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Malaga - Overview

Malaga is situated on the Spanish south coast, and is the capital of the Costa de Sol, in the community of Andalusia. The city is famous as the birthplace of artist Pablo Picasso and actor Antonio Banderas. As with other Spanish coastal cities, there are two sides to the city the traditional narrow streets full of small shops, markets and the traditional Spanish way of life, alongside the tourist complexes, beaches and 24 hour entertainment for the millions of tourists attracted to the coastal resorts each year. That said, Malaga is also an important business and financial centre.

Stunning architecture can be seen almost everywhere in the city, and add to that the flamenco music and dance that the area is famous for, and it's no surprise that the city is nominated to be European City of Culture in 2016.

Many expats are drawn to the area as they are able to find most home comforts, including favourite foods and television programmes, in a place where English is widely spoken, yet they can enjoy the party and holiday atmosphere in a warmer climate.

There are others however who shun the 'full-time tourists' and opt for a more Spanish way of life. Malaga caters for both types, and can act as a stepping stone into living in Spain, gradually moving away from home comforts and spreading out into the andalusian countryside.

The city is home to over half a million residents, while the wider metropolitan area's population is over 1 million. In the city, around 30,000 official residents are non-Spanish, a quarter of whom are British. The true figure of Europeans living in the city is thought to be much higher, due to the fact that citizens of the European Union are not obliged to register residency in Spain and are free to live and work there freely.

There are a multitude of online forums offering advice for expats living in Malaga. A visit to an expat bar, shop or restaurant, which are not hard to find, is also a useful way of meeting fellow expats who are usually more than happy to help. Many expats find settling into a new life in Malaga relatively easy, thanks to English being widely spoken, and access to many products and services that make the experience feel less foreign.

Further information on the city, as well as official local government services, can be found on the website of Malaga Town Hall at www.ayto-malaga.es

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