Malaga Expat

Malaga Expat Consulting provides help and relocation support to all expats and foreign residents in Malaga and the Costa del Sol

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Whether you are already a lucky long-term resident of Spain in the Costa del Sol or just planning your move to the beautiful province of Malaga, you may require help and assistance with Spanish bureaucracy or paperwork, dealing with authorities, applying for NIE or Residency, opening a bank account, changing your driving license, negotiating with your landlord or simply visiting a Spanish doctor…

We at Malaga Expat Consulting are happy to assist in a friendly and professional manner with all the above and much more. Our services cover a full range from expat assistance to relocation consultancy and are directed to all expats residing or planning to move to Malaga and the Costa del Sol.

Irina Saltmarsh

Spain and especially its southern area has always been a very popular destination for visitors from all over the world and unsurprisingly many of us have decided to make it our new home, charmed by this country's wonderful climate, natural beauty and in many ways a much more relaxed way of life. But without knowing the local language, customs, procedures and regulations the word "relaxed" is being quickly replaced with the word "stressed".

Irina Saltmarsh, the founder and owner of Malaga Expat Consulting, knows it all too well, having herself relocated at least five times and lived in many different countries including Russia, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland and Spain, making the latter her permanent home since 2009. Armed by own relocation experience and understanding of expat's life in a foreign country combined with acquired knowledge of Spanish bureaucratic procedures, and being fluent in English, Russian, German and Spanish, Irina has founded Malaga Expat Consulting addressing the needs of expats in Malaga and the Costa del Sol.

Whether you are already residing in the province of Malaga or just considering your move to the sunny Costa del Sol, Malaga Expat Consulting can be your invaluable partner at any stage of the process. We can help you with advice about the right area to live, assist with finding the right property for you and your family to buy or to rent, locate the schools and nurseries for your children and help with enrolling process, register you and your family with local doctors.

Let us assist you with paperwork applying for NIE, Residency permit, Town Hall registrations and driving license, opening a bank account and just accompany you to any authority where they would normally only speak Spanish. We can make the settling down process for you and your family easier and stress-free by introducing you to the local professionals and competent organizations and help with any advice and recommendation to make your new life in Malaga happy and relaxed from day one - isn't it why moved here in the first place?

So get in touch and let us help you!

Our aim is to provide to all expats living in or relocating to the area of Malaga and the Costa del Sol competent help and assistance with all affairs, no matter how big or small, in a friendly and professional manner at a competitive price.

Relocation stories

Published on 5 Jun 2024

A Story of a World Citizen Moving to Malaga for Love Reasons

Ogan came to Spain 5 years ago for the most beautiful reason that exists – for LOVE, and since then not only he turned his love into a marriage but also fell in love with the country itself, and now can’t imagine living elsewhere…are you ready to hear his story?

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Published on 19 Mar 2024

Richard's Move to Malaga With No Regrets

It has been a year since Richard’s move to Malaga, and no disappointments so far. Lucky enough to keep his remote job, Richard can now benefit from all the advantages of Spanish lifestyle and culture, wonderful climate, and brighter days. But it comes which some challenges as well… would you like to know more?

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Published on 11 Jan 2024

Ann & Alan’s sudden move with no regrets

Ann and Alan’s move to Malaga was earlier than planned due to Brexit and a more difficult one due to the pandemic. Now, a few years later, they have no regrets and miss very little other than good Indian and Chinese takeaways. Want to hear their advice? Keep on reading…

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Best decision for my relocation to Malaga

I just have one word in my mind when I think about Irina and all her work : THANKS ! It was by far one of the best decision I did for my relocation in Malaga. All I had to do was to give the requested doc and just follow the instructions of Irina (where, when, what to do or to say, ...). One of my roommate told me that the paperwork was a real nightmare for her and was so surprise when I responded that I didn't had to do all of that and that everything went so smoothly. Malaga Expat Consulting definitely helped me a lot in my new life and I am deeply grateful for that ! Alicia Verhard, November 2022

Unbelievably responsive and organized!

We contacted Irina a few weeks before my wife and three young children were scheduled to move from the US to the Malaga area. We were in a bit of a pickle because we did not know the exact area we wanted to live, had no knowledge of the school options and do not speak Spanish. Irina was able to help us decide on a town to live in, find us some great apartment options and enroll us in a local school in extremely short order. She is unbelievably responsive and organized! I could not recommend her any more highly. Sanjit Korde, December 2022

I truly cannot say enough positive things

Thank you very much to Irina at Malaga Expat. I truly cannot say enough positive things. She understood us and our needs quickly. She helped us find the right apartment, was patient with us, and also educated us well to inform our decision making process. Her help has been indispensable. She is very knowledgeable on every issue we have encountered and is an excellent resource. She works quickly, efficiently and is very communicative. Overall, Irina has made a stressful process much, much easier. I would recommend Irina to anyone who is relocating here. Amanda Howard, November 2022
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