Spain has been one of the top destinations for holidays abroad, for a long time. But in recent years, an increasing number of Brits are moving to Spain permanently.
There are currently over 300,000 British citizens living in Spain. It's not hard to see why. With an inexpensive cost of living and warmer climate, it's surprising that there's not more.
If you're thinking of emigrating to Spain, keep reading for our practical guide on everything you need to know.
1. Warmer Climate
Compared to UK standards, the climate of Spain is much warmer. However, the climate also varies within the country. For example, the north of Spain has much milder summers than the scorching sun of the South coast. If you move to Spain, you need to be prepared to routinely apply sun cream every day.
2. The Cost of Living
The cost of living in Spain can be much more affordable compared with the UK.
This is especially the case if you're willing to eat and live as the locals do. If you're still committed to your Cumberland sausages and Cheddar cheese you might have more of a problem.
Real estate is also affordably priced. It's possible to find a great home for yourself for less money in Spain.
3. Earning a Living
Even though many British ex-pats in Spain are retired, some people have to earn a living. This requires a lot of research into the local economy.
However, the good news, for now, is that as an EU citizen you don't require a work permit to get employed. However, getting a job without speaking the Spanish language is extremely difficult.
Moreover, if you're looking to retire in Spain, it's important to remember that you're dependent on the currency conversion rate between Sterling and the Euro.
4. Speaking Espanol
If you can't already speak the lingo, you can start a language class either before or after you move to Spain. Tutoo provides a great service for finding qualified Spanish tutors in your area. There are also many language learning tools online that you can make the most of.
This is especially useful when dealing with the bureaucracy and integrating with the local community. However, with a thriving ex-pat community in Spain, many people enjoy living in Spain without speaking the language.
When moving to a new country healthcare is one of the most pressing issues to deal with. However, the good news is that as an EU citizen, you are entitled to healthcare in Spain just the same as a Spanish national. In Spain, there is a national health service that provides free or low-cost health care.
However, if you're looking for private healthcare, this is also available.
Help and Guidance with Moving to Spain
If you're moving to Spain, you're going to need somewhere to live. Have you considered buying property in Spain?
There are many things to consider from the law to the finding a suitable property in a foreign country.
Navigating your way through the challenges of moving to Spain can be difficult. Get in touch with us for help and guidance on everything from getting health insurance to buying a property.