Relocating to Spain from any country is easy due to the superb international connections the country has. However, this does not mean that there aren’t any factors that you need to consider before finalising your decision to make the move. That said, here are 5 things about Spain that we think you will find useful to know:
Cost of Living
While Spain may not be the least inexpensive country you could choose to move to, it isn’t the priciest one either. The cost of living in Spain is lower than both living in either New Zealand or France.
On average, the consumer price index is at 84.55. The rent index is at 27.68 while the groceries index is at 63.28. The restaurants index is marked is at 75.84 while the local purchasing power is at 85.86. What do these indexes mean? Before anything else it is important to understand that the aforementioned indexes are relative to New York City. For instance, the rent index of Spain is 27.68. This means that rent rates in Spain are 72.32% less expensive than in NYC; while an imaginary index of 110 would mean that rent rates are 10% more expensive than in NYC.
Madrid may be the capital of Spain, but Barcelona is its heart. Sunlight is the anthem of Barcelona’s streets and it’s one for the artistic and the lover of architecture. Here you will find the Picasso Museum, the Miro Museum, Las Ramblas, Nou Camp, Barcelona Football Camp, and more.
Madrid is about as traditionally Spanish as Spain gets—what with its bull fighting, flamenco, warm weather, and sticky evenings. The oldest restaurant (Botin Restaurant) in the world makes its home here. Madrid hosts many of Spain’s famous tourist spots including The Prado, The Royal Palace, The Madrid Cathedral, and the Templo de Debod.
For those of you who want a party lifestyle by the beach, Ibiza is the community for you. Some of the world’s trendiest night clubs can be found here and many of the land portions here are even considered World Heritage Sites. That said, whether you want to relax by the beach or party all night long, you’ll find it all in Ibiza.
Sevilla is one of those cities that just radiate passion. It is very economical what with its lack of entrance fees for many of its most enchanting landmarks. The world’s largest gothic building can be found here and its charming architecture is unlike any in the world.
Customs and Traditions Unique to Spain
It is polite to greet Spaniards that you are introduced to with a ‘buenos dias ‘(good morning) or ‘buenos tardes’ (good evening). One should also introduce themselves when asking to speak to someone on the phone. It is advisable not to call someone between the hours of 2 to 5 p.m. as some Spaniards like to take a nap at this time.
Do not be surprised when a Spanish person is at least 15 minutes late for an appointment as this is very common in their culture. If you have been invited to a local’s home, wait until your host has made a toast before you take a drink. Not being offered another drink likely indicates that it is time to say goodbye.
The Spanish are very casual in their manner of dressing except in the workplace or places of worship.
5 Websites That Are Useful
1. British Embassy in Spain. No matter where you go, it is always important to know how to get in touch with your embassy. The British Embassy is located in Madrid, the capital of Spain.
2. Guide to Law Online: Spain. This websites provides a guide into the legislature of Spain.
3. TripAdvisor. There’s not a more reliable website out there for when it comes to travel advice. Whether you have a question about the least expensive method of transport to get from one town or city to another or you want to do your homework on hotels in Spain for your holiday, this is the website to visit. It is sure to come in handy as you map out your Spanish travels.
4. SpainVisas.com. Provides insight and knowledge into moving to Spain, obtaining visas, and other useful legal advice.
5. Absolute Spain Forum. If you are looking for an avenue to talk to others who are thinking about making the move to Spain or those who have already made it, this is the place to be.
5 Landmarks to Visit in Your First Year
1. Alhambra. It is difficult to describe the Alhambra as it is a fortress, palace, and a garden all-in-one. Nonetheless, this beautiful landmark is located on a plateau that overlooks the city of Granada in the south of Spain. The Nasrid sultans were responsible for its construction in the 1300’s.
2. The Mezquita of Cordoba. This fascinating landmark features an awe-inspiring collection of pillars and arches inside its main hall. This is what has captured the attention of countless tourists for decades. Before it was the Mezquita, it was a Visigothic church. Before that, it was a Roman temple.
3. El Escorial. Found cosily nestled in the Sierra de Guadarrama, today El Escorial is used as a monastery, school, museum and royal palace. Its construction was overseen in 1559 by Juan Bautista de Toledo and King Philipp II, who appointed the aforementioned.
4. Sagrada Familia. Sagrada Familia is arguably Spain’s most visited tourist destination. Its design was masterminded by the iconic Antoni Gaudi who spent a total of 40 years working on this project. To this day it remains a work of progress.
5. Ibiza. Known as one of Europe’s most popular party destinations, Ibiza is gorgeous with its beaches, killer sunsets and notorious parties. There is no shortage of beach bars, club and restaurants here. All year long, celebrities, models, and millionaires flock here to have fun.
So if you are planning on relocating to Spain, be sure to keep all of this information in mind as you never know when it might come in handy. Bon voyage!