Living in Spain

  1. Retiring in Spain: the numbers of buyers looking to retire in Spain are increasing, and prime concerns include finding a suitable property near good healthcare facilities and making the most of your investments and money.
     
  2. Learning Spanish: although many people manage in Spain without knowledge of the language, you will have a far happier and more satisfying experience if you are able to interact and integrate with the local Spanish population. Whether you are a total beginner or looking to refresh some Spanish learnt years ago, there are numerous options for Spanish classes, courses or social language exchange sessions.
     
  3. Understanding the healthcare system: as an EU resident, you are entitled to benefit from Spain’s public healthcare system.
     
  4. Banks and finance: you may be dealing with Euros, as in most other European countries, but Spanish banks are simple to use and will accept international credit cards in their ATMs. You can also find branches of international banks in Spain.
     
  5. Schooling options: your main debate will be whether to send your child to a Spanish school (whether state of private), which guarantees they will leave fluent in or whether to opt for a fee-paying international school.
     
  6. N.I.E. – Any person, who decides to live in Spain or is buying a property in Spain, must obtain a N.I.E. number (número de identificación de extranjero). This is simple procedure but important as this is a number which shall identify you for multiple transactions which you shall probably undertake.