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Moving to Spain | Moving to Vélez-Málaga

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Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Vélez-Málaga.

Moving to Vélez-Málaga

Moving to Vélez-Málaga: Old-school Costa del Sol


Vélez, as the natives call it, is a municipality with plenty of history and a 25-km stretch of sumptuous shoreline. Beautiful beaches include the nudist Bajamar and buildings the predictably palatial Palacio del Marqués de Beniel which dates back to the 17th century.


Youth unemployment currently stands at 43% in Spain. If you move to Vélez-Málaga with older children, you might find their future employment prospects rather limited. Which goes a long way to explain why the area’s popular with retirees and digital nomads over those looking to put their feet on the first rung of the traditional career ladder.

Ins and outs

Capital of the Axarquía comarca, Vélez-Málaga is home to La Axarquía-Leoni Benabú airport (LEAX). However, you can only depart and return here on the same day, on a pleasure flight. Landing at the international Aeropuerto de Málaga, you’ll reach Vélez-Málaga in just over 40 minutes by following the A-7 in an easterly direction.


As opposed to the west of Málaga, the east of the province has a dearth of international schools. One of the better-regarded Spanish schools is the Colegio San Jóse, located close to the church of the same name. Bear in mind, however, that this is a semi-private concertado which means you will have to pay for your child’s education when they enter the sixth form. Although Spanish state schools aren’t perfect particularly with an emphasis on learning by rote, many expat children have flourished at them including the institutos in Vélez-Málaga.

Shop until you drop…

Torre del Mar’s Centro Comercial El Ingenio houses more than 100 shops, a supermarket, and a cinema. In Vélez-Málaga proper, on Lugar Arroyo Hondo, you’ll find Modas Guirado which dresses men well from young to old. Over on Calle Cristo, Sipecusa’s a great place to pick up gifts for family and friends.

Property in Vélez-Málaga

Apartments and villas are the main property for sale in coastal Vélez-Málaga. Fincas are thinner on the ground, though, as Vélez-Málaga is more of a built-up urban area than olive country.

Market watch

Town houses and villas on the market in Vélez-Málaga can start from as low as €40k but rarely reach the millions.

In Praise Of

“Vélez-Málaga is authentic and very Spanish.  Tourism is slower than in the west of Málaga, with a good balance between the numbers of locals and foreigners. What’s remarkable is the presence of lots of creative and artistic people from all over the world!” – Prisca Sinay (El Toko).

  • Are you an expat living in Vélez-Málaga? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.

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