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Plaza de La Merced in Malaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 02, 2024

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Malaga, Spain: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Malaga?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Malaga, should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, they should understand the cost of living, which is generally lower than in many other European countries, but can vary depending on lifestyle and location. They should also research the healthcare system, which is known for its high quality, but may require private insurance for full coverage. Understanding the tax system is crucial, as Spain has a worldwide taxation policy, meaning that residents may be taxed on their global income. It's also important to know that the official language is Spanish, and while many locals and services may speak English, learning Spanish can greatly enhance the experience of living in Malaga. The climate in Malaga is Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters, which may be a significant change for those from colder climates. The culture is laid-back and social, with a strong emphasis on family and community, and a slower pace of life than many expats may be used to. Expats should also be aware of the visa and residency requirements for living in Spain. Non-EU citizens will generally need a visa to stay longer than 90 days, and obtaining residency can be a complex process requiring various documents and proof of financial stability. Finally, it's important to understand the property market if planning to buy a home in Malaga. Prices can vary widely, and it's recommended to work with a reputable real estate agent and lawyer to navigate the process," wrote one member 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.

Plaza de La Merced in Malaga, Spain

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