Staying in Malaga: Useful tips & links

The walls of Malaga Castle, taken from María Guerrero square - Malaga, Spain (1)

Staying in Malaga: Useful tips & links


Staying in Malaga offers plenty of budget accommodation for reasonable prices, for those prepared to rough it a bit. Here is a selection of some of the cheapest places to lay your head in the city.

Deserted alleyway leading to the Church of Christ of the Health - Malaga, Spain (58), staying in Malaga

Search for Malaga’s cheapest accommodation (hostels, airbnb, home-stays etc.).

The Melting Pot Hostel (Av Pintor Joaquín Sorolla, 30) is a popular haunt for backpackers. Located on ‘La Malagueta’ beach, it is 10 minutes walk from the historical city centre. Prices and options vary with 10 bed dorms (8€) the cheapest option but there are also slightly smaller, but more expensive, dorms available. Also includes Wi-Fi.

Babia Hostel Centro (Plaza de los Martires, 6) is a slightly more central option, located in the heart of the old town. Options include 10 bed mixed dorms (10€) and private rooms from (15€). Wi-Fi is also available.

Patio 19 (Calle Mariblanca, 19) is a centrally located private house that offers cheap yet simple dorm bed (8€) and double bed private rooms (12€). There is Wi-Fi available and the included breakfast has good reviews.

Going Out

Like any self respecting Andalusian city, the night-life of Málaga starts late, with bars only getting going at around 12 p.m., and continues through the night and into the next morning. While staying in Malag most of the city’s nocturnal fun can be found in three areas.

Calle Santiago with the Alcazaba de Málaga in the background, Málaga, Spain (4), staying in Malaga

 Plaza Uncibay and its surrounding streets, just north of the cathedral, is where to find the nightclubs and a great variety of bars and pubs to suit all tastes. This area is also home to a number of gay bars and clubs. Just north of Plaza Uncibay on Plaza de la Merced, you can find many Spaniards participating in that great tradition of “botellon” (put simply, drinking alcohol on the streets with friends).

→The area around La Malagueta beach contains many bars and restaurants. It is slightly more upmarket, a little more expensive, and full of people dressed to impress.

 Pedregalejo, a suburb, east of the city centre, perhaps has the most cosmopolitan mix, and is popular with tourists and foreign students studying at the nearby Spanish language schools. There are many bars and restaurants with terraces that offer beautiful views over the water.

Things to buy and try in Malaga

The walls of Malaga Castle, taken from Maria Guerrero square - Malaga, Spain (1)

Malaga’s cuisine is dominated by the sea at its doorstep and is renowned for its fried fish. Some of the most typical dishes are espetos (grilled sardines skewered on a bamboo stick), coquinas (clams cooked in white wine) and cazon en adobo which is an Andalusian speciality and consists of dogfish marinated in garlic and vinegar. Malaga has many local wines such as Dulce or Moscatel, perfect for those who like their wines sweet.


Here a few places that offer WiFi connections:

written by: Jon

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