Málaga Province is a major tourist region in Spain. It´s home to the famous Costa del Sol, with historic tourist towns of Marbella, Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Estepona. There is a broad spectrum of holiday rental properties from studio apartments to luxury villas. Not only does the Costa del sol provide the big tourist resorts you will also find quaint Andalusian villages with white washed walls and the city of Málaga itself. Málaga is one of the worlds oldest cities with history dating back over 2000 years. Along the coast and inland of Málaga the visitor can choose between a relax atmosphere in a quaint village to a full on resort town with theme parks, sandy beaches and every water sport imaginable. Málaga boasts glorious weather all year round, hot and dry in the summer and warm in the winter, making it a perfect holiday destination any time of the year.
Many Spanish and Northern European expats live and work in the Málaga Province and not all can afford to buy a property, there is a large rental market for all year round living. Long term rentals can range in price greatly depending on the type of property and the location. An inland property such a modern 3 bedroom townhouse in the beautiful town of Ronda will cost around 700 euros per month, whereas a luxury villa in Marbella can cost over 20,000 euros per month. The is no doubt about it is expensive to rent on the coast in this region due to the high demand, although wages are higher in this region to other parts of Spain. If you are thinking of buying in this region then renting long term offers a chance to try different areas and find the perfect place you can call home.
Due to it´s fantastic climate Málaga province is a great place for winter sun and many Northern European flock to the area to get away from the grey skies of home. Holiday rental properties are often let on a monthly basis during the winter and it´s possible to rent properties for 3 to 6 months during the winter months when the tourists are not so frequent. Owners of holiday rental properties often prefer to have their property occupied during the winter months at a reduced rate, rather then left empty for several months. Winter rentals are a great way to explore the area when the weather is cooler than the hot summer months. Whether travelling along the coast and inland by car, walking or cycling in many of the mountain ranges and valleys there is plenty to do in the Malaga province off the beaten tourist track. Some winter visitors may prefer to stay on the coast and enjoy the many clubs and activities in one of the expat communities. Málaga province has something for everyone to enjoy.
Malaga is the provincial capital and is the sixth largest city in Spain. Malaga´s history goes back over 2000 years making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Pablo Picasso being one of it´s many famous sons.
Marbella known as the most chic tourist town in Spain with it´s Puerto Banus marina where stunning yachts and the rich famous have gathered throughout the recent decades is the second most populated town in the Malaga Province.
Referred to locally as Vélez it is the important administrative town in the region. It has is a busy market town which provides the supply centre for local farmers. Unlike the nearby coastal resorts, it is not dominated by the tourist industry.
A major tourist resort on the Costa del Sol Fuengirola has had it´s far share of development over the last few decades and has many high rise buildings over looking the fantastic 8 km beach, promenade and marina.
One of the many tourist resorts in the Costa del Sol Benalmádena offers the tourist a host of attractions including amusement parks, aquariums, a casino and one of the largest marinas in the area. All with a back drop of sandy beaches and the Sierra de Mijas mountains.
Mijas is made up of several parts, the pueblo that is nestled inland on the hillside, the Costa which is the main residential and commercial area on the coast, la Cala de Mijas a small village resort by the sea. There are seven golf courses in the area, with more under construction.
The first resort to be developed on the Costa del Sol, Torremolinos is as popular as ever with tourists. There is a large British Expat population enjoying one of the best climates in Europe. It has high temperatures in the summer but low humidity.
Covering an area of 137 kilometres squared, as well as it´s mountain and fertile valleys Estepona is renown for it´s beaches that stretch along 21km of coastline, making an extremely popular destination and holiday resorts for tourist from across Europe.
Antequera is known in Spanish as “el corazón de Andalucía” translating to the Heart of Andalusia because of it central location between the towns of Málaga, Granada, Córdoba, and Seville. Also having 4 airports within an hours drive it´s become the heart of commerce in Andalusia.
An inland city Ronda is famed for it´s beautiful landscapes and architecture, with stunning scenery. It is the third most visited city in Andalusia and a must see to anyone visiting the area. The city walls and the Puente Nuevo bridge are unforgettable sights.
Only 17km from Malaga and located at the entrance to the Guadalhorce valley, Alhaurín de la Torre is a large city on the province, it´s population increased in the 90s when the city of Malaga expanded. The centre of the city retains its historic Moorish streets.
Situated only 12km east of Malaga on the coast Rincón de la Victoria still has it´s fishing village feel and is mainly habituated by Spanish who work in Malaga or have holiday homes to get away from the city in the summer months.
Coin is a popular inland town just 30km from Malaga and Marbella, offering it´s residents a short drive to all the facilities these and the other coastal towns and resorts have to offer. Slightly more relaxed way of life than the coast Coin is enjoyed by Ex Pats and locals.
An inland town from Torremolinos, Malaga and Fuengirola, Alhaurín el Grande is set among an agricultural area where you can find citrus and other fruit tree crops. A recently built road provides a 20 minute drive to Fuengirola.
Nerja is on the northern most tip of the Costa Del Sol and boasts several miles of white sandy beaches. Originally a fishing village it still keeps the traditional charm with white washed buildings and narrow streets.
A large town 17km from Malaga was once the site of a hilltop Roman fortress, the ruins can be seen today. A fertile environment there is much agriculture throughout the surrounding countryside of this traditional white washed town.
Álora a small town on the hillside 40 kms south of Malaga, the town dates back to 79BC and there is the ruins of a castle that has a long history to the Phoenicians, Romans and the Moors. A white washed traditional town les than 1 hour from the coast.
Torrox is made of two parts the inland pueblo and Torrox Costa on the coast. It is a favoured spot or British an German expats. The larger town of Nerja is around 20 minutes drive and the regional capital of Malaga is 45 minutes drive.
Around one hour inland from Malaga, Archidona is situated in the foothills of the Sierra de Gracia. It earned city status in 1901, although there have been settlers in the area for 1000s of years and the area has many archaeological sites.
An hour inland from Malaga and the same distance from Granada and Sevilla the small town of Campillos has been an important cattle farming and leather manufacturing area since Roman times.
Just 30km from Malaga Pizarra a relatively new town in comparison to some in the area, was not settled until the Christians arrived in 1483. A hundred settlers arrived to build the town which has now grown to a population of over 9000.