Living in a brand-new country can be confusing, particularly at first. Most ex-pats want to meet new people, immerse themselves in the local culture, and live their new lives to the fullest. But every day activities, such as knowing which bus to catch or how to make a doctors appointment, can make your new life feel like a challenge.
Luckily, there is a whole range of phone apps available that can help to ease this transition.
Malaga is the city with one of the highest number of resident expats in Andalusia. Foreign nationals are attracted to its beaches, convenient and central location, and many cultural attractions. Because of this, you will find a huge number of apps, available in English, to help make your day-to-day life run much smoother.
Here are six of our favourites:
This app is essential if you plan to travel around Malaga using public transport, particularly if you’re new to the city and don’t yet know the best routes to get around. You can use the app to find best bus route from A to B, and the closest Malagabici public bicycles. The app will even tell you how many bikes are available at each station, so you don’t travel somewhere to find they’re all gone.
From a payment point of view, you can use the app to top up your EMT travel card with more credit, and to rent bikes at bicycle stations.
Aparcamientos Málaga SMASSA
If you own a car or plan to drive regularly during your time in Malaga then this app should be considered essential. It is managed by the Sociedad Municipal de Aparcamientos y Servicios de Málaga, and is focused on making securing paid parking in the city easier.
Some of the services offered via the app include the ability to check how many spaces are left in each car park in real time, pay for parking, and renew your parking ticket if your time is about to run out.
Our favourite feature of this app is its radar function that detects where the nearest parking space is, making parking in the city easier than ever.
Playas de Málaga
One of the main reasons expats choose to move to Malaga is to spend more time on the beach. But with Malaga also being a popular tourist destination, the beaches can be busy during the summer months. That is why the Playas de Malaga app is so handy.
It will provide health and safety information about the beach, as well as directions and weather information if you need it. The most useful aspect of the app is that you can reserve a barbeque spot in advance, meaning you’re more likely to get one, even on busy days.
You can download the app via the AppStore here. It is available in both English and Spanish, making it accessible to most people.
Too Good to Go
Whilst this app isn’t exclusive to Malaga, it is such a good idea that it’s well worth sharing if you’re not already using it. Too Good to Go prevents food waste, allowing consumers to buy food that would otherwise be thrown away.
Local restaurants, supermarkets and businesses can partner with Too Good to Go to share food that might otherwise be wasted, And you can collect it straight from the restaurant or business, meaning that you won’t have to travel far for your budget goodies either.
You can download the app here, and through the Apple App Store, Google Play y Huawei AppGallery.
If you’re registered in the public health system in Spain, then this app is a vital resource. It is the official public health app for Andalusia and it allows everyone registered to use it to book appointments, modify appointments, and get any test results without having the frustration of trying to call your doctors surgery.
You can also get medical advice when you need it by looking up the answers to any frequently asked questions on many health-related topics. These include, but aren’t limited too, minor injuries, allergies, and your vaccination needs.
Even if you drive in Malaga, or prefer to use public transportation, most people will need to book a taxi at one time or another. And the PideTaxi app has been designed to make it as easy as possible to do just that.
The app was launched by the Radio Taxi Association of Spain and is associated with Unitaxi in Málaga. If you want to know what your journey will cost before you travel, you can also request or calculate the price of your trip using the app.
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