Both Malaga and the Costa del Sol are hugely attractive propositions for those seeking the sun-soaked Mediterranean lifestyle. They are hugely popular cosmopolitan destinations for families or couples to settle with friendly communities, luxurious food and culture providing the ideal platform to begin a new life abroad.



There are also plenty of Andalusian festivals to enjoy throughout the year, many of which thousands of tourists. Both the Costa del Sol and Malaga are two highly beneficial locations when it comes to bringing up a family thanks to the numerous sporting facilities scattered across the area and the highly reputable schools.

Here are some of the many reasons why both of these Spanish resort locations are such wonderful propositions for living abroad:

The Fiestas

Andalusia is the celebratory capital of Spain and some of the best parties are thrown in Malaga and the Costa del Sol. There is usually one fiesta held every month, so you can rest assured you’ll get the opportunity to experience these joyful and flamboyant occasions.

There is a colourful carnival to mark the beginning of Lent and further processions Holy Week and the famous Malaga Fair on the Cost del Sol, which is a non-stop celebration that lasts for nine days. It has everything from live music and fairground rides to flamenco shows and traditional Spanish dress.

Inland Appeal

Much is made of Malaga’s beach resorts and you’d do well to find a more spectacular setting, yet one its biggest appeals lies further inland, somewhere very few tourists consider exploring in comparison to the seaside.

There are some beautiful nature parks and mountainous regions to explore, such as the El Torcal nature reserve which is home to strange Jurassic limestone rock formations. Andalusia offers so much more than just the famous coastline, so you don’t have to worry about getting tired of the same scenery.

The Climate and Coastline

We couldn’t not mention the famous Malaga coastline, which enjoys more than 320 days of sunshine every year. You’ll never have an excuse not to head to the beach with sandy beaches and water sports in abundance.

There are some stunning, crystal clear waters to be found towards the rockier shores of the Malaga coastline, while the majority of golden, sandy beaches and promenades are located to the West of Malaga.

The Andalusian Cuisine

Tapas is the signature dish of Spain and you’ll struggle to find better tapas anywhere other than the Costa del Sol. There are many establishments that will provide you with a tasty dish for free when you buy a drink.

Some of the traditional tapas dishes include garlic prawns and spicy patatas bravas. As this is a coastal resort, you can expect to find plenty of traditional seafood including fresh fish and shell fish. Don’t forget to try the beautiful Spanish meatballs that are available in a wide variety of delicious sauces.

A Family Friendly Atmosphere

Malaga and the Costa del Sol are hugely appealing to families as there are so many things you can do together. Children will adore the beach as well as the sports centre and the numerous theme parks of which some are hugely famous across Spain.

Benalmadena has its own Sea Life Aquarium incorporating over 2,000 fish including sharks while Tivoli World is one of the most popular fairgrounds with some breath-taking rides and stunning shows for the whole family to enjoy.

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