Spain Is a European Retirement Paradise
Retiring in Spain is an increasingly popular option for many expats looking for a retirement that combines First-World European luxuries and charms with the sun and sand of Spain’s famous beaches.
Retire in Spain on the Costa del Sol
For Europeans, the Costa del Sol is the most popular part of the Spanish coastline to buy, rent, or invest in real estate. Part of Andalucia province, its infrastructure is excellent: there are international schools, first-class medical facilities–and there’s certainly no problem finding real estate agents, doctors, and lawyers who speak English. But for North Americans looking to immerse themselves in Spanish culture, it might not have the same appeal as it holds for sunshine-seeking British, Germans, and Scandinavians. The region has exclusive areas such as the smart marina resort of Puerto Banus, but it encompasses the highrise horrors of Torremolinos too. Many coastal resorts feel as Spanish as Manchester or Munich.
Retiring on the Orange Blossom Coast
Travel an hour north of Valencia and you’re in the heart of the Costa del Alhazar–the Orange Blossom Coast. Still largely untargeted by foreign vacationers and homebuyers, it boasts acres of orange and almond groves, as well as sandy beaches like those of the Costa Blanca. And it must be said that it shares some of the same highrise developments…though that doesn’t deter hordes of summertime vacationers from Madrid and other large Spanish cities. With a population of just 12,000, Benicassim feels totally Spanish. Five wonderful sandy beaches stretch for almost 5 miles. And although there are some unattractive tower blocks, the backdrop of green mountains is unscarred by ribbon developments of bungalows. Criss-crossed with ancient pilgrim paths, these sierras are especially lovely at sunset when they take on a rosy pink glow.
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