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This guide is a list of some useful contacts and websites that can help you if you're living, working or doing business on the Costa del Sol.
Anybody moving to or doing business in a country will find they need a lot of local contacts and local information. We've compiled a few to give you a head start.
All emergencies/ general emergency number: 112
National police: 091
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation plans, directs, implements and assesses Spain's foreign policy and development cooperation policy, following the Government's guidelines and applying the principle of unity of external action.
Telephone: +34 91 379 97 00 or +34 91 379 96 00
Telephone: +34 91 379 93 25
You'll need to apply through the Spanish embassy or consulate in your home country. See this website to find your nearest Spanish embassy or consulate.
See our Guide to Immigration, Visas & Residency in the Costa del Sol for more details on getting a short- or long-term visa for Spain.
As in the rest of Spain, you'll have to register with the Dirección General de la Tesorería General de la Seguridad Social (TGSS) to get a social security number. The provincial Costa del Sol TGSS offices and their contact details are listed below or on this website.
|Antequera||+34 952 email@example.com||
C/ San Agustín, 14-16
29200 ANTEQUERA (MÁLAGA)
|Benalmadena||+34 952 firstname.lastname@example.org||
Avda. de Andalucía, 17-19
29630 BENALMADENA (MÁLAGA)
|Estepona||+34 952 email@example.com||
Avda Andalucia, 46
29680 ESTEPONA (MÁLAGA)
|Malaga||+34 952 firstname.lastname@example.org||
Avda. Juan Sebastián Elcano, 177
29017 MALAGA (MÁLAGA)
|Malaga||+34 952 email@example.com||
729007 MALAGA(MÁLAGA )
|Malaga||+34 952 firstname.lastname@example.org||
c/ Heroe de Sostoa, 142
29003 MALAGA (MÁLAGA)
|Marbella||+34 952 email@example.com||
Avda. Antonio Belón, s/n
29602 MARBELLA (MÁLAGA)
|Mijas||+34 952 firstname.lastname@example.org||
C/ Roble, 5 Mijas Costa
29651 MIJAS (MÁLAGA)
|Velez Malaga||+34 952 email@example.com||
Avda. Toré Toré, 5 - Torre del Mar
29740 VELEZ MALAGA (MÁLAGA)
An embassy deals with major diplomatic tasks such as preserving the rights of its citizens and handling important political matters. It will generally be in a country's capital city - in Spain's case, Madrid. That's a bit of a trek from the Costa del Sol, though!
Luckily, a consulate will deal with minor diplomatic issues: granting visas, taking part in trade conversations and taking care of tourists and expats. A country will often have several consulates across Spain.
|France||Malaga (soon to be opening)|
|Russia||Seville, with branch in Malaga|
|United States of America||Fuengirola|
See our Guide to Healthcare on the Costa del Sol for more details about how to seek medical care.
|Hospital||Location||Public or private?||Website|
|Vithas Xanit International Hospital||Benalmadena||Private||Link|
|Hospital Provincial Malaga (previously Carlos Haya Hospital)||Malaga||Public||Link|
|Hospital Provincial San Juan de Dios||Malaga||Public||Link|
|Clínica Ciudad Jardín||Malaga||Public||Link|
|Hospital FAC Dr. Pascual||Malaga||Private||Link|
|Sanatorio Doctor Gálvez||Malaga||Private||Link|
|Hospital Vithas Parque San Antonio||Malaga||Private||Link|
|Hospital El Ángel||Malaga||Private||Link|
|Clínica del Pilar||Malaga||Private||Link|
|Complejo Hospitalario Integral Privado (CHIP)||Malaga||Private||Link|
|Hospital Costa del Sol||Marbella||Public||Link|
|Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella||Marbella||Private||Link|
|Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Victoria||Torremolinos||Public||Link|
|Clínica Santa Elena||Torremolinos||Private||Link|
Want us to add any contacts to this list? Looking for something you couldn't find? Have any experience with the organisations mentioned? Tell us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Regional Guide to the Costa del Sol
The basics of the Costa del Sol: facts and figures, tourism and culture.
|Cultural Differences on the Costa del Sol
The main differences you're likely to notice in day-to-day life.
A list of clubs on the Costa del Sol
I hope you have found this guide useful. If you need any further help, please contact me.Francine Carrel 15 June 2016
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