It seems that fewer and fewer people are deciding to move to Spain these days. It also appears that many ex pats are deciding to head back from Spain to their home countries. At Send My Bag we think that Spain still has so much to offer those looking to move abroad and have put together the top ten reasons to move to Spain as a reminder of what makes Spain great.
- The weather. Especially to those with cold winters just ahead of us, the weather is clearly one of the most obvious reasons for moving to Spain. The southern coast is said to enjoy around 320 days of sunshine a year, plus a year-round mild climate.
- Al fresco lifestyle. Given Spain’s climate, a lot of time can be spent outdoors, whether having your meals on the balcony, sunbathing on the beach or enjoying outdoor activities, such as swimming.
- Plant life. Another benefit of the warm climate is that there are nearly always plants in bloom, making your outdoor space beautiful all year round. Plants to enjoy in Spain include bougainvillea, jasmine and cannas.
- Food and drink. Spain has a rich food culture with numerous flavoursome dishes particular to the country, such as paella, tortilla, pisto, and turrón.
- Variety. While expats may automatically think about relocating to the southern coast or Mediterranean islands of Spain, the country includes diverse landscapes for your enjoyment, from Mediterranean coasts, to alpine regions, deciduous forests, and volcanic islands.
- Cost of living. In comparison to many other European countries, Spain generally has a lower cost of living. Purchases such as alcoholic beverages, many grocery items, petrol, and restaurant food are all cheaper in Spain than in somewhere like the UK.
- Healthcare. Spain’s healthcare system has been rated among the best in the world. In fact, the World Health Organization, rated it 7th in the world in 2000. Hospitals are modern, well-equipped and staffed by skilled doctors.
- Good transport links. There are extensive air routes, ports, railways and roads that make Spain an excellent base for travel around Europe and farther afield. Also, those wishing to move abroad to Spain should find it easy to return home whenever necessary.
- Fiestas. Spanish people know how to party. They are very good at marking occasions such as saints’ days and feast days with community festivals. Some of the bigger events include Seville’s Semana Santa (Holy Week) and La Tomatina (Tomato Festival) in Valencia
- Siestas. While you may have to get used to businesses closing for a few hours in the afternoon, you will soon love the excuse to just stay at home and relax, and worry about running errands later.
If moving to Spain, remember that your luggage doesn’t have to be a hassle. You can send you luggage to Spain with Send My Bag so that you don’t need to worry about staying within your airline’s baggage limits. To learn more, visit our ‘How it Works’ page or our ‘FAQs’.
Also check out our ‘Top Tips for Moving Abroad’ and our advice on buying a house abroad, or why not have a think about moving to Australia or the USA?
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