Sunny, liveable Malaga is consistently rated one of Spain’s best cities – and it’s easy to see why! But if you’re considering purchase a property here, where are the best areas to buy? Join as we tour the Costa del Sol’s premier beachfront city.
Choosing your area
It helps to think of Malaga as divided into west, central and east. West is generally more holiday-oriented, with larger beaches, lots of English spoken and plenty of facilities for tourists and long-term residents alike. The centre is naturally busier, and contains the historic old town, with its narrow streets and café-lined, while the east is a bit quieter, with smaller beaches than in the west. Here are some of our top districts:
This former fishing village is now part of the city, and feels very much Spanish. It’s quite low-rise, although most properties here, like in most authentically ‘Spanish’ districts, are apartments. The waterfront is lined with trendy seafood bistros and so-called ‘chiringuitos’ – those pop-up beach bars that we all know and love. The beaches are perfect for kayaking and paddleboarding (the chance to take up a new hobby?)
An upscale neighbourhood, El Limonar is ideal for families and those looking to be close to the sea without the hustle and bustle. Fantastic modernist hotels and mansions give it its distinct character, and its hillside position promises great views. Architectural highlights include Villa Fernanda, considered one of the most beautiful in Malaga.
Playa de la Malagueta
Living in Malagueta means you are truly in the heart of Malaga, with the best of both worlds. On the one hand, the bustling centre is just a short hop away, with all its shops, tapas bars and restaurants. On the other hand, you also have the magnificent manmade beach, with its vast sandy expanse and gentle slope down to the sea.
Cerrado de Calderón
Cerrado de Calderón is another particularly upscale district that’s ideal as a place for a family home. Situated on the hillsides, many homes have stunning water views, and the green, tree-lined roads are quiet and largely free of traffic. It is slightly further to the sea, but the big advantage is having that peace and quiet. Most properties here are townhouses or semi-detached and detached homes.
Another former fishing village, El Pedregalejo has great beaches and a pedestrianised promenade. It’s largely low-rise, with affordable apartments and then traditional, white-washed houses lining the narrow roads as you climb the hills. It’s only a 15-20-minute drive to the city centre, as well as being on two direct bus routes.
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