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Why moving to Spain will benefit your health and improve your lifestyle

Moving to Spain and living in the sunshine is a dream for so many, but recent studies have revealed that it can be good for you too. According to the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index released in 2019, Spain is the world’s healthiest country and in the InterNations Expat Insider Survey 2019, Spain was ranked number 5 out 64 countries, marking it as one of the top destinations for expats worldwide.

Let’s take a look why making the move to Spain is so good for you and why we love living and working on the Costa del Sol and think you will too.

The World’s Healthiest Country

As they say that “health is wealth” it could be a smart move to come over to Spain, which was last year named the world’s healthiest country in the 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index.

Spain achieved the top spot as it has the highest life expectancy among EU countries and excellent healthcare, with a decline in cardiovascular diseases and deaths from cancer. The Mediterranean diet is praised for its impact on the health of the nation.

We see so many of our long-term rental tenants blossom and look much younger after living on the Costa del Sol. As well as the diet, there’s less stress and pressure and a more laidback attitude here in Southern Spain, which definitely makes you feel better. The great climate and active lifestyle encourages you to get into sports and walk more and most of us definitely eat less processed foods and junk than we did back at home. The weather also makes you feel more optimistic and get a Vitamin D boost and the calming effect of living by the sea is very noticeable.

Amazing for expats

As part of the InterNations Expat Insider Survey it was revealed that the quality of life here in Spain is exceptional and that moving here has made most expats happier. It is ranked 2nd out of 64 countries for quality of life and 5th for family life. 97% of those surveyed loved the weather and over half ranked the medical care very highly. Find out more

Our personal experience of being an expat on the Costa del Sol is excellent. As a destination which is used to handling large quantities of tourists and foreign residents it is well prepared to meet an expat’s needs. For example, most Town Halls have a Foreign Residents Department which are there to help us expats to get through the paperwork and start their life here. To supplement these services there are English speaking relocation experts, gestors and lawyers who will make everything easy and can speak your language. There is an excellent network of private medical clinics and doctors where the staff all speak English and even in the public health system there are translators who are there to help non-Spanish speakers. Find out more about healthcare in Spain.

For families, there are a large number of good International Schools teaching in English, German, French and Swedish and following either the syllabus from those countries or the International Baccalaureate system. There are also private universities offering a wide range of courses in English. Find out more about education on the Costa del Sol.

We love living on the Costa del Sol for the weather, the food, the sports facilities, the good connections with Europe and the laid back attitude. Let us know if we can help you to make the move to this sunny corner of Europe.

We have an excellent selection of quality long-term rental properties in popular destinations such as Benalmadena, Mijas, Calahonda, Elviria, Marbella, Estepona and inland. Take a look at the map on our website and browse the options. Alternatively, tell us what you’re looking for and your ideal areas and we’ll send you a shortlist of options for you.

The Costa del Sol – the perfect base to explore Spain

If you are planning on moving to Spain and travelling around to some of the most famous sights is on your priority list, we’d recommend choosing the Costa del Sol. Its location in the middle of many of the most famous national treasures, with a great road network, makes it the perfect base to explore Andalucía and beyond. Plus, Malaga airport is within easy reach for internal flights to the most important cities further afield.

If you choose to rent long-term on the Costa del Sol you can take day trips to explore many world famous locations, or spend the weekend to really get the feel for the place.

Here are our favourite day trips from the Costa del Sol –

  1. Experience the glitz and glamour of the famous Puerto Banus, with its superyachts, supercars and designer shops
  2. Drive up the winding Ronda road and in less than an hour you can admire the impressive gorge, the bull fighting museum and visit a winery
  3. Meet the monkeys and take on the challenge of the Med Steps on the peak of the Gibraltar rock, or explore the caves where the last known Neanderthals were found
  4. Watch polo or golf or visit the marina in Sotogrande
  5. Visit the pretty white village of Casares
  6. Sample some of the incredible restaurants and charm of Benahavis

Something for the weekend

As you will have the luxury of time when you are living on the Costa del Sol, we recommend taking the time to spend a weekend in these fantastic places.

Granada and the Sierra Nevada – Just a few hours’ drive from the Costa del Sol is Granada, home to Spain’s most popular tourist destination the Alhambra. Granada is a beautiful city in its own right, with a great tapas scene, the winding streets of the Moorish Quarter, the Albayzin, and plenty of buzz and charm. Definitely a great place for a weekend break, which feels very different to the Costa del Sol.

Just above Granada is the ski resort of the Sierra Nevada which is open between December and April. You can do it in a day from the coast, but it means an early start, so if you can stay for one night, you can enjoy two days on the slopes. If you can take a day or two off work, you’re better to go up during the week to avoid the crowds.

Morocco – You can easily do a day trip to Tangiers and there are many tours available to make it less intimidating. But if you have a little more time, you can explore Tangiers and then take an overnight train down to Marrakesh, even stopping of at Rabat and Casablanca and venturing into the Atlas Mountains to get the full experience.

Kite surfing in Tarifa – This is a fantastic little town, just an hour and a half from Marbella, feels like a world away, with its bohemian charm and world-famous windsurfing and kite surfing culture. While close enough for a day trip, if you want to learn some kite surfing and enjoy the bohemian nightlife of Tarifa town, we’d recommend an overnight stay.

If this sounds good and you think it’s the right place for you, take a look at our selection of Costa del Sol long-term rentals. We have properties from Benalmadena to Manilva and everywhere in between.

Which location you choose will depend on your work, family, or travel commitments. If you don’t know the area well, we are here to assist you. Our team have lived and worked all over the Costa del Sol and so we can offer personal advice to guide your decision making process, as well as showing you the different long-term rental properties in alternative locations. Get in touch – we look forward to helping you!

Support for British expats on the Costa del Sol

If you’re a Brit living on the Costa del Sol, you need to know where to look for the right support, help and advice to make your move a success. Here are our recommendations on organisations and businesses there to help you.

  1. The British Embassy – We have just got a new British Ambassador to Spain, with Hugh Elliot taking up his post in Madrid this month and meeting with the Spanish King to present his credentials. Hugh and his team are available to help British expats in Spain and they have been working hard to offer information and advice ahead of Brexit on the 31st of October. They have an excellent web page which is regularly updated with official advice and practical steps on what you should do regarding Brexit and other aspects of living in Spain. Visit the Living in Spain Guide or join the Brits in Spain community on Facebook.

 

  1. Town Hall Foreign Residents Departments – Every Town Hall along the Costa del Sol has an “extranjeros” department, who are dedicated to helping foreign residents with the official aspects of their life in Spain. They can offer practical assistance with items such as getting your NIE number and registering for schools and usually have multilingual staff who can speak your language and make the settling in process a lot easier.

 

  1. Networking and Business Organisations – The official voice of British businesses in Spain is the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain. They are very active in the big cities and have a group operating on the Costa del Sol as well, with regular networking and training events in Marbella and Malaga. This is just one of many excellent networking and business groups operating on the Costa del Sol, which provide a highly valuable support network and fellow professionals that you can look to for advice and collaborations to grow your fledgling business. CADE in Marbella is another place to look if you’re setting up a business on the Costa del Sol. It is a centre for entrepreneurship and is set up for international business people and can give practical help and support with everything from registering your business to sourcing investment and partnering with other businesses.

 

  1. Citizens Advice Bureau Spain – This charity has been set up to provide independent advice, information and support for anyone living in Spain. They have an excellent website and social media pages with lots of useful information for expats.

 

  1. HomeRentalontheWeb – We are here to help Brits moving over to Spain to find their perfect long-term rental and also to put everything in place to start their life here as they mean to go on. Our experienced team have lived and worked in the area for many years and we’ve all been through what you’re going through. This experience, our language skills, contacts and of course our excellent portfolio of long-term rentals on the Costa del Sol makes us perfectly placed to support you before you arrive and as you get established.

For more helpful information read our guide to living in Spain and our overview of education and healthcare on the Costa del Sol, or contact us.

How to enjoy August on the Costa del Sol

August is here and with it come the crowds and the heat, but also an amazing atmosphere and loads of fantastic events and things to do.

Those living on the Costa del Sol full time are in two camps about August –

  1. One group thinks they are super lucky to be able to be in a holiday destination at peak time without the expense
  2. The other group just wants the people to leave and the weather to cool down so they can get back to normal.

Which camp are you in?

At HomeRentalontheWeb we love living on the Costa del Sol and feel really lucky to live in this beautiful place. Although it can be tricky to park in August, we love the atmosphere, the ferias and welcoming people to our stunning stretch of coastline.

Here are a few tips for enjoying your summer and minimising the disruption too.

Make the most of the summer fun

  • The key to making the most of the summer here is to be plugged in to the grapevine so you know what’s going on, where and when, so you can enjoy all the great free activities. Follow your local Town Hall on social media, and look out for posters and flyers in your town or village. There are always great things being organised all along the coast, from free concerts and performances, to free kids’ activities and family days, so make sure you look out for them.
  • Try to work shorter days so you can head to the beach or hang out at the pool and pretend you’re on holiday.
  • Look out for special offers for residents, such as at the water park Aquamijas where adults can save 8€ per ticket, or see if there are specific days of the week or times where it is either free or pay what you can for attractions such as museums and galleries.

Leave extra travel time or think of alternatives

There’s no getting away from the fact that the traffic is heavier this time of year, so either leave extra time so you don’t stress, use the toll roads or even try a moped so you can weave through the jams and park almost anywhere!

Handling the heat

Some of us suffer in the hottest months of the year, but there are some tricks to keeping your long term rental and yourself cool.

The most important thing is to keep your blinds down during the day to stop the sun heating up the property during the day, then when the sun is no longer shining into the rooms open all the doors and windows and catch the breeze without costing you money on air con. Get yourself a fan and make sure you have cool water with you at all times. Enjoy a cooling dip in the pool or the sea when it gets too much! For more tips on keeping cool, check out our list of ways to survive the summer heat and let us know if you have any tips or tricks too.

Find out more about renting long term with HomeRentalontheWeb by reading the frequently asked questions about long term rentals on our website, or contact us and let us help you choose the right option for you.

Long-term rentals for International students moving to the Costa del Sol

After graduating from high school, many students decide to broaden their horizons by moving to another country to continue their education. This offers opportunities to become more independent, learn new languages and explore another country and culture. Spain is very popular for international students and because of its cosmopolitan culture and global brand, the Costa del Sol and Marbella in particular are very appealing.

However, it is daunting for a student moving abroad for the first time and there’s a lot to sort out before you arrive. Fortunately, in this era of modern technology, you can learn many things about your new place of residence far in advance of moving there.

The first and most important step, once you’ve been accepted into university, is to find a convenient place to live. Some universities and colleges will advise you on where to live, others will leave you to your own devices. A long-term rental apartment or villa is a good choice, as it is affordable and offers a comfortable base where you can settle and make yourself at home before your course begins.

Here is our advice on things to think about before choosing a long-term rental:

  • Do you want to share an apartment with a roommate and get a bigger one, or do you feel more comfortable living alone in a studio?
  • How far away is it from your university? Is there a shuttle or public transport options to get you there and back home easily and quickly? If you have a car, would you spend a lot on fuel?
  • Where is the closest shop or supermarket? This is particularly important if you don’t have a car.
  • Is there a good community around you?
  • Does the community feel secure and does it have the facilities you want to make the most of your time in Spain?
  • Is it located within walking distance of the beach? This is important if you want to enjoy the long hot summers here by popping to the beach after class.
  • Does the apartment have AC and heating? Due to the structure of most houses in Spain they are more suitable for the summer, and in winter it gets cold inside the apartment, so heating is important.

Once you have considered these points and decided where you want to be, please get in touch with the experts here at HomeRentalontheWeb. We can send you a list of long-term rental properties in your chosen area and also advise you on other places that you may not have considered. Our team of rental experts have all lived and worked here on the Costa del Sol for many years and know the area like the back of their hands. We can inform you about the best places to go out and enjoy your free time, as well as the best places to shop and eat and how your choice of long-term rental needs to fit with all your lifestyle needs, as well as your university. Please call us if you have any questions, or check out the information on living in Spain and renting long-term on our website.

It’s important to do your research and learn as much as you can about where you’re moving before you arrive. This makes you feel more comfortable ahead of the move and also allows you to make informed decisions about where you’ll live, how much money you’ll need to live etc. A great way to get to know the surroundings and the atmosphere of the place you are moving to is by contacting locals, or expats from your own country, who live there. Nowadays there are plenty of ways to do that; for example, you can search for different forums, like this one https://www.costadelsolforum.com/ where you can ask any questions you may have obtain useful information regarding moving to the Costa del Sol, or renting a place. Another good source of information and opportunity to ask questions are Facebook groups. There are groups for different nationalities, and others for specific areas and people are very helpful. Just search for your area and nationality and you will find plenty of options.  

 If you are concerned about whether you will “fit in” – there is nothing to worry about. Andalusians are famous for welcoming you and making you feel right at home (regardless of language barriers). Also, the percentage of expats living in the Costa Del Sol is extremely high, so no matter where you come from, there is a high chance of meeting someone from your homeland who speaks your language.

Best of luck with making the move over to the Costa del Sol for the new term in September. Please contact us if you need help finding a long-term rental and securing it before the summer starts in earnest.

Events to help you become part of the Costa del Sol community

Renting long term is a great way to start your life on the Costa del Sol. Once you have found your long term rental and got all your paperwork sorted, it’s time to start making friends, contacts and integrating into your community. There are many ways to do this of course, but a good way is to join in with some of the many events that take place for expats.

Next month Nicole King is once again bringing together members of the Marbella international community for the United Nationalities of Marbella Summit on the 14th of May. Now in its fourth year, this is a chance for residents of the Costa del Sol to have their voice heard and get involved with making it a safer, more productive and inclusive community.

Anyone can get involved and go along to this free event. If you are renting long term, bringing up a family and perhaps running a business here on the Costa del Sol, you can have your voice heard and take part in making Marbella even better for now and the future.

The focus this year is filling in the gaps and supporting Marbella’s teens. So, if you have a business that could provide a service for teens and get great promotion and new customers in doing so, or if you are a parent with children and want to make it a better place for them, Nicole would like to hear from you.

Events like these are an excellent way to make new contacts and friends and share your hopes and fears. It’s a great place to network!

There are many other events and organizations which you can join to feel more connected with the community. Costa Women organizes many social and business events up and down the coast and has an excellent website where you can ask questions and make contacts. Expats World and Internations are two other active groups which regularly organize social events and activities.

There are a number of excellent business associations too, which all hold regular networking meetings. These are a brilliant way to build your business network and attract new clients and make useful collaborations. To find out about upcoming meetings and groups, take a look at the Facebook group Networking and Events Costa del Sol.  

Look out for events arranged by the Town Hall and particularly the Foreign Residents Department. They organize social events, information evenings and are generally a good contact to help you to integrate into your community.

Get out there and get actively involved in your community and events so you can make the most of living in Spain!

Support for expat parents on the Costa del Sol

If you are a parent, thinking about moving to the Costa del Sol, a big factor will be your kids and their education. The Costa del Sol is a total paradise for families, offering an excellent lifestyle for everyone and lots of opportunities for kids of all ages. Check out our 5 reasons to live on the Costa del Sol to see why we love it so much!

However, if you don’t speak the language, some things can be a little daunting and Mums in particular can stress a lot about getting it right for their kids. So in this post, we wanted to share a few excellent sources of advice and support for expat parents before and after your move. Don’t worry, you are not alone!

International and Bilingual Schools on the Costa del Sol

The easiest option is to enrol your children in one of the many, excellent international schools on the Costa del Sol. Many of these teach in English, following either the UK curriculum of the International Baccalaureate. There are also schools which teach in German, Swedish and French and follow their curriculum, so you’re likely to find a good option for you. These schools offer parents lots of advice and support on moving over, know how to cater for international students and of course speak your language, so it’s very easy to fit straight in and get started.

Alternatively, there are a number of bilingual schools, such as Colegio Atalaya and San Jose in Estepona, which give kids a strong base in Spanish, but teach a lot of classes in English. There has been a move to increase bilingual schools in the state system as well, so research the areas well, to make sure that you have access to these specialist schools, if you want to be able to communicate well with the teachers and make it easier for kids to settle in.

Spanish Public Schools

If you want your kids to be totally bilingual, then immersion in a Spanish school is a great way to do it. Younger children find it easiest to make this move, but we’ve seen even older ones cope very well with good preparation before they arrive and some extra tutoring. Some schools are more set up to handle expat parents than others, so ask around and see if there is a more internationally minded school near to where you want to be.

Kids are amazing with learning a new language and will get to grips with everything quickly. In fact, it tends to be the parents that struggle more in the Spanish state system. This is being recognised, which is why we were so pleased to see that the Estepona Town Hall has introduced a network of volunteer interpreters in schools to help parents. These interpreters speak 10 different languages, and are available to communicate better with teachers and school staff. This is a pioneering scheme, which only launched last year, but hopefully if it is a success, more towns with large numbers of international parents will follow suit and give expat parents a helping hand.

Online support

On the Costa del Sol there is a great network of expat parents who help each other out. Take a look on Facebook for groups such as Costa Mums & Little Ones, Marbella Mums and Dads and Schools Noticeboard. These are really excellent resources where you can post your questions, learn about events and avoid mistakes by reading about other people’s experiences.

We hope this has been helpful for you and allayed some of your fears. You can read more information about education in Spain on our website and also read our tips for moving children to the Costa del Sol.

To get you and your family settled, you can count on us to find a perfect long term rental property for you all. Let us know if you want a pool, or garden, how old your children are, how many bedrooms you need and if you have any preferred areas and we can send you a list of properties that would fit the bill. Alternatively, you can browse long term rental properties on our website.

Best of luck with the move!

How to survive the summer heat on the Costa del Sol

How to survive the summer heat on the Costa del Sol

Following the UK’s heatwave last month, the Costa del Sol is now hotting up, with the first weather warnings of the year issued by the International Met Office for the start of August. There are possibilities that Spain’s record high for 47.3°C could be beaten this month, so for those of you lucky enough to be renting long term on the Costa del Sol we wanted to share our tips for staying cool and sleeping in these very high temperatures.

At home

Try and catch the breeze – If you can, try and open windows at opposite sides of the house to draw the breeze through your long-term rental. A gentle breeze will keep you cool and won’t put the electricity bills up!

Keep your blinds down during the day – Those blackout blinds are your best friends in the summer, keep them down when the sun is shining into the room, only opening them when there’s no direct sunlight entering the room. This will keep temperatures right down, and although it seems a bit gloomy at first, it’s very much worth the effort.

Boost your fan with ice power – If you put a tray of ice in front you your fan, it will cool the air coming from the fan and cool things down nicely.

Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, add ice to bring down your body temperature

Make ice lollies – Freeze fruit juice for a cooling treat that is good for you too

Wear cotton, loose fitting clothes – These will be comfortable and cooling, avoid nylon and other man made fabrics, as they don’t breathe

Bedtime tricks – If you struggle at night, try putting a bowl of iced water by your bed with a flannel to lay on your head or feet and keep cool. Alternatively splash cold water on your wrists or feet before getting into bed to bring your temperature down.

If you’re lucky enough to have air conditioning but don’t want to run up big bills, put it on for an hour before you go to bed to bring down the temperature in the room before you go to bed and make it comfortable while you fall asleep. If you find that it gets too hot in the night, put it on a timer to come on for another half an hour in the night to bring the temperatures down again. 

Out and about

Seek out the shade – Before you moved here you’d probably be looking for any sun you can be in, but now you’re renting long term you know better! It’s way too hot to be in direct sun unless you can’t avoid it, so walk on the shady side of the street, go to the park so you can find some shade, and sit under the umbrellas outside the restaurants.

Be Spanish and take a fan – It may seem a little odd at first, but an essential accessory for any woman in Spain over the summer is a fan. Stash it in your handbag and pull it out when you need it, they really work for cooling you down when you’re out and about.

Carry a spray bottle with cool water in it – Buy a little plastic spray bottle in one of the many Asian markets or supermarkets and keep it in your fridge filled with water. Packing this with you is a great way to keep cool on the streets or at the beach. We also like to freeze small bottles of water and take these out with us, so we have really cold water on hand.

Go to the beach in the evenings – Forget sitting on the beach in the middle of the day, it’s way too hot! Do like the Spanish and head down after work around six o’clock and stay there until the sun goes down, it’s a great way to escape the heat at home and enjoy the beach without frying.

If you have any tips we’d love to hear them, please post in the comments below or share them with us on Facebook.

For more information on living in Spain and renting long term please browse our website and read our blog, or contact our helpful team.

Costa del Sol – The Wine Lovers’ Paradise

Costa del Sol Wine Lovers’ Paradise

Andalucia is famous for the sweet wines found in Manilva and Malaga and the sherries in Jerez. The area is also developing quite a reputation for producing red and white wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Living on the Costa del Sol, you can visit some great wineries and wine museums and take part in some excellent events, you just need to know where to look. Here are our tips.

Visit Ronda – The conditions in the Serrania de Ronda are perfect for producing excellent wines and there are a large number of vinyards growing grapes and producing small batches of interesting wines. Recently, they have launched a wine route, which makes it easier for visitors to go to these bodegas, enjoy a tour and tasting and pick up a few bottles of your favourite. 

Visit Manilva – The pretty area of Manilva is covered with vinyards which produce very sweet dessert wines. Normally this is made by families and sold in plastic bottles in the markets and local shops. There is also a new wine producer Nilva, who are bottling Manilva wine in glass and winning a lot of awards for the quality of this dry white wine, as well as their sweet versions. They run a wine museum in the village, and do guided tours in English as well as tastings and even meals out in the vineyards, which are a lovely way to experience wine where it is grown, in stunning surroundings.

Keep your eyes peeled for wine events – The growing interest in national and international wines are increasing the number of wine events in the region and these are a great chance to try different brands and styles. On the 13th and 14th of this month Estepona is hosting the largest outdoor wine tasting event in Spain. This will showcase the wines of Rioja and around 400 people will be tasting wines, enjoying live music and experiencing the wonderful atmosphere in the Plaza de Reloj in the Old Town.

Visit a specialist wine shop or restaurant – There are lots of excellent wine shops around the Costa del Sol with very knowledgeable staff who can advise you of the best bottles for your tastes or the occasion and sometimes do tastings.

There are also a number of great restaurants which specialise in wines and offer regular tastings and an amazing variety of styles. In Cancelada, near to Estepona is El Secreto de Baco a lovely little wine bar, which runs mini wine tastings every Saturday night. These include 3 wines and 3 cheeses and are only 10€ per person, so they are a great way to try some different wines.

D-Wine in San Pedro is a mecca for wine lovers, with the best collection of Spanish wines in the area. It has a wine shop, a lovely restaurant and relaxed indoor and outdoor areas where you can enjoy delicious wines and food. The experienced sommeliers can guide you through the experience and offer tastings too, so it’s a real treat. 

Fine wines and great food is just one of the reasons why we love living on the Costa del Sol. It’s a real pleasure helping people to find their feet here in Spain by getting them a quality long term rental in the right area for them. Many people use this to try before they buy, others love the flexibility to move around different areas and experience the diverse ways of life in the different areas of the Costa del Sol. Whatever your situation, we have a great selection of Costa del Sol long term rentals which you can browse on our website. Alternatively, let us do the leg work for you! Send us your requirements, your preferred areas and any must have aspects of the property and we will send you a list of long term rentals which fit the bill. We look forward to hearing from you!

Being Vegetarian on the Costa del Sol

Being Vegetarian on the Costa del Sol

If you are thinking of relocating to the Costa del Sol and you’re a vegetarian, you may be concerned what options there are for you. Spain is a nation of meat eaters and the vegetarian revolution has been slow to start but it is finally gaining traction.

This is proved by this month’s VegFest, a one day festival in Fuengirola on the 14th of April. There are stands with vegan friendly products, services and of course loads of delicious vegetarian and vegan food. There’s also live music and activities for a party atmosphere.

Another great event for vegetarians is the Feria de Arte Sano in San Pedro which is taking place on the 28th and 29th of July. This is an alternative festival with lots of great activities and almost all the food on offer is vegetarian.

Year round, there are now a growing number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants and there’s a great list of the most highly rated vegetarian restaurants on the Costa del Sol on TripAdvisor.

Also, don’t despair that you won’t be able to enjoy Spanish food, there are lots of great options which don’t contain meat. Here are our top recommendations –

Gazpacho – This classic chilled tomato soup makes a great start to a meal on a hot, sunny day. Don’t be alarmed if it’s served in a glass, almost like a shot – it’s delicious.

Salads – There are lots of lovely fresh salads available in every restaurant. The “tomates aliñados” make the most of the delicious Spanish tomatoes by simply dressing them in olive oil, garlic, oregano and salt. Most restaurants offer tomato and mozzerela salads too which are always yummy. If you don’t eat fish, please bear in mind that an “ensalada mixta” (mixed salads) almost always contains tuna, so tell your waiter to leave it out and perhaps supplement with avocado or cheese.

Vegetable Paella – There are some really good vegetable paellas out there and there are also plenty with fish and seafood if you eat that.

Berenjenas con miel – Thinly sliced aubergine, deep fried and drizzled with dark honey. Sounds strange, but done well, it is delicious.

Patatas bravas – This is just one of many great potato dishes in Spain, but one of our favourites. Cubes of potatoes, deep fried and served covered in a spicy sauce – yummy.

Olives – While not a meal, the olives here are great and normally come free with a drink, so make great nibbles.   

Pisto – This rich tomato and vegetable dish is a little bit like ratatouille and is often served with a fried egg on top and makes a delicious and healthy light lunch.

Manchego cheese – While others enjoy ham, a plate of the famous Manchego cheese is the best option and available everywhere!

So as you can see, while being a vegetarian isn’t as widespread here in Spain than in other parts of the world, there are still plenty of options to enjoy. It’s a trend that is growing in popularity, so we expect more vegetarian and vegan restaurants to pop up and restaurants to get more vegetarian friendly. The amazing produce and the ability to grow your own in our fabulous climate is another reason why it’s easy to live healthily and meat free if you wish.

So don’t let being a vegetarian put you off your move to Spain, we love it here and we’re sure you will too. Check out our 5 reasons to live on the Costa del Sol to see why!

Browse our blog for more great tips on living on the Costa del Sol, or ask our experts for relocation advice and long-term rental properties.