I've visited Spain twice once to Barcelona and Lorett del Mar and also to the Sevilla area. I'll be buying in the next two years but won't have the budget to visit more then twice by then. Recommendations on how to decide on where to retire? A lot of factors I know but any simple suggestions? Thanks.
It seems like a naive question since no one knows you here and you offer scant clues. But the real naivety seems to me to want to buy rather than rent when you are still unsure about where it is you want to settle. My advice: rent for a year at least.
Some factors include weather, cost, international flights available, and proximity to coast. Seville is much warmer, with fewer international flights, is cheaper generally and the coast is a day trip. Barcelona is more expensive with a more moderate climate though humid, many international flights, and its own beaches.
It might be a little naive but I'm just looking for some general information nothing that is set in concrete. I've lines in both Italy and Germany for a total of 13 years so I know a title about Europe but less about Spain. I'm just trying to get ideas but thanks for your reply.
I don't think you are naive since I have asked the same question when I started looking where to buy, I'm still looking though. I've lived in several places to check where would be the best place. I am now in Valencia/Barcelona area. Madrid is a good place too but I rather prefer the less touristic seaside. I am also looking to buy a farm with olive groves in the countryside since so far it seems the best area to live and invest. From what i have seen it is a good investment to buy a property in Spain if you can afford it. You just need to start somewhere based on preferences.
There are good values and quality of life in the Valenciana and Alicante provinces, both in Communidad Valenciana, with typically temperate weather. Towns on the Mediterranean or inland if you want a finca (farm) provide good options, but depends on what your priorities are. Make a list of those first, and see what general areas match, and then test drive by staying in some vacation rentals for enough time to get a feel for the town and neighborhood.
Hi AirborneSpoon, I saw your posting and thought I would put in something to the conversation. It would be well worth a visit to the Almeria Province which is down on the South Coast and still part of the autonomous region of Andalucia. My partner and I have lived here for nearly 14 years and haven't looked back. We travelled all around the coast of Spain and constantly came back to this area which is less developed and still has a great air of friendliness and is strikingly beautiful. It is also a lot cheaper in terms of buying a house and the cost of living too. Once you go into the realms of city or coastal life around Marbella for example it is probably double what you would pay here in this area to go out. If you would like to know more then do PM me also and I would be happy to help! Sally
I think this reply was for me. I haven't looked hard either but I can tell you there is plenty of good offers everywhere. So far, I am waiting for the government to settle down for the next step. Also, water supply needs further analysis due to climate change in Spain. I am between Bahamas (building cheap) and Spain farm, maybe both.
As for the original question, you could rent for six month or a year and look around. It is not expensive.
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