Go expat in… moving to Santa Fé de los Boliches
Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Santa Fé de los Boliches (Los Boliches) – a Costa del Sol outpost for nationalities A-Z.
Los Boliches: where the population is international but the climate positively Andalucian.
Quieter by day (and indeed night), Los Boliches is a more relaxed option than noisy neighbour, Fuengirola. Where you can get away from it all. And still be within easy access of the brighter lights shining in nearby Málaga and Marbella.
If you’re looking for fellow expats, you will struggle more in Los Boliches than pre-crisis. Before Spain’s economic woes, there was a livelier expat bar and restaurant scene. But many foreign business owners have closed and relocated. However, these businesses are now in Spanish hands. And they tend to hot up later rather than earlier, such is the Iberian propensity to lunch and dine out of your accustomed hours.
In and out
Consistently popular as a tourist destination, you can guarantee your flight into the Aeropuerto de Málaga being a full one. From there, it’s a straighforward 20-minute drive along the AP-7.
Most of the international schools, with the exception of Scandinavian establishments, can be found in Fuengirola. So, hardly very far away especially as Los Boliches is considered to be a suburb of Fuengirola. If you’re looking for a Spanish state education, you won’t have to cover much ground to the likes of centrally-located primary CEIP Acapulco and secondary I.E.S Los Boliches
Shop until you drop…
There are the usual cut-priced supermarkets in Los Boliches. But if you’re looking for wider range, you’ll appreciate El Corte Inglés opposite the train station. Expect to dip deeper into your pockets should you shop there, though.
Prices are cheaper than in Málaga or Marbella. However, Los Boliches forms part of Fuengirola’s 8km-strip of coastline. Meaning seafront properties retain their value.
Starting prices for properties are around the €85.000-mark for a one-bedroom apartment. Whereas a four-bedroom penthouse can cost up to €1.000.000. Although, you’ll find the majority of properties in Los Boliches lower than €500.000.
In Praise Of
“Los Boliches, where I lived for the past 10 years, has excellent transport links by train or bus to Málaga and beyond. It offers many of the facilities important to summer tourists (mainly Spanish) and the snowbirds who come to visit in the winter (foreigners from colder climates); both attracted by our wonderful long beach. Local tapas bars and restaurants still offer quality meals at value-for-money prices with a coffee in many places for 1€, a cana at 0,70€ and Menu del dia at 8€ offering “local” dishes from other parts of Spain.” Ali Meehan (Costa Women)
- Are you an expat in Los Boliches? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.
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Matthew Hirtes, our resident broadsheet journalist, moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 2004. He's travelled extensively through Spain, covering it for such publications as Telegraph Travel, Metro, and The Independent. The author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How To Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, Matthew truly is a resident expert.