Those who have taken the big leap and moved to Spain from the UK certainly haven’t regretted it. In fact, there are more people from the UK who are moving to Spain, and these people are of varied ages as well. Spain has a lot of attractions for Britons, after all, and the weather and climate is just a portion of it. When it comes to culture, natural beauty, food and drink, entertainment, and lifestyle, a move to Spain certainly has its perks. But if you’re considering moving to Spain and are not quite sure of what to expect, here’s a list of top considerations if you are from the UK.
Get to know different places
It pays to know more about the place. And by this, we mean spending time in different places, not just in big cities like Barcelona or Sevilla but also in the smaller towns and enclaves, especially near the mountains or along the coast. This is especially useful if you aren’t really planning to live in a big city but would rather live in a different area, such as the Costa Brava (one tip: the Costa Brava is home to some quaint, beautiful, and British expat-friendly towns, such as Moraira, and acquiring the ideal property for sale in Moraira is made much easier by estate agencies such as Watkins Wilson, which is British-owned).
But going back to our topic: get to know different places. What’s more, don’t just stay for two weeks and be done with it. Make your visit a longer one so you can get to know the people and all the aspects particular areas have to offer. Additionally, try visiting during the winter season – experiencing an area during off-peak seasons can give you a more authentic feel for the place.
Think about what property you would like to live in
It would be a good idea to think carefully about what kind of property you would like to live in. Some British expats make the mistake of going for the first property they see without really thinking if that property would suit them. Whilst there may be many big properties at affordable prices, you should carefully consider practical aspects such as heating, upkeep and maintenance, and so on. Make sure the property you purchase is well-built and accessible as well. The good thing is that there are different kinds of properties available, from villas to apartments and bungalows, so you have a lot of options from which to choose – just make sure to choose wisely.
The living costs
One definite attraction for many British individuals when it comes to Spain is the cost of living. The cost of food can be cheaper compared to the UK, although there may be some food items that are a bit more expensive, such as cheese. But generally speaking, food and drink are quite affordable, and dining out in Spain is a lot easier on the budget compared to dining out in the UK.
Some utilities may be more expensive, however, so you have to do your research on that; it may depend on the city or town where you are living. But all in all, you can live reasonably well in Spain at a fraction of what you would spend in the UK.