The latest in Matthew Hirtes’ Go Expat In series examines moving to Malaga. Enjoy!
Málaga province’s 7,000+ square kms doesn’t mean you can’t sit pretty in its city
Over 3,000 years of history makes Málaga one of the world’s oldest cities. Whether it’s wandering through its Casco Antiguo or being revived by the salty air of a stroll along its maritime parade, there’s so much to do in the city. Or not, as the case might be, with its beaches positively encouraging you to assume the horizontal position.
Although Spanish bureaucracy is infamous for its infuriating tardiness, official business seems to go even slower in Málaga. Maybe it’s all that sun. Or the Andalusian work ethic which they joke about over in the Basque Country and Catalonia.
In and out
Málaga-Costa del Sol (AGP) is Spain’s fourth-busiest airport. You can fly from and to an increasing number of international destinations, with Moscow a recent addition to the list of direct connections. Newly-constructed cycle lanes make getting around the city on bike an even more alluring prospect.
You’re going to have to look beyond central Málaga if you want a private, international education from primary upwards. Novaschool Málaga Centro only educates infants. However, 15 minutes to the west of the city-centre you’ll find Novaschool Sunland International, in the Guadalhorce valley, which accepts admissions from two years old all the way up to 18.
Shop until you drop…
The pedestrianized Calle Marqués de Larios is where you’ll find your Spanish high-street fashion stables such as Blanco, Mango, and Massimo Dutti, along with more exclusive design outlets. Elsewhere, even closer to Málaga’s port is Muelle Uno, a US-style mall which offers restaurants as well as shops. For the freshest fruit, veg, meat, and fish, at reasonable prices, you can’t go wrong by visiting Málaga’s historic Atarazanas market.
Málaga’s historic centre’s home to apartments, flats, studios, and townhouses. For more square metre for your Euro, consider investing further out of town. Properties in Málaga tend to retain their value because of the city’s enduring popularity.
One-three bedroom apartments, €70,000-€1,400,000. Detached Villas, €150,000-€2,500,000. Country fincas €100,000-€1,000,000.
In Praise Of
“Málaga’s a city of contrasts. From ancient Moorish forts to ultra-modern shopping facilities. With arguably’s Europe’s finest climate, you can enjoy the great outdoors on your doorstep all year round.” Claus Sørensen (Spain-Holiday CEO)
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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.