February 17, 2016 No Comments

Cheap Living In Spain

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Aside from the myriad of wondrous sights to see and enjoyable activities to do in Spain for free or in a highly budget efficient manner, many people have made the choice to make Spain their permanent home, because it remains among the least expensive nations in which to reside! As a matter of fact, exhibited in a recent survey that was carried out by the UK Post Office, the cheapest nation, worldwide was found to be Bulgaria, but Spain drew very close to Bulgaria as the cheapest country in which to live as the second most inexpensive nation in which to live. The survey even concluded that enjoying a cup of coffee on the Costa del Sol for just €.90 costs even less than on Sunny Beach, which is a similar destination frequented by tourists when they visit Bulgaria. The Costa del Sol cup of coffee costs about half as much as it would in Sorrento, Italy, and astonishingly enough, 12.7 percent less overall than it would have cost in 2014.

You’re likely wondering how this affects those who live in Spain. As you’d expect, the cost-effective nature of spending time in Spain does generally suit residents well. Keep in mind, though, that in some regions, such as Costa Brava, that costs can be slightly elevated when compared with many other Spanish destinations that are near the sea. A plus, though, is that restaurants tend to keep their costs low, so one can anticipate paying between €1.50-€2.50 to savor a glass of wine, or likely close to €3 when one is spending time in a classy hotel or an upscale pub. In comparison to Britain, these costs are still a bargain. In fact, when I spend time in London or even Yorkshire, I’m astonished at the high cost of drinks each time I visit a pub. More particularly, though, a small glass of wine can often cost which is often at least £4.95.

Of course, when you actually live in Spain, it’s not exactly the same as spending a holiday there, because you must consider the fact that you’re going to need to pay utilities and other living costs that are incurred when you rent or own a property in the country. However, when I discuss these matters with my friends and relatives in the UK, it becomes clear that residents of Spain live pretty well taking these obligations into consideration. This raises the question of whether I’m living in Spain due to it’s low costs of living or if I’m living there for other reasons besides, as well.

I always come to the conclusion that I’m not just living there because it’s cost effective, but because I enjoy more sunny days as opposed to cloudy ones, spending more time outside, and enjoying long walks on the beach alone or with friends, and the fact that I can listen to music in the town square, all for free. I wake up to clear skies and the sunny days more often than not. The people in Spain are super friendly and take time to chat, as they have more time to do so, because life is slower paced in Spain. These things are invaluable to me and I treasure them.


Many town halls in Spain provide subsidised adult language classes where foreigners can learn Spanish or regional languages such as Catalan for a nominal cost

Friendships in Spain can be started easily with just a little time and effort on your part. It’s important to engage with the locals to immerse yourself in Spanish culture and to learn the local language dialect more easily. Practicing Spanish and learning it well will help you greatly as a new resident of the country. Understand though, that people from all over the globe make Spain their home, and many of these people are well versed in English, even if they don’t originally come from an English-speaking nation. Many people in Holland, France, Germany, or Japan, among other countries, tend to speak English well.

You can also take comfort in knowing that you’ll very likely encounter a great deal of British expats. I’ve lived in several countries, and I can tell you that it’s always befitted me to learn to speak the local dialect of where I was residing at the time. This paved the way for many amazing experiences and friendships I’ve developed all over the world! In my opinion, this is one of the smartest choices one can make to enjoy life to the fullest in Spain. Taking language lessons can cost a little bit of money, but it’s well worth it!

You may think the Spanish drink an abundance of Sangrias, but that’s not the case. They actually enjoy wine or beer more. However, one thing they really enjoy is summer red wine (tinto de verano), which is quite similar to Sangria but contains less alcohol. It’s comprised of red wine that is paired with a mildly sweet soda (gaseosa) or lemon-lime soda. For those who enjoy less sweet beverages, a splash of soda does just fine to complete this tasty refreshment. These drinks don’t cost very much and are great refreshments to enjoy at the beach or when you’re spending time poolside. However, I like my wine to be pure, but that’s a matter of taste.

Where alcoholic beverages are concerned, I highly suggest that you try a Spanish cider. Among the Spanish, Asturias is regarded as the part of the country that makes the tastiest cider in Spain. However, I tend to request my cider on a hot afternoon, which sometimes hails from other parts of Spain. Spanish cider tends to be less gaseous than cider in Britain. Furthermore, the taste of apple in the cider is more apparent, which is quite thirst quenching at a low cost.

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