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Granada, Spain

Pros and Cons of Living in Spain

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 18, 2022

Summary: Pros and Cons of Living in Spain. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in Spain

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What are the pros and cons of living in Spain?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Spain responded:

"Like: social life and community, Healthcare, University, Library and bookstores. Historic sites, food and bakeries. Walkability. Dislike: Weather in winter could be better, landlocked location, not much to dislike," explained one expat living in Salamanca.

"We have found the experience to exceed our expectations when we arrived. No plans on living in U.S. again," said another in Alicante.

"I and my family love shopping in Mecardona which is next to our house, taking a walk together through the park. Then we take a train to go Barcelona, where we can visit El Corte Ingles to buy some new clothes, after that go to buffet restaurants to enjoy delicious food. And there we also come to visit the Aquarium. We mostly like reading so we able to get some interesting books in the central Terrassa library and others," explained one expat in Barcelona.

"We love Madrid, it has been more open than a lot cities during COVID times. Food is great, museums are open and public transportation is wonderful. I love I can walk my dog and see people walking and eating. I walk a lot more than in the US, I don t have a car and love it. I want to find a place in the US where where I can walk to many restaurants and stores. I feel safe, I see a lot of police around. The winter was cold, I would prefer a warmer climate," explained one member in Madrid.

"Loved Madrid and ease of using metro. Food and wine so cheap!!!! Eating out tapas was great cheap way to have a meal. Loved having my light breakfast in taverns in morning.what a interesting way to start day . Cons: cost of apartment rent," explained one expat living in Madrid, Spain.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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