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Moving to Spain - And Staying There

Updated on January 18, 2014

Moving to Spain – And Staying There

Moving to Spain is a big step, which if not done correctly can lead to disappointment and an early return home. Here I'm going to tackle the problems confronted by people thinking of moving to Spain, and staying there.

Moving to a new country is always difficult. Especially if you don't speak the language.

I have lived in Spain for more than 30 years, and new people are moving here all the time. A lot of people pack up their homes in England and move abroad without really looking into the options. Many make a mistake, and end up packing up and moving back home.

The advantages of moving to Spain are many. Apart from the obvious; the good weather, life here is totally different.

The Spanish people are very laid-back and easy-going, and very welcoming to outsiders.

Spanish Beach

Clear blue sea
Clear blue sea

What to Expect?

The cost of living is fairly low in Spain. Fresh produce is readily available, and very good quality. Restaurants are plentiful, serving good food, and generally very good value.

The main problem people find when coming to Spain, if they don't speak the language, is that they get no help with legal issues. They don't know where to begin, and have problems even getting personal paperwork organised.

Most solicitors, notaries, even the police, insist that you bring a translator with you. So if you don't know anyone there, you can't get started! Solicitors are called Abogados and Notaries the much easier Notarios.

You will need the services of a Gestoria, who are agents that handle any legal matters and are a cross between Solicitors and Accountants. They will act on your behalf when applying for personal papers as well as in business matters. Depending on the area, many have language skills or access to translators.

Moving to Spain, and staying there, is not as difficult as you might think.

Depending on where you choose to live, there is usually a fairly large British expat community. For anyone moving to Spain who doesn't know what to expect, there are plenty of guides to choose from. The internet now provides a wealth of information at the click of a mouse; much easier then for the uninformed to find out what they need to know. Amazon also provides guides to buy, as listed below.

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    • dianew profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spain

      Thanks, me too!

    • JT Walters profile image

      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub and I adore Spain!!


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