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Moving to Malaga, Spain

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 02, 2024

Summary: Moving to Malaga, Spain: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Malaga.

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What do I need to know before moving to Malaga?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Malaga, they said:

"Before moving to Malaga, expats should know that the city has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. It's important to learn some basic Spanish phrases, as not everyone speaks English. The cost of living in Malaga is generally lower than in other European cities, but it's still advisable to have a stable income or savings. Healthcare in Spain is of a high standard, and expats are eligible for free state healthcare if they are contributing to social security. However, many expats choose to take out private health insurance for more comprehensive coverage. Malaga is a safe city with a low crime rate, but like any city, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions against pickpocketing, especially in tourist areas. The city is well-connected by public transport, including buses, trains, and a metro system. However, many locals and expats choose to get around by car. Spanish cuisine is a big part of life in Malaga, with tapas bars and seafood restaurants being particularly popular. The city is also known for its vibrant nightlife, with numerous bars, clubs, and live music venues. Expats should also be aware that siestas are a common practice in Malaga. Many businesses close in the afternoon for a few hours and reopen in the evening. Finally, it's important to note that Spain has a different pace of life compared to many other countries. Things tend to move slower, and there's a strong emphasis on enjoying life and spending time with family and friends," said one expat in Malaga.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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