About The Lifestyle On The Costa Del Sol

About LifestyleThe climate on the Costa del Sol is very welcome to those of us that suffer the chill winds of winter in our Northern European climates. It's temperate and almost sub-tropical. Spring arrives early with warm temperatures, making the months of April and May a pleasant time to visit. Summer temperatures inland frequently exceed 30°C, and the cooling sea breeze on the coasts helps to temper this.


Rhonda, and Seville are a must to see for anyone visiting this part of Spain, and for the ski enthusiasts, the Sierra Nevada is well known, not only for its wonderful scenery, but for those that enjoy skiing, the opportunity to both ski and lie on the beach on the same day.


However, local job or work opportunities do exist, but one should never assume that finding a job will be easy and it would be extremely unwise to sell up and move to Spain without first finding a position or understanding how one will manage initially.


The Costa del Sol is a wonderful part of the country, that's why there are so many ex pats and other European neighbours living here. It's a cosmopolitan mix of different nationalities, all with different reason for being here. It has so much to offer: the glorious weather, the outdoor lifestyle, friendly local people, a stress level far below that which can be experienced in our home countries, and best of all, the low cost of living.


Restaurants, and alcohol and tobacco, and the cost of property ownership is half of what it is in the UK. Shopping too can be a pleasure, especially for those interested in designer wear, who will find the prices lower than in the UK for the same goods. Prices generally are much lower and it is possible to feed the whole family very cheaply at local restaurants, hence the reason a large number of people eat out.


The relaxed lifestyle of the Costa del Sol, which to some can be very frustrating initially, soon becomes evident when trying to get things done. It can often take ages, bureaucracy sometimes gets in the way of common sense and getting used to the 'siesta', where shops will shut for a couple of hours, or even more, can be quite confusing. It is not unusual to find that businesses, even those next door to each other, close and open at different times during siesta time. But, most people eventually come to terms with these 'inconveniences' and once immersed into the Spanish way of doing things, soon find that they too develop a similar attitude.


As for language barrier, whilst most Spaniards you will deal with in the shops and restaurants speak English, when you venture inland you will find few that do. You will however get by using basic language skills, although for the more complicated procedures or contracts, you will need assistance. As time goes by you will soon improve your knowledge of the Spanish language, but in the meantime you will no doubt have to rely on your English speaking lawyer to translate.


Before moving to Spain, the first decision is where should you choose to live. Should it be in the centre of a city, or should you live closer to the beach or on a golf course. City living has its benefits: Public transport is easy to get around on and amenities are close by. The downside is: It's difficult to find property with a garden or garage space, unless you want to spend a great deal of money, more local hustle and bustle and noise, and possibly no swimming pool available for your personal use, although some apartment complexes do of course have these facilities.


If you choose to live outside of the city, you will certainly be in a quieter location, but the fact that shops and other amenities may well be a mile or so away from your home, means that you will no doubt always need to use the car when wanting to travel anywhere. But the upside is you will probably get a lot more space for your money and your own private or communal pool and garden.


Schooling requirements may also dictate your choice of location and a suitable school will certainly be on your wish list if you have children of school age. In the cities, getting your children to school is easy. The majority walk to school, but if you live outside of town, you will need to bear in mind that you could be ferrying them to school and back again two to four times a day depending whether they stay at school for lunch or come home to eat and then go back to school in the afternoon.


Spanish schools generally provide excellent facilities and as for choice of school, there are numerous International or Spanish schools where English children are welcome, but many do have waiting lists.


Living in Spain, or on the Costa del Sol has become an achievable prospect for many people, young and old alike. There are a host of properties to chose from and at prices to suit practically everyone. And with the low cost of living, it's no wonder that Spain has become the country of choice for so many UK and Northern European peoples.