Spain attracts people from all over the world for a variety of reasons: retiring in the sun, coming for work, giving the family a new change. Others still are taking the leap and moving to Spain as a single person! If you’re thinking of doing just this, what can you expect? How can you fit in and meet people – and what’s the dating scene like?
When you think of skiing, which country pops into your mind? France? Switzerland? Austria? When you think of Spain, what image do you see? Beaches? Warm weather? Tapas bars? Well, did you know that there are many wonderful ski resorts in Spain to enjoy too, often within reach of the coast where you can buy a second home?
It’s been a busy week in the south of Spain. The beautiful city of Almería is famous for its year-round sun and beautiful beaches – popular among Spaniards from Granada – but now it’s got another string to its bow as ‘Gastronomic Capital 2019′. Plus, elegant Cádiz has been named one of the New York Times’ best destinations for this year.
We are often asked about state Spanish healthcare. Is it any good? Are there long waiting lists? What if I don’t speak Spanish? Are the doctors and nurses helpful? What about serious operations? Well, let me put your minds at rest by telling you that Bloomberg’s latest report on world healthcare places Spain at No 3 for efficiency of patient care and 8th of 195 countries for patient care. That’s above France at no 88 and the UK at no 30. Statistics are all well and good but what is the health service in Spain really like? I have lived 12 years in Catalonia and unfortunately have had to call up
Winter might just be one of our favourite seasons here in Spain: temperatures are still comfortable (it’s 20ºC in the south at the moment) but the crowds have gone and it can feel like you have the place to yourself. Only briefly though, because, as any home owner in even the smallest Spanish village will tell you, it’s fiesta time. Cue fireworks, processions, good food, drink and cheer, and a chance to meet and mingle with your neighbours. Here are some of our favourite of Spain’s winter fiestas, beyond Christmas and New Year.