Malaga, revealing the best and worst neighbourhoods: where is it better to live?

Welcome to Malaga. If you have decided to move to Malaga, then I’m guessing this city didn’t fail to charm you. Sunny weather, the beautiful and calm beaches or the stunning architecture are all reasons people move here. Residents, home buyers or even travellers have a lot of things to consider before moving somewhere. Safety concerns and quality of life are among the main topics of concern. This article will list the top 3 best and worst areas to settle down in Malaga.

Historic Center of Malaga

The historic center, known as the Centro Historico, is basically the heart of Malaga. You get a cool mix of old history and a modern vibe. Living in Malaga means getting the chance to explore all the beautiful art museums. Picasso Museum, Carmen Thyssen Museum—you name it. All artifacts and ancient ruins are to be found in the historic center. This is also where you get lucky to witness events and festivals organised throughout the year. Currently, during the first week of March 2024, the Malaga film festival is happening. Let’s also talk about the food heaven you will have. From local tapas and paella to international dishes plus the Market of Atarazenas, this is the perfect location for a foodie.

La Malagueta

Located on the beachside, if you wish for a more resort-style location with a beach view, this is the right area. The streets near the beach are filled with beautiful palm trees, giving you a peaceful view during a promenade. The sun illuminates the sea and its surroundings, allowing a breathtaking sunset and sunrise view. Families and couples love this area a lot, too, because of the various parks for picnics or playing. At la Malagueta, espetos sardines, a famous local dish grilled on open fires, are often served in restaurants. Multiple seafood restaurants or rooftop bars are available with a mesmerizing beach view.


Soho is an arts district neighbourhood with vibrant street art and creative galleries. Malaga, dedicated to arts and culture, has the subhub Soho that helps showcase it. Street walls are full of paintings by national and international artists. Just a short walk from the city center and the beach, Soho is a warm community with an inclusive atmosphere. As someone who recently moved to Malaga, I loved the way everyone in the streets was so helpful. I needed to find a location but struggled a bit with the fast speaking accent of Malaga. A woman offered to walk with me for approximately 15 minutes to show me the location. Soho is so much more than the artistic hub where you find CAC or the Alameda Theatre.

Moving on, let’s cover the neighbourhoods of Malaga you should avoid or be cautious of.

Palma Palmilla

Palma Palmilla is renowned for its beautiful parks, La Roca and Las Virreinas, where you can enjoy outdoor activities. However, this neighbourhood located on the northern side of Malaga, near the Guadalmedina River, is not all that great. The crime rate in Palma Palmilla is relatively high. The most common crimes are theft and drug offenses. Of course, there are often crimes that lead to other types of crimes.

La Trinidad

La Trinidad is a neighbourhood area located in the city center. It is located between Malaga’s mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. La Trinidad boosts historical architecture so locals and visitors are often present. In terms of caution, pickpockets are the main issue in this neighbourhood. It is advised to hold your belongings tight and stay focused all the time when you are at La Trinidad.


Although generally considered safe, one should watch out around Lagunillas. It is very close to historic sites so the area is always crowded. This crowdedness makes it easy for pickpockets to steal belongings. Especially at Calle Cruz, the street that divides Lagunillas and El Ejido, there are many pickpockets roaming around.

If you are planning to move to Malaga anytime soon, make sure to read this article carefully and take all necessary precautions. Weight the ups and downs and make safety a priority in your research.


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