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Where is the best place to live in Costa del Sol?

Southern Spain is undoubtedly one of the best places to live in Spain, not only because of its sandy beaches, but also because of its history, culture, tradition and beautiful towns. But where is the best place to live in Costa del Sol? In this article we’re going to go through Málaga and Marbella, our top 2 places to live in Costa del Sol.

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Back down to the south of the country, Marbella is nestled amongst the Sierra Blanca Mountains and faces 27 km of Mediterranean sand, sun and entertainment. The city is famous for its glitz and glamour, playing host to the rich and famous since the 60s when it boomed from a small fishing town.

As an international tourist destination, it is well stocked with foreigner friendly bars, restaurants and nightclubs. While the rich stay in huge hotels and relax in mega-yachts moored in the harbour, everybody else strolls the flower-lined streets of the old town and whiles away their time in cafes under the hot sun. Plaza de Naranjos, so named because of the orange trees that surround it, is where people find plenty of open-air restaurants to indulge in the local gastronomy.

marbella, Spain

Furthermore, Marbella is blessed with long stretches of sandy beach to the south of the city, while the centre is mostly populated by harbours. 

  • Torremolinos is one of the best beaches of the region featuring long, white stretches of heady delight. It is a famously busy tourist spot, but therefore very international and accessible. 
  • Estepona is quickly becoming known as one of the most appealing, charming towns along the Costa del Sol. A short drive half an hour south of Marbella takes you to this tranquil and pretty white-washed town. The beach here is full of young, fashionable people languishing in the hot sun and paddling in the placid bay. 
  • Puerto Banús, closer to the city centre, is a wide and immaculate family-friendly beach featuring a marina, restaurants and bars under the shadow of La Concha mountain.

Marbella is not directly connected to its own airport. However, Málaga airport is the closest and most accessible of the region. You can rent a car or take private transfer from the airport. It is also reachable by train from the nearby Fuengirola station. 


Southern Spain’s Malaga has all the richness of culture and history and is a fantastic place to visit and to live. It has a busy port hub with all the restaurants, clubs and bars you would expect from this part of Spain. It also has the tranquillity any would-be resident hopes for. There are many beautiful hotels with nearby beaches to stay in while looking for your perfect Spanish seaside home.

Málaga, Spain

Of course, Malaga has some of the best beaches in the country. Malagueta is full of sunbathers, snorkelers and beach volleyball players. It is the closest to the city and easily reachable after a long day of shopping and house hunting. For cycling to, nearby Playa de el Palo is excellent. The seafood is among the best you will find in this part of the country. 
Malaga airport is the fourth busiest in the country and is the major port into the Andalusian region.

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The weather is warm all year round and there is some of the greatest variety of property available here, from mountain getaways to beach residences. After only a few days looking around, and with the right help, you are sure to find the perfect home in one of the best places to live in Costa del Sol.

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28 August, 2021 7:29 pm

Hi guys,
Malaga has some of the best beaches in the country? While saying in the country that
means Spain,right? Malagueta is the worst Beach. It doesn’t even have proper Sand.It’s some kind a dirt. For nice Beaches one needs to go more towards Marbella.
For the seafood: You can find some ok ones in El Palo but keep in mind. In the Malaga area they love everything deep fried.
For proper seafood you either need to go way more up the coast or way more down.