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Agree @xabiaxica , just a PM message to swap emails thats it , however I can't seem to reply at present anyway. To be honest I'm just glad this topic is up and running because the information is great.

Yeah the " fish n chips, English breakfasts everywhere " definitely isn't what I am looking for, nor the crazy night clubs either. As i was saying before , few good local pubs with a good atmosphere is perfect for me.... and should on the very rare occasion I fancy a later night I'll just travel to other areas.

I like the sound of the setup in terms of flat , coastal , beach in Fuengirola , but not the area being dominated by expats, really would like a mix to integrate.

danboy20 thanks for the suggestion , I hadn't even looked into this area.
"Is directly on the main bus route as well."
Is that all year round? Roughly how frequent , and approx time from Malaga airport? And cost?

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Agree @xabiaxica , just a PM message to swap emails thats it , however I can't seem to reply at present anyway. To be honest I'm just glad this topic is up and running because the information is great.

Yeah the " fish n chips, English breakfasts everywhere " definitely isn't what I am looking for, nor the crazy night clubs either. As i was saying before , few good local pubs with a good atmosphere is perfect for me.... and should on the very rare occasion I fancy a later night I'll just travel to other areas.

I like the sound of the setup in terms of flat , coastal , beach in Fuengirola , but not the area being dominated by expats, really would like a mix to integrate.

danboy20 thanks for the suggestion , I hadn't even looked into this area.
"Is directly on the main bus route as well."
Is that all year round? Roughly how frequent , and approx time from Malaga airport? And cost?

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Well its on the main coastal road, so yes buses all year round. I believe buses are every 15 mins in the day.

The buses to Fuengirola take about 25 mins.....from there you can get the train directly to malaga airport.

So you could probably get there in about an hour.
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Dan this is an area I'm looking at strongly. I've rented a flat just outside for a month in September to get a feel for it. I'm leaning towards buying over renting. Can you recommend any good estate agents & any good gyms? Also how is the property market there currently? the prices seem to have jumped a lot in the last 18 months (purchase)
Alhamar Gym is large and well equipped, and easily accessible. A new Gym has also opened down the road in Riviera, at Max Beach.

Property prices went up a hell of a lot last year, but they are flattening out now (probably because of the Brexit confusion) So now is a decent time to buy IMO.

As soon as Brexit is sorted - one way or the other - I expect property prices to rise again.

The area is really vibrant, and is full of people all year. Id say most of the people here live here all year, or at least the majority of it.
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Great advice , thanks once again danboy20. As I said I hadn't even considered Calahonda , but looking at my criteria it seems to tick a huge amount of boxes.

And obviously the quickest route inbound is via Fuengirola train station and then a bus from Fuengirola to Calahonda? I will look into times for bus/train in greater detail in the coming days. I will certainly be making a visit in the coming weeks. Air bnb prices actually aren't too bad for short term few days.

Is the beach a good walk away from the town centre or am I searching the wrong area on "Google maps"? Would you know if rent is higher in town centre or near the beach?

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Great advice , thanks once again danboy20. As I said I hadn't even considered Calahonda , but looking at my criteria it seems to tick a huge amount of boxes.

And obviously the quickest route inbound is via Fuengirola train station and then a bus from Fuengirola to Calahonda? I will look into times for bus/train in greater detail in the coming days. I will certainly be making a visit in the coming weeks. Air bnb prices actually aren't too bad for short term few days.

Is the beach a good walk away from the town centre or am I searching the wrong area on "Google maps"? Would you know if rent is higher in town centre or near the beach?

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No problem.

Yep, quickest way.....airport via train to Fuengirola > then bus to Calahonda. Train station is across the road from the main bus stop.

The beaches are across the road from the main amenities (5 min walk) They have recently completed a wooden walkway on the beach, linking miles of the coast for walkers.

Rent is a premium the closer to the beach you go.

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East v West

That's what it comes down to!

East side all the way for me and my family - I only know one person who has been here either to live or on holiday who didn't like it as much as they thought they would. Everyone, and I mean everyone, else has been wowed by the quality of life.

That said, it's about you and your subjective preferences. Rincon is great this time of year for what you would need but in winter it does get quiet. That said...Malaga is 12km away/25 mins on a bus or even less on a bike/20 EUR in taxi.

There are pockets of "Spanish" life west of Malaga but it is hard to escape English language references and English cultural influence. On the other hand, the metro from Fuengirola/Benalmadena would be functional for you - direct to the airport. Fuengirola might suit you in my opinion...ignore the full English cafes along the front and explore the life a few lines back....Los Boliches for example.

There are no trains east of Malaga but the roads are much better (Rincon to the airport is 25 mins 99% of time day or night).

The main road N340 west of Malaga is not a nice road to drive on (and I am as laid back a driver as you will find).

I'd look at Malaga East eg El Palo as well. If you like the gym/sports in general there are so many outdoor facilities along the paseo, and you can access the amazing (it really is amazing) campo including the Montes de Malaga very easily...amazing for walking/trail running/cycling or just walking a dog, literally 3 miles inland if that.

In terms of meeting people, east is gonna test your language skills more! Which for me is a major benefit but if you're young free and single, wanting to meet people, it will take a little longer to connect. Rincon for example is very, very Spanish...more so than most other areas East of Malaga.

Anyway, rambling response but some stuff to think about.

In your circumstances knowing what I know now, I'd probably go for El Palo/Pedregalejo (or Fuengirola if you wanted a safer option integration wise).

Regardless, good luck, this should be the start of an amazing experience for you :-)
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KG5 -
Thank you so much for such an informative post. Really put a lot of extremely relevant information in your post and most certainly NOT a " rambling response" , so I am really grateful. You have certainly given me more things to chase up and look into , which now I must admit is getting exciting !!
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Beach Buddy has given me great ideas of towns to the East , would anyone be able to give me some advice to some of these towns to the west - Torremolinos , benalmadena , Fuengirola

I've been reading this thread with interest as we are looking at moving to the same region of Spain in the near future and if you still have that info on towns to the East of Malaga would you be able to post it here?

We are coming over from South Africa next month for 6 weeks and travelling down the east coast eventually getting down to Almeria then onto Costa Tropical and would love to know from people living in towns from Almeria to Malaga how they chose where to reside and how they find it living there? How are the winters there? Is it very quiet and what is the winter climate like?

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Beach Buddy has given me great ideas of towns to the East , would anyone be able to give me some advice to some of these towns to the west - Torremolinos , benalmadena , Fuengirola

I've been reading this thread with interest as we are looking at moving to the same region of Spain in the near future and if you still have that info on towns to the East of Malaga would you be able to post it here?

We are coming over from South Africa next month for 6 weeks and travelling down the east coast eventually getting down to Almeria then onto Costa Tropical and would love to know from people living in towns from Almeria to Malaga how they chose where to reside and how they find it living there? How are the winters there? Is it very quiet and what is the winter climate like?
Yozzi - here's my view...some places I've been more than other

Rincon - the most Spanish of the towns in my experience. Great place for families, easy to access Malaga from either by car, bus, bike or even a long walk. Deep end integration wise as there are not many expats but worth it IMO. Decent size town so has plenty going on, schools, supermarkets, commercial centre, bars, sports clubs/activities etc. Not good for parking...especially in the summer when Spanish holidaymakers come to town.
Quieter in winter (Chiringuitos closed for the most part) but not dead.

Benajarafe - much smaller and much quieter in winter...though enough bars/restaurants stay open. Only a bit further along so still well connected, hosing a little cheaper. A mix of different nationalities and a more ageing population.


Valle Niza/Almayate - both set back from the beach a bit more, very quiet in winter with a mix of locals in the traditional parts and then almost independent new developments with more of a mix of international families. Pretty small and a little isolated.

Torre del Mar - Much bigger, great facilities, more of an international feel than Rincon. Cheaper housing and more availability than Rincon too, plus Velez Malaga is just across the highway inland - which provides even more choice on shopping/services.
A really good all round option by the beach if you want to go into Spanish life at the shallow end

Algorrobo/Torrox - both have coastal and inland pueblo parts. International feel though for me more holiday resorts on the coast than places to live. Lots of second homeowners so some stuff stays open in the winter.

Nerja - Much bigger(like Torre and Rincon) woth lots of choice services wise. More popular with foreign holidaymakers so more of an international feel to the restaurants/services. More expensive as a result. Beautiful beaches that are very different to the miles of dark sand in the other places (Maro and the coves along there are stunning). Very international, too much for me to want to live there but a lot going for it.

Almunecar - slightly different feel, probably a better place to settle if you want to be part of a more permanent community, though as with everywhere much quieter in winter. Lots of infrastructure, services, schools etc and cheaper than Nerja or closer to Malaga.

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Thanks KG5, brilliant info and just what I'm looking for! It looks like a beautiful area and one that I've never visited before so looking forward to exploring.

All the towns seem very close together which is good and how are the transport services from say Almeria down to Malaga? I don't really want to drive on our visit next month so would be relying on trains and buses. Example is we are taking the train from Barca to Valencia then train again to Alicante and then I'll look at the options available to get down to Almeria and beyond. We fly from Almeria back to Barca at the end of the trip for our flight back to SA.

From Malaga I know the lie of the land down to Estepona and as far as Gibralter as have been there many times over the years especially when I lived in the UK.

Once again thanks for taking time out to provide this valuable info.

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