There are lots of reasons why people want a second home in Spain. Its fantastic climate for a start, which allows for a wonderful lifestyle. Throw in convenient access from the UK, affordable property, world-class cities and 5,000kms of pristine coastline and it seems a no brainer.
With a population of around 46.4 million and an area almost twice the size of Great Britain, Spain really does feel less crowded. However, most of the population is concentrated on the Costas and in major cities, leaving much of the rural interior almost uninhabited. Country houses and fincas within easy reach of the sea and large towns are always sought after and can command high prices. Smaller properties in villages will be much cheaper as will urbanisations in the hills behind coastal towns.
Cruising along the paseo maritimo, arm hanging out of the window in the summer sun, sounds of a Mediterranean disco beat blaring out…, who doesn’t love driving in Spain! If you’re out in the countryside it’s a necessity. So we know that many readers have questions on driving in Spain. Such as when do you need a Spanish licence, and can you licence your own British car?
Buying a property and moving to Spain can be daunting if you have never lived abroad before. One way to help you settle into your new life in Spain is, perhaps surprisingly, to stay connected with family and friends. So long as you can avoid Facebook becoming your security blanket, the internet can be your safety net, giving you the coinfidence to go and explore your new world and community. So how do you connect your phone in Spain? Who are the best internet providers in Spain? And how can you still watch British TV in Spain?
If you want to retain your European Union rights, you need to be a legal resident of an EU nation *before* the UK leaves. With the clock ticking down to March 2019, we know that many of our readers are feeling a little panicky. Don’t panic, act! Follow our checklist to beat the Brexit deadline and you’ll be ready well in time.