Live in Spain: Enjoy Life

By: Andrew Regan

Many people consider departing UK shores and creating a new life in Spain. Such a consideration is not limited only to those approaching retirement, but encapsulates the entire age spectrum; and those that do make the move find that they are stimulated and invigorated to adopt a new and refreshing alternative lifestyle. In excess of a half million people have purchased a property in Spain - and many have now made their home in the country.

But, what is the attraction of living abroad from the UK? Often, it is a growing element of dissatisfaction with living in the UK which often triggers the deliberation process. The most common complaint is the UK weather with its short summer period and lengthy dull winter; however issues such as security, congested roads, expensive living costs and the demanding pace of life are also becoming more prevalent considerations.

Once the decision to consider living in another country has been made, Spain rapidly becomes the number one choice. Spain was originally recognised as a place to spend holiday time, but recent years has seen Spain grow in stature as a country - particularly since joining the EU. Only a short two hour flight away, the people of Spain are warm, friendly, welcoming and accept those who arrive to develop the country. However, Spain has much more to offer potential property buyers than a warm welcome.

As a country, Spain is modern in outlook yet retaining an old world charm, and despite being a country five times the size of the UK, Spain has many obvious appeals, such as a lower population, an excellent communications network and a massive coastline, as well as mountains ranges in the north and inland all waiting to be explored. Meanwhile, all of Spain's major cities have magnificent buildings, parks and museums to satisfy the most discerning culture vulture; while age-old traditions are maintained, with celebrations and fiestas occurring throughout the year.

Being a warm and substantially Mediterranean climate also has its advantages in dietary terms; masses of fresh, locally produced fruit and vegetables; an abundance of fresh fish caught the same day, and cooking with olive oil are all staples of typical Mediterranean cuisine. Furthermore, embracing the outdoor life also lends itself to a healthier lifestyle. All types of sport and leisure can be enjoyed in Spain, with football, basketball and cycling being especially ardent activities; additionally buying a Spanish property near to the coast affords the option of water sports. And of course, there is golf; courses are available for play every day of the year with no winter greens or course closures, and Spain boasts a superb choice of courses from nine holes to championship courses.

However, it's not just the attractions that Spain offers that make it a popular choice. Everyday living costs are generally lower than in the UK, with the weekly food bill being the obvious one; as for motoring, not only is petrol cheaper but also road tax is lower. Plus, the need to heat a Spanish home is a rarity, thus considerably reduced heating costs are attained. Furthermore, Local authority service charges are also low in comparison to the UK.

Moving abroad doesn't mean cutting yourself off from your friends and family left behind either. With the UK being only two hours flight time away, visits to family in the UK are easy, with an array of flights serving most UK airports. This travel time compares favourably with driving time from Manchester to London, for example, and can prove to be a lot less stressful.

For those considering moving to Spain, a key element in finding a suitable property is to make contact with a reputable, established property agent. In Costa Calida and Costa Blanca - two of the most established and growing areas - many companies offer a search-and-find Spanish property service. However, it is essential to choose an agent carefully so that professional advice is provided to cover all aspects of the buying process. SpainDirect4U, for example, not only provide a full search-and-find operation for new build Spanish properties, but can also effect introductions to companies providing all the necessary services to cover every eventuality arising from ownership of Spanish home.

Life in Spain gives you the feeling of being in a vibrant, developing, progressive country unfettered with the restrictions and limitations of the UK. Not only can you enjoy the benefits that an outdoor lifestyle brings in terms of health and wellbeing, but pocket a bonus as well; it costs considerably less to live in Spain than in the UK.

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