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Marbella, Spain

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 06, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Marbella, Spain is 140,000. People describe Marbella as a glamorous and luxurious resort town on the Costa del Sol. Expats love the year-round sunshine, the beautiful beaches, the vibrant nightlife, and the relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle. The weather in Marbella is typically mild and sunny, with average temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit (12-24 Celsius). The average cost of living in Marbella for an expat is around $2,000 to $3,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $800 to $1,200 per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $1,200 to $1,800 per month.

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Marbella, they said:

"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," commented one expat who made the move to Marbella.

"Before retiring in Marbella, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is higher than in other parts of Spain. They should also research the local healthcare system and the availability of medical services. Additionally, expats should familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs, as well as the language, to ensure a smooth transition. It is also important to research the local tax laws and regulations to ensure compliance. Finally, expats should consider the climate and the type of activities available in the area to ensure that they will be able to enjoy their retirement," remarked one expat living in Marbella, Spain.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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