Spain is a sought-after haven for retirees blending European luxuries, summery climate, and prolific coastlines. On top of that, its most attractive character is primarily the low cost of living without the compromise. In other words, Spain has the essential ingredients for a perfect retirement.

Ready to move yet? Well, hold your horses as making a successful move, all the more retirement, to Spain requires extensive groundwork to make sure things run smoothly. To get started, here are some important things to consider when moving to the Iberian peninsula.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Spain is a great option for buying a holiday home and Costa del Sol is among the trendy options recently. It is a glorious part of Andalusia where there are excellent international schools and top class medical facilities. There is easy access to the rest of Spain and the world – comprehensive bus services across the region, modern rail connections and well-served airports.

If you are looking into buying your retirement home in Costa del Sol, look no further than Sunshine Golf Properties. They have a comprehensive list of villas, townhouses, penthouses and apartments that fits every housing needs. The Costa del Sol property market is booming so, why not take the opportunity to check out the numerous developments for your (future) retirement.

TAXES

Like most countries, if you are spending more than 6 months in Spain, you are therefore considered a resident. This means that you need to obtain a Spanish tax identification number and pay your dues as a resident. Your tax ID is also necessary when buying a property in Spain.

OPENING A BANK ACCOUNT

It pays to get a local bank account when you move to Spain. From purchasing transport tickets to holiday homes, having a bank account will certainly make your life easier. You may send over your pension to a local Spanish bank account and may keep it in some currencies or convert immediately to Euro (€). You may choose from the “big four”: Santander, Bank of Bilbao and Biscay, Bank of Barcelona and Seville, Bank of Madrid and Valencia or opt for a small, local bank.

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

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Spain has a comprehensive healthcare system that can be enjoyed by all residents. Despite that, some prefer to receive private care to ensure priority and utmost care.

SPANISH PEOPLE

Ever heard of siesta? Well, it’s the epitome of Spanish lifestyle. It signifies the laid back way of life of the Spanish people. Aside from relaxation, they are also very sociable people so don’t be surprised if you are often invited to tapas night.

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Posted by:Sarah Berthe

Hey there! I am a small town girl who used to work as a Software Engineer for a Fortune 500 company. I left my 9-5 job to travel the world. I am a certified Level 2 scuba diver, a Vinyasa yogi and a former IT professor. I love trekking the mountains, fishing and camping. I speak 5 languages. Cheers!

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