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Spain

Welcome to Spain – a country of ancient cities, beautiful beaches, breath-taking mountainous regions, fertile plains, and sun-drenched isles.

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Calpe, a picturesque seaside town in Alicante

Why move to Spain

Beautiful weather, excellent food and wine, world-famous art and culture and low living costs are just some of the reasons you should pack up and move to Spain.

Spain is one of the largest countries in Europe and also one of the most geographically varied. With some of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in the world, breath-taking mountainous regions, fertile plains, and sun-drenched isles, there is something to suit every preference. Visit Spain and you’ll generally enjoy a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters, with snow in northern and mountainous regions.

If you love art and culture you’ll have much to discover in Spain, which is home to some of the finest architecture in the world. There are ancient marketplaces, Moorish palaces, and the fantastical structures of Antoni Gaudi, not to mention the Dali museum, Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim, Fundacio Joan Miro, and the numerous festivals which regularly take place throughout the country.

Spanish food is as varied as its landscape; the Spanish are absolutely passionate about their local cuisine. Tapas is popular worldwide, and you’ve probably sampled at least one of these delicious little dishes. The variety of tapas offered in Spain is huge, and varies from region to region and also according to season. Spanish markets are abundant with huge fruits and vegetables, thanks to the long months of sunshine. The great news as a prospective buyer, is that food, like the cost of living generally in Spain, is very affordable and of excellent quality.

Moving onto more practical matters, the healthcare system in Spain is ranked among the best in the world, spending 10% of its GDP on healthcare. There are also excellent transport links throughout the country, with modern metros, high speed trains connecting most cities, long distance coach services between major cities, and bus services in all major cities and towns. It’s no wonder that Spanish public transport is known to be some of the best in Europe. For those wishing to venture further afield, it’s easy to travel from Spain to other parts of Europe by plane, train or bus. And of course, with 36 international airports, it will be easy for friends and family from back home to come and visit!

Where to live in Spain

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Alicante Province

Province in Valencia Region

Famed for the long sandy beaches and hidden rugged coves of the Costa Blanca, Alicante is also home to a rich, ancient history, friendly people and unspoiled rural villages.

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Almeria Province

Province in Andalucia

One of Europe’s most unique regions, with a rich landscape, deep history and dozens of lesser known towns and villages; in Almeria you’ll discover a new side of Spain.

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Andalucia

Region in Spain

Breathtaking natural scenery and influences from the medieval Arab world fill this historic and sensuous land of flamenco, troubadours and Moorish architecture.

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Balearic Islands

Island in Spain

An archipelago off the east coast of Spain, the Balearics are known for their sunny beaches, beautiful natural surroundings and some of the liveliest nights out in Spain.

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Barcelona Province

Province in Catalonia

Discover world-class culture and food in cities and towns surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty.

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Catalonia

Region in Spain

Catalonia is the Northeastern triangular region bordering France and Andorra to the North and the Mediterranean sea to the East. It includes the provinces of Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona.

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Cadiz Province

Province in Andalucia

Discover historical Spain in this Andalucían province of ancient cities, pretty whitewashed towns, rugged mountains and majestic coastline.

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Canary Islands

Island in Spain

An Island paradise for anyone seeking year-round sun, the Canaries combine the best of Spain with an African climate and a diverse natural environment that is all their own.

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Castellon Province

Province in Valencia Region

Discover Old Spain in this little-known province, which is filled with gorgeous medieval architecture, stunning natural beauty and authentic Spanish charm.

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Girona province

Province in Catalonia

In the north east of Catalonia, bordering with France and the Pyrenees, you’ll find Gerona province, home to the rugged Costa Brava and atmospheric medieval towns.

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Galicia

Region in Spain

Welcome to Galicia, a green and rugged land with a distinctive Celtic heritage, tucked away in the north western corner of Spain.

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Granada Province

Province in Andalucia

Granada’s diverse landscape and climate means you can ski on the snowy mountain peaks of the Sierra Nevada in the morning and sunbathe on the Costa Tropical in the afternoon.

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Malaga Province

Province in Andalucia

Discover gorgeous beaches and luxurious living along the Costa del Sol, and edgy urban arts and cutting-edge cuisine in Malaga city.

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Murcia Province

Province in Spain

Murcia in Southeastern Spain is one of seven regions comprising a single province. Fine sandy beaches make up the Costa Colada and inland there’s both “badlands” (semi-desert natural region) and grasslands.

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Tarragona Province

Province in Catalonia

Discover historic cities, glorious coastline, pretty fishing villages, and plains, mountains, and valleys in this bohemian province of art, culture, and wine.

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Valencia Region

Region in Spain

With inland mountains, famous beaches and some of the warmest winters in Europe, the region of Valencia covers the provinces of Castellón, Valencia and Alicante.

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