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."
If you have a long-cherished dream of retiring to Spain, it’s vital to understand that this is still possible either before the transition period ends on 1 January 2021 or after. The retirement visa should be easy to apply for, and affordable health insurance is increasingly available. However, it will certainly be easier and cheaper before the transition period ends.
Travel just a few kilometres inland from Spain’s southern costas and you’ll find a world of rural tranquillity, bucolic beauty and a real sense of community. There are still plenty of other international residents too, but a more authentic Spanish feel. So where should you buy? Andalusia is a vast region, larger than Scotland, so we can’t cover the entire inland area. But we do highlight a few beautiful areas and lively towns to start your search.
The Spanish coastline is one of the most varied and favoured by people from all over the world. It is understandable that most want to buy a home by the sea. – in our 2020 Spain Survey, unsurprisingly the Costas remain the most popular destinations. However, around 29% of respondents said they would be looking to purchase farmhouses – in inland Spain.
For property buyers in Spain, this summer presents a unique opportunity to purchase in a buyer’s market with far fewer tourists (and in time for Brexit). So how do you get to Spain? Read our Spain travel update.
The news from Spain this week is mainly very positive: the beaches, shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs are open again, but all with safety measures in place to protect both employees and the public.