08/12/2016

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 […]
22/04/2018

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 […]
14/10/2019

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 […]
08/12/2019

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 […]
01/08/2020

Getting on the ‘padrón’ in Malaga

If you’re going to stay in Spain indefinitely, you should get yourself registered on the ‘padrón’ (population census). This is important for a number of reasons; firstly this can be used as legal proof that you have been residing in the city and secondly this will allow you to sign […]
19/07/2021

DK Peluquería barber shop

Though DK Peluquería describe themselves as a barbershop, in reality it is a unisex hairdressers – so don’t be put off ladies! Compared to the more boho vibe of the Entorno Thyssen in which it is located, DK Peluquería stands out thanks to its retro feel, with big, comfortable vintage […]
02/08/2021

How to get a NIE in Malaga

If you’re not Spanish and you’re planning on staying in Spain long term, the chances are that you will need a Número de Identidad de Extranjeros (known most commonly as a NIE). Why do I need a NIE? To get practically anything done in Spain, you need an identification number. […]
08/08/2021

Hammam Al Ándalus Málaga

It’s hard to describe the Hammam Al Ándalus experience… but you’ll certainly come out of there feeling much more relaxed than when you went in! This unexpected oasis of calm, right in the city centre, is particularly welcoming after a long day taking in the sights of the city. The […]
08/08/2021

COCCO Beauty

‘Centres of Cosmetic Care & Organic Beauty’. That’s what the letters in COCCO Beauty stand for. Though they specialise in a wide range of manicures (gel nails, acrylic nails, decorations…), this now long-established chain of salons also does pedicures, eyelashes and various spa treatments. Either show up on the day […]
10/08/2021

Malaga’s sport city: Ciudad Deportiva de Carranque

“City” is no an exaggeration when it comes to the Ciudad Deportiva de Carranque. This sports complex is enormous! In fact, this elite level facility is used by local amateur and pro athletes but it’s also open to the general public. It’s ideal for those who want to get a […]
10/08/2021

Gyms in the centre of Malaga

If you’ve chosen Malaga for your new home, you’re probably going to need somewhere to burn off those newly developed excesses you’ve acquired (especially if you want that beach bod!) There are plenty of gyms to choose from in the city but, as you might expect because of their dimensions, […]
11/08/2021

Bioshop El Cambio

What was once just a small shop on Calle Compañía, El Cambio has grown to become a large supermarket on Calle Carretería with a large selection of vegan and ecological products. The self-proclaimed “vegan and organic supermarket with most variety in Malaga” was conceived with the “understanding that we are […]
14/08/2021

Renting an apartment in Malaga

Just arrived? You’ll need to find somewhere to live! With Malaga forging a strong reputation abroad, and the Covid pandemic, it’s trickier than ever to find an apartment or house that meets your needs – especially in the city centre. Prices have gone up a lot, especially with an increasing […]