Forbes celebrates Malaga as the world’s top city for expats: a blend of culture, comfort, and community

Exciting news for Malaga, and a proud moment for the entire region, especially for us in Marbella!

Recognized globally as the top city for living by the international community, Malaga has been spotlighted by Forbes. This recognition comes from a comprehensive survey by InterNations, involving over 12,000 expats from 177 nationalities across 181 countries.

Malaga shines in several areas – its welcoming locals, an enviable quality of life, abundant leisure activities, and a balanced work-life dynamic. Not just topping the list, Malaga is joined by fellow Spanish cities Alicante and Valencia, making a strong showing in the top three of 49 cities worldwide.

The survey highlights Malaga’s warm community, with 89% of expats finding the locals exceptionally friendly, far exceeding the global average. This welcoming nature places Malaga high on the list for forming new friendships. The city’s climate is unbeatable, and its natural surroundings are among the world’s best. Leisure opportunities abound, making it a haven for those seeking a blend of work and play.

While the job market presents some challenges, the city’s overall appeal remains strong, with a staggering 88% of expats expressing satisfaction with their life in Malaga, well above the global norm.

Forbes also draws attention to Malaga’s rich historical tapestry, its dynamic arts and culture, delightful climate, and renowned culinary scene. It’s a city that truly encapsulates a blend of traditional charm and modern living.

Malaga has much to offer

Malaga, a gem on the Costa del Sol, is renowned for its delightful climate, offering a generous 300 sunny days a year. This city’s charm lies in its easy and cost-effective navigation. Its compact and predominantly flat terrain makes walking a pleasure, especially in pedestrian-friendly zones like the bustling Calle Larios. For longer journeys, the city’s efficient public transport system, featuring around 50 bus lines, comes in handy.

Cyclists will love Malaga’s bike-friendly attitude, underscored by numerous bike lanes. For added convenience, electric bikes are readily available for rent via mobile apps. Moreover, the train service from Malaga Airport to the city centre is both quick and direct.

Safety is a hallmark of Malaga, known for its low crime rates. While it’s always prudent to be vigilant in crowded spots, overall, the city is a safe haven. The substantial expatriate population and its popularity among tourists mean that English speakers will find it easy to communicate for everyday needs.

Culturally, Malaga is a treasure trove. Celebrated as the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, the city honours its artistic son with special events every October. And a museum displays over 200 of his works. The city’s cultural tapestry is further enriched with a variety of festivals, carnivals, exhibitions, and historical sites. Additionally, this paradise welcomes with the vibrant music, dance, and sports scenes.

Marbella stands out within the Malaga region as a pinnacle of luxury and cultural richness, where luxury, culture, and comfort are always together. Here, the blend of traditional charm and modern amenities creates an exquisite living experience, making Marbella the crown jewel of the region.

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