Not a lot is known about the city of Málaga among British and Irish holidaymakers and homebuyers. Even expats who have lived in the Province of Málaga for many years tend to ignore the city, preferring instead to get their Andalusian cultural kicks in the farther-flung cities of Seville and Granada. What Málaga gains through its ever-busy airport it loses thanks to its shockingly-bad self-promotion. The classic tourist trail of holidaying Brits heading ‘to Málaga’ sees them land at the airport on the city’s outskirts, board a coach or cab, then immediately head to the south and west, to the never ending coastal strip of resorts that forms the neon-lit backbone of the Costa del Sol.
The beaches are, however, undeniably Spanish. That is, while the soft sand and the gentle surf of the Mediterranean is exactly the same as that found in Torremolinos, Marbella or Fuengirola, what lies in front of it isn’t. There are no British cafes, Irish pubs, swish beach clubs or designer boutiques lining the promenade. Instead, Málaga dots its paseo de marítimo with a number of traditional chiringuitos, tapas bars and seafood restaurants, so if this is your thing – and evidently it is not for the many millions that shun the city every year – then visit, relax and enjoy the beach in the same manner as a local would.
The city’s location at the foot of Spain ensures its weather is pleasantly warm all year round. In summer it gets hot, but not uncomfortably so like Seville, while winters are rarely cold. With extremely regular and affordable flights connecting much of northern Europe, it is surprising to see just how untouched Málaga has remained. As a property investment destination, there is a lot of scope here – accessible and affordable, all Málaga perhaps lacks is the kind of new-build properties that are a favourite among your average British homebuyer. Instead, typical accommodation is likely to be found in the form of a normal apartment or flat in the numerous block towers that dot the skyline of the city. There will be few expat communities kicking about in the centre, but for something rather different, Málaga is most certainly worth investigating.