Malaga is one of our favorite places in Spain and in the world, for many reasons. Because of the good climate, its friendly people, the landscapes, the gastronomy, the culture… For this and much more, Malaga is chosen every year by Spanish nationals and foreigners alike to start a new life. In fact, more and more people are moving here.
What’s more, foreigners leaving their country have chosen Malaga as the best place in Europe to live, according to a study published by the worldwide expatriate network Internations, ahead of other places such as Sydney and Singapore!
Whether it’s the capital or the coast, we tell you why Malaga is the place you’ve been looking for. 👇🏻
Costa del Sol: sun, sea and quality of life
If there is one thing that makes Malaga one of the most desirable places, it is its coastline. Once home to fishermen, farmers and humble people, the Costa del Sol has undergone a transformation in recent decades that has turned it into a destination that offers everything from boat trips and hiking trails to luxury experiences in the best restaurants.
Costa del Sol: the best beaches
Large stretches of sand, small hidden coves, beaches to have fun and enjoy and other beaches for unwinding and relaxing. With 11 kilometres of coastline, the Costa del Sol guarantees endless days on the shore.
We love La Carihuela beach in Torremolinos, with more than 2 km of volcanic sand –and some spectacular seafood restaurants. We also love Maro beach in Nerja, considered one of the best in Andalusia. It has a waterfall, turquoise waters, coral reefs and is surrounded by vegetation, crops and reed beds.
Villages on the Costa del Sol: all in white
Malaga’s white villages are well known. Set in the rock, with plastered façades to withstand the summer heat and colourful flowerpots on their wrought iron balconies… places that speak of legends, cultures, stories of battles and dreams.
Don’t miss Mijas, with its Moorish heritage, nestled in the foothills of the mountains. Its old town is a Historic-Artistic Site and the views of the Mediterranean Sea from the Paseo de la Muralla are unique. And also visit Frigiliana, very popular with foreigners and full of flowery corners, hidden squares, terraces with views, small fountains…
We don’t want to reveal all the surprises. Take a look at Sonneil’s Guide to the Costa del Sol and discover why living on the Costa del Sol is such a privilege. Here at Sonneil, we have the most exclusive properties!
Malaga, a city on trend
But Malaga is much more than just beaches. Its capital is a treasure trove of surprises and has earned its place as one of the most desirable cities in the Mediterranean.
Beaches in Malaga: all year round
In the Internations ranking, Malaga comes first in the category of ‘Leisure and Climate’ –not a single foreign resident complains about the weather! With an average annual temperature of around 18ºC, the winters are mild and the summers are wonderful for enjoying the sand and clear waters of its beaches.
Malaga’s main beach is La Malagueta, a symbol for residents, just 10 minutes from the city centre and bordered by a promenade where you can unwind while breathing in the sea breeze. However, the real tranquillity is to be found on the beaches of La Caleta and Pedregalejo.
Warmth and leisure in Malaga
If there is one thing that attracts nationals and foreigners to Malaga, it is the warmth of its people and the friendly and welcoming nature of the locals. That’s why it also ranks first in the ‘Friends and socialising’ category: 69% of foreign residents find it easy to make new friends and 78% are happy with their social life.
A social life that in Malaga has a lot to do with enjoying the outdoors, partying, getting together with friends around a good table… 86% of the participants in the survey believe that there are plenty of leisure options.
To make the most of your leisure time, you can choose to immerse yourself in Malaga’s history in its historic center, try top-quality produce at the Mercado de Ataranzas or have some espetos malagueños in the famous Calle Larios, a pedestrianised artery lined with bars and restaurants. Another popular spot is the port, great for a coffee on Muelle Uno overlooking the sea.
One thing is particularly noteworthy in Malaga’s recent development: its cultural offer, which today boasts some of the most attractive museums in Spain and Europe.
These include the Pompidou Centre –a 2,000 square metre museum with pieces by Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Magritte, among others–, the Picasso Museum Malaga in the beautiful Buenavista Palace –with 233 works and a chronological journey through Picasso’s career–, and the most recent: the Carmen Thyssen Museum, home to one of the most important collections of Spanish and Andalusian painting from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Do you need more reasons to visit? Here’s our guide to what to do in Malaga.