Sun, sea and Sangria – what’s not to love about Spain? But when you’re thinking of permanent relocation, rather than just a holiday, you need to make sure that the region you move to has everything you need to keep you happy in the long term. Whether you’re looking for culture, sunshine, or a thriving expat community, you can find a little corner of Spain that will tick the right boxes.
Here’s an overview of the most popular choices to help you decide what’s right for you:
1. Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca, with the resorts of Alicante and Benidorm, is popular with British expats. Over 30,000 of them live in the area. Despite this, there are still many quieter areas with plenty of sunshine on offer, and a world class golf course, or two. The coastal town of Moraira is popular with retirees and Benissa caters for expats that are happy to immerse themselves into the Spanish community.
2. Costa Calida
Known as the ‘warm coast’, Costa Calida’s micro-climate offers fantastic weather for much of the year. It is also famed for its numerous golf courses and the La Manga coastline, which is a haven for tourists. The coastline is increasingly in demand with expats, and small “Voortrekker” communities are springing up. The towns of Lorca, Caravaca and Mula are among the most sought after destinations.
3. Costa Almeria
The Costa Almeria in Andalucia attracts many expats who are drawn to its glorious climate, which reaches 30 degrees in the summer, and only dips to 16-20 degrees in the winter. Its unspoiled, traditional Spanish character is appealing to many, and there are many small, tranquil villages where you can escape the crowds. Almeria, the capital of Andalucia, is more bustling, offering employment prospects, particularly in the tourism and retail industries.
4. Costa del Sol
What’s not to like about the sunshine coast? One of the most popular regions in Spain, thanks to its all-year-round sunny climate, expats flock to Marbella, Malaga and Torremolinos. This busy area is not the place to head to for if you are looking for laid-back living. That said, if you’re seeking a vibrant expat community, good expat schools, medical services and golf courses, it might just be the place for you.
5. Costa de la Luz
Situated facing the Atlantic Ocean, Costa de la Luz has a different feel to it, with a huge array of natural reserves and attractions. Mostly popular with German and French expats, the British are cottoning on to its charm too, with increasing numbers settling here. House prices are reasonable, although rising, and crime in cities such as Cadiz is minimal. Head to the larger areas such as Jerez de la Frontera for good schools and employment opportunities.
If you are thinking of moving to Spain, PSS International removals can help. We are a family-run company that has specialised in international removals for over 34 years, and we offer a friendly, professional and stress-free overseas move. Whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure you receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.
Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.