If you are thinking about moving to Spain and would like to know why we think moving to Malaga is a great option, have a read of our A to Z reasons to live in Malaga ... please remember that, although we love Malaga Capital, in our A to Z we are referring to the whole of the Malaga province that has so much to offer!
A to Z
Move to Malaga
By Lisa Sadleir
A is for AIRPORT
Malaga’s International Airport is a modern
state of the art terminal that is being
continually improved and updated.
It is the fourth busiest airport in Spain after
Madrid, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.
It offers flight to over 70 destinations
worldwide with passenger numbers in 2011
close to 13 million.
B is for BEACHES
The extensive beaches on the Costa del Sol, their diversity and climate have
transformed the region into the best holiday destination. Enjoy them in the
summer and almost all the year round! Malaga boasts more than 160km of
coastline with a multiplicity of beaches. Malaga is proud to be home to many
blue flag beaches.
C is for CHIRINGUITOS
Malaga’s coastal region is
simply littered with beach bars
of all types. The most
traditional and the most
frequented by both tourists and
residents alike are the little
chiringuitos which traditionally
serve locally caught fish and
seafood. The image of sardines
being cooked in a sand filled
fishing boat is a popular image
of this region.
D is for DONKEY TAXIS
In Mijas, in the early 60s, visitors to
the village asked if they could
photograph the workers travelling
home on their donkeys and have a
This soon became a regular
occurrence and the donkey taxi was
Donkey-Taxis are today an institution
in Mijas and one of its main tourist
E is for EDUCATION
Whether you are looking for a
state run Spanish, or a private
International school for your
children, you have plenty to
A vast array of education options
exist from pre- school nurseries,
primary, junior, secondary and
(Read more about International
Schools in Málaga here).
F is for FERIA & FLAMENCO
Málaga is home to flamenco and fería.
Every village and town in the province
enjoys ferias throughout the year.
The main Málaga Capital fería takes
place each year in the month of August. If
you have not experienced the Feria de
Málaga, be sure to add it to the top of
your “to do” list!
Flamenco is performed by young and old,
male and female.
Flamenco is passion!
G is for GOLF
Spain has a huge number of golf courses, approximately 500, more than 70 of
which are in Andalucia. What is more, the Costa del Sol is home to the highest
concentration of greens and fairways to be found, not only in Spain but, in the
whole of Europe. Not without reason has the Costa del Sol, with the finest golf
facilities in Europe, become known as the Costa del Golf. It´s simply a golfers
paradise! The 160 kilometre stretch of coastline, from Nerja in the east to
Manilva in the west, is home to over 50 golf courses all of which are ideal
locations in which to enjoy this popular sport. Add the fabulous year round
climate and it's most definitely golfing heaven.
H is for HOLIDAYS
Where better to spend your holidays!
The Costa del Sol in Malaga is one of
Spain’s most popular holiday destination
for a multitude of nationalities.
It is a great place to own a holiday home
whether it be for your own use or as a
source of income.
I is for INTERNATIONAL
Due to the diversity of nationalities who live
and also visit the Malaga province, there is
a very international and cosmopolitan feel
to many areas.
This applies predominantly to coastal areas
however there are many inland towns and
villages that are also inhabited by a high
percentage of non-Spanish citizens.
J is for JAMÓN
Jamon Serrano, Jamon Iberico
... Spanish cured ham.
It is a local delicacy and a
common starter or tapa.
Which is your favourite type of
K is for KIDS
What does Malaga have to offer
It is a child’s paradise!
Here´s just a few options to look
out for: Water parks, Tivoli
world, Crocodile Park, Selwo
Adventure safari parks, Selwo
Marina, SeaLife Benalmadena,
Museums, numerous outdoor
free parks inc Parque La Batería,
Parque la Paloma ….
L is for LIFESTYLE
The NUMBER ONE reason for moving to Malaga!
M is for MONTES DE MALAGA
Montes de Málaga Natural Park is
located near the capital of the Costa del
Sol and can be said to serve as a "green
lung" for the city. This park
encompasses a mid-mountain
landscape of gentle topography, criss
crossed by small valleys populated with
extensive pine forests. It offers a range
of outdoor activities and some amazing
Look out for the famous “plato de los
montes”! (Image http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/)
N is for NIGHTLIFE
The province of Málaga and the
Costa del Sol have one of the
most thriving nightlife
From beach bars and
restaurants, bars, or pubs to
nightclubs. Malaga offers both
traditional and exclusive
The towns come alive at night.
O is for OLIVES & OLIVE OIL
Olive groves line many a road in the
Unlike the bitter olives tasted in some
other countries, Spanish olives, particularly
the manzanilla variety are juicy and even
Iberian olives are usually cured and eaten,
often after being pitted, stuffed (with
pickled pimento, anchovies, or other
fillings) and packed in brine in jars or tins.
And of course, almost everything is cooked
in olive oil!
P is for PROXIMITY
The excellent location of the Málaga
Province and Costa del Sol, plus the effective
road infrastructure make it easy to access
them by air, by road, by sea or by rail.
Málaga’s size, the road infrastructure and
modern vehicles make the province easily
accessible from different Spanish locations.
Málaga Airport is located 8 miles from the
city centre and is well connected with the
Costa del Sol.
Q is for QUITAPEÑAS BODEGA
Home to one of the most ancient wines of Spain. Although a relatively new DO
compared with the many other wine regions of Spain, Malaga produces the
distinctively flavoured wines such as Moscatel, Malaga Dulce, Malaga PX,
Vegasol and Vegasur.
Visit the bodegas website for more details visit this website: www.quitapenas.es
R is for RECREATION
The province of Malaga offers a
multitude of recreational activities to
suit all ages and interests.
Water sports, golf, ice skating, inland
rural activities, water parks, theme
parks, animal rescue centres, bars,
Whatever your favourite past time, you
will be almost certainly able to find it
S is for SIERRA NEVADA
Ok we are cheating a bit here as the
Sierra Nevada is actually in Granada!
However, it is only a 2 hour drive from
Malaga and so is a popular option for
day trips or weekends away.
It is also possible to ski on the snow
and swim in the sea on the same day!
Details about Sierra Nevada here:
T is for TAPAS & TINTO DE VERANO
Tapas are a wonderful Spanish
tradition and can be found in many
bars in Malaga. Tapas are small
plates of food that are a great way to
test the local specialities.
Tinto de verano is a refreshing
summer drink. A mix of red wine
and lemonade poured over ice and
topped with a slice of lemon. Beware
of drinking too many in the sun!
U is for UNIVERSITY
Málaga University (UMA) is a public
institution which promotes outstanding
research and teaching within the
European Higher Education Area. The
institution follows an educational model
to promote competitive, quality teaching
which is employment-oriented and
accredited in Europe. Its vigor and
growth over recent years have resulted
in it becoming a reference point for
universities in Spain. University School
of Nursing (Provincial). Plaza Hospital
Civil. s/n, 29009, Malaga (Spain).
V is for VILLAGES
Famous for its whitewashed
villages, (pueblos blancos),
scattered around the province,
this is where you can
experience the “real Spain of
In contrast to the modern and
cosmopolitan coastline areas,
the white washed villages of
Malaga maintain their cultures
W is for WEATHER
One of the reasons why the Costa
del Sol has become a world-class
travel destination is the
Mediterranean climate: mild all
year round with an average
temperature of 18º C.
In the summer, temperatures rise
to 25º C to 30º C, whereas in
winter they rarely go below 14º C
during the day.
X … Marks the Spot!
X marks Malaga as the spot to move to! (and if you want another substitute for
the letter X: Xavier Dupre designed the Malaga font)
Y is for YURTS
Glamping (glamorous camping) is a growing
global phenomenon that combines camping
with the luxury and amenities of a home or
hotel. Also called boutique camping, luxury
camping, posh camping or comfy camping,
glamping allows travelers to experience nature
without the hassle of finding camp space,
carrying their tents, and erecting and taking
down their own tents. Lodgings at a glamping
sites include structures such as yurts, tipis,
pods, bell tents, safari tents, tent cabins, and
tree houses. Check out GoGlamping.com
Z is for ZOO
Bioparc Fuengirola champions a new model
of zoo based on respect for nature and the
preservation of natural species, a model
which has already established itself as a
flagship for Europe. What Bioparc
Fuengirola represents is a different concept
of zoo. A zoological park where animals
live side-by-side, recreating their natural
habitat and so fostering their development
at all levels.
For more information: http://www.
So, what are you waiting for?
Contact : Lisa Sadleir
Tel: +34 608 840 692