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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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I dont use public transport, but by all accounts its clean, efficient and reasonably priced.

Malaga is a big place. There are several of the Málaga industrial estates and a couple of the big shopping centres about 10 mins drive away from me, the main centre of Málaga is probably about half an hour away. Our town is probably 70% spanish, 15% english and 15% others. The town up the road, Alhaurin El Grande is smaller but has a huge ammount of British. The schools are ok. Some have too many British in them and they're rather a rowdy bunch and the Spanish kids dont like them. You have to send your kids to the school nearest to where you live, so you dont really get a choice.

As for the beaches, they're about a 15 + drive and in the summer its really hard to park. There are masses of seafront hotels, bars, souvenir shops and holiday makers. There are beach activities and its usually heaving in the summer. I've found a quieter bit thats mainly spanish, but my kids hate going to the beach, the sand, the heat, so we rarely go there.

What you need to do is come over and have a look

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Hi All,

What's Malaga's port area like? Are there any good Indian Restaurant in this area or in Malaga's surrounding area. A must!!!!

Does Malaga have shopping centres like we have here e.g Trafford Centre. Are the supermarkets open 24 hours?

Do most homes in general have any kind of central heating?

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What's Malaga's port area like? Are there any good Indian Restaurant in this area or in Malaga's surrounding area. A must!!!!

Does Malaga have shopping centres like we have here e.g Trafford Centre. Are the supermarkets open 24 hours?

Do most homes in general have any kind of central heating?
I very rarely go into Málaga city or the port! I dont know about indian restaurants there. I'm sure there are lots of restaurants, bars, cafés etc indian???? I dont know. I know there are a couple of indians in Alhaurin El Grande and theres one in my town, Alhaurin de la torre. There used to be one in Plaza Mayor, which is a big shopping centre on the outskirts of the city, but it closed. There are several big shopping centres in the Málaga province and I think theres a fairly big one in Málaga itself.

No, supermarkets arent open 24 hours. Mercadona closes around 9ish, I think Carrefour closes at 10pm. They dont open on sundays - nothing much is open on Sundays. Even the shopping centres close

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Hi Jo,

How have you found the move to spain? During the winter months in Malaga, do you need the heating on in your homes?

Also Jo, if unemployed in spain can you claim any benefits i.e jobseekers allowance, housing benefits etc etc? Just thinking of worst case senario. I guess there are plenty of things to do too there, paticulary family oriented activities.

In general do you think Malaga is quiet safe place to live, work and bring up a young family? How do you find the locals?

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Hi Jo,

How have you found the move to spain? During the winter months in Malaga, do you need the heating on in your homes?

Also Jo, if unemployed in spain can you claim any benefits i.e jobseekers allowance, housing benefits etc etc? Just thinking of worst case senario. I guess there are plenty of things to do too there, paticulary family oriented activities.

In general do you think Malaga is quiet safe place to live, work and bring up a young family? How do you find the locals?

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Its been difficult! First of all THERE IS NO WORK! I had visions of getting a part time job, bar work, nursing, cleaning etc (not speaking or writing the language fluently restricts me to very few of those jobs anyway)... but even if there are any of those jobs around the Spanish or expats, give them to their family and friends! My husband was gonna try to bring his UK business over here, but hasnt been able to so he commutes to the UK to work. There are no benefits here at all! None, not even your child allowance! Even the Spanish only get anything if they've paid into the system for a considerable length of time and then its only for a couple of years max!

Secondly, My daughter hates it here. We arrived when she was 11 and she's now 13yo and refuses to integrate ort do anything other than sit around indoors reading, playing on computer games or chatting to her "real" friends on MSN etc in the UK. My son at 15 likes it, but heck, neither of them would ever go out with me as a family. They may under duress when their fathers here. Last year we went to the water park a couple of times, but its expensive. Because this is a tourist area there are lots of family things to do, but they are very expensive. Altho theres the beach which is free and of course the pool in the garden, altho my two this year dont seem interested in it

I can say is that yes, I think its safe - well as safe as anywhere else. My son is going to the multiplex tonight in Plaza Mayor with some mates and I'm not worried about him, altho I probably wouldnt be in the UK either. I'll drop him off and pick him up and he has his mobile. The locals are fine, they get on with there lives and are pleasant enough.

Sorry if this sounds negative, but actually the reality is that life here goes on much the same as in the UK, washing, ironing, cooking, cleaning, shopping, school run..... Its sunnier and I guess there are more things to do locally, but its a harder country than the UK and living here is no cheaper nor is it easier

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Hi Jo,

Thanks for all your reply's. I appreciate them all negative or positive. We need to be prepared and the more info we have the better it is for us. I was under the impression that if unemployed the system was same as here in UK. On the UK gov website, it does state you can claim these benefits just as same here, well something along these lines.

In your opinion, why do so many brits with young family are still moving out there, when things are difficult at the moment?

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Hi Jo,

Thanks for all your reply's. I appreciate them all negative or positive. We need to be prepared and the more info we have the better it is for us. I was under the impression that if unemployed the system was same as here in UK. On the UK gov website, it does state you can claim these benefits just as same here, well something along these lines.

In your opinion, why do so many brits with young family are still moving out there, when things are difficult at the moment?

Thanks jo

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No, you definitely cannot claim anything from anyone when you live in Spain. As I say, you cant even claim child allowance. Mine was stopped when I came here, altho, because my husband works in the UK and currently pays tax and NI there, he can claim it but thats all!

TBH, the only British families I know that are considering moving out here with young families are those who are going down the commuting route. Other than that, I cant say I've heard of any?? But if they do they need to make sure they have a very good financial buffer and even then if they dont find work before that runs out, then they could be in trouble.

I'm not trying to put you off, but the facts are what they are. There is 20% unemployment here, the construction industry has collapsed, the tourist industry is struggling. Spain is about to undergo what Greece has just undergone? the cost of living here is not much different to the UK and is probably about to go up when they put their VAT equivalent up in a couple of months.

However, you should still come over and do some research and fact finding. See what you think and ask around??

Jo xxx

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Hi Jo,

All your comments have been good for us. We appreciate them all. We are comming over maybe towards end of summer as I can't get any time off till them. We were planning to move next spring but we can wait till things pick up I guess. We would'nt move there untill either one of us has a comfirmed job offer anyway. With all the info and comments on this forum, it is giving us a good idea of what it might be like in Spain.

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Izzy,

Did you make your move to Malaga? If you did, how is it so far? Your experiences would be very helpful to us. Thnks.

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Hi Jo. Sorry to comment on a very old post but we are looking to move to Alhaurin de la torre and I was wondering what the internet connection is like there as it is vital to my work if we are to move there. Thanks

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