Merced Square in Málaga

The Merced Square is one of the most emblematic places of Malaga. Its located very close to the city center and is the perfect starting point for a route through the historical area. We invite you to discover the history behind this square. We want that you can come and discover everything Málaga can offer you.

In the center of the square we can see a monument tribute to Torrijos that is the work of Rafael Mitjana and Ardison. The monument is formed by a stone base surrounded by an iron balustrade with lampposts at the corners. On top of this pedestal we can find an obelisk with a laurel wreath.


The history of this place dates back to the 15th century when it was used as a public market and served as a place of leisure and recreation for bourgeois society. Since then the square has undergone different modifications and improvements to become what we see today.

Nearby is the sculpture dedicated to the famous spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Ruíz Picasso. He was born in Málaga, near to this square. Picasso is considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. The sculpture in his honor its made in bronze and is the work of Francisco López Hernández. It represents the artist sitting on a bench holding a notebook and a pencil. There are numerous tourists who come every day to sit and make photographs next to the sculpture.


In the surroundings of the square you cand find the Picasso BirthPlace Museum where the artist was born and that collects works of the artist. This museum is dedicated to spreading the history of the painter from Malaga through a documentation center and the organization of different exhibitions and activities. This place is an interesting visit if you are around this area. In addition, as a member of our Club you will get a special price on your ticket.


The name of the square in which Picasso took his first steps receives his name from the church and convent that was located in this place the “Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora de la Merced”. It was built in 1507 and after a fire had to be demolished in 1964. Nearby is located the Cervantes Theater a cultural space with a wide program for all tastes. Among the shows programmed by the Cervantes Theater you will find lyrical works, music, theater and dance. Its the perfect choice to enjoy an evening in which culture and fun come together.


Nowadays the Merced Square is a very lively place where different activities such as markets, outdoor exhibitions or celebrations are held during the different festivals that taking place in the city.


Here you will find a multitude of restaurants and cafes where you can make a break. Its an area full of life and fun where you can enjoy the Málaga´s lifestyle. Book one of our fantastic apartments in the center of Malaga and discover everything that this city has to offer you.