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Lingering into the wee hours over drinks in color-splashed Barcelona...savoring scrumptious paella on a warm summer afternoon, the Mediterranean sparkling in the background... watching the moonlight play off the high walls of the thousand-year-old Alhambra...or sitting on a balcony in Seville overlooking the largest Gothic church in the world, sipping a chilled glass of fino...
If you like Europe and its history... its romance and culture... then Spain should be calling your name. Loudly. It offers sophistication, charm, comfort... and, in places, at a price you'd expect to see in Latin America.
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The value today is truly excellent... in fact, in the 30-plus years we've been writing about Spain, we've never shouted "go now" with such enthusiasm.
Your dollars go a long, long way today in lovely pockets all over the country — hilltop towns, beach retreats, cosmopolitan cities. Fire sales offer eye-popping deals. And even at full price, the values are genuine... and the cost of living is modest. A couple can live very well here for less than $30,000 a year.
Plus right now the favorable exchange rate is making the equation ever more attractive. In fact, the dollar is about as strong today against the euro as it's been in the last decade. And that means Spain is, effectively, "on sale" if you're shopping with dollars.
So there’s an unusual opportunity right now to leverage your increased buying power and pick up added value when you’re shopping — whether it be for your dream property or simply a good dinner out!
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The lifestyle in Spain is truly enviable...
You could spend days following in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway in the Navarre region with its wide open spaces, delicious regional cooking, and mild climate...
Or consider the pleasures of wandering the narrow, labyrinthine streets of Granada's old quarter and being transported back to a time when the exotic Moors ruled Spain...
You might enjoy exploring the country's southern coast for some of the most pristine (and un-crowded) beaches in Europe (yes those beaches still exist, you just have to know where to look).
My name is Glynna Prentice, and I'm a long-time editor at International Living. In the 1970s, traveling after I finished college, I lost my heart to Spain. Its romantic—and rich—history, its people, and the rhythm of the days captured me.
Years later, when I lived and worked in Madrid, for instance, I loved the lifestyle. I loved going to lunch with my work colleagues. Make no mistake; we worked hard. But every day we took time for a civilized, sit-down lunch, in a restaurant, away from the office...because this is what you do in Spain.
Life here is easy...relaxed...and wonderful.
And it's not just the cities that have drawn me back time and again...yes, Barcelona is fabulous with its attractive urban beaches, vibrant cultural scene, and lively street ambience...but Spain offers a lot more than just buzzing cities.
I love visiting Spanish villages...walking through the cool, quiet aisles of medieval churches and having a drink in the main square, under the shade of spreading elms.
Spain really does have it all...and now is the time to check it out.
Spain is arguably the best bargain in Europe today, offering First-World living at a cost that can compete with some spots in Latin America. We're talking serious bang for your buck.
Thanks to the ongoing recession, real estate prices in many parts of the country have plummeted. Buying (or even just renting) here is more affordable now than it's been in decades. Just take a look...
These are the kinds of prices you expect to see in Latin America where, along with the good values, you usually make a few compromises, too.
But in Spain... it's First World, old-world, easy, comfortable... AND remarkably affordable.
Even before the recession, Spain was one of the least-expensive countries in Western Europe, and that remains true.
Live the Good Life for Less
"In the late afternoon, all the locals gather to stroll and to stop for a drink, and I did, too. A glass of good local wine at a terraza, with a free plate of olives as a tapa, cost me about $3.90—and it wasn't the cheapest wine on the menu."
Day-to-day expenses, for instance, can be very low. Pick one of the many areas with a warm, mild climate, and your monthly utilities can run you $136 or less.
And though you may pay less to live here, you're still living in a First-World country. In fact, Spain has one of the fastest Internet speeds in the world...
Spain's airports are sleek and modern...fast highways and high-speed trains link all the major towns and cities around the country...and everyone, it seems, has a cell phone.
You'll sacrifice nothing living in Spain...but will gain immeasurably in quality of life...
I'd like to show you exactly where—and how—to take advantage of the best Spain has to offer right now in our newest, most comprehensive guide to this country, called Escape to Spain: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life For Less.
We've invested the funds and the time on the ground there over the last 18 months to research and write this guide because Spain just makes sense today—and not just from an economic standpoint...
The click of castanets, the swirl and passion of flamenco dancers, whitewashed villages tumbling down hillsides toward the blue Mediterranean...for many people, this is their impression of Spain.
But those are only the bold headlines...
Spain is one of the largest and most geographically diverse countries in Europe. Depending on where you are, the terrain, the look of the people, the accents—even the language they speak—can be different. In Spain, you can find almost any sort of geography you choose.
"Beyond our Wildest American Dream"
"Here in Castelldefels we enjoy an active lifestyle better than we could ever afford in the States. We spend most of our time outdoors, either exploring one of the world's greatest cities or the nature that surrounds it. Every few months we take an extended weekend trip to a European destination. In May we head to Paris, in June we'll explore Rome, and we're currently planning a trip to Budapest. Our new life in Spain is beyond our wildest American Dream. "" – SK, an American enjoying life in Spain
And living in Spain, no matter where you go, won't break the bank. A couple can live well in many towns on $2,000 a month, including rent...eat out for less than $30 (and you'll want to—Spanish food is amazing)...and travel the country by rail or bus at discount rates.
Speaking of transport, no matter where you live in Spain, you'll have easy access to the rest of the country—and to the rest of Europe, too. Modern, high-speed trains can get you from one end of Spain to the other in about seven hours.
You can fly directly from North America to Madrid, Barcelona, and other metropolises. The many smaller, regional airports can zip you around Spain and to the rest of Europe (often on cheap, discount airlines).
If you're worried about the healthcare here...don't be. Spanish healthcare has a good reputation, with excellent medical schools and many qualified doctors. In the major cities and popular tourist destinations, you are likely to find health care every bit as good, if not better, than what you have back home, with attentive care and modern amenities.
But Spain's biggest plus may be the people and the lifestyle. Warm and engaging, Spaniards believe in enjoying life, and they put a high value on friends and family. So do as they do...
On long summer evenings, when the sun doesn't set until 10 p.m., sit at an outdoor café with friends until late into the night...bathe in the warm waters of the Mediterranean...gaze on the Alhambra at sunset...hike the hills of green, northern Spain...explore castles both ruined and restored...
You'll get the details about where you can embrace this good life for less today in Escape to Spain: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life For Less.
Inside you'll discover how easy—and enjoyable—Spain really can be... and the many ways and places you can make this country part of your life... full-time, part-time... whatever suits you...
Expats already on the ground love it... "We can drink coffee from our bedroom while watching the sunrise to the east, and in the evening sip wine on our balcony while watching the sunset over the Mediterranean," says expat Shane Kutz. "Before moving to Spain we could not have imagined that our standard of living would be so breath-taking."
Another transplant to Spain says she appreciates the laid-back, "Old World" lifestyle. "One of the things I like most about living here is that I don't need a car to get around. That's a big change from life in California, where people practically live in their cars. My husband goes to work by bike, and the kids can take a five- minute walk to school. Then I stroll to the center of town to buy freshly baked bread for lunch, which in Spain is usually around 2 p.m. or 3 p.m.
"Everything is just a walk away. There are a couple of small grocery stores, a medical center, a sports complex, a pharmacy, and, of course, several bars where you can enjoy a glass of wine before lunch (Navarre's specialty is rosé). For anything else I might want, Pamplona is just a 10-minute bus ride and costs me just 75 cents each way."
Ben Ostrom says of life in his adopted hometown of Seville, "Blue skies more than 300 days a year, restaurants and tapas bars lining the streets, and culture pouring from every corner...It's one of the architectural jewels of Spain.
"I've been living here six years now and I love how you can choose your lifestyle. If you prefer to live the simple life, groceries are cheap, or you can eat out without breaking the bank. For breakfast, a tostada con jamon (cured ham on toast) and a coffee will set you back $3.50, while dinner for two and a couple of glasses of wine is around $20.
"Having traveled the world and lived in dangerous cities, I love feeling safe in Seville. The atmosphere is pleasant. There is a large expat community and you can mingle with Brits, Irish, Americans and Canadians. My wife and I have private healthcare and pay $120 a month between us. I've been to the hospital a couple of times and the service was excellent."
There are lots of tempting reasons to consider making Spain your new home, and now is the time to think seriously about it.
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"In Spain you'll find plenty of genuine local retreats and unexplored corners, age-old villages where women still wash clothes at the local fountain, or the occasional burro pulls a cart.
"I love the plaintive lament of gypsy guitars you hear in Spain...its orange and jacaranda trees...a Moorish fortress...the taste of fresh anchovies...the raisiny aroma of oloroso sherry aging in dark cellars."
As I mentioned before, since the financial crisis engulfed the country, Spain's property market is on the floor. Bargains abound.
Whether it's the lure of big cities like Barcelona or Seville...the beaches of Marbella...or the often-overlooked city of Malaga, there is a home here for you...
And at prices, as I've said, that may surprise you...
It's no secret that the global economic crisis has affected Spain's real estate scene. For 15 years, real estate prices there soared. Then in 2007 demand slowed. By the time the worldwide economic crisis rolled through Spain and Europe, the real estate bubble had well and truly burst.
That means that Spanish real estate is now more affordable than ever. Consider these properties, for instance...
In Escape to Spain we'll tell you where you'll find these—and many other—affordable properties. Properties with price tags you'd expect to see in Latin America.
But you don't have to buy. There's nothing to stop you renting for a few months and enjoying the unique Spanish lifestyle. In Escape to Spain we also look at rentals and give you all the info you'll need if you do decide to enjoy Spain for a few months at a time.
Tips and Guidance for Renting and Exploring in Spain
There's nothing to stop you renting for a few months and enjoying the Spanish lifestyle part of the year. In Escape to Spain we look at rentals and give you all the how-to details you'll need if you do decide to enjoy Spain for a few months at a time.
Escape to Spain also includes our editors' insider travel tips: The best ways to get there and get around...where to learn about bullfighting...the best tapas in Andalucia...undiscovered wine towns...and lots, lots more.
Consider Girona, for instance, about 50 minutes from the Barcelona Airport. This is a university town where the Onyer River provides lots of water views. The popular Plaça de la Independència has colonnades lined with restaurants and tapas bars. In late afternoon all the locals gather here to stroll and to stop for a drink. A glass of good local wine at a terraza starts at €2.50 ($2.75) and it comes with a dish of tasty, locally-cured olives as a tapa, for free.
And you can rent an apartment here in the center of town for as low as €425 ($485) a month for student-style digs. For €500($565) a month, though, you can get one or two bedrooms and at least 700 square feet of space, all in good condition. For €750 ($848) a month you'll get a family-sized apartment, with perhaps three bedrooms and 1,000 square feet or more of living space.
Or if you'd prefer life on the Mediterranean... I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the rental bargains to be had there, too.
Take, for instance, a little town we recommend about 30 minutes from the big city of Cartagena. This place, right on the coast and surrounded by golf courses, hiking trails, and lovely sand beaches, is an unsung gem. Its 15,000 permanent residents have a good range of shops and supermarkets, as well as a covered market and Sunday street markets—it's a proper town. But along with its stunning beaches, it boasts miles of promenade, a new marina, and numerous bars and restaurants. Scuba diving, shore fishing, and sailing are year-round activities.
And here—the values are truly extraordinary. You can rent apartments long-term starting at about €350 ($396) a month. But vacation rentals are also inexpensive here, working out to as little as about €15 ($17) per person per night.
Talk about "Latin American pricing!"
In Escape to Spain: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life For Less we'll fill you in on all the details about opportunities like these—and many, many more...
The modest cost of living in Spain is no exaggeration. You really can enjoy the richness of life in this diverse country for a lot less than you may think.
Let's take a look at a typical budget in Alicante, for instance. To give you some context, this town on the Mediterranean is situated in the Valencia region, the garden of central Spain. Inland Valencia is home to vast vineyards and to cultivated fields growing vegetables of all kinds. Valencia also grows rice—not surprising in a region whose signature dish is paella.
But Alicante is on the coast, what's called the Costa Blanca, which boasts what is arguably Europe's best climate, with 325 sunny days a year and low humidity. Unlike other towns along Spain's Costa del Sol, which were overbuilt and attract hordes of British tourists, Alicante is pretty and sophisticated and many visitors are Spaniards. There's a convenient airport here so it's easy to get in and out of.
And Alicante has eight splendid beaches. Below St. Barbara's Castle, an old Moorish fortress, there's a marina, parks, shady plazas, cinemas, and a theater. So the living is not just comfortable, but a notch above. And it'll cost you less to live here than you probably imagine.
Sample Budget for a Couple in Alicante
|Housing (rent of furnished, two-bedroom apartment)||€550||$662|
|Utilities (gas, electricity, water, phone, Internet)||€120||$136|
|Entertainment (dining out and other)||€400||$452|
|Household help—maid once a week (3 hours)||€120||$136|
Now, the health care cost is based on the Sanitas (Spain's largest private health- insurance company) rate of €123.26 ($138) per month per person for a healthy 65-year-old. For reference, the monthly rate for a healthy 55-year-old is €90.35 ($101). The plan includes complete health care plus and dental, with optional pharmacy.
Depending on how you choose to spend your money, your individual budget could be more or less than the one here. Small apartments in Alicante start as low as €300 ($337) a month...or can be €1,000 ($1,1123) or more if you want a large house with pool, ocean views, and other luxuries.
Likewise, you may choose not to have a maid, or to spend more on entertainment. But a couple should be able to live comfortably on $2,000 a month in Alicante or a number of beach destinations in southern Spain.
Rent in large cities like Madrid, Barcelona, and Bilbao, and in some northern coastal areas like San Sebastián and the Catalan Coast, will be somewhat higher.
Still, we're talking about less than $30,000 a year for a couple to live comfortably and enjoy the pleasures of life in a beautiful, welcoming, friendly, sophisticated European nation.
In Escape to Spain: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life For Less, we'll share with you stories from expats already enjoying Spain as well as insiders' guidance about living, renting, and buying property there. You'll find examples of what's on the real estate market... the best things to see and do... and much, much more.
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Spain has so much to offer beyond good-value living... and in Escape to Spain, we dive into all of it...
Whether you're looking for beautiful beaches, golf, historic architecture, sightseeing, adventure sports, great food and wine, or simply walking, you'll find it in Spain.
Public transportation is excellent, and many expats find they don't need a car for day-to-day life. (Of course, renting a car to wander off the beaten track is another matter...Spain is full of hidden gems—out-of-the-way villages, ancient ruins, soaring scenery and more—that epitomize this country's romance.)
Go a few miles into Andalucia's hinterland to find white-washed villages on mountain slopes. Drive the winding coast of northern Spain's Bay of Biscay, where green mountains tumble almost to the sea. Here, beyond bustling beach resorts like San Sebastián and Santander, you'll find less-visited fishing villages along the Cantabrian and Asturian coasts.
Wander the vast, lonely stretches of Castilla-La Mancha, stopping to savor towns like Chinchón and Almagro, whose stately buildings speak of former wealthy days.
Explore the many provincial capitals—Avila, Oviedo, Zaragoza, just to name a few—that are rich in history and charm.
For every cliché—sangria, bull-fighting, and flamenco—there are a hundred secrets just waiting to be discovered.
In Escape to Spain: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life For Less we share our editors' insider travel tips, including secrets like...
• How to snag bargain airfares to Spain—and around the country once you're there, including the discount carriers a typical web search won't reveal.
• Where to find an authentic Old World Spanish lifestyle without sacrificing any first-world luxuries. In this gem of a La Rioja wine town, you'll find a perfectly preserved medieval village surrounded by battlements on a low hill against a backdrop of mountains.
• How to tap into the amazing public transport system in Spain and get from Madrid, in the center of the country, to just about any other destination in Spain in three hours or less (sometimes for as little as €20, about $22)...
• Where to find the best-value wine in Spain... and an $11 three-course meal while you're at it.
• The best tapas in Seville—including ham and peppermint croquettes and pork in a spicy "mojo" sauce—all for less than $5.
• Plus lots, lots more... like where to learn about bullfighting..undiscovered wine towns...and the list goes on... we guide you as you plan your trip—including recommendations for hotels and activities you shouldn't miss.
We've gone through Escape to Spain: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life For Less page by page and sentence by sentence to ensure that all the information and recommendations...all the resources and contact details, including websites, email addresses and telephone numbers...all the maps, statistics, dollar figures and prices quoted...are completely up-to-date.
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As I've said already: Spain makes very good sense right now. But not everywhere offers equal value. A lot of "cheap stuff" was thrown up in Spain in the boom times—much of it sub-par in construction (and often permitting). You may see ads for these places, but they do not represent good value at all.
In Gracious, Good-Value Spain: Where You Can Enjoy "Old World" Living at Latin American Prices, we share with you the cautions you should be aware of—as well as our top picks for best-value locales today.
You'll find out secrets like the best places to watch for fire sales... and how to know if a place is worth your attention or not.
We'll tell you about a comfortable, casual coastal community of 182,000 that flies well under the North American radar screen. The temperatures are moderate all year here. Average summertime highs are in the mid-70s F, while winter lows average in the low- to mid-40s F. And values are very good. You can buy a comfortable, 700-square-foot apartment starting from about $200,000, and rent one long-term from about $600 a month.
You'll find out about a great community outside Barcelona that keeps you within easy, quick reach of the city but offers you lower prices, a more laidback lifestyle, and great beach access. It's a lively place filled with cafes, and though it's at the coast, it's a proper "business" city, which means you'll see guys in suits and women in sweater sets. Yes, tourists come here, but it's a proper, year-round town. And you can own a renovated 2-bedroom apartment close to the beach in a building with a parking space, pool, and green areas for about $206,000.
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Spain and Portugal offer some of the lowest-cost living in the Old World… along with plenty of charm, history, and an enviable lifestyle. In this video presentation, we’ll give you the scoop on attractive destinations, the cost of living and real estate, and how to make these Old World havens your new home.
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Lying at the heart of sunny Andalucía, Seville is one of southern Spain’s most beautiful cities. Waves of conquerors, from the Romans to the Moors, have left their stamp on its spectacular architecture. Thousands of tapas bars line the streets, and the warm Spanish sun nurtures parks full of palm trees. With such beauty all around, it’s easy to imagine how you could adjust to ﬁne dining, a great social scene, and terriﬁc, inexpensive healthcare. In this report, we’ll share one couple’s story and advice as well as specifics about this part of the country to help you decide if this part of Spain would be a good fit for you... Plus, lots more...
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