There are a few coworking spaces in Málaga to choose from, but which are the best?
We were looking for a Málaga coworking office that:
- Offered value for money
- Had flexible prices, because we’d only use it for a few hours a day
- Was close to the centre of town, so we didn’t have to travel far
- Would help us to meet other remote workers and build a community through events and other things
It turns out that finding a coworking space in Málaga that met our criteria was very difficult!
- our favourite coworking space in Málaga
- a list of Málaga coworking spaces
- how we plan to work remotely in Málaga
Top Choice: The Living Room Coworking
The Living Room Coworking space in Málaga is open 24/7 and used by people from all over the world who work across a number of disciplines.
There’s a range of places for you to work and enough amenities to take a break, like a ping pong table. Plus, there’s a terrace if you like to work in the sunshine.
One of the big selling points is the community and events on offer. It has glowing reviews and some very positive tagged posts on Instagram.
You can book a free trial day before you sign up for a membership – but unfortunately, it was fully booked when we tried to visit, so we’ve been added to the waitlist.
We thought the Boomerang subscription offered the best value with 80 hours of coworking over three months for €200. It’s cheaper if you want to have 80 hours per month (the Roadtripper package at €160 pcm).
You can also pay as you go, but we don’t think that offers good value. One hour is €5, but you’d be better off buying a coffee for €2.60 – €3 and using a WiFi elsewhere.
Málaga Coworking Spaces We Didn’t Consider
Innovation Campus didn’t make our shortlist because it seems lacking in community and events – the only thing on offer was a Thursday lunch. But that’s reflected in the price, as it’s much cheaper than TLR.
It has four locations:
- Innovation Campus Centro is close to the train station in the Soho neighbourhood and seems like a good option for focussed work. You can work 8 hours every morning (6:00 to 14:00) for €89 per month, or from 14:00 to 24:00 for €99 per month.
- Access to the Malagueta Terrace Coworking Space is included in a membership to Innovation Campus – or you can choose rooftop-only coworking. With this discounted membership you’ll get one coffee a day plus unlimited free water, tea and instant coffee. You can get 10 days’ access for €59, five days for €35 or one day for €8.
- The Málaga Villa coworking space is quite far out of town and seems priced for less frequent visits. 12 days per month costs €115 and 7 days a month costs €75 and you’ll get access to the garden with a membership.
- The most central location is a newly announced coworking space at Málaga Urban Technopole but there isn’t any pricing information available on the website.
It’s worth mentioning prices exclude VAT and the website doesn’t have an easy way to book a free trial. We haven’t visited any of these coworking offices.
La Aduana Coworking
One of the most centrally located coworking spaces in Málaga is La Aduana, which is just between the Cathedral and the park. It offers 24/7 access and a dedicated coworking desk for €160 pcm +VAT, which includes coffee, beer, access to a terrace and meeting rooms you can book.
We didn’t shortlist La Aduana because although it looks professional and like a great place to focus on work, there’s less of an emphasis on networking and community events. The blog and their tagged instagram posts are mainly in Spanish, so it’s perhaps a better option for someone who’s a full-time worker and a native Spanish speaker.
Metropolitan Design Lab
Another coworking space in Málaga that looks more catered towards local workers rather than international nomads is Metropolitan Design Lab. The website is Spanish-only and doesn’t seem to have a community focus, so we didn’t shortlist it.
However, MDL Málaga is a well-priced option if you’re a Spanish speaker who wants to focus on work. It’s €140 for full-time access during the week.
If you’re looking for a coworking space in Málaga that you can access 24/7 and have a dedicated desk with access to meeting rooms for 12 hours included in the cost, Grow Working is a great option. You can request a free trial day to explore the office before you sign up, too.
It didn’t make our shortlist because it doesn’t have a community feel, which is essential for us.
Other coworking spaces in Málaga
There are more coworking spaces that we discounted from our research, including:
- BeWorking. It’s very cheap (from €70) but looks like a school classroom and didn’t seem to have break-out areas or any community events.
- Malca XXI Coworking came up during our research but we couldn’t find a website for them and it doesn’t look like what we were looking for.
- Coworking Malaga Centro is well located but had a Spanish-only website and no community feel.
- Gotelé Estudio Creativo looks like an excellent option for any Spanish-speaking creative freelancers, which sadly isn’t the right fit for us.
- Coworking ElCentro has very competitively priced passes for mornings (€80) or evenings (€70) but the website wasn’t in English and we couldn’t see any community elements.
- El Circulo Coworking came up on Google and looks like an excellent solution for anyone who’s travelling with family and needs to work.
- Coworking BeCreative seems to have some great facilities but there’s no transparent pricing on the website and no community events.
Our Málaga coworking plans
The only coworking space in Málaga that caught our eye was The Living Room, but since it’s full, we decided to stay flexible and work from coffee shops and cafes and meet up with other nomads on occasion.
How to cowork without an office in Málaga
You don’t need an expensive membership to work remotely in Málaga and meet other people. We found that working from cafes was a good option – and more affordable than coworking spaces!
We’re in Málaga for roughly 35 working days, and we want to work for at least a few hours outside the Airbnb for around 20 days (when we won’t have a lot of calls).
The Boomerang model at The Living Room would give us four hours a day if we went over 20 days in the three-month period, costing €10 per day. However, a coffee costs €2.60-3, so it is much cheaper to just buy a drink and work from a cafe instead.
The only downside to this plan is that it doesn’t help you to make any friends!
We joined a local coworking group one day and met some very nice people – but the location was too far away and the WiFi was really unreliable. It also attracted some people who weren’t too motivated to work, so it didn’t create a very focused atmosphere. For sociable digital nomads without deadlines, it would be a nice way to meet like-minded people.
Do you know of any groups where you can cowork with other nomads in Málaga? Please leave your suggestions below!