When it comes to retirement and those golden years, we want to be able to comfortably enjoy our well-earned leisure time. The climate, cost of living, easy access and relaxed lifestyle makes Spain an ever-popular destination for retirees, particularly in the coastal areas.
Spain has been voted amongst the top 10 destinations in the world to retire; and of the British expats in Spain, 41% are over 65’s enjoying their retirement.
Although I grew up in southern Spain, I haven’t lived here for more than 30 years and with retirement looming on the horizon this recent visit reminds me why my parents moved here in the 70’s, and why I am seriously contemplating moving back.
The weather - Whilst writing this on the 28th Dec I am sat outside, although it is only 13ºC, not a cloud in sight and hardly a breeze. I’m peeling my jumper off and even wondering how cold the pool would be if I took a dip. During this Christmas break I am reminded of how mild the winters are. During December the days have 10 hours of daylight and boast an average of 5.2 hours of sunshine per day – not bad!
The Cost of Living - I love my coffee and after my large “café con leche” at a local bar the other morning I was shocked to be charged only €1. With fuel, currently at €1.14 a litre for diesel, I am saving €20 every time I fill the tank. The cost of living is roughly 20% less than the UK which would make the pension go that little bit further assuming the exchange rates are not too unfavourable. Eating out with the family can be a regular event not just a special treat with the local “Ventas” offering great value and quality regional dishes.
Access – Malaga airport connects to 24 UK airports. As retirement offers the luxury of planning, you can book the low-cost carriers well in advance to take advantage of the low prices to nip back and visit friends and family. Malaga also has great connections with many European cities, so it’s ideal for that city break.
Life Style – The mild weather and sunshine just encourages you to get outside. With miles and miles of beaches, and the hills sounding the coast, there are plenty of places to take a stroll and stay fit. The fresh fruit and vegetables make for a healthy diet, topped up with the vitamin D from the sun makes for a pretty healthy lifestyle. Plus, the laid-back approach of the Spanish people makes day to day activities stress free and enjoyable.
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