Sports facilities are excellent: the Matín Carpena stadium in the west is home to the city’s top basketball team, the Rosaleda football stadium is currently being upgraded and work has started on the athletics stadium in preparation for the European Athletics Championships in 2007.

Shopping is very good, both in the centre around the pedestrian C/ Larios and in the many centres around the periphery. Prices for many items in Malaga are cheaper than on the coast, particularly if you go to large stores or hypermarkets.