If you’re looking to retire in Spain, this stretch of sundrenched coast ticks all the boxes. But just where should you start your search to retire to the Costa Blanca? Sally Veall took a trip down the coast and has a few suggestions.
Would you like to own a home in the Italian countryside? For many of us it’s the ultimate Italian dream, surrounded by the sights and smells that inspired centuries of writers and artists. The Italian countryside is easy to reach, welcoming and affordable. So, the $64,000 question is, could you do it? Not only can you, but the price for many lovely country homes isn’t much over €64,000 either!
The skiers have gone home and the summer’s action sports fans are still saving up. So if you want to look at homes in the French Alps, this is a great time to do it. It helps that France’s mountain villages are looking so beautiful right now.
If you crave a new life in the sun, or even just a bolt-hole away from Britain’s gloom, it needn’t cost the earth. While property prices are rising in most European sunshine destinations, affordable options still exist – especially in Portugal. While the country’s popular Algarve region has plenty of glitz, glamour and multi-million euro villas, there’s plenty of affordable Algarve homes to choose from too.
Of the many thousands of people who move to Spain each year (by no means all from within the EU, by the way), most head not to the coasts, but the cities. They come not just for work, but for the sophisticated lifestyle, shopping, restaurants and entertainment.