I live a few miles east of Málaga on the southern coast of Spain. Although I have a wonderful terrace at my house overlooking the Mediterranean, I still find myself enjoying breakfast most mornings out on the street.
My favorite spot is an old family run Spanish bar on the beach of Benejarafe. The coffee beans are actually roasted only three miles away by Tamazor in Vélez Málaga and the coffee is traditionally made through the hand-pressed espresso machine creating a thick layer of natural coffee cream.
The churros (a deep-fried lightly salted dough) come hot from the churro cauldron, drenched in fresh lemon juice and a sprinkling of sugar. Not the traditional way to eat churros though…most people dip them into a thick chocolate.
Should you also opt for a toasted bread roll with Jamón Serrano (ham), crushed fresh tomatoes and olive oil, the whole breakfast will set you back around $4—incredible value given the beautiful Mediterranean backdrop.
There is an air of tradition-meets-modernization on this part of the Costa del Sol without the over exuberance and inflated prices of other parts. There is more room to live freely and develop your life here.
On the east side of Málaga you will experience much of what the west side of the province offers by way of stunning golf courses and beaches, mature promenades lined with bustling beach restaurants in the likes of Limonar, Rincon de Victoria, and Benajarafe.
But you get to do it at half the cost of the west side, where Marbella—the highly acclaimed haven for the rich and famous—drives up the prices. A chilled-out, afternoon gin and tonic overlooking a stunning beach or private Marina in Caleta De Velez or Marina Del Este costs half what it would cost in Puerto Banús Marina.
We have beautiful uncrowded beaches, unspoiled surrounding villages, accessible golf courses, and an active property market…according to local agents in the area.
Accommodation is affordable here. You could enjoy living in the bustling town of Torre del Mar in a two-bedroom apartment from around $460 per month or in a detached four-bedroom house 500 yards from the beach from around $980 per month.
I live on the east because it allows me to have a wonderful lifestyle. I run an English-language magazine which involves meeting many foreign businesses each day—giving me a fantastic insight into what is flourishing on the Costa del Sol.
I love everyday life here. I have everything on my doorstep and this southern coast of Spain is flourishing, accessible, and here for you to enjoy!
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