Living in Spain is the dream for many. Most people imagine romantic strolls on beautiful cobblestoned walkways with flamenco music playing in the background, sipping sangria at al fresco bars.
You imagine wandering through thousand-year-old churches as the bells chime, and watching sunset over the Mediterranean Sea. There are so many spectacular cathedrals, famous art work, beaches and castles — it’s no wonder Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world.
Great quality of life
The quality of life here is great, with much more emphasis on living life rather than work. People work to live, not live to work.
Cost of living is very low
Even metropolises such as Madrid and Barcelona offer a high quality of life for far less money compared to other large European cities like London and Paris. Almost every restaurant and tapas bar serves a free plate of food, such as patatas bravas or carne con salsa, with a drink (beer and wine costs only 2 to 3 euros). A menu del dia (lunch set) costs around 10 euros and raciones (mid-sized dishes) go for 5 to 8 euros in an average restaurant.
Life in Spain is relaxed — sometimes a little too relaxed.
Nobody is in a rush to go anywhere and everyone’s just enjoying the beauty of the city.
Climate in Spain is great
How much do you like the sunshine? If you love long summers, then Spain is definitely the place for you. Due to the amazing weather, Spain offers a variety of outdoor activities, which range from surfing to hiking the spiritual pilgrimage to Santiago the Compostela.
The Food in Spain
Food in Spain is seasonal, fruits and vegetables have great taste. If you love seafood then you will find plenty of fresh fish at your local shop. For a simple but healthy lifestyle, you can definitely find everything you need in Spain.
Healthcare in Spain
Once you register as a resident here in Spain, you can get access to free medical care. Many people from the UK choose to retire in Spain, hence it makes sense to know the government has your back for when you are old. Having access to free healthcare seems pretty great no matter how you look at it.
Culture in Spain
With 17 autonomous regions, you can expect an array of cultures in Spain. From the passionate sounds of guitar in Andalucia, through the cosmopolitan vibe in Madrid, to Gaudi’s unusual architecture in Catalonia, Spain is a delicious cultural dish. All you have to do is figure out what you love and make sure you select your region carefully.
Knowing Spanish is beneficial in Spain. Not speaking the language could make every day communication hard and slow. Expats will find that a lot of Spaniards do not speak much English. When learning Spanish, expats need to be aware that some regions have different languages, such as Catalan, Basque, and Galician.