately decorated balconies. Suddenly, something went very wrong: the citizens, who, much to the sorrow of the celebrators, could not be excluded from the festivities, were outraged by the shameless display of pomp and prosperity and began to throw less fragrant objects at the vehicles and their passengers that were stuck in the crowd. The coachmen defended themselves with the whip, the horses shied, and the illustrious passengers and their protectors had to flee into the houses under the ridicule of the crowd. Only by a miracle did no blood flow. The celebration ended with a spectacle that was commented ironically in the country's press.
Plaza Mayor" is the largest shopping centre in the province of Málaga. Located in the west of the city of Málaga, opposite the Parador de Golf on the N-340, the 28,000 square metre shopping centre offers the residents of Málaga and the surrounding area more than just shopping or eating out. There is also an IKEA open in the neighbourhood. The large leisure offer "Plaza Mayor" is conceived as an amusement park and is designed like an Andalusian village with whitewashed houses, terraces, fountains and palm trees. 20 cinemas, 20 bowling alleys, a discotheque and a fitness centre will ensure that customers are also attracted to the shopping centre for leisure activities. 108 shops and restaurants in total, the "Plaza Mayor" houses 73 retail outlets and 35 restaurants, bars and cafeterias.
The extension was opened in February 2020. It is an additional luxury designer outlet that is directly adjacent to the Plaza Mayour. Here you will find over 100 international brands at low prices (up to 70% cheaper). You can find more information about the outlet here:
The "Plaza Mayor" shopping centre is open daily from 10 am. Shops close at 10 pm and Sundays, restaurants and cafeterias at midnight, Friday and Saturday at 01:00 am
Location: C. Alfonso Ponce de León, 3-6, 29004 Málaga
Vialia at the train station of Malaga: Street of the Esplanade of Station 3; Internet:
Larios Center: Plaza de la Solidaridad 5; Internet: https://www.larioscentro.com/
El Corte Ingles: Calle Hilera 8; Internet: https://www.elcorteingles.es/centroscomerciales/es/eci/centros/centro-comercial-malaga
Rosaleda Shopping Center: Av. Luis Buñuel, 14 Internet: http://www.centrocomercialrosaleda.com/
Malaga Plaza: Calle de Armengual de La Mota 14; Internet: http://malagaplaza.com/
Malaga Nostrum: Calle Jaén, nº 1; Internet: https://pcmalaganostrum.com/
Muelle Uno: Port of Málaga, Av. Manuel Agustín Heredia 7; Internet: https://www.muelleuno.com/