During her many years in Spain, Sally has moved several times, bought property, sold property, let out an apartment to tourists and currently rents an apartment. She says: "20 years as an expat have taught me many things and given me wonderful experiences, laughter, tears, friends and a very tolerant view of life. I have never regretted it, even in difficult times. I cannot imagine living any differently. I don’t think Brexit will stop people seeking a home in the sun, in fact it may make them all the more determined to find one."
The Spanish housing market appears to be recovering from the pandemic. According to the National Institute of Statistics (INE), home sales in August reached their highest level since Spain’s 2007 ‘housing market boom’. And, despite the impact of Brexit and the introduction of the new 90-day rule, the British are still the largest foreign group buying Spanish property.
September in Spain is when life returns to normal after a hot and busy summer. Despite Covid-19, this year has been no exception and the children are now back at school, businesses are open and we are looking forward to cooler days.
While many British buyers fly over Catalonia on their way to the southern costas, local expat Sally Veall explains what they’re missing out on, when they ignore our closest Spanish province and its vibrant city, Barcelona.
Have you considered volunteering in Spain? Not only is it a highly rewarding and enriching experience, but it is a great way to meet new people, settle into your new life and can even help you to improve your Spanish.