Local Press and Other Media on the Costa del Sol

This guide was written by Francine Carrel (francine.carrel@guides.global) in collaboration with Guides.Global (office@guides.global).

It was written on 10 June 2016. The law and practice in Spain change all the time. Our guides are updated as frequently as possible - typically every three years - but may be out of date.

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The scope of this guide

This guide covers the various forms of media and press available on the Costa del Sol - both Spanish media and content from other countries.


One of the best ways to become integrated into the Costa del Sol is to consume the local media. It can help with your Spanish, keep you up-to-date on local happenings and events - and give you something to talk about in the local bar!

It's also pleasant to be able to read, listen to and watch media from your home country, or in your own language. You're likely to be able to do that in the Costa del Sol.

Press freedom in Spain

Spain has a reasonably good level of press freedom. It's guaranteed in Section 20 of the Spanish Constitution and is generally respected.

However, the economic crisis has seriously affected the media in Spain (see below) and organisations like the Open Societies Foundation are becoming increasingly concerned about the state of the press.

Freedom House gave Spain the following scores in press freedom criteria:

Press freedom statistics

Spain ranked 34th out of 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index 2016. Not a terrible score but, as the organisation pointed out, this ranking has fallen from 33rd in 2015. Reporters Without Borders explained:

A new information law (known as the “transparency” law) that took effect in late 2014 does not treat access to information as a fundamental right, exempts certain kinds of government information (such as internal communications) and has created a monitoring entity whose independence is not guaranteed. The economic crisis has hit the media hard and has accentuated the already very marked concentration of ownership. No fewer than 354 media outlets closed and 11,875 journalists lost their jobs from 2008 to 2014.

A decline in diversity is usually bad news for freedom of press in any country. It can also have adverse effects on the quality of reporting, as the pool of competition shrinks and journalists are more afraid to 'step out of line' and risk losing their job.

National newspapers in Spain

Daily newspapers in Spain

Sports newspapers in Spain

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Spanish newspapers on the Costa del Sol

 City Newspaper 
Malaga Diario Sur
Malaga El Correo de Andalucía
Malaga La Opinión de Málaga
Marbella Marbella 24 Horas (Digital)
Marbella Marbella Express (three times weekly)

Online news for expats in the Costa del Sol

English-language news

French-langauge news

German-language news

Russian-language news

Swedish-language news

Television on the Costa del Sol

Terrestrial Digital Television

You'll be pleased to know that you don't need a television licence to watch TV in Spain.

Most people in Spain (around 98%) have access to Terrestrial Digital Television (TDT). It has around 35 channels - some produced by RDTVE, the state broadcaster, and some privately owned. It is comparable to Freeview in the UK in its scope.

TDT often broadcasts programmes from other countries, especially the US, but they may be dubbed in Spanish. To get around this, look through your TV menu - there should be an option to watch programmes in their original language. If you want to improve your Spanish, think about adding Spanish subtitles; or leaving the programme in Spanish and adding subtitles in your own language.

The most popular Spanish television channels

Satellite TV

Many expats on the Costa del Sol have satellite television, as it allows them access to programmes from other European countries.

If you choose to go down this route, you'll probably have to install an ASTRA 2 satellite dish, which can be quite large - but once this is done, you won't have to pay monthly fees. You can, however, choose to subscribe to packages from other countries (i.e. Sky from the UK).

Television on the internet

If installing a satellite dish is impractical, you may consider watching television through streaming services.

As well as the well-known options such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, you might want to look at websites like FilmOn.com, on which you can watch many programmes for free in Spain (legally!).

Radio on the Costa del Sol

Spain's national public radio broadcaster is called Radio Nacional de España (RNE). It controls several national radio stations:

Radio stations for expats on the Costa del Sol

English-language radio stations on the Costa del Sol

German-language radio stations on the Costa del Sol

Russian-language radio stations on the Costa del Sol

Expats' Tips

Have we missed out your favourite publication? Or would you like to share your opinion on the media in the Costa del Sol? Email us on office@guides.global.


Consuming local media is a great way for an expat to get to grips with the Costa del Sol - and there's plenty to choose from, even if a lot of it may not be quite to your taste.

There is also a lot of media targeted at expats and, in this shrinking world, it is never too difficult to view and listen to media from 'back home'.

Other guides of interest

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Cultural Differences on the Costa del Sol
This guide is about some of the main cultural differences you're likely to come up against on the Costa del Sol.
cultural differences in the Costa del Sol

You may also want to read:

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Guide to Spanish television and radio
A useful, brief guide from Expatica.
Guide to Spanish television and radio

Readers' Comments


Further information?

I hope you have found this guide useful. If you need any further help, please contact me.

Francine Carrel

10 June 2016


This guide was co-authored by John Howell (Email: John.Howell@Guides.Global or John@jhco.org. Web: www.jhco.org or www.Guides.Global)

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