Location, Location, Location: Best Places to Live on the Costa Del Sol (Part 1)

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Following our post on what makes the Costa del Sol such a fantastic destination for tourists and expats alike, we thought we’d take a deeper look into the various towns and cities of the Costa del Sol to showcase the best places to live. We’ll look at what they have to offer, and in the process help you figure out which area is best for you! In this post, we’ll start in the capital of the province, Málaga, and work our way west. 


Malaga: Attractions, Attractions, Attractions… 

Malaga offers a rich blend of history and modernity. Visitors can explore the Alcazaba fortress, the Gibralfaro Castle, and the Picasso Museum. In addition, the city also boasts beautiful beaches, vibrant markets, and a lively dining scene. Whether you’re a Digital Nomad or recently retired, you’ll never run out of things to do in this port city. 

Torremolinos: Vibrant Beach Scene

Torremolinos is celebrated for its extensive sandy beaches and lively atmosphere. The town is popular with British tourists, which makes it a great mixture of home, and away. Along the beachfront, you’ll find a plethora of bars, clubs, and restaurants that will keep you entertained any time or day of the week. The promenade, Paseo Marítimo, is perfect for evening strolls, with beautiful views of the sea.

Benalmádena: Marina-side Amusement

Benalmádena’s star attraction is its stunning marina, Puerto Marina. It’s often considered one of the most beautiful in the world. This area is a hub for beautiful restaurants, shops, and world-class entertainment. If you’re thinking of retiring and are expecting your family and grandkids to want to holiday with you, there’s fun for the whole family at Selwo Marina, a park with Sea Lions and Dolphins!

Mijas: Picturesque “White Village”

Mijas, perched on the hills, offers breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline. Similar to Estepona, the historic town center is a charming maze of narrow streets. They are adorned with colorful flower pots and artisan shops. One of the most unique experiences in Mijas is the use of “burro-taxis,” where donkeys provide a quaint and eco-friendly means of exploring the village. How’s that for a commute? 

Fuengirola: The Best Mediterranean Charm

Fuengirola is known for its lovely beach and bustling promenade, which is perfect for sunbathing and watersports. In addition, the historic old town of Fuengirola, locally known as “Pueblo,” takes you back in time with its narrow streets, lively squares, and traditional Spanish eateries. Here, you can explore the local culture and enjoy tapas in quaint bars. Don’t forget to check out the Bioparc Fuengirola. It’s a conservation-focused zoo that provides an immersive and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

La Cala de Mijas: A Family-Friendly Haven

La Cala de Mijas offers a more tranquil coastal experience. It’s perfect for retirees who expect to have their families visiting regularly. The town’s sandy beaches, such as Playa La Cala, provide a safe and welcoming environment for children and adults alike. Don’t miss the weekly market, where you can find local products and souvenirs.


(From Left to Right) Málaga, Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Mijas, Fuengirola, La Cala de Mijas


Check out available properties at idealista.com to get a better idea of what’s available throughout the best places in the Costa Del Sol, and within your budget, to make your Spanish dream a reality. In our next post, we’ll travel further west as we check out the glamorous Marbella, and finish our journey in Nerja, which is home to some of the Costa Del Sol’s best scenery. If any of these towns are calling your name, always be sure to get independent legal advice before you buy or move to Spain. 

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