Three joys of living in Spain
The typical of idea of living in Spain is enjoying the brilliant warmth from the near year round sun with many hours spent at the beach or around the swimming pool. Then there is all that time spent in local drinking establishments, tapas bars and dining al fresco in restaurants or at home.
However there are three joys and benefits of living in Spain that might not be at the forefront of many people’s ideas.
1. Enjoying your freedom
The Costa del Sol offers so much more than how most see it, that of just a coastal destination. The geography of the area consists not only of an amazing coastline but of hills, mountains and large amounts of scrubland. For those wanting a lot of peace and quiet you don’t have to travel far to find it as there are endless opportunities for exploring.
It is so easy to head off to these areas away from the hustle and bustle of the coasts main destinations. Whilst off the main track you can explore valleys, deserted streams and creeks and often you will come across amazing views of the countryside, the mountains and the coastline. The one thing you will hardly see are signs saying private land, keep off. In Spain these types of land are for all to enjoy.
Back to the life in the villages and towns of the Costa del Sol there are fewer regulations to adhere to than in the UK and where as an adult you are treated as one. There is no enforced early closing of bars that are still full of people enjoying themselves and drinking outside is just part of the custom.
In Spain there is a big emphasis on family and you will often see children at the dinner table until late or playing close by with friends and family as the adults enjoy their evening. This behaviour is not frowned upon or deemed as anything other than a family outing. This is just part of the Spanish acceptance of society and society plays a huge part in people’s lives in Spain.
2. Different priorities
It is true to say that Spain is not as modern as the UK. The latest technical gadgets arrive in the shops maybe a few to several months later than they would in the UK. There is also a definite lack of modern architecture, not to say that there isn’t any, it’s just not everywhere you look. In the UK there are still quaint traditional villages still scattered around but where they are rare in the UK, it’s very common to see a village in Spain where time seems to have passed it by.
There are benefits to living in a modern society but there are pitfalls too. Reports in the UK suggest that children and teenagers spend far more time indoors than they ever did, with their phones, laptops, tablets, games consuls and so on. Obviously these exist in Spain also, but the emphasis on these items is not so important. Being outside, socialising with friends and being active have a higher priority.
In Spain there is a greater acknowledgment of the more traditional aspects of life such as wallet friendly restaurants, rents and properties. There is a healthier work life balance and more emphasis on family and society against individualism and materialism. Family and friends are hugely important with a real sense of love and respect for children and the elderly and there is a huge acceptance in showing love, especially to young children, something that many in the UK feel that they cannot do.
You will tend to find that Spaniards are very affectionate and will often greet you with a kiss on either cheek. They are passionate, open minded and extremely welcoming and this is very much down to the society that they live in.
3. Create a new you
Every year we make plans to change things and better ourselves but how often do we actually achieve the goals we set? Moving to the Costa del Sol will definitely move you out of your comfort zone but it will create a new one with endless possibilities. Moving could lead to you taking on and learning a new language. English is widely spoken on the Costa del Sol but to integrate further a grasp of the language is favourable and opens up more possibilities.
The weather can play a huge part in building up your confidence in your body. The long hot summer days will mean that you will be wearing far less clothing than you probably ever have done so before which can lead to a health and fitness drive. There will be new social situations that you will find yourself in and increased confidence can result from this as you interact and make new friends and take on new experiences and challenges.
The Costa del Sol also offers plenty of culture, history and wide open spaces which may lead you to discovering a new interest, hobby or activity, be it walking, hiking, swimming, food, art and much, much more.
Living in Spain could really help you become the person that you have always wanted to be and give you the life and lifestyle that you have always wanted to have. Is it time to change and is it time to achieve your dream home?
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