The Costa del Sol and Malaga are extremely popular for their chic and cosmopolitan destinations that holidaymakers and expats flock to in their droves. Many families and couples settle in the Costa del Sol due to the great all year round weather, the friendly lifestyle, the copious amounts of fresh cuisine, the culture and all the fantastic Andalucian festivals.
Living and holidaymaking in Malaga and the Costa del Sol is still more economical than in Northern Europe as property and holiday prices and the cost of living are much cheaper in the sunny south of Spain.
The area is a fantastic place to raise children where they can enjoy lots and lots of sports and activities and there is a great range of good schools, state and privately run. But its not just the kids that have all the fun! The region is great to enjoy sports under the clear blue skies, learn about the local culture and cuisine of the Costa del Sol and then there is the active social scene.
Here are the 10 reasons why to live in Malaga and the Costa del Sol;
1. A magnificent climate and coastline
On the Costa del Sol you can enjoy more than 320 days of sunshine in the year so the beach or just lounging around the pool especially with summer temperatures exceeding the high 30’s. The Costa del Sol enjoys over 160km of coastline so there are plenty of sandy beaches and coves to discover and there is a wide selection of water sports to try out.
East of Malaga there are rockier coastlines that have crystal clear waters. The west of Malaga is where you will find large stretches of sandy beaches and promenades where you can enjoy seaside strolls and stopping for refreshments in one of the thousands of beach cafes.
2. Fiesta fun
It is well known that throughout Andalucia there is a fiesta for every month of the year and it is said that Andalucians have the best fiestas and throw the best parties throughout Spain. Some of the more notable ones are; the colourful week long carnival that marks the start of Lent, the nightly religious processions during holy week and the bonfires on the beach during the San Juan festivities.
Malaga is also host the Malaga film festival which has Malaga born Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas as a honorary president. The largest and possibly the best festival on the Costa del Sol is the Malaga fair held every August. The 9 day nonstop party celebrates all things Andalucian which includes traditional dress, Flamenco shows, live music, food and fairground rides.
3. Start a sport
With so much geographical diversity the Costa del Sol and Malaga is the ideal place for taking part in an active sport be it on land, in the mountains or out at sea. The superb weather means that you can play sports all year around especially golf as along the Costa del Sol there are well over 50 different golf courses to choose from.
To the east you have the picturesque ski resort of Sierre Nevada, the sunniest ski resort in Europe and is only two and a half hours from Malaga. In Malaga City there is Malaga FC who play in the Spanish top division La Liga. Also in Andalucia you have La Liga sides Seville and Granada.
4. The culture of the Costa del Sol
The history of the Costa del Col and Malaga is very interesting and dates back thousands of years. A visit to one of the magnificent art galleries, museums and old buildings will help you understand and embrace your new environment. There are many to choose from and possibly the most famous of them all is the Pablo Picasso museum which gives you a great insight to the Malaga born artist.
Other places of interest and cultural attractions include the eleventh century Alcazaba Citadel, the bullring, the cathedral and the Arabic baths. Up and down the coast you will find local museums, art galleries, ancient buildings and places of cultural interest all showing a rich cultural history of the Costa del Sol and the Malaga province.
5. Andalucian tapas and cuisine
The Costa del Sol is no doubt the best region for tapas and fresh cuisine. In many, more traditional establishments you will be given a free delicious small dish of food when you order a drink. There are literally thousands of different tapas dishes and you could be given anything from traditional jamon, garlic prawns, spicy potatas bravas, meatballs or a variety of fish dishes.
Fresh fish and shellfish form the focal point of many main dishes especially in coastal towns and villages with the fish often being caught locally that day. Other dishes will provide a varied sweet and savoury offering and popular regional cuisine includes; platos de los montes, gazpacho cold soup served with tomatoes, garlic, peppers and cucumber. There is also ajoblanco cold soup served with almonds and garlic, many different types of fried seafood, healthy stefado’s and again meatballs in various delicious sauces.
6. Fun for the family
For many families moving to the Costa del Sol and Malaga it is their dream move and there are so many things to do and places to explore. Most of the children’s time will be spent on the beach, around the pool or at the local sports centre. On the Costa del Sol there are some of the finest theme parks in Spain where you can enjoy a great family day out. These include Tivoli World in Benalmadena which is one of the most popular attractions with adrenalin fuelled rides and great shows that cater for all ages.
Benalmadena also has the Sea Life Aquarium that is home to over 2000 different species of fish and also in Benalmadena is Selwo Marina that is home to marine animals such as dolphins and penguins as well as tropical birds. A short trip along the coast to Torremolinos is Spains first ever water park (another can be found in Mijas Costa) and there is also the crocodile park, the only park of its kind in Europe. In Estepona there is Selwo Aventura, a drive through safari park and there is the zoo in Fuengirola which are just a few of the attractions in the area.
7. Explore the country
With all the glorious beaches it might be difficult to imagine yourself wanting to head anywhere else but a trip inland will widen your horizons and is so worth it. Just a short distance travelling inland you can explore the Costa del Sol’s and Malaga’s impressive mountains, mountain villages and nature parks. Areas such as the Jurassic limestone formations in El Torcal nature reserve, the naturally formed lakes surrounding and in El Churro and also in El Churro the Caminito del Rey.
Only 2½ hours from Malaga there is the impressive Sierra Nevada ski resort which is also a great place for hiking during the summer months. Many of the national parks and reserves are great for camping with specially designated camping areas with facilities and BBQ areas, bars and restaurants. You will also find many nature trails that will take you through some of the most breath taking scenery you could find in Spain.
8. Shop like a local
On the Costa del Sol and Malaga there are the major chain supermarkets such as Mercadona, Eroski and Carrefour which provide you with all your essential daily products at a reasonable price. Shopping in this area is a lot cheaper than in the UK. There are also a number of shopping malls where you find major stores such as Zara, Pull and Bear and Primark. A number of these are located along the coast and in Malaga at such places as La Canada, Larios Centre, Myramar Centre and Plaza Mayor. A major department store in Spain is El Corte Ingles where you can buy food, clothes, electrical goods and sporting and garden equipment.
9. Property on the Costa del Sol
Costa del Sol property is not the cheapest property in Spain but nor is it the most expensive and you certainly do get what you pay for. Property on the Costa del Sol tends to be of newer stock and due to being built more recently has more modern features. Buyers from the EU are enjoying a strong pound against the euro which means that they are getting cheaper properties or more for their budget. On the coast there are still many bargains to be had as the property market takes its first steps to a full recovery.
When choosing a property you must ensure it is in the right area for you and your family and it is important to remember that the Costa del Sol and Malaga are no different to any other area with prime locations commanding premium prices. A villa on the beach will cost more than a similar villa a few miles inland.
10. Travelling the Costa del Sol and further
The Costa del Sol and Malaga has extremely good transport links allowing you to travel and explore other areas of the coast and Spain as well as nipping back to the UK via one of the many low cost airlines that operate from Malaga airport. The airport is situated only 8km from Malaga city centre.
The main motorway road, the A7, runs all along the Costa del Sol linking resorts from Estepona to Nerja. It also provides links to other major cities such as Cordoba, Sevilla, Madrid and Valencia. The resorts just west of Malaga are linked by the coastal railway between Malaga City and Fuengirola and stops at such resorts as Benalmadena and Torremolinos as well as the airport. The high speed rail network from Malaga links the area to major cities such as Madrid, Sevilla and Barcelona.
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