Malaga is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Andalusia. More and more people are considering moving to this beautiful region thanks to its prime location on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, its wonderful climate that lasts most of the year, its spectacular beaches and its excellent cultural and gastronomic offer. If you are thinking of moving or buying a second home for your holidays, in this post you will find out which are the best areas to live in Málaga.

Where is the best area to live in Málaga?

Málaga has a wide variety of areas and residential neighbourhoods that are perfect to live in. The city itsself has more than two hundred neighbourhoods and eleven districts! Different neighbourhoods cater to different tastes and needs, so let’s find out which are the best areas to live in Málaga.


Fuengirola is always a great option to move to or buy a second home. Being one of the best known towns on the Costa del Sol, living in Fuengirola is a guarantee of having all the services close at hand, of enjoying clean and well-kept beaches and of enjoying the best restaurants and leisure activities. Here you can discover what to see in Fuengirola.

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What to see in Fuengirola


Who hasn’t heard of Marbella? For those seeking luxury, exclusivity and privileged living with the utmost comfort, Marbella is the place to be. Puerto Banús is one of the best known ports in the world, for the high level of distinction of the yachts, restaurants and boutiques along the promenade. A cosmopolitan and special atmosphere that also preserves the most Andalusian essence in its historic centre, full of flowers, white houses, balconies and cobbled streets.

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Mijas is one of the jewels of the Costa del Sol. A paradise nestled between mountains, in a privileged location that gives you the best of the coast and the mountains. Clean, pure air, good weather, Mediterranean light… perfect for those looking to live in the midst of nature! Tradition permeates its old town, where the welcoming atmosphere always makes you feel at home. And, if what drives you crazy are the beaches, in Mijas Costa you will find your paradise in clean sandy beaches and calm waters such as those of La Cala and Calahonda.

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The historic centre

The historic centre of Málaga is one of the preferred options for those who like to live in a very urban area. The historic centre includes both the old town and a network of beautiful streets that are always a pleasure to wander through. This district has an outstanding monumental heritage. t is worth mentioning the remains of the Arab walls, its beautiful cathedral, the imposing Alcazaba or the Castle of Gibralfaro.

In addition, the historic centre also offers a wide range of cultural, commercial and leisure activities along the pedestrian streets, such as the famous Calle Larios or the Plaza del Obispo. It has a unique atmosphere, full of tourism and history, but the historic centre is not the best option for those looking for peace and quiet. The best areas to live within the historic centre are Plaza de los Monos, Plaza de la Merced, Alameda de Colón or Carretería, as these areas are further away from the hustle and bustle of the nightlife.

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El Limonar

El Limonar is another of Malaga’s best neighbourhoods. It is a very exclusive area offering a high quality of life. It is located between La Malagueta and Pedregalejo, very close to the Gibralfaro mountain and the beach. In this residential area you will find a wide variety of homes for all tastes, such as apartments, old villas from the end of the 19th century and beautiful modern villas with swimming pools and sea views. El Limonar is a very quiet residential area within easy reach of the centre and the beach, with very good transport links. Like La Malagueta, the only drawback is the prices of the properties, which are more expensive than in other areas.

Huelin/La Misericordia

These are two adjoining neighbourhoods on the beachfront. It is one of the preferred areas to buy a property, as these are very popular working class neighbourhoods and the properties are cheaper than in other areas. The neighbourhoods are very close to the historic centre and have a wide variety of leisure facilities, shops, parks and schools. It is an ideal location for families and young people, with the added bonus of being a stone’s throw from the Misericordia beach.

La Malagueta

La Malagueta is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Malaga, as well as one of the residential areas with the highest quality of life. It is also very close to the historic centre (just a few minutes walk), the famous Malagueta beach and the port. It stands out for its large number of supermarkets, restaurants and entertainment venues. It offers a wide range of services, with the advantage of not being as busy as the more central areas. The only drawback is that prices are a bit higher than in other areas. La Malagueta is probably the best area to live in Málaga.

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El Palo/Pedregalejo

Together with La Malagueta, El Palo and Pedregalejo are the best known areas of Málaga, as they are former fishing neighbourhoods now converted into pleasant residential areas on the beachfront, where one can enjoy a quiet and comfortable life. In Pedregalejo there is a predominance of villas with swimming pool, while in El Palo there are mostly apartments, which is why El Palo has more affordable prices. In this area you can find all kinds of services such as bars, restaurants and shops, and it is well connected to the city centre by public transport.


This is the most modern part of the city and is located in the university area, so its population is mostly made up of students and young families. It offers a great environment and has all kinds of services. There are wide boulevards, green areas, residential complexes, schools, restaurants and many leisure areas. On the downside, this area is further away from the beach and also from the historic centre.

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