With a history that stretches back almost 3,000 years, Malaga is a city where cobblestone streets meet a vibrant, modern culture. It’s a coastal city, with a recently revamped port, and a series of stunning beaches. Hugging the always-warm waters of the Alboran sea.
Along this dazzling shoreline, you’ll find a series of old buildings that have been transformed into thriving bars and restaurants for all tastes and moods. Pablo Picasso’s city of birth is also home to a host of incredible art galleries, most notably the Museo de Picasso, which showcases the great artist’s work.
The old quarter plunges visitors into a historic world, while the up-and-coming SoHo is an art district that rivals the world’s finest.
Fortunately, there are hundreds of incredible Airbnbs in Malaga, and they make the perfect base for city explorations. They’re affordable, beautiful, and far more characterful than a hotel.
So here’s your guide to the best of the bunch.
Quicklinks – Top Malaga Airbnbs
Looking for villas to rent in Malaga? Or the perfect place in the historic centre? Check out this quick breakdown for some of the finest options.
Best Malaga apartment: Malaga Center Apartment with Parking
Best Malaga villa: Villa Regionalista principios del siglo XX
Best Airbnb Malaga Old Town: Cave House in Mijas, costa del sol
Best Malaga Airbnb for families: Captivating Views from an Airy Penthouse with a Terrace
Best cheap apartment in Malaga: Estudio Chic Mármoles
15 Best Malaga Rentals on Airbnb
Now let’s get into our full guide to the best houses, villas, and apartments in Malaga. Here are the best 13 available.
Best suited to: Couples or young families
Biggest draw: Balcony with hillside views
Once you arrive at this stunning, light-filled apartment, your explorations of Malaga will be on foot. It’s centrally located, within several minutes walk from Alcazaba, and a range of the city’s amenities. Better yet, the beach is just a 15-minute stroll away.
The plush living room sofa doubles as a bed and offers incredible views of Gibralfaro hill. Covered in verdant greenery, the views are a sight to behold. The same views, across historic rooftops, are available from the quaint balcony.
Between the full kitchen, the comfy master bedroom, and the cozy living space, you’ll have everything you need for a wonderful stay.
What guests say: “This apartment was by far the best we have experienced on AirB&B to date. Well located, comfortable, well equipped, quiet, beautiful view and stylishly decorated. Our host Juan is organised, friendly and born in Malaga so he gave us the best insider tips to avoid the tourist traps and eat where the locals eat! I highly recommend this host and apartment. Thank you Juan and Mar” – Raven
Best suited to: Group holidays and family gatherings
Neighbourhood: Pedregalejo Playa
Biggest draw: Beautiful pool area
A little outside of the city, you’ll find this exquisite villa. The enormous, open-plan living area is reminiscent of a New York loft apartment, with touches of industrial chic. Exposed brick pillars connect the wooden floors and soaring ceilings, and the space is filled with charming retro splashes.
Outside, there’s a large terrace area, complete with pool and sun loungers. As well as a large dining table, where your party can enjoy exquisite meals on warm evenings. The property is peppered with palm trees, and the exterior has a quintessential Spanish charm.
It’s just a short stroll away from the seaside, and a 10-minute drive from Malaga’s historic centre.
This is one of the most beautiful Malaga villas on Airbnb. If you’re visiting Malaga with a group of friends or family, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Best suited to: Couples and small families
Biggest draw: Unique and traditional half-cave home
If you’re looking for a unique and authentic Malaga Spain Airbnb, this unusual cave-house should be on the top of your list. Centuries old and with baked mud floors, it’s large and comfortable. Each room has a proper outdoor window, and the house’s cavey elements are perfectly combined with handy modern amenities.
While you’ll love the house, it’s the terrace you’ll want to spend most of your time enjoying. The sun loungers, rustic decorations and plentiful plants only add to the splendid views.
This house is just outside of Mijas village, a little while away from Malaga. So you’ll have plenty of peace and quiet, while still being close to the city life.
What guests say: “A little gem nestled in the mountain close to Mijas Pueblo, spectacular vistas and a very well equipped and beautiful cave house” – Mary
Best suited to: Small families seeking luxury
Neighbourhood: City Centre
Biggest draw: Exceptional views
There is arguably no apartment in Malaga that ticks as many boxes as this gorgeous option. Set right in the very core of the city, everything is minutes away on foot. Inside, the space is beautifully designed, from the furniture to the light fittings, with plants adding splashes of colour.
But the heart of the apartment is no doubt the stunning, traditional terrace. With charming pillars and a quaint coffee table, it offers views of the ocean and the trees that lie before it. It embodies the wonders of a European city break, and is an incredible spot to sip your morning coffee.
What guests say: “A lovely spacious and comfortable apartment with lovely views from the large terrace. Set in a very central location overlooking the harbour. The bedrooms are at the back and so are quiet. Would highly recommend.” – Graham
Best suited to: Couples on a budget
Biggest draw: Excellent value for money
Another central gem, this stylish studio is in the Marmoles neighbourhood, not far west from the Centro Storico. On its doorstep, you’ll find an array of shops where you can buy some food to cook up in the kitchen. Or, stroll to one of the many nearby restaurants or tapas bars in Malaga.
The space is small but comfortable, with a large TV, a nice dining area, and a full bathroom. And you likely won’t spend much time in the apartment, as you’ll be within walking distance from Malaga’s dazzling attractions. Including several museums, markets, theatres, and Alcazaba.
What guests say: “Super great place to stay in. Close to restaurants and shops. Super clean and perfect for my stay. Paloma makes sure you enjoy the stay. Will definitely stay here again if I’m ever in Malaga!” – Alejandra
Best suited to: Romantic getaways
Neighbourhood: La Merced
Biggest draw: Private rooftop terrace
This is ideal Spanish city-living. A modern duplex apartment, perched among a tangle of Malagan rooftops. You’ll have full access to a shared rooftop pool, where you can cool off after a warm day in the city.
Or, you can find seclusion on your own private rooftop terrace. Opt for the laid-back sun loungers with a book, or sit around the outdoor sofas for evening drinks.
Light pours into the open-plan living area, where a slick spiral staircase takes you up to your room. The amenities are top-notch, from the full kitchen to the AC.
Your city adventures will be a breeze, too. Set near the heart of the city, you’ll find countless restaurants, bars, and attractions within easy walking distance. And the same is true for the beach.
What guests say: “Great accommodation in central Malaga. Well air conditioned flat with kitchenette and a generous private patio. It had all we wanted. Very happy!” – Olle
Best suited to: Families on a budget
Neighbourhood: San Felipe Neri
Biggest draw: Quaint private terrace
Travelling on a budget doesn’t have to mean foregoing the finer things in life. This affordable, central apartment allows you to pour a glass of wine, and kick back on your own private terrace. The terrace is also perfectly suited for intimate, candle-lit dinners on balmy nights.
You’ll have a full kitchen to help cut the cost of dining out, and a comfortable master bedroom. Between that and the two sofa beds, this spot can sleep six guests in affordable luxury.
It’s also perfectly located in central Malaga, with much to see and do in walking distance.
What guests say: “Stay here!!! Julio and Solène’s place was like being at home. I stayed one week for a solo retreat and felt so comfortable. Every detail, convenience and comfort was well thought out, and the style and comfort are perfect. You won’t be lacking for a single thing. Kitchen is well appointed and easy to use, the hangout areas are very comfy, the bed is amazing and the terrace is lovely. All super clean and high quality items too. Go for it! Thank you J and S!” – Megan
Best suited to: Beach lovers and young families
Neighbourhood: El Rocio
Biggest draw: Sea views
Looking for sea views? Your search ends with this seaside apartment. Just a stone’s throw from the shores of the Mediterranean, you’re unlikely to find many better vantage points in Malaga. From the sofa, you can see a pair of palm trees set against the sea.
It goes without saying that the beach is an easy walk away, as are a range of seaside bars and restaurants. And if you’re not fond of salty water, you can opt for a dip in the complex’s pool.
The city centre is a comfortable walk away, and an even quicker Uber ride.
What guests say: “Amazing location, amazing view, great pool. Perfect spot to stay in Malaga. Very close to the prominade in Pedregalejo with beaches and restaurants and also a pleasant walk to the city centre or a very short Uber ride. Great place for a couple and a baby, we loved it!” – Julianne
Best suited to: Young couples
Neighbourhood: La Goleta
Biggest draw: Cosy mezzanine bedroom
Dive into a world of colour and patterns with this quirky loft. From eccentric tiles and colourful walls to vibrant paintings and funky mirrors, there’s never a dull moment here.
The mezzanine-style bedroom is a cosy place for a couple to retreat to after a day of sightseeing. As is the living room sofa, where you can rest your legs with some evening entertainment, courtesy of the flat-screen TV.
You’ll be around the corner from a remnant of the medieval wall, as well as an energetic street filled with bars and smiling faces.
What guests say: “The place was clean, nice and perfect ! We had a perfect stay there, Zeljko was very kind and attentive to our needs. We found many activities around to do and the beach was near. It was a really good week. We do 100% recommend Zeljko : )” – Ajtene
Best suited to: Couples
Neighbourhood: La Goleta
Biggest draw: Quaint city terrace
This stylish studio is the perfect spot for any couple to rest their head while staying in Malaga. It’s set up with couples in mind and is beautifully designed. There’s a tiny table for romantic dinners, as well as a kitchen in which to cook them.
Thanks to the coffee machine, you can pour some fresh coffee each morning and sit on the balcony while you plan your day. All while admiring views of the surrounding historic streets.
The sleeping area is separated from the living space with a decorative shelf, which helps divide the space. And there’s even a washing machine to help you keep things simple during your stay.
What guests say: “My wife and I loved this studio apartment. It really is in a brilliant location to explore Malaga, and a 2 minute walk from supermarkets and some amazing bars and restaurants. We dealt with Cristian – who was very helpful, and super quick to get back to me with any questions I had regarding transport etc. A 5 star stay, and for sure we will be back!” – Paul
Best suited to: Young families or couples
Neighbourhood: La Goleta
Biggest draw: Lovely rooftop terrace
Set on a narrow city street in the historic centre, this top-floor apartment is a beautiful base for a city break in Malaga. You’ll be a short walk away from many of the city’s finest restaurants, bars, and attractions. Including the incredible Gibralfaro Castle.
It boasts a quaint rooftop terrace, with a groovy pair of chairs, where you can catch some sun or enjoy an evening drink. Or you can curl up on the sofa and flick on the large flat-screen for quiet nights in.
What guests say: “The apartment was fantastic- very clean and modern. Location was excellent and plenty to do close by. Maria was a thoughtful and very pleasant host. Would definitely stay again. Thank you.” – Julia
Best suited to: Beach-loving couples
Neighbourhood: La Caleta
Biggest draw: Large, sea view terrace
Sea views and beachfront living are the name of the game here. This spacious two-sleeper apartment boasts a disproportionately large terrace that looks out across the beach and sea.
Set, admire the views, and breathe in the sweet sea air. This place is perfect for a beach-loving pair – you can have your toes in the sand within minutes of walking out the door.
You can cook simple meals in the kitchenette, or cuddle up on the couch with some TV.
What guests say: “We liked the apartment very much. It was tidy, modern and the view was amazing. The kitchen was fully equipped which we liked and used a lot. The check in felt very safe due to the COVID-19 situation. Antonio was very helpful and easy to communicate with. Thanks for everything” – Jenny
Best suited to: Beach-loving families
Biggest draw: Comfortable terrace with sea views
Vibrant pinks, blues, oranges, and greens burst between swathes of white and cream. The design of this seaside house is unique but tasteful.
The bright colours extend beyond the interior to the stunning sea-view terrace. With plants, sofas, chairs, and amazing views, it’s the place to be at sunset. The whole family can gather around, sip on drinks, and enjoy the ambiance.
As a six sleeper house, most families will find it more than comfortable. You can step out onto the beach, and the city centre is just a 10-minute drive away. It’s perhaps the best airbnb in Malaga for families!
What guests say: “We loved this house. Stayed here for a friends reunion. The place was bright, clean and well equipped. Noemi and her son Lucas couldn’t do enough for us. The location was brilliant – right on the beach and next to local tapas bars and restaurants. Hope to be back.” – Andrea
Best suited to: Families keen on a rural getaway
Biggest draw: Fantastic mountain views and beautiful old home
Enjoy perfect seclusion at this stunning farmhouse. It’s a 40-minute drive from Malaga, allowing you to experience a different side of Spain – it’s gorgeous countryside! There are two mountain villages nearby, which you should be sure to visit.
This family farm stay is rather magical, with a large saltwater pool overlooking the mountainous landscape. The large kitchen has everything you’ll need for big family meals, and the bedrooms are large and cozy. The patio, too, is just splendid, with a grapevine providing shade and BBQ facilities.
What guests say: “This is a lovely property set in the beautiful Spanish countryside. Helen and Pete were great hosts living close by if we needed anything but at no time did they intrude. The house is very spacious with 4 excellent bedrooms, well appointed kitchen, numerous terraces /seating areas and a fabulous saltwater pool. This is the perfect location for a relaxing holiday but still only 40 minutes from Malaga.” – Richard
Final Thoughts on Airbnb Spain Malaga
So, there you have it. If you’re seeking Malaga self-catering accommodation, Airbnb is the place to look. There are so many incredible options on the platform, from luxurious villas and airy penthouses to beachfront apartments and central studios.
The city is a playground for cultural enthusiasts, foodies, and history-lovers. So take your pick of accommodation, and go enjoy the spectacular sights! And if you’re exploring the area, check out these Granada Airbnbs, and these Seville Airbnbs.