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Why Living in Spain is Still so Appealing
27 October 2008 @ 15:09

Despite the fact that the Spanish property market is really suffering a drought in terms of buyer activity at the moment, don’t be fooled for a second into thinking that we Brits have fallen out of love with Spain.  For one thing, there has to be more to Spain than its property market to have attracted something in the region of 760,000 Brits to relocate there.

The allure of Spain is far more than the weather as well, and it’s an evergreen destination – i.e., no matter how many slings and arrows of outrageous fortune fall on Spain, we cannot help loving it enough to holiday there and relocate there.

In this article we’ll look at why living in Spain is still so popular, and we’ll explore all the reasons why you too might like to think about a relocation, either now or perhaps in your retirement.

Spain has it all – i.e., all regions of the nation are accessible from all parts of the UK and usually for a fair price.  Not only that, but the climate is fantastic with Spain averaging 137 days of sunshine compared to just the 52 that we have each year in the UK.  The culture is rich and diverse in Spain, the cuisine is thoroughly appealing, the wine is delicious, the history of the nation is fascinating, and then to cap it all off, the scenery in Spain is breathtakingly magnificent.  How many more reasons does one need to think that actually, living in Spain might just be ideal and idyllic?

If you’re not yet convinced however, consider the fact that the nation is also vast, and because of Spain’s landmass you have such diversity, therefore there is a part of Spain that appeals to each and every one of us.  For those who prefer a more temperate climate, Northern Spain is cooler for example, and for those who want as much sunshine as possible, the Costas are ideal.  Alternatively, if you’re a winter sports enthusiast or a lover of the great outdoors, what about the Pyrenees or the Sierra Nevada, and if you prefer island living then there are the Spanish Balearic and Canary Islands of course.  And there is even a property type and a property price for everyone nowadays.

Because sales volumes have dropped by an average of 27% across the entire nation, many developers and private vendors are slashing the prices of their properties to guarantee a sale.  As the underlying appeal of Spain has not been damaged by the falling property prices, many Britons are taking advantage of the fact that you can now finally find truly good value for money in the Spanish real estate marketplace.  If you’re seriously contemplating a move, then haggle hard when you find the property of your dreams – because as a buyer you’re best placed to be the one doing the negotiating.  In fact, it could be that there has never been a better time to buy in!

And finally, the lifestyle that relocating Britons find in Spain could not be further removed from what we are used to in the UK.  For example, there is far more emphasis on the family and on relaxing and enjoying life in Spain than there is in the UK.  Brits quickly adapt to this change in culture and realise what they have been missing out on by constantly being on the go in the UK and living to work rather than just working enough to live.  Generally speaking one can expect this positive change on ones life to result in an enhanced feeling of well-being, and sooner rather than later your old friends and your family back in the UK will see this positive change in you and themselves begin thinking about whether living in Spain could be just the ticket for them too!

There is so much in Spain’s favour that we Brits cannot do anything about the love and passion we feel for this nation.  It appeals to us on all levels, and now that Spanish house prices are falling and it is therefore becoming easier to buy in to the inimitably enjoyable and good lifestyle that Spain offers, so those Brits already living the dream in Spain can soon expect to be joined by a whole host of new British neighbours! 
source: shelteroffshore

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pilgrim said:
29 October 2008 @ 06:40

Hear, hear!!

Before I left the UK to relocate to beautiful Spain, many people commented that I was too English to live in another country!

Oh Boy! Have I proved them wrong!

While nowhere is perfect, the positives so outweigh the negatives, in my opinion.

A necessary recent trip back to the UK brought back very quickly all the reasons I made the move to this super country.

I am proud to be English and I know I may speak "Spanglish" but I feel part of the Spanish community now and would not change it for worlds!!

Acky said:
09 February 2009 @ 10:00

Despite all the doom and gloom said about Spain in recent times, illegal build, euro crash, inflation increase, robberies, YOU STILL CAN'T BEAT IT.

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