Malaga's different neighborhoods are a mixture of history and modernity. Each of these has its own characteristics which you can discover during your stay there.
Expatriating to Malaga can be a lifetime experience if you wish to discover the Spanish culture and history at its best. Located in the Andalusia region, it is the Malaga province's capital city with a population of more than 568,000 inhabitants. Malaga is one of Spain's main expat destination, attracting tourists, young professionals, trainees, as well as students.
Moreover, Andalusian people are known to be very warm and welcoming. You will have no trouble getting into their culture and their relax lifestyle along with the region's sunny climate.
Stretching over some 395 km2 in the middle of a bay and surrounded by mountains, Malaga is Spain's sixth largest city. It is divided into several districts, the most popular being the city center, Trinidad, Malagueta, El Perchel, Palo Pinaris San Anton and Padregalejo. The most dynamic neighborhood is none other than Malagueta, which is found near the beach and not far from downtown.
You are likely to find beach apartments and villas, as well as pubs, restaurants, bars and nightclubs there. Pinares de San Antón and Pedregalejo are the Malaga's main residential neighborhoods with modern houses and apartments. Padregalejo, for its part, is known for being a posh neighborhood with big villas and luxury homes.
If you wish to remain closer to the Spanish history and culture, Trinidad may be the ideal neighborhood, being the city's historical center. You can enjoy its monuments and other ancient remains in large Hispano-Arabic walls. Trinidad is particularly active during the month of July. Palo, for its part, is a fishing district which has been developing gradually over the years. Further, in Perchel you are likely to find middle-class housing and student housing. Most foreigners in Malaga have settled there.
Types of housing
Apart from hotels, Malaga has a range of accommodation options including apartments, studios, villas and houses. Prices usually vary according to the type of housing and standing. In short, you will need an average of 450 euros to rent a studio and some 600 euros to rent a furnished single-bedroom apartment in Malaga's outskirts. For a furnished single-bedroom apartment in the city center, count an average of 850 euros per month.
Note that advance booking is recommended if you intend to spend your holidays in Malaga. But your search could be quite tedious if you are planning to settle there. Make sure to choose the most appropriate accommodation according to your situation and your budget. Students and trainees may go for room rental, or even flat sharing.
You can check out accommodation offers in classified ads in local newspapers and on the internet. You may also register with a real estate agency if you are already on the spot.