Useful Contacts & Websites for the Costa del Sol

This guide was written by Francine Carrel, Assistant Editor at Guides.Global (francine.carrel@guides.global).

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The scope of this guide

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.

Emergency numbers

All emergencies/ general emergency number: 112

Ambulance: 061

Fire: 080

National police: 091

Government on the Costa del Sol

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain (Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación)

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.

Contact details

Directorate-General of International Economic Relations (Dirección General de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales)

Contact details

Ministry of Employment and Social Security (Ministerio de Empleo y Securidad Social)

English-language links:

Getting a Spanish visa

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.

Getting a social security number

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.

 Town Phone number Email Address 
Antequera +34 952 705026 malaga.administracion3.tgss@seg-social.es C/ San Agustín, 14-16
Benalmadena +34 952 705026 malaga.administracion5.tgss@seg-social.es Avda. de Andalucía, 17-19
Estepona +34 952 802373 malaga.administracion9.tgss@seg-social.es Avda Andalucia, 46
Malaga +34 952 299200 malaga.administracion1.tgss@seg-social.es Avda. Juan Sebastián Elcano, 177
Malaga +34 952 610700 malaga.administracion8.tgss@seg-social.es C/ Huescar,
Malaga +34 952 352362 malaga.administracion2.tgss@seg-social.es c/ Heroe de Sostoa, 142
Marbella +34 952 826195 malaga.administracion4.tgss@seg-social.es Avda. Antonio Belón, s/n
Mijas +34 952 197092 malaga.administracion6.tgss@seg-social.es C/ Roble, 5 Mijas Costa
Velez Malaga +34 952 543400 malaga.administracion7.tgss@seg-social.es Avda. Toré Toré, 5 - Torre del Mar

Consulates on the Costa del Sol

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.

   Country Town Website 
canadian flag Canada Malaga canadian consulate in the Costa del Sol
finnish flag Finland Malaga finnish consulate in the Costa del Sol
french flag France Malaga (soon to be opening) finnish consulate in the Costa del Sol
german flag Germany Malaga german consulate in the Costa del Sol
irish flag Ireland Fuengirola irish consulate in the Costa del Sol
russian flag Russia Seville, with branch in Malaga russian consulate in the Costa del Sol
saudi arabian flag Saudi Arabia Malaga Saudi Arabia consulate in the Costa del Sol
swedish flag Sweden Malaga swedish consulate in the Costa del Sol
swedish flag Switzerland Malaga swedish consulate in the Costa del Sol
UK flag United Kingdom Malaga british consulate in the Costa del Sol
american flag United States of America Fuengirola american consulate in the Costa del Sol

Hospitals on the Costa del Sol

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
Hospitén Estepona Estepona 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

Expats' Tips

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 francine.carrel@guides.global.

Other guides of interest

 Description Link 
Regional Guide to the Costa del Sol
The basics of the Costa del Sol: facts and figures, tourism and culture.
Regional Guide to the Costa del Sol
Cultural Differences on the Costa del Sol
The main differences you're likely to notice in day-to-day life.
cultural differences in the Costa del Sol

You may also want to read:

 Description Link 
A list of clubs on the Costa del Sol
clubs on the costa del sol

Readers' Comments


Further information?

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

Francine Carrel

15 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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