Efecto Yoga: hatha yoga

The Hatha yoga classes from Efecto Yoga take place in the Soho district of town, and are run by three dynamic Spaniards, Mónica, Christiana and Francisco. Hatha is known for its gentle approach to yoga, for a class that will leave you feeling more relaxed and looser. Note that they provide […]

Yoga Sala: energy and relaxation

With a Facebook community of over 4,000 followers, Yoga Sala is definitely one of the best known centres. Leader and former secondary school teacher Joaquín welcomes you in a relaxing atmosphere in the heart of Malaga for yoga classes with a focus on energy and relaxation. Apart from the standard […]

O2 Centro Wellness: exclusive

Exclusive club. Membership includes access to gym with group classes, spa and swimming pool. You will find this club in one of the quiet streets of El Perchel when walking towards the train station Maria Zambrano from the centre. Calle de la Plaza de Toros Vieja, 5, 29002 Málaga www.o2centrowellness.com Image […]


Economically priced gym with basic infrastructure and extra activities, such as body pump and cycling. Synergym boasts four centres in Málaga. Los Guindos is located five kilometres up west near the coast, the gym of Los Tilos can be found near the María Zambrano train station, the one from Reding is […]

GO fit

Large club with a focus on a healthy lifestyle. Includes swimming pool and spa. GO fit has two gyms right outside the historic centre: up north (Segalerva), and up west along the coast (Huelin). Mon – Fri: 07:00 – 23:00 Sat: 09:00 – 22:00 Sun and holidays: 09:00 – 20:00 Segalerva Calle Actriz […]


Economically-priced gym with basic infrastructure and extra activities, such as body combat and cycling. Take the escalators down in the Málaga Plaza shopping centre (next to El Corte Inglés) to find VivaGym. Mon – Fri: 06:00 – 24:00 Sat – Sun: 08:00 – 21:00 Subscription: 26,90€/month, plus one-off fee of 21.00€ […]

Sweety Nails

Málaga has a bit of China in its streets with the nail salon Sweety Nails. Run by a team of efficient youngsters, every inch of this tiny salón seems to be taken over by beauty products, nail polish and Chinese decorations. Great for a quick fix-up for your nails if time’s not on […]

Ciudad Deportiva de Carranque

Imagine: you want to get a decent work-out at a professional center, but without the full gym membership. Enter: Ciudad Deportiva de Carranque (or Sport City of Carranque). Carranque is one of Málaga’s boroughs, located 3 km west from the city centre and the sport complex has everything to satisfy […]

Hammam Al Andalus

Enchanting. Soothing. Enticing. There are many ways to describe it, but no words can quite do justice to the experience you’ll have at Hammam Al Andalus. The setting, the music, the decoration – everything is dedicated to giving you comprehensive down-time. While the experience is somewhat different to a ‘genuine’ Arab hammam, […]

Coco Beauty

Small as Coco Beauty might seem, it is fully equipped to give you a beauty make-over. They are specialized in manicures, such as gel nails, acrylic nails and swarovski decorations, but apart from that this colourful salon also does pedicures and spa treatments. Perfect for a relaxing massage or face treatment (we […]

Getting on the ‘padrón’

If you’re going to stay in Spain long term then you really need to get yourself registered on the ‘padrón’ (population census). This is important for a number of reasons; firstly you’ll then be a legal resident in the city and secondly this will allow you to sign up for […]

Registering with social security

Registering with Seguridad Social (social security) is another essential step for anyone who would like to stay long term in Malaga, get a job and have access to free healthcare. There are a number of social security (‘seguridad social’) offices close to the centre, but if you live in or […]

Ashtanga Yoga: respiration and movement

Right off Plaza Uncibay you enter the Ashtanga Yoga Málaga centre, where Patricia Acuña immerses you in the secrets of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by the Indian teacher Shri K Pattabhi Jois. With Ashtanga you get an intense work-out with a sequence of different poses always performed in the exact […]

Finding housing

When you first arrive in any city, the first thing you’ll need to do is find somewhere to live. Unfortunately, with Malaga now forging a reputation abroad, it is more difficult than ever to find an apartment or house with prices soaring and increasing numbers of landlords choosing to target […]

24-hour pharmacies

When the worse comes to worst and you need medication outside of normal working hours, there are a handful of options available to you in the city. There are three 24-hour pharmacies close to Malaga city centre: the most central is Farmacia Caffarena, located on the Alameda Principal at the […]

10 signs you have lived in Malaga during the summer

1) You have no idea why your family keeps asking “what your tan looks like”. You are not tanning in this heat. 2) Cockroaches have become as much part of your Malaga life as your sweaty armpits … 3) … cause why even bother showering? Or changing shirts? Or sheets? […]

DK Peluqueria: hair salon for him and her

DK Peluqueria is a barbershop and hairdressers for men and women in the centre of Malaga. The owners chose for a vintage rock ‘n’ roll interior, which gives the place a unique look. There are retro signs and a lot of wooden shelves, stacked high with different kinds of hair […]

Out-of-hours healthcare

Not all medical issues can wait. In fact, a lot of them happen at the most inconvenient times. Luckily, there are a number of medical centres (‘centros de salud’) which are open in the evenings and at weekends. Of course, arriving without an appointment, you are likely to have to […]

Accessing public healthcare in Andalucía

If you have both your NIE and social security number and you are in work then you are entitled to free healthcare in Spain. There are a number of health centres (or ‘centros de salud’) in the centre but it is important that you go to the one that corresponds […]

How to get a NIE: step-by-step guide

If you are planning on staying in Malaga for a longer period of time and becoming a resident, you will quickly notice that you will need a Número de Identidad de Extranjeros (NIE) for almost all paperwork, such as opening a bank account, getting paid work or even getting a […]