The Best Places To Live in Malaga

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The best neighborhoods live in Malaga?

In today’s post we are going to talk about the best neighborhoods in Malaga capital live in Malaga or spend a vacation.

Many people are surprised that this city is much bigger than they thought and Malaga is the sixth largest city in Spain.

It has more than 570,000 inhabitants distributed in different neighborhoods and districts. In this post we are going to know some of the most famous neighborhoods and answer some of the questions that everyone who wants to live in Malaga has.

How much does it cost to rent in Malaga?

Before the Coronavirus epidemic began, Malaga was one of the cities in Spain where rents were rising the most and it was very difficult to get a free apartment, many people were opting to live in shared apartments.

The average price was 500€ for a one-bedroom apartment, 600€ for a two-bedroom apartment and 700€ for a three-bedroom apartment. That is why many people opted to rent rooms for 300/350€ including expenses.

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This problem was due in part to the high demand for tourism, which caused many apartments that were previously long term rentals to become tourist apartments because their owners made more profit.

However, since the appearance of the Coronavirus and the collapse of tourism there is a large supply of apartments. Now landlords are lowering prices so as not to have empty apartments and even many hotels are resorting to renting their rooms for long term at a much more affordable price.

That’s why prices are crazy and it’s hard to nail down during 2020 an average price. But let’s say you can find a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment for around 450/500€ in the city. Rental prices have dropped by 100/200 euros per month.

What are the most beautiful neighborhoods in Malaga?

Malaga has a great variety of very nice neighborhoods and residential areas. Below I detail each neighborhood but here I am leaving you the most touristic highlights:

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  1. El Soho -the area of graffiti and has become fashionable in recent years. 
  2. Pedregalejo and el Palo – These are fishing neighborhoods and are full of beach bars.
  3. historic Center: In the historical center of Malaga almost all the streets are pedestrian, there you will find a lot of atmosphere, places to eat, go out and almost all the monuments.

What are the best neighborhoods to live in Malaga city?

It is a very subjective question, depending on the person you ask can give you an answer or another. However, I am sure that a large majority would choose these as they are close to the beach and historic center among the best neighborhoods in Malaga.

  1. El Limonar: It is a residential area of Malaga, it is located near the historic center and the beach. 
  2. Pedregalejo and el Palo – These two very nice neighborhoods are located near the beach and have a special charm. By public bus it is about 15/20 minutes from the historic center.
  3. Huelin/Misericordia – It is located in the western part of Malaga, also close to the beach but the rental prices are cheaper than in Pedregalejo or El Palo. 
  4. Historic Center – This area is one of the favorite ones for people who work or are passing through Malaga, because they don’t need a car to move around and because the city has a lot of atmosphere all day and night.

The best neighborhoods of Malaga capital

According to the statistics of the city council, there are about 297 neighborhoods in Malaga, as it is not possible for me to talk about each of them I have decided to take a more known area/neighborhood of each part of the city so it is easier to have a mental map of the city and its characteristics.

La Malagueta

It is one of the most popular neighborhoods of Malaga and one of the best residential areas of the city to live. It is located just a few minutes walk from the historic center, Muelle Uno (the port) and the Malagueta beach.


It has a lot of supermarkets, restaurants and shops in the area.

Surely it is the best neighborhood to live in Malaga because you have everything close, the only problem it has are the prices. Along with the Limonar are the most expensive areas of the city, an apartment here can cost twice as much as in other areas of the city.

Although now that tourism has decreased you might be able to find some bargains.

If you want to know more about the beaches of Malaga I recommend this post “The best beaches in Malaga in 2020”.

Huelin/La Misericordia

Personally, it is one of my favorite areas, these neighborhoods are adjacent, on the west side of the city and both are on the beach.

They are very popular working class neighborhoods where it is difficult to get a house as they are in high demand.

This area has many locals, parks and has a very nice atmosphere.

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It is located relatively close to the historic center and the Misericordia beach, an ideal area if you like to walk or run along the promenade.

It is a good option for families and young people, being an area with cafes, young people and many schools.

El Palo/Pedregalejo

Surely along with the Malagueta are the best known national and international neighborhoods of Malaga.

El Palo and Pedregalejo were the old fishing districts of the city. Today it is a residential area with beach bars on its beaches.

It is a residential area, with many houses and schools to learn Spanish.

In its streets you will always find a mix of local people and young students from the language schools.

It is a very quiet area that lives at a different speed from the rest of the city and this neighborhood has its own personality.

Pedregalejo is without a doubt one of the best areas to live in Malaga.

The only problem is the price of their houses and rents. Almost all the houses in the area have a garden and many even have a swimming pool, so they have a higher price than an average apartment in Malaga.

A villa or house in Pedregalejo its rent is usually around 1.000/1.300 € per month.

Of course, if you have this budget, look no further, in Pedregalejo you will have an enviable quality of life.

El Palo, is also a very good area and similar to Pedregalejos, but most of its houses are apartments instead of villas, so their prices are similar to the average of the rest of the city.

El Limonar

El Limonar is one of the neighborhoods of Malaga East, it is located between La Malagueta and Pedregalejo. It is close to Monte Gibralfaro and the beach.

It is a residential area where apartments, villas and old villas of the aristocracy of the late nineteenth century are mixed.

It is one of the areas where most of the living population is upper-middle class and upper class.

That is why the prices per square meter is one of the most expensive in the city both in renting and buying apartments.


This neighborhood is located within the university area, it is one of the most modern parts of the city. It has many modern buildings and its majority population are students or young families.

It is a neighborhood with a lot of atmosphere, locals and the price is quite competitive. The only drawback is that it is a little more secluded than the rest of the neighborhoods of the beach and the historic center.

Historic Center

The historic center of Malaga is not only the old town, it is an almost labyrinth of streets through which you will get lost and get to know new streets.

An area with remains of Arab walls, a beautiful cathedral and its imposing Alcazaba. Its elegant Larios street and its 19th century buildings make it one of the special areas to live. It has a unique atmosphere, Malaga is a city that always has life, never sleeps.

However, if you are looking for tranquility, the historic center is not for you. There are many neighbors in the center who complain (and rightly so) about how difficult it is to get to sleep due to the noise of the discos, the people who go out to have fun and the garbage trucks that pass by in the wee hours of the morning.

Living in the center of Malaga is the best option for young people and people looking to live an urban life.

If you are looking for tranquility the historical center is not the best option.

This area is full of tourism, history and atmosphere 24 hours a day.

Living in the historic center has the advantage of being close to everywhere, but the disadvantage of noise, especially on weekends. Prices vary depending on the area but are usually around 500/600 euros for a one or two bedroom apartment.

The best areas of the historic center are Alameda de Colón, Plaza de la Merced, Plaza de los Monos or Carretería as they are within the historic center a little more removed from the hustle and bustle of the nightlife.

Well here ends the list of the Neighborhoods of Malaga. If you think any of them are missing or you want to tell us your experience you can leave us a comment.

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