A Spanish getaway filled with rich history, stunning beaches and delicious tapas… sound like a bit of you? Let me introduce you to Malaga. 

Malaga is the gateway to Spain’s Costa Del Sol and is packed with art and culture. It’s where Pablo Picasso was born so how could it not be?! You could spend hours wandering the city soaking in the STUNNING architecture and fascinating museums.

If you’re more of a nature-lover than a history buff,  you won’t want to miss the natural beauty of nearby Torcal de Antequera or Malaga’s gorgeous beaches. Malaga is brimming with gorgeous landscapes to explore.

With so much to do in Malaga, you’re going to need somewhere to stay.  My recommendation is to opt for an Airbnb, they are often cheaper than a hotel and hosted by friendly locals. So you get a more local, authentic stay. Luckily, there are loads around Malaga.

I’ve compiled 15 of the best Airbnbs in Malaga, with you in mind! There is something for everyone in this list no matter your travel style or budget. 

So get to it and let’s find your home away from home in Malaga.

A white washed village in Southern Spain
White-washed roof-tops of Malaga.
Photo: Nic Hilditch-Short

Quick Answer: These are the Top 5 Airbnbs in Malaga

Premium Historic Center and Parking, Malaga

Premium Historic Center

  • > $
  • > 4 Guests
  • > Free parking
  • > Safe and quiet area
Lovely Apartment in Central Location

Lovely Apartment in Central Location

  • > $
  • > 3 Guests
  • > Small Terrace with dining set
  • > In the heart of Malaga City
Andalusian House with breathtaking terrace

Andalusian House w/ Terrace

  • > $$$$
  • > 8 Guests
  • > Wonderful location
  • > Fantastic Terrace

Cosy Single Room

  • > $
  • > 1 Guest
  • > Air conditioning
  • > Terrace with sofas
Malaga Center Flat - SoHo Center Apartments

SoHo Center Apartments

  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Laptop friendly workspace
  • > Central location

What to Expect from Airbnbs in Malaga

Travelling in Spain is incredible and Malaga is no exception. There is a huge range of properties available in Malaga. The best place to start is in the historic centre of Malaga city, where you’re likely to be finding places run by friendly locals.

You might even need to brush up on your Spanish for some private rooms when staying in Costa del Sol. The good thing about that is that you’ll get to know about the best-hidden tapas bars and nightspots.

A table full of tapas in Spain
Tapas is the food of the Gods!
Photo: Nic Hilditch-Short

Many of the best Spanish Airbnbs to stay in come with an outdoor terrace, so be sure to check if there’s one available at your property. There’s nothing nicer than people-watching or having your morning coffee with the chatter of the narrow lanes down below.

Further out of the city centre, you might come across bigger properties such as villas. While you’ll have lots of space and maybe even a pool, you’ll have to trade that with being far away from where everything’s happening. So, which one are you after?

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The Top 15 Airbnbs in Malaga

Before you head off, make sure to decide where you want to stay in Malaga. You don’t want to end up too far away from your favourite hotspots. I’ve had you waiting long enough, let’s dive into the 15 best Airbnbs in Malaga.

Premium Historic Center | Overall Best Value Airbnb

Premium Historic Center and Parking, Malaga

This flat is the best Airbnb in Malaga to make the most of the city centre and keep your costs low. It can sleep up to four guests, though it might be more comfortable and cosy for those travelling as a couple.

You’ll have a balcony where you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine or a morning coffee as you soak up the atmosphere of the historic centre. Renting a car? There’s free parking too!

Lovely Apartment in Central Location | Best Budget Airbnb in Malaga

Lovely Apartment in Central Location

Deciding where to stay in Spain on a budget? It might be a better idea to look at a small condo rather than a huge apartment. This brings me to this bright and comfortable studio with your very own private terrace. Just a bit nicer than a hostel in Malaga (not baggin’ a hostel though – I love them too!).

You’ll have the entire rental unit to yourself, and it comes with all the basics you could need – a double bed, a modern kitchen and a good-sized bathroom. This comfortable apartment is also in a great location in the city centre. You’re within walking distance of all the main attractions such as Malaga Cathedral, Picasso Museum, Museo Carmen Thyssen and Plaza de la Merced.

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Andalusian House w/ Terrace | Over-the-Top Luxury Airbnb in Malaga

Andalusian House with breathtaking terrace, Malaga

Money no object? If that’s the case splash out on this beautiful and over-the-top Malaga Airbnb. For you and seven of your nearest and dearest, you can spend the day on the roof just soaking up the sun.

Don’t stress if Mother Nature doesn’t bring the sunshine, just head inside and have a play on the piano or enjoy some food in the farmhouse-style kitchen. You’re going to love it! 


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Cosy Single Room | Perfect Malaga Airbnb for Solo Travellers

Cozy and nice single room, Malaga

Yeah, a double bed is nice, but in the interest of keeping your costs down you can do without one if you’re travelling solo!

Again, this isn’t the only private room on the property so there’s every chance you’ll meet other travellers you can explore the top hotspots in Malaga with. Chill out in the living room where there is a sofa, dining table, and a library. Everything you need if you fancy a night in!

SoHo Center Apartments | Perfect Short-Term Airbnb in Malaga for Digital Nomads

Malaga Center Flat - SoHo Center Apartments

What are the two most important things as a digital nomad in Spain? That’s right, a laptop-friendly workspace and superfast Wi-Fi. Both of which you’ll get at this gorgeous city-centre flat. It also had a fully equipped kitchen so you can whip up meals at home while you work.

If you want a change of scenery but need to continue working, it’s within walking distance to loads of cafes and bars where you can keep your caffeine levels high while people-watching! 

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More Epic Airbnbs in Malaga

Here are a few more of my favorite Airbnbs in Malaga!

Lovely Studio in Historic Centre

This one is for the love birds out there. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic Spanish getaway. This apartment in the city centre will give you the privacy and romance you desire!

This one stands with its Andalusian balconies which are the perfect suntrap. The wonderful location means it’s not far to try the best bars and restaurants in Malaga too!

Elegant Central Apartment

Elegant and Central Apartment, Malaga

With three bedrooms, a comfortable living room, and space for up to 6 guests, you won’t find a better Malaga Airbnb for families. No matter the age!

You’ll just have to be quick as this place gets booked up fast! Eating out can get expensive in a big group, so choose to prepare something in the fully equipped kitchen instead. High-speed Wi-Fi means everyone can connect to their devices too – who’s in for a travel movie night on one of the balconies?

Adventure Terrace City Centre

Adventure Terrace City Centre, Malaga

Just look at that view of the cathedral from your private rooftop terrace! It’s worth the shaky climb up the telescopic ladder in your bedroom. Take a wine up in the evening or a coffee in the morning and soak in those stunning Malaga city centre views.

This beautiful city centre flat might just end up on your Instagram page (if you need some bangin’ insta-caption ideas – I got you). It’s just five minutes from the city centre and 15 from Malagueta Beach. You don’t want to miss this one.

Studio in Historic City Centre

Studio in Old Centre of Malaga, Malaga

The walls of this Malaga loft apartment are lined with art, which gets plenty of light from the double doors. Open them up and step out onto two balconies which will give you a view over the car-free historic centre.

When you finally decide to leave the flat, it’s within walking distance of the top tourist attractions, including the Cathedral, Picasso Museum, beach, and port. There are lots of restaurants and cafes nearby too!



You’ll find that most of the villas in Malaga are nowhere near the centre of town. However, with that, you get the best views of the ocean from the top of the hills!

This spacious villa is a vibrant treat if you’re up for splashing some cash. With space for up to eight guests, this wonderful villa is ideal for a large family or group of friends. It has a gorgeous terrace overlooking the pool to enjoy a meal together that you can prepare in your fully equipped kitchen.

It doesn’t come cheap but you get what you pay for – Luxury! This a bright home come a terrace, sea views and a private pool. What more could you want?

Beautiful Apmt in Malaga’s Historic Centre

Beautiful Apmt in Malaga's Historic Centre

And now for the most gorgeous Malaga Airbnb in the historic district, this one-bedroom apartment with incredible views of Malaga city. The apartment comes with everything you need for a comfortable stay – a fully equipped kitchen, a good-sized bathroom and a spacious living area.

You’ll be located within walking distance of La Malagueta beach and it’s only a short drive to Malaga airport. This is the perfect place to base yourself to be close to all the great things to do in Malaga.

Central Apmt in Historic Building

Central Apartment in historic building, Malaga

Malaga is a city known for its art scene, but this beautiful Malaga Airbnb proves you don’t need to leave where you’re staying to get your fix.

With elegant paintings in a multitude of styles across the three bedrooms and living space, you’ll always have something to feast your eyes on. The furnishings and large spaces in this awesome flat only make it more likely that you’ll spend all of your time rather than going out to explore the city. But you are in a great location so don’t forget to get out and explore!

Elegant Central Apartment

Elegant Central Apartment, Malaga

This spacious apartment in Malaga’s Soho art district is the home you didn’t know you needed in Malaga. With two bedrooms comfortably fitting up to 4 guests, this place is a bloody steal.

It’s one of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods, and this flat reflects that with cool artwork on the walls. There are two bedrooms, the larger of which has a balcony and a cot so it’s appropriate for families visiting with small children.

Be Mate Málaga Centro

Be Mate Málaga Centro

If you’re planning a weekend in Malaga, you’ll want to be close to all of the best things to do and see. These apartments are in the perfect location for just that. Whether you’re travelling as a couple or a group, Be Mate has multiple apartments available in all different sizes. So there will be one for you!

The decor and interior elegance of the apartments are unmatched. They provide the perfect combination of modernity and comfort to create your ideal home away from home in Malaga. You’ll be close to all the action but far enough away that you won’t be kept up by it.

Antigua Estación de Campanillas

Antigua Estación de Campanillas

With space for up to six people, you can have a real blast in this stunning Malaga Airbnb. It is out of the city and in the mountains, so if you’re after a green oasis this is it. However, it may not be the place for you after you’re hoping to be in the action of central Malaga.

This home has a tranquillity and welcoming feel to it. Spend the day taking in the mountain views or chilling around the pool. It’s also an epic place to watch planes land!

Huge bonus for you pet lovers. You can take your furry friend with you! It’s a pet-friendly place to stay – just let the hosts know.

FAQs About The Best Airbnbs in Malaga

Here’s what people usually ask me about Malaga Airbnbs…

What To Pack For Malaga

Pants, socks, underwear, soap?! Take it from me, packing for an Airbnb stay is not always quite as straightforward as it seems. Working out what to bring and what to leave at home is an art I have perfected over many years.

Don’t Let Snorers Keep You Awake!
Don’t Let Snorers Keep You Awake!

Ear Plugs

Snoring dorm-mates can ruin your nights rest and seriously damage the hostel experience. This is why I always travel with a pack of decent ear plugs.

Keep your laundry organized and stink free
Keep your laundry organized and stink free

Hanging Laundry Bag

Trust us, this is an absolute game changer. Super compact, a hanging mesh laundry bag stops your dirty clothes from stinking, you don’t know how much you need one of these… so just get it, thank us later.

Stay Dry With a Micro Towel
Stay Dry With a Micro Towel

Sea To Summit Micro Towel

Hostel towels are scummy and take forever to dry. Microfibre towels dry quickly, are compact, lightweight, and can be used as a blanket or yoga mat if need be.

Make Some New Buddies…
Make Some New Buddies…

Monopoly Deal

Forget about Poker! Monopoly Deal is the single best travel card game that we have ever played. Works with 2-5 players and guarantees happy days.

Reduce Plastic – Bring a Water Bottle!
Reduce Plastic – Bring a Water Bottle!

Grayl Geopress Water Bottle

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Don’t Forget Your Malaga Travel Insurance

Unfortunately, things can go wrong when you least expect it. This is why good travel insurance is essential before you head on your trip to Malaga.

ALWAYS sort out your backpacker insurance before your trip. There’s plenty to choose from in that department, but a good place to start is Safety Wing.

They offer month-to-month payments, no lock-in contracts, and require absolutely no itineraries: that’s the exact kind of insurance long-term travellers and digital nomads need.

SafetyWing is cheap, easy, and admin-free: just sign up lickety-split so you can get back to it!

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Final Thoughts on the Best Malaga Airbnbs

And that’s a wrap – how good are these Airbnbs in Aruba?! I hope you found your dream home away from home in Malaga. Whether that is a central apartment with stunning views of a grand villa in the mountains – only you can decide!

If you’re still feeling a bit indecisive, I’d suggest booking my overall favourite and best value Airbnb – Premium Historic Centre Apartment with Parking. It’s in a wonderful location and is bloody great bang for your buck (or Euro!).

Malaga is a Spanish gem. From the history and MIND-BLOWING food to the stunning beaches and mountains – you really are in for a treat. So what are you waiting for? Lock in your favourite Airbnb and have the best trip ever!

Sunset at Malaga Spain
From history to nature… Malaga has it all.
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