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Just want to know what's it like living in Malaga. I have a young family and are planning to move to Malaga soon. We think it might be cheaper and possibly better opportunity to get jobs there than say Marbella. We gonna do fact finding trip there this summer. Just want some of your opinion.

What are the beaches like near there, price of renting a house etc etc...

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Hi all

Just want to know what's it like living in Malaga. I have a young family and are planning to move to Malaga soon. We think it might be cheaper and possibly better opportunity to get jobs there than say Marbella. We gonna do fact finding trip there this summer. Just want some of your opinion.

What are the beaches like near there, price of renting a house etc etc...

Cheers
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Málaga is a very big place, I live in Málaga province, Alhaurin de la torre. I love it, its close to Málaga playa, Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Benalmadena. All these are very touristy but nice sandy beaches. Its also close to the countryside. Do a google search on properties in those areas. Rental prices have dropped in the last year, so there are some good deals around. Prices do get cheaper the further inland you go

As for jobs, I heard on the news today that unemployment is now officially running at 20% So its not good. I guess it depends what your professions are and how your spanish is. Málaga does have a technology park which maybe worth a try of you're IT professionals.

Property and the cost of living is cheaper here than Marbella, but I suspect pay is less too - altho I dont think the job situation is any different in either area

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Malaga city itself is very expensive to live in (we've got friends that live right in the middle). To work there you'd need to be fluent in Spanish too.

I do find it funny that the first question you ask is what the beach is like when you're considering moving, bringing a young family and looking for jobs!

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Well, basically you won't find any work that a Spaniard could do unless you are fluent in Spanish. Buying a bar would be like placing a bet for 150,000 euros on me winning the grand national. There are always good beaches to be found along the whole of the costas so no problems there. Your best bet imo is to start up your own business supplying something nobody else does. And that won't be easy either. If, after your fact finding trip, you are still keen (and I plan to move to Spain in a couple of months, but I am lucky to have a monthly income via a pension) then you will ideally need enough money to last comfortably for a year, have somewhere to return ome to if it doesn't work out, and stay optimistic.

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I forgot to say that I think Malaga is a wonderful city and we visit quite often (whenever we are in the south of Spain, in fact). When I used to go to Spain for hols back in the 70s I'm afraid I have to confess that like so many others I thought Malaga was just an airport. It is fabulously rich in culture and history and now that they have completed a lot of renovation work, it is a quite beautiful city. But it ain't cheap...

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The trouble with M´laga is its so spread out and big. I'm ashame3d to admit that I have only been into the city centre a couple of times. Yes its lovely and full of Spanish charm, but I never seem to go there much. I go to plenty of places on the outskirts, plaza mayor, the airport, commercial centres.... In fact my town of Alhaurin de la torre is locally known as Málagas bedroom, cos so many people live here and commute to various parts of it and it is considered to be part of Málaga city. But we're nowhere near the centre and theres plenty of green space between

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We're the same Jo, it's such a great city but getting there are parking put us right off visiting. We were there on Saturday and it's got such a fantastic vibe and thousands of bars/restaurants so we should go there more. Having said that, cost us 12€ for four hours parking... thankfully it's cheap to eat and drink!!!

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We're the same Jo, it's such a great city but getting there are parking put us right off visiting. We were there on Saturday and it's got such a fantastic vibe and thousands of bars/restaurants so we should go there more. Having said that, cost us 12€ for four hours parking... thankfully it's cheap to eat and drink!!!

Apparently the way to do it is to go to Plaza Mayor on the outskirts, park there for free and catch the train which takes you right into the centre of Málaga and is only 4€ return and I think it runs til the small hours??!!!!!!!!

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Hmm.. indeed that's what we were intending to do. However it's a 20+ minute walk from the station to their place in the centre and they seemed to think the last train was around 11:30 so next to useless I think in future I need to persuade them to pick us up from Plaza Mayor and then we crash at theirs

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Hi all,

Thanks for your reply. What are the public transport like in Malaga? JoJo, how far do you live from Malaga? Does it have a good mix of Spanish and English people there or other nationalites? what are the schools like? How far are the beaches from where you are? Is it too much touristy.

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