Spain is still the top destination for Expats to retire to; the weather, the friendly people and the lifestyle contribute to a perfect retirement.
With over 300 days of sunshine a year it allows people to take up hobbies like Golf, Tennis, swimming or walking along the many beaches that hug the coastline of Spain.
Cost of living is a lot cheaper than other places in Europe and with new developments concentrating on Eco designs it is becoming even more cost effective.
One of the great benefits of living in Spain is there are so many great coastal towns to live in; this means you do not need a car to get about or to the beach.
Another great benefit of living in Spain is the views, when buying a property in Spain we find our clients often require specific views. So if you want countryside and mountain views, sea views or Golf views, Spain has it all.
Two of the most popular areas for Expats retiring to Spain is the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca areas, both have strong supportive networks for Expats and enough English is spoken to allow you to feel at home very quickly.
So let us look at the most popular towns on the Costa de Sol and Costa Blanca areas and see what they have to offer.
Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol continues to be a firm favourite for Expats and offers everything you would need to retire including the fabulous beaches and of course the weather.
This year we have seen a change in the popularity of the towns, Mijas Costa still is a firm favourite, but La Duquesa, Casares Beach and Estepona have shown a big increase in properties being bought for retirement.
So what have they to offer?
This is still a firm favourite with people wanting to move to Spain, it has so much to offer you have Mijas la Cala with its beautiful sandy beaches. You also have the stunning white village of Mijas Pueblo nestled in the mountains with wonderful views over the coastline of the Costa del Sol and out to sea.
La Cala de Mijas is the central point of Mijas Costa and although it has grown and been built up, especially over the last decade or so, it still maintains something of its Andalucian seaside village atmosphere. From being a tiny fishing village originally, its population has increased to 10,000 - many of whom are British. There are schools, a health centre, public library, post office, shops and cultural centre, as well as many excellent bars and restaurants.
There is a very popular street market ('el barratillo') every Wednesday and Saturday from around 09:00 - 14:30. The market stalls offer everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to local crafts, clothes, ceramics and pottery, flowers and plants, and lots more.
Apartments with sea views starting at €165,000 – see more
This area has almost been a secret for many years and now has been discovered by people wanting to retire to the Costa del Sol.
It is a lovely area still unspoiled and has a beautiful marina and all the amenities you could want.
In the summer weekend evenings the port hosts a unique Crafts Market, popular with the local residents as well as visitors.
Both sides of Duquesa Marina are expansive beaches. Playa de las Gaviotas and Playa del Castillo to the west with Chiringuito Las Gaviotas open in the summer. On playa Sabillias to the east is beach bar Cubanga which is open all year.
For people enjoying a round of golf La Duquesa Golf and Country Club boasts an 18 hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.
Properties here start from €92,000 – see more
This area is still unspoiled and the beaches are not over developed so still have a natural feel. A popular are as there is lots of natural beauty, yet you are not isolated from amenities.
For people wanting to retire in this area, there are lots of lovely properties with sea views at reasonable prices.
The area of Casares stretches inland and similar to Mijas you have a village in the mountains with stunning sea views and then lower down near the 3 beaches you have the Casares Beach area.
The beaches cover 2km of coastline and the sand tends to be darker here, which blends in with the natural beauty of the area.
If you are looking to enjoy your retirement on the Costa del Sol, but want an area of unspoiled beauty then we would recommend this area, it gives you natural beauty, but you are only 10 minutes away from the lovely town of Estepona.
Properties here start from €85,000 – see more
This beautiful town is improving each year, as more and more areas become pedestrian only. The old town of Estepona is decorated with hanging flowers and is a charming place to eat and enjoy the Spanish hospitality.
A palm-lined promenade, the Paseo Marítimo, runs next to the Playa de la Rada beach. Nearby are the restaurants and water sports facilities of Puerto Deportivo, plus a fishing port and the cove of Playa del Cristo. The whitewashed old town centers on the flower-filled square of Plaza de las Flores, home to the eclectic artworks of the Colección Garó.
Estepona has everything you could possibly want to enjoy your retirement. There are fresh fish restaurants on the beach and lovely areas to walk and don’t forget the marina.
Properties here start from €133,980 – see more
A great area to live in, Costa Blanca south is now becoming very popular with retirees, with the great weather and cheaper properties to choose from, people are now seeing this as a place to enjoy a perfect lifestyle.
We are looking at some of the most popular areas and these include Alicante, Torrevieja , La Zenia and Cabo Roig.
This city is the capital of the Alicante region; it has a busy airport and is also a port. What is great about this place is its elegance; this is a place you can dress up to go out to dinner.
Alicante is a cosmopolitan city with a fusion of old and new and has always been a popular place for Expats to retire, property choices range from old townhouses to modern villas.
The Port of Alicante has been reinventing itself since the industrial decline the city suffered in the 1980s (with most mercantile traffic lost to Valencia's harbour). In recent years, the Port Authority has established it as one of the most important ports in Spain for cruises, with 72 calls to port made by cruise ships in 2007 bringing some 80,000 passengers and 30,000 crew to the city each year.
This is vibrant place to retire to and is popular with all nationalities, for its culture and lifestyle it provides.
Property prices start from €110,000 – see more
Torrevieja is a very popular place with both Expats and Spanish; it is not a hot tourist spot as such, so retains a lot of its natural charm. Only an hour from Alicante airport it is easy to access for your dream home.
The town is surrounded by excellent urbanisations, all with pools and beautiful gardens and the whole area enjoys fabulous beaches with fine sand and crystal clear waters.
Thousands of people from the north of Spain and northern Europe have set up home permanently in the town. The local people are friendly and welcome both national and international tourism also English is widely spoken.
All of the local beaches hold the European Blue Flag for ‘Clean Sea’ and excellent facilities. La Mata, Los Locos, El Cura, El Acequión and Los Náufragos together make up the beaches of the Torreviejan coast.
Properties prices start from €50,000 – see more
La Zenia is special and unique. Centrally located on the Orihuela Costa, with the City of Torrevieja just a few minutes away by car, La Zenia offers a choice of three Blue Flag beaches, carefully tended daily throughout the summer to ensure that they remain in a blissfully idyllic condition.
Lapped by the Mediterranean Sea, each beach offers plenty of space to relax and enjoy the average 320 days of sunshine that the Costa Blanca is blessed with throughout the year.
You will find hundreds of cosmopolitan cafes, lively bars, and exquisite restaurants to enjoy in La Zenia. Restaurants cater for every conceivable taste and budget, and with a multicultural mix of visitors and residents alike, you will no doubt be surprised to find that you have more choice here than you have at home.
La Zenia is also home to the Alicante Province´s largest shopping centre, La Zenia Boulevard. A commercial sanctuary for hardcore consumers and casual window-shoppers alike, La Zenia Boulevard boasts a spectacular 161,000m2 of retail heaven. More than 150 shops representing local and global brands are spread across a single floor, navigated via spacious avenues that meander around the shopping complex.
La Zenia has everything you possibly want for retiring and if you are keen golfer there are Golf courses nearby for your to enjoy.
Property prices start from €98,000 with sea views – see more
Find your little piece of paradise in Cabo Roig.
There are many advantages to living in the Cabo Roig area which is in Orihuela Costa, Alicante region of Spain.
Firstly is that the world health organisation recognises it as one of the healthiest places to live in the world due to the special micro climate that is created by the many salt lakes in the area spread over a fairly level plain surrounded by the mountains.
Therefore people who suffer from breathing difficulties, arthritis, rheumatism etc will feel a lot better living in this region.
Just 2.5 – 3km’s inland behind Cabo Roig are the three championship 18-hole golf courses, namely Villamartin, Campoamor and Las Ramblas, good for golfers.
Living in Cabo Roig you will find that everything is open all year round, so you always have a good choice of restaurants and bars.
Properties here start from €89,999 – see more
There are many other beautiful locations to live on the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca, so many in fact that we would need to write a book. We have chosen the top favourite locations to give you an idea why retiring there is such a good idea.