What do I need to know about living in Spain?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Spain, they said:
"I would advise to do a lot of research especially if you are moving with children. Understand the Spanish education system and be prepared to learn Castellano and a little Valenciano,"
remarked another expat living in Valencia, Spain.
"Don't expect to be one of the Ferrari driving glitterati overnight, but work hard and Marbella can be a great place to live. There is an old saying about Marbella - The man who arrives with money will depart with experience, and the man who arrives with experience will stay with Money,"
added another expat in Marbella.
"Know that everything will be different from all you have ever known..see it as a new world to explore..not what you will be deprived of. Allow for periods of frustration and loneliness..after all, you're experiencing 'culture shock',"
remarked another expat who made the move to Nerja.
"Start learning Spanish and applying the tan cream now! Visit for a short time first to confirm that year round sun and limitless leisure opportunites are for you! If you have a family, find the school place(s) first, then the home and the office and work location can come after,"
explained one expat living in Marbella, Spain.
"I would encourage them to do so as San Sebastian is a great place and quite possibly the most beautiful small city in Europe. It's important however to either have a good job set up before you get here or barrels of money as San sebastian vies with Barcelona and Madrid as being Spain's most expensive city, especially as regards housing,"
said another expat in San Sebastian.
"Come and enjoy Barcelona - be responsible and most of all punctual, work hard, be prepared to play if you're young (let's say under 40), and you'll have a great time,"
added another expat who made the move to Barcelona.
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