Living in Spain
Living in Spain does not mean any decrease in living standards. For example the Spanish health care is at least as good as
the English, and you don’t have to pay deductibles when you go to the doctor.
The prices in Spain are
generally lower than in England and the same applies to the tax levels. The costs of electricity, gas and internet however are a bit higher than back home.
Properties for sale in Spain
Where to settle in Spain
If you are planning to live in Spain, you should get to know a little about the different areas before moving. You can either
choose to live in an area witk plenty of British expats, or you can choose to live in an area where only Spanish is
spoken. Some areas with many British Expats are Costa Blanca, Gran Canaria and Costa Del Sol, where you can find all kinds of
services like healthcare, banking and craftsmen in your own language. There are also some English schools in Spain.
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A beach on Costa del Sol
Regardless of where in Spain you are planning to live, it is recommended to attend to a Spanish class. Life will be a lot easier
if you speak a little Spanish. Even though the locals in the most popular tourist resorts are used to speaking English,
they will always appreciate foreigners speaking some of their own language. On basicspanishclasses.com you may
find Spanish classes all over Spain.
As an employee in Spain you have to pay taxes and you expect the same rights as back home. Those living in Spain, describe life as a
game, given that you have a decent job or have set up your own successful business.
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A lot of the paperworks needed to get started in Spain can be very complicated, especially if you don't speak Spanish. It is always advisable to use a Gestor
or a Lawyer
when it comes to taxes, buying a property, inheritance etc. These kind of offices will give you invaluable help in the jungle of the ever changing Spanish bureaucracy, making your everyday life much easier.
Of course living in Spain is different than living in UK. In order to be integrated it is important to be aware of these differences. Spaniard are known to be very outgoing, open hearted and curios on us foreigners and they are very talkative.
You could experience that strangers are smiling at you in the street and that your neighbours start talking to you, even
if they don’t know you.
- You should always wear a shirt, regardless of how warm it is. The beach is the only place where you should walk around in a bikini or without a shirt. It is considered disrespectful to enter a bar or a restaurant without a shirt and you will probably be asked to cover up. In some Spanish cities you can get fined for wearing a bikini only or walking shirtless off the beach.
- Spanish bureaucracy is famous for being rigid and the laws are always changing. If you are visiting a public office you should always bring all you papers, even the ones you don't think will be necessary. Always bring extra copies of your papers as the clerks usually won't .
- The pace is slower in Spain than back home. A short visit to your local shop might take longer time than planned, because the Spaniards are very talkative.
- Spain is noisy. The scooter is a very popular means of transport and when they are driving in a narrow street the sound seems to amplify while bouncing off the walls. Also walking into a Spanish bar can be a real test to your ears. A combination of Spaniards talking very loudly, a loud television show and the hissing coffee machines can make it difficult to keep a conversation in a Spanish bar.