Moving to Spain – Where to Live?

If you have grown tired of living in the UK, you are not alone. Many British citizens dream of moving from the gloomy UK climate to the warmer country of Spain. Of course the weather is not the only reason why people wish to move, soaring house prices, mass immigration, increased crime rates, are just a few of the reasons people site when they decide to make the move.

Of course, one of the most significant decisions is to decide where to move in Spain. Living in a quiet village in the north of the country is a vastly different experience from moving to a busy resort like Marbella on the Costa Del Sol in the south.  Where you decide to live will depend very much on your age, the income opportunities, your social likes and dislikes, and also your budget. Here in this article will take a look at four of the more popular destinations for British expats.


Barcelona is a vibrant city where many foreign businesses have offices. This gives English-speaking natives work opportunities. Furthermore, many companies look for English native speakers to teach their Spanish staff English as a second language. Barcelona also has many bars and restaurants where you might be able to pick up casual work particularly during the summer months, although all around jobs tend to be taken by the locals, as recruitment is often done by word of mouth.

The downside of Barcelona is in recent years property prices have gone through the roof (excuse the pun) and many expats and locals alike are finding it impossible to rent accommodation on the relatively low wages they earn.


Like Barcelona, Valencia is a vibrant city with a lot to see and do. Also like Barcelona there are work opportunities for English speakers and those who wish to teach English as a second language. Numerous bars in Valencia have been taken over by the Chinese and finding bar work may not be as easy as in other locations.

Unlike Barcelona, Valencia property prices are still affordable which makes Valencia a popular choice, and a great location for those who do not need to find work in a brick and mortar business because they work virtually.

Like Barcelona, Valencia airport serves hundreds of flights to and from the UK every week. Valencia is a popular destination for both retirees and those of working age.

Resort Living – The Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca is by far the most popular area for people moving to Spain from the UK. With many attractive towns such as Denia, Javea, Villamartin, and even Benidorm if you are so inclined, this area enjoys an almost perfect climate with sunshine on around 300 days of the year.

Property on the Costa Blanca, especially javea villas is still very cheap in some towns, though more expensive in others, making it accessible for those who wish to buy a second home or a retirement home,

Work opportunities are much more abundant in the summer months when business in the tourism sector need to take on staff, but these type of jobs are much rarer in the winter, so it’s good to have a black backup plan if you plan on staying all year round. The Costa Blanca is always a popular destination for families as there are many excellent international schools in the area.

Resort Living – Costa Del Sol

For many decades the Costa Del Sol has, like the Costa Blanca been a popular destination for tourists and expats. This area was popular with the rich and famous at one time,, and therefore property prices went very high,  but these days you will find townhouses, apartments and even detached villas at affordable prices.

The weather on the Costa del Sol is somewhat warmer than the Costa Blanca and while this is welcome in the winter, this stretch of coastline can become incredibly hot in the summer time and therefore may not be ideal for the elderly or very young.

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