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Living in a foreign country is very different from simply being here on holiday and so relocating to Spain can take some getting used to, even if you know it well as a tourist. We believe that living on the Costa del Sol makes you happier, healthier and gives you a wonderful quality of life, but would never underestimate the challenges of relocating. You have to get to grips with the language, bureaucracy and slight culture shock, but when you do, the rewards more than make up for it.
We were really pleased to read a great article in the Telegraph with seven things to do if you want to live like a local and wanted to share it with you to help you to settle in. The author’s great tips include; learning the language and not being afraid to use it, trying to frequent Spanish bars and restaurants rather than heading to expat havens, relaxing your ideas on timekeeping, sharing food and embracing the siesta. All great advice and definitely stuff to take note of to really make the most of your new life here in Spain.
Website Trip Savvy also lists 10 Spanish customs and traditions to enjoy here including going for tapas the Spanish way, experiencing flamenco and bullfighting, eating late, partying and visiting your local fiesta. You may not want to try everything on the list, but it’s good to know and decide what to experience to really understand this wonderful place.
The great thing about life on the Costa del Sol is that you can pick and choose the best bits of the Spanish life and culture and experience them, but not be restricted by them. You can choose to use English service providers, doctors and schools if your Spanish isn’t so good, or take the plunge and go through the Spanish system.
It’s all available here, so it’s up to you on whether you want to bring up your children bilingual, or put them into an international school system which is easy to transport to other parts of the world. The key is choice and trying your best with integration, so you can enjoy the rich, glorious culture of the place you now call home.
Starting by renting long term on the Costa del Sol and choose a rental company with native English speakers such as HomeRentalontheWeb. This gives you flexibility to try different areas and find out what works for you, and get help, advice and support from people who speak your language. We all know what you’re going though, as we’ve all relocated to Spain and know the challenges, as well as the rewards and we’re on your side to help you through it, as well as find you a fantastic long term rental property.
Here’s some useful information on relocating to Spain please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.