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Living in Málaga: what to do, advantages and lifestyle

In 2024 Forbes has named Málaga city the best city in the world to live in. As proof of this, in recent years many technology companies and multinationals have opened their headquarters in the capital of the Costa del Sol.

The reason for this boom lies not only in one question or key aspect, but in many factors. Good climate, coasts and beaches of singular beauty, gastronomy, leisure, culture, the warmth of its people… all have contributed to place Málaga at the top of the list of cities in the world in which to live.

This skyrocketing interest has led to a progressive increase in population, which has increased the demand for real estate in Málaga considerably. Houses in the city have become highly sought after and numerous developments have been launched to meet housing needs.

Why live in Málaga?

Málaga is a city with a rich character, where history, culture and modernity intertwine under an enviable climate that can be enjoyed all year round. The city offers a wide range of culinary experiences and a lively nightlife, with beautiful beaches and ample green spaces. 

Málaga has become a cosmopolitan city like few others, with residents from all over the world. Business in the city is thriving, with major companies based in the city, and the streets and avenues are being modernised and transformed into true urban paradises.

Every neighbourhood in Málaga exudes a unique charm, from the vibrancy of the city centre to the quiet residential areas outside. The services in Málaga are of the highest quality, and the relaxed and welcoming lifestyle invites you to enjoy the city to the full.

It also has a wide range of cultural and leisure activities, a valuable historical heritage, discotheques, exclusive restaurants, shopping centres and all kinds of services that favour a high and exquisite lifestyle, with all needs covered, regardless of what you are looking for.

Advantages of living in Málaga, the best city in the world

A rich and dynamic social life

In Málaga, social life is vibrant and varied. The terraces, beaches and parks are perfect settings to enjoy a myriad of activities and social gatherings throughout the year. Whether relaxing in the sun or taking part in cultural events, Málaga offers something for everyone.

Unrivalled cultural richness

The city is not only home to world-renowned museums such as the Picasso Museum and the Centre Pompidou, but also hosts events of international calibre, including the prestigious Málaga Film Festival. This rich cultural fabric provides its residents and visitors with a deep immersion in art and history.

Exquisite gastronomy

Málaga’s cuisine offers an authentic culinary experience that satisfies the most discerning palates as well as those seeking traditional Andalusian flavours. Local markets and restaurants offer fresh produce and expertly prepared dishes that reflect the region’s rich gastronomic heritage.

Excellent connectivity

Málaga enjoys exceptional connectivity with the rest of Andalusia, Spain and Europe. Its international airport and efficient transport network facilitate travel and excursions, making Málaga a strategic point for both business and tourism.

Best areas in Málaga to live

Although there is no universal scale, as it depends on the preferences and situation of each person, there are neighbourhoods and areas of Málaga that stand out from the rest thanks to their particularities. These are the best areas to live in Málaga.


Situated between the port and the Alameda Principal, Soho has undergone a radical transformation. It has gone from being a decadent area to becoming the epicentre of avant-garde and culture. 

The MAUS Project has been a catalyst in the metamorphosis of the neighbourhood, transforming the facades with impressive murals that give the area a unique identity. In addition, the presence of the Contemporary Art Centre, along with numerous galleries and workshops, further enriches Soho’s cultural offerings. The neighbourhood is also famous for its varied gastronomic offer, with dishes from all over the world.

El Limonar

Between La Malagueta and Pedregalejo lies El Limonar, an area known for its exclusivity and luxury residences. This neighbourhood is especially popular with the upper class, providing a tranquil atmosphere with all the necessary amenities within easy reach. 

Its wide streets and avenues are flanked by impressive detached villas with gardens and swimming pools, giving its residents an exceptional quality of life. The proximity to important points of interest and the surrounding nature add to El Limonar’s appeal, positioning it as one of Málaga’s most desirable neighbourhoods.

El Palo and Pedregalejo

Further east, the neighbourhoods of El Palo and Pedregalejo provide a relaxing contrast to the hustle and bustle of the centre. These areas maintain a more serene, tranquil atmosphere and are appreciated for their welcoming ambience and fishing tradition. 

With old fishermen’s houses and modern constructions, these neighbourhoods are ideal for those looking for a quiet life by the sea, but without being too far away from urban amenities. In addition, the rich presence of bars and restaurants, together with good public transport connectivity, make El Palo and Pedregalejo the perfect places to live.

La Malagueta

Finally, La Malagueta is one of the most emblematic areas of Málaga. Located next to the beach of the same name and close to the historic centre, it is the perfect combination of urban life and the sea. This neighbourhood is ideal for those who wish to enjoy the proximity to the centre with all its cultural and leisure activities, but also appreciate the tranquillity of a high quality residential area. Here, daily life is enriched by the wide range of services on offer, from shops to restaurants, all within walking distance of the quiet beaches and the lively and vibrant city centre.

Málaga Centre

The centre of Málaga is one of the most sought-after areas to live in the city, as it is home to the true spirit of Málaga. This neighbourhood, full of restaurants, bars, cafés and all kinds of services, brings together the main tourist attractions, such as the majestic cathedral, the ancient Roman theatre and the imposing alcazaba, making it the epicentre of activity. 

The narrow streets of the centre, many of them pedestrianised, are full of commercial, cultural and gastronomic establishments. Calle Larios, the most exclusive street in Málaga, the Picasso Museum, the Museum of Málaga and several art galleries enrich the cultural scene of the city. 

Villa for sale in Malaga, Costa del Sol

We offer you this wonderful house for sale in Malaga capital, 200 meters from La Caleta beach, in the Limonar-Mayorazgo area, with a constructed area of 280m², developed on 2 floors, to which are added two patios and a large roof terrace, allowing two different approaches thanks to its large spaces and its distribution, finding 6 spacious and bright rooms, three living rooms (each with its own character and one of them with a wonderful fireplace that will make the stay as cozy as possible). winter nights), a fully equipped kitchen and two bathrooms. It is a home that will provide you with a unique environment to live in, where you can relax, celebrate unforgettable moments in the entertainment room and find peace in your private reading corner, in addition to being able to enjoy the outdoors and the precious climate of the Coast. del Sol, in its two patios while having breakfast or dinner in the best of environments. If you are looking for a strategic investment, this property has impressive potential: it is spacious, with multiple rooms and located in a privileged area, in the heart of the idyllic Costa del Sol, the most historically select area of Malaga, just 200 meters from the beach and beach bars like El Picasso, in a neighborhood with high tourist demand. It is the perfect house to transform into tourist apartments, as the three living rooms can be converted into cozy spaces for guests or expand the number of rooms, while the spacious bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation, and the roof terrace/solarium could become a space relaxing area for tenants, with views of the sea and mountains as a backdrop. Very well connected both privately by road (access to N-340 and A-7) and publicly (taxi stops, bus), several urban bus stops (lines 3, 11, 33, 34, N1 and C3 ), by air with the Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (18 minutes on the A-7), and by sea the Port of Málaga, also about 18 minutes by car, in addition to having the Málaga Bus Station , metro stops (Atarazanas 2km away) and the Málaga-Centro-Alameda and Málaga-María Zambrano Train Station, just 12 minutes away by car, so your trips will be quick, easy and comfortable. Take advantage of this tourist and/or residential investment opportunity at an exceptional price. Are you going to let her escape? NOTICE: The information contained in this advertisement may be subject to errors or omissions. Properties may be subject to price change, sale or withdrawal from the market. For more information do not hesitate to contact us. CONTACT US, WE WILL BE HAPPY TO ASSIST YOU. Our agency fees are already included in the sale price so you will not have to pay any type of expenses for real estate management or advice and in compliance with Decree of the Junta de Andalucía 218/2005 of October 11, it is reported that Notary, registration, ITP and other expenses inherent to the sale are not included in the price.

1.100.000 €

  • 6 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • Built. 280 m2
  • ref#R4719097

Villa for sale in Malaga, Costa del Sol

Location, Location, absolute Location. Come and discover with us this hidden gem at the undisputed best residential area in Málaga. Joining absolute tranquility, discretion and surrounded by every amenity needed, El Limonar area is a consolidated residential zone in Málaga populated mostly by detached villas with garden and some small blocks with a few dwellings each and not too high. This arrangement provides the mentioned tranquility as well as a profusion of trees and greenery not seen at any other Malaga area. Schools, supermarkets, and more, can be easily found at the surroundings, entitling the premises as a proficient residential spot and at stroll from La Caleta beach!!!. Nestled in a 567sqm plot, this stately house comprises 236sqm built distributed on three floors. Entering the gates, located on one of the borough's main road, and despite that fact, the whole home and plot are still noiseless, one finds a path leading to the entrance of the house, an enchanting Toscana scented façade with a welcoming open air lounge area with table and chairs profiting the shade and temperature in the sunny and hot at times Málaga city. The premises themselves are in need of restoration, for one notices the age in windows and carpentry, but one also notices the superb hydraulic tiling, the ambient provided by the high ceilings (up to 2,85m high), the classy staircase twisting on herself to lead to a first floor where the rest of the bedrooms stand. On the ground floor, we find the hall at the main entrance leading to the main living room with two different stances, the kitchen, a proper dining room and a guest toilette. There is as well a room acting as office and a bedroom with bathroom en suite. On the upper floor, three bedrooms, plus a small cabinet acting as another bedroom, a bathroom and the main bedroom and the bathroom. Every room with windows and loads of light. Eventually, the basement, that due to the plot features is not underfloor but stands at the floor level, lower at this side of the property. Here we find three more rooms, with bathroom, guest toilette and utility room. In short, a property full of possibilities, with a gifted location and a granted investment both for the size and status of the dwelling.

2.950.000 €

  • 8 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • Built. 236 m2
  • ref#R4649968

Villa for sale in Malaga, Costa del Sol

This astonishing villa is the embodiment of luxury golfside living. Meticulously designed by the esteemed architects Vicens & Romans, this opulent residence showcases an unrivalled architectural marvel, unmatched in the Costa del Sol. Nestled on a spacious frontline golf plot, the villa boasts expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the interiors with an abundance of natural light, unveiling breathtaking views of the Finca Cortesin golf course and the Mediterranean sea from its elevated vantage point. Encapsulated by lush greenery, privacy and tranquillity are guaranteed. With generous outdoor terraces and easy access to the garden from all areas, indoor/outdoor living is maximised for residents to make the most out of the stunning weather this corner of the world has to offer. The length pool, decorated with stunning aquamarine tiles invites all to take a dip, while the luscious palm trees provide shade and an aesthetic backdrop for relaxation. The interiors exude refinement, with every detail meticulously curated using the finest materials, ensuring an unparalleled sense of luxury. The stunning kitchen, equipped with state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances, is a culinary haven that seamlessly combines practicality with aesthetics. Distributed across 2 floors, most bedrooms are located on the ground level of the property, with striking views across the golf course. The luxurious master bedroom is on the top level of the property, boasting a private oasis for residents to enjoy. The property's landscaping is a work of art, with a captivating hidden pond gracing the entrance, adorned with lush greenery that evokes a soothing ambiance, fostering a profound connection with nature. An architectural masterpiece, this property enjoys a privileged frontline golf position in one of Spain's most exclusive resorts: Finca Cortesin.

5.160.000 €

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • Built. 578 m2
  • ref#R4640002