Spain has long been the location of choice for expats and travelers from around the world, with a foreign resident population now topping 4.5 million. And with the warmth of its climate and its people, it’s not hard to see why.
So if you’re considering joining the hundreds of thousands of people that opt each year for a life overseas, then consider these benefits of living in Spain. We have a hunch that it could be just the place you’re looking for too.
With over 300 sunny days a year, the Costa Blanca receives a bountiful supply of golden rays of sunshine.
It is a well-known fact that climate and lifestyle affects health. People who live in warm, sunny climates are generally happier and much more relaxed than those who live in cold, wet climates.
An added benefit? If you move to Spain, you will never have to leave the country for your summer holiday!
- Natural beauty:
Spain has some truly exceptional natural resources.
Here, you’re guaranteed to find a little bit of everything. Lakes, mountains, volcanoes, marshes, forests, valleys, cliffs and, of course, beautiful beaches. The country's wide diversity of landscapes never ceases to amaze us, or the estimated 40 million tourists who come to visit every year.
The Costa Blanca and the Northern part in particular is renowned for its healthy climate and beautiful coastline. We may be biased here at Jetvillas, but we’re convinced we live in the best region of continental Spain.
- Pace of life:
While the siesta is not as common as it once was, generally Spaniards have a more relaxed approach to life.
They work to live, not the other way round. We can say from experience that the pace of life is definitely more leisurely here, and the emphasis is on savouring time with friends and family.
Spanish people tend to live a little bit "later" than in the rest of Europe, especially when it comes to meals. If you meet Spaniards, do not expect to have lunch before 2pm or dinner before 9pm. And be ready for a lunch break that can last up to two hours!
Since many of us are from outside of Spain, we can say that the pace of life here is a welcome change. With the great climate, friendly people, and fantastic food, we have little to complain about in our new home!
The World Health Organisation named the Spanish healthcare system as one of the top 10 in the world. And in our experience living here, its reputation is well-deserved.
Whether you go to a hospital or in one of the many walk-in clinics, the medical staff are well-trained, professional, friendly, and will attend you in your language. Spanish facilities are state-of-the-art, well-equipped, and clean, and the Costa Blanca is no exception.
- Food and drink:
Every day the international prestige of Spanish gastronomy continues to grow. We guarantee that you will enjoy healthy, imaginative and, above all, highly varied cuisine when you come to Spain.
In fact, the Mediterranean diet Spain is famous for was recognized by the UNESCO for its cultural significance. They recognized, as we do, that the Mediterranean diet it goes beyond just the food it consists of.
It’s the culture that Spain promotes around this diet: social interaction, respect for the environment and biodiversity, and preservation of traditional activities connected to local agriculture and fishing.
If you come visit us in the Costa Blanca, we can show you the best of the local cuisine!
- Culture and people:
Spain is incredibly diverse in history and culture. We like to say that we have several countries in one! We even have 3 national languages apart from Spanish (Catalan, Gallego and Basque). As a result, the country has an outstanding multicultural heritage. And you can see it in all areas of Spanish social life, especially in the variety of fiestas or festivals around the country.
Famous extravaganzas like the bull-running in Pamplona (San Fermín), Sevilla’s Semana Santa and Feria de Abril, Valencia’s Las Fallas, or the Moors and Christians festival in towns in the Costa Blanca are all well worth a visit. But each village, town and city has its own monthly schedule of saints’ days and feast days too. And because they have specific significance to the local community, they are likely to be more meaningful and entertaining for you as well.
Locals are always eager to share their culture and language with visitors. Don’t be surprised if you are invited to take part in the festivities!
- Family life:
The notion of family has a deep-rooted importance in the Spanish way of life, and we’re sure you’ll feel right at home the moment you arrive.
In Spain, it’s not uncommon to walk into a restaurant or bar and see entire families sitting together, day or night. Whether you are in major cities or a rural village, Spanish social traditions provide special attention for children. This excellent treatment also extends to the rest of the family.
Come and discover a warm, welcoming country with the best infrastructure for families, where your little ones will be looked after like nowhere else.
- Outdoor activities:
There is no better place to be an outdoor enthusiast than Spain.
You can enjoy a variety of sporting and recreational activities. No matter where you travel on the peninsula or on the islands, there is a wide range of specialised packages, companies, and guides all around the country.
Here you can go sailing, cycling, hiking, improve your golf swing, or try paddling around at the beach. And in the winter, you can go skiing in the Sierra Nevadas in the south, or the Pyrenees in the north.
With the Spanish sunshine and the warm climate, you can indulge in your favorite outdoor sports all year round.
Splendid beaches, delicious cuisine, vibrant nightlife and lively fiestas all make Spain one of Europe’s best getaways. Because Spain encompasses several autonomous regions and islands, the country boasts one of the most widely diverse cultures and landscapes on the continent.
The Costa Blanca in particular is very well communicated with central European countries and Great Britain. The airports of Valencia and Alicante are just an hour away and offer daily flights from and to a large number of different European cities. By car, the Costa Blanca can easily be reached over the motorway AP7.
- Safety and Peace of mind:
Spain’s high quality of life, healthy year-round climate and easy access to nature are also complemented with modern services in different European languages, such as world-class medical assistance and various amenities.
According to the OCDE statistics, Spain has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. The Costa Blanca particularly is quite idyllic, and a very safe destination for tourists and business people alike.
If you want us to help you find your dream home on the Costa Blanca, contact us!