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Rules for driving in Spain

If you’re relocating to the Costa del Sol, you’ll need a car to get around. Public transport outside the larger towns and cities is patchy, so you will rely on your car or motorbike to get around. The roads are generally good and modern, with a network of toll roads, as well as the coastal road (N340) which links up the main towns by the sea and then smaller roads heading inland to the towns and villages in the hills.

Here are ten things you need to know about driving in Spain –

  1. We drive on the right here in Spain, take extra care when overtaking if you are in a right hand drive car, as visibility can be restricted.
  2. Alcohol limits are very low – You are allowed to drink less here in Spain than in the UK, with a limit of 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood. In practice, this means a man can have three small glasses of wine or small beers and women only two.
  3. When driving, you should always carry your driving licence, proof of insurance, an ID card or passport and a proof of ownership or rental.
  4. Drivers must carry reflective jackets and a warning triangle and always wear the reflective jackets if you get out of the car onto the road or hard shoulder.
  5. Children must use suitable car seats such as booster seats up to the age of 12, or the height of 135cm.
  6. Seat belts are required for the driver and all passengers.
  7. You are not permitted to drive and speak on a mobile phone.
  8. Stop signs are common when you join a motorway or main road, which can be a surprise if you are just used to merging. Joining a fast road from a standing start isn’t easy, but be patient and you’ll find a gap you can safely pull into.
  9. Speed limits are usually 50 kilometres per hour in urban areas, 80 kilometres per hour on the N340 coastal road and in tunnels and 120 kilometres per hour on the toll road. The limits change quite regularly along the toll road in particular, but don’t worry, they are well sign-posted.
  10. Call 112 if you require emergency help.

If you have any doubts about bringing your car over to Spain and the rules around driving on UK plates and changing your driving license, we can put you in touch with our legal advisors for the latest advice.

We can help you with all aspects of living in Spain and find you a quality long term rental which will be the perfect base to start your new life on the Costa del Sol. Browse properties on our website, or contact us with your requirements and we’ll send you a list of properties that would suit you.

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!

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.

Could you survive expat life?

Could you survive expat life?

Deciding whether to move abroad is a big decision and one not to be taken lightly, but thousands leave their home country for a new adventure abroad each year, so how hard can it be right? Well, the answer to this question really depends on the kind of person you are, how you deal with challenges and how motivated you are to make life in a new country succeed.

The profile of an ideal expat

Here are ten character traits which mean you can handle expat life. If you fit this profile, then you should definitely take the plunge.

  1. You crave a new adventure and find life at home boring and limited
  2. You love to meet new people and make friends, and are excited about the idea of starting again
  3. You are flexible and dynamic and not afraid of a challenge
  4. You want to learn a new language and understand a different culture and you are flexible to adapting to a new way of doing things
  5. You like different foods and enjoy trying new experiences
  6. You are skilled in a trade, work in real estate, or are entrepreneurial and want to start your own business
  7. You don’t mind taking a pay cut to achieve your dream of living abroad
  8. You have some money behind you to set up a new life and wait to find the right job, or you can work from anywhere with your current job
  9. You never want to come home when you’re on holiday and love the warm weather
  10. You understand that starting a new life will be hard, but you know it will be worth it to have a new life in the sunshine and enjoy the adventure

If this sounds like you, then you would make an ideal expat, so the next step is to choose the right destination for your expat adventure.

Why the Costa del Sol is a great expat destination

Those of us who have made our home here on the Costa del Sol love the life and opportunities we have and couldn’t imagine going back. The Costa del Sol works particularly well for expats for the following reasons –

  1. There is a large expat population – This means there are services and facilities tailored to your needs, such as English speaking private medical cover, international schools, translators and fixers who can sort things out for you. It is easy to make new friends as there are loads of groups you can join and it’s a really welcoming place.
  2. The weather and lifestyle is amazing – It really makes a difference when you wake up to sunny skies and can be outside to do sports, walk, eat and just enjoy. The Spanish way of life is relaxed and social, based around eating, drinking and having fun and it’s a lovely way to live.
  3. The cost of living is relatively low – Although salaries are lower, so is the cost of living in general. Rents are significantly lower, eating and drinking out is cheaper and fresh fish and fruit and veg is cheaper too. Being outside, going for a walk, heading to the park or beach are all essential parts of life and totally free, so money goes a lot further.

For more reasons to make the move read our 5 reasons to live on the Costa del Sol

People who struggle as an expat

We want to be honest with you that expat life doesn’t suit everyone. Here are a few things that make moving away hard.

  1. If you are very close to your family, love to be surrounded by old friends and couldn’t imagine being away from them.
  2. If you hate change and fear making a new life for yourself you will find it hard, you really need to be ready to throw yourself in to the experience and take on the challenges.
  3. If you want to live the dream – Many people who head home quickly are expecting the same experience as being on holiday all year round and have this idealised vision of how their life will be. When you have to work, send the kids to school and manage your home then it won’t all be roses, but those of us who have lived here for years much prefer to do these things under sunny skies!
  4. If you aren’t open to learn the language and don’t have the money to use professional translators, have private medical cover, or send your kids to private schools. You don’t need to speak Spanish to thrive here on the Costa del Sol, but you do need money behind you to choose English speaking alternatives, rather than go through the state system.

Take the plunge

If you fit our ideal expat profile and don’t identify with the persona we’ve described above then expat life is for you and now’s the time to take the plunge. There really is no time like the present!

Come over and rent long-term for a few months to see how the life here suits you and whether it will work in the long run. We have some excellent Costa del Sol long-term rentals which start from 400€ per month, so you can live very affordably while you job hunt and get settled. Please contact us for advice or support with finding a place to live, we’re here to help start off your expat adventure!

Getting in shape on the Costa del Sol

Getting in shape on the Costa del Sol

Many people decide to get in shape and lose weight in January, and we’re lucky enough to have some amazing sports and fitness facilities here on the Costa del Sol, so we wanted to help you to achieve your New Year’s Resolution this year by explaining what’s on offer.

Fitness

Each area has its own Town Hall and they have subsidised gyms, fitness classes and sports activities which all residents are entitled to. Once you are signed up to the “padron”, a register which shows where you live, you can go to your local Town Hall sports’ office and sign up for a month, three month, or nine month period. The activities go with the school terms and run from September to June, with summer activity programmes also on offer. Costs and activities vary, but it is very affordable.

There are also local football, basketball and tennis leagues that you can join as an adult to get fit, enjoy sports, competition and getting to know Spanish people in your area. As well as municipal facilities, there are many private gyms and teachers offering dance, Zumba, aerobics and much more. Take a look online, or keep your eyes out for posters advertising group classes near you.

Sporting events

How about setting your sights on running a half marathon in 2018? It is great to have a goal to work towards, as it really keeps you on track. There is a Half Marathon in Marbella each September, where thousands take to the streets. There are group training sessions in the run up to the race to make sure you are prepared, but if you start now, you can gently work up to the full distance to avoid injury and too much stress on your body. There are also regular 5K races for charities and triathlons, so have a look what’s going on in your area this year and set yourself a goal.

Golf

There are a huge number of golf courses on the Costa del Sol, as well as golf societies you can join to socialise, compete and try different courses. Pick up one of the local golf newspapers, or browse online for green fee offers and deals. We have teamed up with Golf Two4One Discount Card, so you can access some of the best offers on the coast and take part in their tournaments. If you find your long term rental with us, we will give you this card for free!

Tennis and Padel

There are lots of excellent municipal tennis and padel courts, as well as some world class facilities at the prestigious private tennis clubs. The most famous is owned and run by the Wimbledon legend Manolo Santana! Many urbanisations also have tennis courts which residents can use for free, so if you love tennis, please let us know and we’ll try and find you a long term rental on a community with tennis courts.

Hiking

Hiking is a great way to explore the stunning countryside just inland from the Costa del Sol and there are lots of great places to do it. There are excellent hiking trails behind Mijas Pueblo, which are easy to follow on your own, or join one of the group hikes organised by the Town Hall. Marbella also has a wealth of trails from the Refugio de Juanar just above the La Cañada shopping centre, including the very challenging ascent of La Concha, the highest mountain in the area. We advise starting gently and building up to La Concha by hiking a different route each week, this is a wonderful way to explore the area and improve your fitness and stamina before taking on the La Concha challenge. If you love hiking, then Mijas is a great base for you and we have some excellent Mijas long term rentals available for 2018.

Swimming and Watersports

Swimming is a wonderful way to get fit, with a very low risk of injury. In the summer, we’re spoilt for choice, with most urbanisations boasting great outdoor pools and the sea being within easy reach. There are also many indoor pools in private gyms and municipal pools too, check out the facilities near you so you can swim all year round. Watersports such as sea kayaking and the very fashionable SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) are excellent for your upper body and core muscles, not to mention your balance and coordination.

If you want to get in shape in 2018 then let us find you a long term rental near to some great sports facilities and advise you on how to join up and take part in local sports classes and activities.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays

On behalf of all of our team, we wish you a very Happy Holidays, and health and happiness in 2018! We hope you have a wonderful time, wherever you are spending the holidays, and that you can be with friends, family and loved ones.

At this special time of year we always like to give back to those less fortunate than ourselves, so we’re helping the homeless on the Costa del Sol. We collaborate with a local homeless charity and contribute savoury and sweet pies to their Christmas meal and presents so that everyone can get a little something this year. All our generous staff are making donations to this cause, and the company is doubling what they raise so we can help as many people as possible.

At the office, we are collecting warm coats, blankets, scarves and rucksacks, to give to the homeless. So if you have anything in the house which you don’t use anymore, please drop them in to the office and we’ll make sure they get to people in need. Where to find us

Christmas Opening Times

It has been a very busy year for our property management and property rentals team and we continue our hard work throughout the festive season. We will be closed on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th of December and the 1st of January, but open as normal throughout the rest of the holidays.

Please let us know if we can help you with property management or renting out your property in 2018, or browse our great holiday rental properties and start planning your next holiday. We look forward to hearing from you!

Benefits of living abroad and how to make it happen

Benefits of living abroad and how to make it happen

We are having a spectacular autumn here on the Costa del Sol with hardly any rain, blue skies and temperatures in the mid to high 20s. If you’re sitting at home in the rain and cold and you’d rather be here, why not make it happen and relocate? To help you take the plunge here are some great reasons to live here.

Living on the Costa del Sol

As long-term residents of the Costa del Sol, we really believe it offers the best life because of the weather, food, sports, amazing coastline and good connections to the rest of Europe. Read our 5 reasons to live on the Costa del Sol

According to Work the World living abroad can actually make you smarter! It has been shown to awaken creativity, improve communication skills, increase earning potential by improving your understanding of cultural needs and building great contacts around the world. If you can learn the language it will improve your cognitive skills and living abroad also enhances your self-awareness, one of the most recognised traits linked to success.

Living in Spain with your family is amazing, as the kids get to enjoy the great outdoors, be in a much more family friendly environment and learn another language. Get them into a Spanish school early enough and they can become bilingual – it’s the best gift you can give them. Being bilingual has a positive effect on the brain, gives you an educational advantage, offers more options for employment when they are older and helps you to learn other languages easily. It’s brilliant all round! Find out more about the benefits of being bilingual

If that weren’t enough, people living in Spain and enjoying the delicious Mediterranean diet improves your health, reduces the risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

Working on the Costa del Sol

There are lots of ways to live and work on the Costa del Sol, here are some of the most common:

If you have a job where you work remotely, why not follow the lead of thousands of others and live here, while continuing to work with your existing clients back home. The low cost of living and the regular low cost flights means that you can save money by living here and “commute” when necessary to go to a meeting or event for less than the cost of a train fare!!

Alternatively, you can follow your dreams and set up your own business along with thousands of expats who do it each year. Check out our advice for living and working on the Costa del Sol in 2017 if you have a great business idea and an entrepreneurial spirit.

If you’d rather work for someone else, start looking for jobs by contacting recruitment agencies in the area and read the local newspapers Sur in English and Euroweekly News to see the latest job ads. This year we have seen a lot more jobs being advertised as the economy improves and confidence grows, so don’t get fixated by the unemployment figures, good candidates are definitely in demand.

How to make the dream a reality?

If all this sounds good, and you want to give living in Spain a try, the first thing to do is to start your job search, or research into starting a business in Spain, so you know where your income will come from.

Then you need to find yourself a long-term rental in the right area for your work and family life. Consider how often you need to travel and therefore how close you want to be to the airport. Think about whether you want things within walking distance, or you don’t mind driving places, and whether you want to be in the town or in the country. Also look into schools and decide if you want to send kids to an international school, or a Spanish state school. If you are looking at an international school, proximity to your chosen school can be the leading factor in your search.

Once you’ve decided where you want to live, talk to us about long term rental properties and average costs. The great news is that rent is a lot cheaper here than in the UK, so your money will go a long way. If you contact us with your chosen area and your requirements. we can give you a list of the right properties in that area and potentially suggest other areas with similar characteristics to give you some more options.

There’s loads of useful information on our website about life in Spain to help you decide if it’s right for you and take the decisions about schools, healthcare etc. If you have any questions which aren’t answered there don’t hesitate to ask us, we love helping people to relocated to the Costa del Sol!

Living and Working on the Costa del Sol in 2017

Living and Working on the Costa del Sol

If you’re dreaming of relocating to the Costa del Sol in 2017, go ahead and take the plunge – January is a great time to start putting a plan into action and it looks like 2017 is going to be a great year for Spain. The economy is expected to grow well above the Eurozone average, an impressive 2.5% in 2017. Growth forecasts also include the creation of 500,000 new jobs, and there are schemes to support people to set up their own businesses and thrive.

There’s plenty of support out there for new businesses and a great place to start is to visit one of the CADE offices on the Costa del Sol. CADE is a government funded organisation which offers help for entrepreneurs, from helping with business planning, funding and grants. The CADE Marbella office is set up with foreigners in mind, the staff speak many languages and can help you through the first stages of setting up a business here in Spain.

Another great way to start is to visit some of the networking meetings which take place along the coast. These meetings bring you into contact with fellow business people, allow you to meet new clients, build partnerships and also to pick established entrepreneur’s brains and find out what the reality of running a business on the Costa del Sol really is. We believe that Andalucia is a great place to work but it does have some unique challenges, so do your research, reach out to other entrepreneurs and seek help from organisations such as CADE.

One of the exciting new trends for entrepreneurs which makes starting a new business easier is coworking – shared office spaces which offer new businesses an affordable way to start up, with great facilities and opportunities for development, training and networking. A few coworking spaces opened in Malaga in 2016, and a new coworking brand is launching in Marbella next month. Our//Space Marbella promises to give new businesses an inspirational and highly designed work space, amazing facilities and lots of added benefits such as fitness, training and development sessions, as well as regular social events and networking. They are launching with a free 30-day trial, so anyone can see what coworking can do for them. Coworking will be a growing trend on the Costa del Sol in 2017 which will really help new businesses flourish.

To get yourself settled on the Costa del Sol and make life in the sun work for you, we’d suggest taking it slow and steady and not over-committing yourself. Start by finding a long term rental property, as these are very affordable and flexible, so you can change locations or property types depending on the needs of your new business and cash flow. Think carefully about your location, as well as your budget when choosing the best property. If your business will involve foreign travel, or be linked to the UK, then a location close to Malaga airport such as Benalmadena is a great option. This two bedroom Benalmadena long term rental apartment close to the marina could be a perfect base.

We have plenty of information about living in Spain on our website, and our experienced long term rental specialists are here to help find you the perfect property, and offer advice on locations depending on your needs. Let 2017 be the year that you make your dream of relocating to the Costa del Sol come true – we’re here to help!

Andalucia is a great place to work

Andalucia is a great place to work

Relocating to the Costa del Sol is a dream for many, and Andalucia is the third most popular place for those from abroad to work in Spain. Living and working on the Costa del Sol offers amazing lifestyle benefits for expats such as great climate, more relaxed way of life, access to amazing sports facilities and a brilliant family life. According to a report from the Ministry of Employment and Social Security released in August, at the end of July there were 189,802 non-Spanish workers paying into the system, a nearly 5% increase compared to last year.

The increase is no surprise, as the economic outlook continues to improve in Spain, the real estate market is starting to really boom again and this is driving employment and positivity in many different fields. There has been a marked increase of job opportunities being advertised, particularly in the real estate and hospitality sectors. If you’re interested in checking out job opportunities and researching into working on the Costa del Sol, read our article about working on the Costa del Sol, where we have links to papers which have good job sections, forums and recruitment agencies to make things easier.

However, be prepared for a shock when you look at salaries, they could be a lot lower than you’re used to at home. Don’t just look at the salary figures though, work out what your living costs will be and then see what you will have in your pocket at the end of the month, you may be surprised just how well off you feel, even taking a drop in salary. It’s also amazing what a great life you can have here and spend very little; this is definitely not just a numbers game!

We are passionate believers in the quality of life on the Costa del Sol and help thousands of people each year to relocate by offering them affordable long term rental properties and plenty of advice and on the ground expertise. We have all lived here for a long time and so have probably been through what you’re going through and we love it here. Check out our 7 reasons why expats love the Costa del Sol we hope it will inspire you to take the plunge.

It’s a good idea to try before you buy and rent long term before putting a foot on the property ladder. This enables you to try a few different areas and be flexible enough to chop and change if job opportunities or schools take you to a new area. With long term rentals starting at just 400€ per month here and the rental market in the UK being so strong, you can probably rent out your current property and rake in a tidy profit compared to renting here. This not only gives you some income, it also makes the move less daunting, as you still have a property back home and can always go back if your situation changes.

We have lots of great information about living in Spain on our website, including the vital things to know about healthcare, education and learning the language, so please have a browse. If you like the sound of life here, get in touch with us and find out how we can help make it happen!

Travelling between the UK and the Costa del Sol

transport options to costa del solOne major reason that the Costa del Sol is such a popular destination for British expats to live and work is how easy it is to travel back home and have visitors come to see you. It’s just a few hours travel time from the UK, yet the climate and the lifestyle couldn’t be more different. With many low cost airlines flying out of different regional airports in the UK to Malaga, the competition is fierce and therefore prices are kept down.

Michael O’Leary has announced some great perks for travellers with Ryanair, including decreased ticket prices and simplifying and reducing tariffs for luggage and cases. Something of interest to residents of the Costa del Sol who need to travel regularly to see family or for work is that if you join the My Ryanair Club, you will get a free flight for every 12 flights reserved from October. These are just a few of the range of improvements announced by Ryanair last month and you can read the full list here

As we mentioned back in February, anyone living on the Western Costa del Sol should also consider flying from Gibraltar airport, which now has more routes than ever before and as a small airport is very quick and easy to get through. Firefighters gave a water salute and there was an official guard of honour to welcome the first Monarch flight into Gibraltar on the 1st of May and EasyJet’s route from Manchester will start on the 3rd of July. This will make this an increasingly attractive option for anyone west of Estepona.

If you don’t want to fly, or you have a lot of possessions to move over if you’re relocating, driving can be a good option. It is a journey of 1,400 miles from Marbella to London, which would take around 23 hours, traffic dependent. However, if you have a few days then it can be a really nice trip and a great start to a new adventure in the sun.

Alternatively, there are some good value bus routes from London to Malaga with eurolines and Alsa for around £100 and a travel time of just under 35 hours. This is a slow way to travel, but if you have big bulky luggage and don’t want to drive it can be a good option.

Finally, train lovers might want to ride the rails. You can go from London St. Pancreas to Malaga in between 17 and 22 hours, with three or four changes along the way. While not the most direct, or cheapest route it does allow you to have a wonderful journey and visit Paris, Barcelona and Madrid, before riding the superfast AVE to Malaga, so it can be a great way to combine an amazing holiday with the start of your new life in Spain.

However you get to the Costa del Sol, life here is amazing and it’s great to know that it’s very easy to get back to the UK or have friends and family over to stay. If you fancy trying life on the Costa del Sol, but don’t want to over commit, we’d suggest arranging a long term rental property in your favourite area. This gives you a great way to try to lifestyle, explore the area, look for a job and start putting down roots, without being too tied.

Long term rentals on the Costa del Sol are also surprisingly affordable, normally being the same as a one week rental in the summer and starting from around 400€ per month. Let us know if we can help you make your dream of living in the Costa del Sol a reality, by finding you a great place to live.