Apartments in Malaga – Budget Studios on the Coast
Malaga sits on the Costa del Sol and is a popular destination for tourists seeking sun, sand, and relaxation. But it has so much more to offer than warm beaches and a lively bar scene. In the city’s historic quarter there are a number of quirky sights, from impressive Gothic architecture and cute winding alleyways lined with shops, to an eclectic mixture of tasty tapas restaurants and a range of new arts and culture centres. Malaga boasts a beautiful landscape and an authentic skyline pierced with jutting spires, terracotta rooftops, and high-rise, contemporary flat blocks. Make sure you make the most of exploring the city by booking one of our apartments in Malaga. We have a diverse collection of cheap studios and budget holiday rentals spanning all areas of the city, so pick a place and get stuck in!
Busy Beaches and Winding Streets - Things to do in Malaga
- Costa del Sol – As part of the autonomous region of Andalusia, this section of coastline is a hugely popular part of Spain, comprising a handful of sprawling sandy beaches and small coastal towns.
- Alcazaba of Malaga – Watching over the city like a proud guardian, this palatial fortress dates back to the early 11th Century and remains the most well-preserved alcazaba in the country.
- Museo Picasso Malaga – The world famous artist was born in Malaga, and the city’s museum pays homage to its former resident by showcasing an amazing selection of his works.
- Gibralfaro – This high hill set just outside the city forms a section of the Cordillera Penibetica and boasts a collection of beautiful fountains and authentic architecture.
- Malaga Cathedral – An impressive Renaissance church that takes pride of place in Malaga’s old quarter. Inside, it is a flurry of high-ceilings, stained-glass windows, and intricate frescoes.
- Fundacion Picasso – Also known as the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Foundation, this cultural centre works to promote Picasso’s work in the region.
- Tivoli World – For a bit of fun for all the family, spend the day at this amusement park which features a range of adrenalin-pumping rides and activities.
- Sea Life Benalmadena – Malaga’s city aquarium plays host to a number of exotic sea creatures and other underwater marvels.
- Guadalhorce – The main river running through the city is an impressive natural wonder, with a picturesque selection of waterfalls and rock pools.
- Feria de Agosto – If you’re in Malaga in August then this lively fiesta is a must-see, with the promise of street music, delicious food, and fun all around.
- Alcazaba – This traditional Moorish castle harks back to times-gone-by, offering visitors an insight into Malaga’s rich and fascinating past.
- La Rosaleda Stadium – Home to Malaga CF, this large football stadium is a must-visit for any sports enthusiast.
- Museo de Malaga – One of the principal museums in Malaga, it showcases classic and contemporary works from Spanish and international artists.
- Palacio de la Aduana – This impressive building was once the home of customs officials for the city’s port. These days it provides a fine example of ornate Spanish architecture.
To place yourself in the centre of all the action, book one of our apartments in Malaga which are dotted around all the hotspots listed above.
Eat and Drink the Malaga Way
As a coastal city, Malaga features a lot of fresh seafood dishes. Head out of the city centre to the seafront near Playa Pedregalejo, a hotspot for local diners, and watch as the chefs cook the freshly-caught fish on outdoor grills. There are numerous restaurants dotted along this stretch of beach, all of which serve a delicious selection of seafood dishes, traditional Spanish tapas, and a range of international recipes.
At lunch time, you want to be amidst all the hustle and bustle. Take a seat outside one of the bars and restaurants in the historic old quarter and make sure you have a good view of the goings on around you. Here, you can sample some of the local wine whilst dipping into small, terracotta pots of tapas – the perfect way to while away a few hours.
Our Malaga apartments offer the perfect place to stay whilst you explore the food and nightlife of Malaga.
How to Spend a Day Like a Local
Despite its tourist tendencies, Malaga has a rich local scene with a fascinating range of authentic activities and sights. The numerous neighbourhoods outside of the city centre proffer lots of traditional eateries, shops, and cafes, so be sure to explore further afield along the coast.
In the neighbourhood of El Palo, an old fishing village, you can pop to the near-empty beach for a swim and refuel afterwards with freshly grilled sardines from one of the outdoor cafes. Pair with a chilled drink and watch the world go by.
If you’re looking to get in touch with the city’s natural side, head to the Conception Botanical Garden, which provides visitors with a serene atmosphere amongst tropical plants and elaborate fountains. It’s cheap to enter and you can even get a guided tour to learn more about the history and character of the gardens.
When the sun begins to set, take an evening stroll through the winding streets of the historic old quarter. Soak up the bustling atmosphere, grab a coffee and some churros, and wait for the nightlife to come alive. Malaga is well-known for its lively scene after dark, and your best bet is to head where the locals hang out to explore its full potential. Hang out in Mitjana Square in the old part of the city, where locals go to relax and have fun.
Malaga’s beach side setting means there are multiple resorts around the city that boast huge swimming pools and other relaxing holiday facilities. Malaga accommodation isn’t all beach-related, though. In the old part of the city, there are numerous historic hotels that overlook some of the major attractions, as well as cute hostels and guesthouses that are tucked away down narrow, authentic streets. Apartment and studio blocks span the seafront, offering incredible views of the sprawling beaches and the sea, as well as providing the perfect place to stay for a combination of history, culture, and beachside relaxation.
Making Your Way Around Malaga – Local Transport
Getting around Malaga is easy with its diverse array of transport options. There’s the city’s efficient and affordable metro service which connects up the main hotspots, reliable bus services that offer a relaxing way to see the sights whilst getting from one place to the next, and extensive train services that connect Malaga with neighbouring cities in Spain.
There are also a number of unique ways to get around the city, from quirky Segway tours to hop on hop off buses that allow you to quickly get from one attraction to the next. The best ways to explore Malaga, though, are by foot and bicycle. Most of the major landmarks are situated close together, and you can soak up the lively atmosphere as you explore.