Buying In Spain : An Overview

Buying In Spain : An Overview

Buying property is a big deal.  Literally. Whether you’re uprooting a young family, spending well-earned retirement savings or even buying another investment property, it’s essential that you know the ins and outs before committing to purchasing property in Spain.
Some of the top things to consider will include:
Location, location, location
We may be biased, but the Costa Blanca (literally meaning White Coast) is one of the most beautiful areas in Spain.  Stretching over 200km, here are just a few of our favourite towns and cities on the coast, all within 30 – 90 minutes from Alicante airport:
  • Altea: A charming town with a beautiful coast on one side and a historic, artistic and old town on the other.
  • Benidorm:  There’s so much more to this town than English pubs and Sticky Vicky!   The Old Town is one of the best around, with delicious traditional tapas.
  • Benissa: Home to coasts, coves and culture.  Benissa is central, with something for everyone.
  • Denia: A wealthy area nestled at the foot of the Montgó mountain, it’s marina and surrounding bars give it a real buzz.
  • Calpe: Two beaches, a bustling port, a thriving street of shops and a 300+m nature reserve rock, Peñon de Ifach, it’s a family favourite.
  • Javea: This large town boasts a strip of hustling bars and restaurants right on the beachfront.  Keep strolling for the marina and historic old town.
  • Teulada–Moraira:  Stylish yet traditional, this lively town has an eclectic range of restaurants whilst being minutes from some of the area’s best beaches.
  • Villajoyosa: Meaning Jewelled Town, it oozes with authentic Spanish charm just a short distance away from Benidorm.
The lingo
The Costa Blanca is made up of many nationalities including Dutch, German, British and of course Spanish.  It’s important to integrate into the community and with dozens of language schools and private tutors, it couldn’t be easier.  Why not start now? Download a free app to learn the basics, we love Duolingo!
Little ones
My wife moved in 2005 with her 13 and 16 year old in tow so we understand how exciting and daunting the process may seem to make sure everything is just right.
Local Spanish schools are fantastic for submerging your children into the culture.  They are free and generally allocated based on your catchment area, just like in the UK.  Depending on location, your child may be taught Valenciano (the local dialect) before learning Catalan Spanish.
You may wish to enroll your kids into an international school to ease the transition, or ensuring consistency with their educational curriculum.  The Lady Elizabeth School in Lliber and Benitatxell and the Xabia International College (XIC) in Javea are just some of the local choices.
Mañana, mañana
One of the biggest attractions is the Spanish lifestyle.  You can’t turn a corner without marvelling at the scenery, and the almost-always sunshine is sure to keep a smile on your face.  The fresh food, the lively atmosphere and the plethora of activities are just another few reasons why you’ll never look back. BUT, the chilled out vibes can extend to business as well as pleasure.
Don’t worry, although it may take slightly longer to get your internet fitted or to arrange an electrician, you’ll soon get into the swing of things.
The nitty gritty
Do you have all you need to set up a bank account here in Spain?  Costs can creep up so make sure you know of any factor fees, tax obligations and other fees that you may incur.  Read about The Hidden Costs of Buying in Spain here.
Of course, there are many more factors to consider before living the Spanish dream.  We have been living here for over 15 years and will endeavour to answer any lifestyle questions you may have, as well as finding your dream home.  Contact us today to arrange a call or a visit.