Ideas and dreams of a new life abroad often start with thoughts of better weather. Bringing up kids in the Spanish sunshine is so much easier. There’s less driving them to clubs and indoor sports, and much more beach and family time. Andalusia is a popular place to start your property search. But, what are the best property locations in Málaga for families? Let’s ‘child road-test’ some possible destinations, and ponder the right questions, for your new life in the sun.
The beach will be an important factor in your choice of new home. When it’s such a splendid location as the Costa del Sol, it can be difficult to make your mind up. Such a long stretch of sandy and pebble coastline and the warm Mediterranean sea make it almost too inviting. Imagine having that as standard every day, not just for holidays. So, let’s attempt to help you to pin down a property in the right coastal location, for you and your tribe, from toddlers to teens.
Things to check out
There will be factors which you should take into consideration. these might be:
Cost and your individual budget – talk to a reputable agent who will show you a selection of property within your price range.
Schools – do you intend to send your children to a Spanish state school, or an International school? Where are the closest primary and secondary schools? What are they like on student satisfaction? Check out local Facebook groups and expat forums for local advice.
Local activities and sports – what’s there to do nearby? Will the local amenities suit your kids? Again, ask around and search the internet using the local ayuntamiento or Town Hall site.
Transport – will you be using public transport? How easy is it to get around, also bear in mind trips to and from the airport?
Medical centres and family doctors – perhaps you or your child require regular medical checks for a pre-existing condition. You may need to be within close proximity of a hospital or health centre.
House, penthouse, apartment, or villa? Is a garden important? What about an urbanization? After all, many of them have 24-hour security for peace of mind, and community pools where your kids will make friends.
Prime family locations, and reasons why
Estepona – Safe and traditional, Estepona has managed to retain its charm, and still feels like a Spanish town, despite the rise in its popularity. Families with younger children will love the quieter streets and lovely beach. Check out the International School Estepona for primary education.
Marbella – fashionable, chic and bustling, teenagers who are into fashion and celeb-spotting will want to head straight for Marbella. A busy social life is promised, and older kids who love sailing and water-sports will enjoy Puerto Banús and the famous marina. Calpe School in Marbella teaches the British and Spanish National Curriculum for boys and girls from two to ten years old.
Mijas Costa – More than twelve km of coastline is the primary reason why Mijas Costa is so popular. there’s a huge choice of property to suit every budget, and you’ll find it more economical than Marbella. There are plenty of kid’s clubs in-season, and – the restaurants are down to earth and of course, child-friendly. This is Spain, after all!