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The city of Málaga runs along the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

TOP 5 WAYS TO STUDY ABROAD IN MÁLAGA AND BECOME LIKE ONE OF THE LOCALS

1. Stay Active - Get outside and go for a long walk on the Malagueta promenade or at "Muelle Uno" (the commercial port)! Every day there are loads of Malagueños running, walking, riding bikes, you name it! Malaga's wonderful weather makes it a great place for outdoor socializing. Considering that Málaga is a green city, this is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint!

2. Volunteer at a Local School -
Students enrolled in an ISA Málaga semester or academic year program (no language minimum) can integrate themselves into the community by participating in the Málaga Volunteer Teaching Certificate Program. This program allows students to volunteer as native English speakers in a public school in Málaga, gaining hands-on experience working with students and faculty. Typically, students volunteer for 2-4 hours per week. Upon culmination of the program, students will receive a certificate from the school indicating their successful completion of volunteer hours.

3. Eat a Smurf or Drink a Cloud! - Yes, you read that right! Here you can order a "pitufo" (which means "small sandwich," but the same word is used for 'smurf') and you can order a café con leche, which in Málaga is an art of its own. You can order a "nube," which is light on coffee and has more milk. ¨Nube¨ is also the word for cloud.

4. Enjoy Tapas with Friends - Get your fill of delicious, traditional Spanish tapas at one of the many tapas restaurants throughout the city. Sharing these dishes is one of the best ways to spend time with your Spanish friends.

5. Participate in the Lively Student Life - Enjoy all of the perks of a medium-sized city that feels like a small town with some of the most energetic student life in Spain. You can participate in Language Exchanges with locals, cultural events at the university, go with your new friends to have a tea in a "tetería," or for a drink at one of the many beautiful rooftop bars.

What's Málaga Like?

Situated on the Costa del Sol and one of Europe's most popular vacation destinations, Málaga is a vibrant, modern city, deeply rooted in southern Spain's multicultural history. The city, with a population of around 569,000, is the most significant coastal city in the distinctive region of Andalucía. Perhaps due to its location on the sunny coast or to the diverse inhabitants who have called Málaga home through the centuries, the Malagueños are characterized as open, accepting, and friendly. They love the sun that basks their city and can be seen any day of the year strolling along the pedestrian promenades, enjoying tapas bars and cafés, or shopping in the many stores that line the city's narrow streets. As this city has escaped the waves of foreign tourists that lap so much of the rest of the Costa del Sol, it has managed to retain its authentically Andalusian identity.

Region and Population

Málaga is located in, and capital of, the province of Málaga in the heart of Andalucía. It is situated along the southern coast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea.

The population of Málaga is approximately 600,000.

Climate

Málaga has a mild, coastal climate. Winters are cool and summers are warm; it does not typically freeze or reach 100ºF. The breeze from the Mediterranean is refreshing, especially during the summer.
TypeJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulAugSeptOctNovDec
Highs616266687480848582746763
Lows454749515663686965585248
Avg. Rainfall1.961.511.551.070.670.200.010.090.641.642.423.01

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