Top 5 Places To Live In Spain
Davids Personal views on each one.
Very popular at the moment is Barcelona. Population around 1.609 million.
Called the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, known for its art and architecture. The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city. Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró feature modern art. City history museum MUHBA, includes several Roman archaeological sites.
Barcelona is developing into a “New Technology – High Technology” center, as well as being a center for pharmaceutical companies and telecommunications companies – both growth industries.
Below me checking out the sites.
Very popular with the younger generation as there are loads of clubs and bars in most streets to socialise.
It is cheaper here than many large cities in the Uk, yet choice ultimately depends on your budget and needs. Prices may be lower the farther you go from city centre but you will still have metro access.”
South Barcelona is quite popular for expats in this area. It is difficult to find a house in Barcelona, there are mostly flats but most have a nice terrace.
Davids Personal Views On Barcelona.
Having been to Barcelona a few times with friends and family i would recommend it as there really is a lot to see and do there but for me the very busy way of life and the congested streets and traffic noise is a little tiring. Still worth a long weekend though as the sites are amazing.
Seville is the capital and largest city of Andalucia and lies on the plain of the river Guadalquivir.Population around 700.000
Some British expats live in Triana and Los Remedios. The later is more stylish and you can find all prices of apartments there Trians is lovey at night for finding great new tapas bars in the small pretty side streets.
You must do the touristy thing and take the horse and cart as wee did below.
The Plaza de España
Seville is famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood. Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb.
Davids Personal Views On Seville.
This is one of my top favourites and after 5 trips here it still shows me new things of interest. The plaza de espana is a must for all.
On one trip here i had 5 days on my own walking around all the streets as my wife was attending a course here, this gave me time to really explore. If i loved here it would be in the Triana area as it is a more slower pace of life there and the small streets are great for taking in a few tapas and just watching the world go by.
Almeria has a population of around 720,000 and growing fast.
Another option for expats is the coastal town of Almeria, which is in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea.
Almeria in particular is still a very affordable area which is not over run with expats.
Almeria province, which is down on the South Coast with amazing sandy beaches and still part of the autonomous region of Andalucia. My Spanish wife and I have lived here for nearly 15 years and haven’t looked back once. We travelled all around 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.
Me enjoying a few free tapas in Almeria.
This is my local beach in Almeria
Aguadulce beach Almeria at first light.
Almeria has mountains as well as lovely beaches.
Davids Personal Views On Almeria.
Well i have lived here for 15 years so that may say it all and after travelling all over Spain i still find this the best all round place for families to live and not just because the Tapas are FREE (SEE WHY TAPAS ARE FREE HERE) and the sandy beaches are amazing but i like the fact that it has the driest climate in Spain.
We had just 6 days of rain last year here. Read more about Almeria Here..
Granada population around 240.000.
This may be smaller but Granada province has it all, mountains, valleys and the sea. For outdoor lovers like me, it’s possible to ski in the mountains and go diving in the sea in one day. PS i have done that too. In just one hour, you can easily drive from the Sierra Nevada Ski Station to the Mediterranean Sea, where temperatures climb more than 10 degrees Celsius and lapping waves remind you that you’re still in Spain.
Skiing in Sierra Nevada is cheaper than in other parts of Europe — day passes are as low as €35 and it also has uncharacteristically long season running from late November to early May. This year they just closed the runs last weekend thats the 12th May. Best of all, it’s a 45-minute drive from Granada, that means we can easily go for a day of skiing and come back home without spending on expensive ski lodges.
The mostly pebbled beaches near Granada are usually packed in summer but are great to visit all year round because of the subtropical climate on Costa Tropical (thus the name).
For me personally there isn’t a lot to do in Granada city itself — it’s a small city with a beautiful, charming old town, But because of its location at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it’s literally surrounded by nature.
There are so many outdoor activities to do just a hop away from the city: from easy hiking through waterfalls at Los Cahorros, to canyoning in the Rio Verde system, climbing the highest mountain in Spain Mulhacén… I did a few years ago amazing….and exploring sandstone caves in Guadix.
Alambra Palace Granada.
Me climbing the highest mountain in Spain a few years ago.
Skiing in Granada.
Granada is very cheap to live in comparison to other parts of Europe and even Spain. An Airbnb or hotel in Granada costs around 30 to 50 euros per room per night. Renting an apartment in Granada for long term usually costs anything between 300 to 600 euros per month in the city centre — even a nice, three-storey house in the suburbs costs no more than 700 euros per month to rent.
Food wise, it’s really affordable to eat out in Granada, a city famous for its “free tapas” tradition. Almost every restaurant and tapas bar serves a free plate of food, such as patatas bravas or carne con salsa, with a drink (beer and wine costs only 2 to 3 euros).
Davids Personal Views On Granada.
I have a sister in law here so visit often. I love to ski here as its really cheap for a days skiing but would not like to live here long term as i feel it is a little quiet for me and a bit far from the beach.
Cordoba now has a population of around 800,000
Córdoba is a city in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, It was an important Roman city and a major Islamic center in the Middle Ages. It’s best known for La Mezquita, an immense mosque dating from 784 A.D., featuring a columned prayer hall and older Byzantine mosaics. After it became a Catholic church in 1236, a Renaissance-style nave was added in the 17th century.
The famous Spanish riding school and dancing horses show a must see.
The famous Patios are open in May and these are small private houses in the back streets that open their doors to the public each year so you can take a look at the amazing way they decorate their patios with beautiful flowers and water falls.
The Famous Spanish riding school is also here with amazing dancing white horses that is a must for all the family.
Davids Personal Views On Cordoba.
Cordoba is another city I have been to many times, a few months ago with my Brother was here so we had another trip there and he loved it there. Would live here as there is a lot to see and do and i really like the laid back life style here and the small medieval streets that make you feel like you are back the middle ages.
Seen quite a few Brits living here and i can see why they would.
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