Málaga 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.
The Melting Pot Hostel 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 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 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.
Like any self respecting Andalusian city, the night-life of Málaga starts late, with bars only getting going at around 12pm, and continues through the night and into the next morning. Most of the city’s nocturnal fun can be found in three areas.
- 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
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 whichis 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.
Very close to the Cathedral on Calle Bolsa, 14 is El Café de Bolsa, a rather elegant restaurant but they do have Wi-Fi, so take an eternity over a coffee. Also on Plaza de la Merced 18, the vegetarian restaurant Flor de Lis is connected.
written by: Jon
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