East or West of Malaga?

East or West of Malaga?

Is there any difference? Oh yes, you ll be surprised.

Let’s take Malaga as the center location of the Costa del Sol. The Sunshine Coast. More famous and larger cities such as Seville, Granada and Cordoba are inland from the coast. Today we focus on Málaga and the areas east and west of Malaga. You think there is no difference? Well, think again.

Málaga is the capital of the Province of Malaga, in the Autonomous Community of Andalucia. With a population of 571,026 in 2018 it is the second-most populous city of Andalusia and the sixth largest in Spain. Malaga’s international airport allows easy access to the entire region, and the harbour is the destination of a constant stream of cruise ships. The relaxed town is home to a large art scene, Picasso was born here, and lots of museums are awaiting you.

60 kilometres WEST of Malaga!

The western part stretches to Marbella, and you will find well-known names such as Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Mijas. Along the 60 kilometres, the construction boom starting in the Sixties and reaching into the Nineties shows its busy crowded side in urbanizations and high-rise buildings. Those who enjoy living close to their neighbours will be happy here. Once past Marbella, you will reach Estepona, or even Gibraltar. Try and top that.


EAST of Malaga is very different!

Have you heard of places like Rincon del Victoria (what?), Algarobbo (never!), or El Morche (how do you pronounce that?). Perhaps Velez-Malaga is known with Torre del Mar, but certainly Torrox is (for Germans) and Nerja (with Brits). The 60 kilometres from Malaga to Nerja are lined with countless greenhouses; the area is the largest mango and avocado cultivation area in Europe. There is also tourism and you will find plenty of urbanisations… just not as many. It’s much more relaxed. Quiet.

It is said that the dictator Franco, who ruled Spain from 1939 until his death in 1975, deliberately divided the areas: west of Malaga = tourism. East of Malaga = agriculture. This could be true… or an urban myth.
East or West of Malaga? You decide.