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Cost of a holiday in Malaga

“How does it cost?” is one of the most frequently asked questions about a holiday in Malaga. Lots of people want to know how much prices are in Malaga. In this city-break destination, what do you pay for things like accommodation, restaurants and museums in Malaga? The short answer is not very much. Malaga is probably far cheaper than you’d imagined especially if you’re coming from a northern European city and most people find Malaga is a low-cost destination that doesn’t break the bank.

But low-cost doesn’t mean low quality and we think you’re going to be pleasantly surprised about how much you get for your money in Malaga. So, getting down to the nitty-gritty: how much does a holiday in Malaga cost?


Like all Spanish cities, Malaga offers great value for money when it comes to hotels. You’ll find a reasonably good selection of hotels, hostels and self-catering holiday lets in Malaga with accommodation prices to suit most budgets.

In our Where to Stay in  Malaga section, we’ve included a range of options and here’s what you can expect to pay for accommodation in Malaga for a double room in low season (November to April excluding Easter Week). For the rest of the year, add at least 15 per cent.

  • Budget accomodation with shared bathroom – from €35
  • Budget accomodation with private bathroom – from €50
  • Boutique B&B – from €70
  • 3-star hotel – from €60
  • 4-star hotel – from €80
  • 5-star hotel – from €130

Top tip unless it’s included in the price don’t bother paying for breakfast at the hotel. Pop out to one of the nearby cafés or bars and breakfast for €3.

Eating Out

Even if you decide to treat yourself to a gourmet dinner created by a Michelin-starred chef, you’ll find eating out in Malaga considerably cheaper than most cities in northern Europe. Here’s an idea:

  • Breakfast (drink, orange juice plus toast) – from €3
  • Chocolate and churros – from €3
  • Tapa – from €2
  • Sandwich (filling in baguette bread) – from €3.50
  • Half-portion – from €4
  • Full portion – from €7
  • Plate of fried fish – from €6
  • Sardine espeto – from €3
  • Main course – from €9

Top tip Check out the menú del día, available at many bars at lunchtime. Priced from €8, it includes a choice of starters, mains and desserts, and usually a drink. Portions are usually generous too.

We think you’ll agree that eating out in Malaga is excellent value. How many other tourist hot spots do you know where you can get a good cup of coffee for €1.20?


There’s a long list of monuments, museums, sights and art museums in Malaga and the good news is that admission prices are extremely reasonable. Here’s an idea:

  • Art museums – from €6
  • Churches – usually free
  • Historic monuments – from €3.50
  • Museums – from €6

And don’t forget that children under 14, students and those over 65 usually get reduced rates. You may be asked for proof of status so have some ID handy.

Top tip Many sights are free on Sunday afternoons, usually after 5pm.

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