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Moving to the Costas … An Expat Guide

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Which Costa should I move to? It’s a Spanish dilemma!

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the words “Spanish Costa” I can’t help but conjure up rich imagery of impressive mountains, sleepy inland idylls, bright warm sunshine and sparkling oceans.

I find my senses become overwhelmed by a tapestry of vibrant colours, & I can hear the hustle and bustle of happy tourists enjoying a much needed holiday.

My skin tingles as I feel the warmth of the sun on my skin, as I shield my eyes away from the glare of pristine white buildings and my mouth starts to water as I smell the delightful aromas of the various gastronomic delights that fill the air all along the coast.

And that’s why the Spanish Costas are so special, even just thinking about them fills you with delight. For this reason, many a British Expat chooses a Costa to call their new home, and hundreds leave for the Costa del Sol, the Costa Blanca or the Costa Brava every day.

But did you know that there are 13 other Costas around Spain? Each promises exactly what I described earlier, but they each have their own unique appeal, so if you’re thinking about becoming an expat and want to live by the coast, you’ve got to ask yourself which Costa is the hottest Costa for me?

Let’s find out!  (This post is part of our series of guides about the villages, towns, cities, provinces and regions of Spain)

Below I’ve listed every Costa within Spain, along with extensive info on each one, and what attractions there are in nearby places This will give you a real feel for the place and help you decide if it is somewhere you’d like to spend time in. If there’s a particular Costa you’d like to find out about, they are arranged alphabetically, so you can scroll straight to the one you want.

I hope it goes without saying that if you want help with a forthcoming move to one of the wonderful Costas of Spain, we can help, as we’ve been doing just that for many years – get your free quote here

This is a big article, so make a coffee, find a comfy chair and settle down to enjoy finding out about the wonders that await you on the Costas of Spain – Oh and by the way, all clickable links and pictures open in a new tab, so you won’t lose your place in this article!

Costa de Almeria

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Mojacar, Costa Almeria

Location:                                 South East – Andalucia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Almeria City, Mojácar, Roquetas de Mar, Vera

Nearest Airport:                       Almeria (5 miles)

This Costa makes up the coastline of the Almeria Province in the picturesque Andalucia Region of Spain. It boasts eight beautiful beaches which offer an expat exciting sandy coves and rocky headlands to explore, or a place to lap up the glorious sun on soft golden sands. This Costa offers an expat a relaxed pace of life, and a place steeped in history, surrounded by National Parks and peaceful villages.

The beach at Roquetas de Mar is the best place for young families or those seeking work to call their home. This bustling coastal town provides the facilities of a city, but at a much slower pace.

The beachside villages of Mojácar and Playa de las Negras offer quaint surroundings, stunning architecture, and isolated beaches. Vera Playa isn’t for the fainthearted and isn’t a place to show to your Grandma as it’s also got a nudist beach!

Living on the Costa de Almeria is affordable, as rental prices are 54 percent cheaper than in Madrid and it’s 62 percent cheaper to buy property here.

English speaking jobs along the Costa de Almeria are easy to obtain, particularly in the hospitality industry, and you don’t need to be fluent in Spanish to get by.

There is always plenty to see and do and local cultures to experience throughout the Costa de Almeria. Expats who settle here can:

  • Explore gold mines in Rodalquilar
  • Trek across the Cabo de Gata-Nijar National Park and discover its wonders
  • Enjoy free jazz and flamenco concerts on the beaches of Mojácar during the summer
  • Play golf
  • Touch a stingray at the Roquetas de Mar aquarium
  • Try scuba diving or get drenched playing water sports
  • Take a peek inside the Alhambra, just a couple of hours inland

Costa Azahar

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Calpe, in Alicante

Location:                                 East – Valencian Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Benicássim, Alicante, and Valencia

Nearest Airport:                       Valencia (55 miles)

This Costa makes up the coastline North of the beautiful Valencian Region of Spain.

Nicknamed the Orange Blossom Coast, white sandy beaches are interspersed with breathtaking coves, unspoilt rolling countrysides dotted with lemon and orange groves, and quiet Moorish towns and villages.

On the whole, this area of Spain is ideal for the expat who loves the outdoors and who enjoys soaking up history and culture. The lifestyle here is typically Spanish, so the pace of life is slower, but people know how to celebrate the arts, music and know how to keep important traditions and festivals alive.

The attractive seaside town of Benicássim mixes modernity with  Middle Eastern history and is home to the annual FIB International Music Festival.

Living along the Costa Azahar is reasonable, on the whole, as prices are 38 percent cheaper than in Madrid. Cheese and meat are more expensive here than in the Costa de Almeria. Renting property here is 38 percent cheaper than in Madrid, and purchasing property is 55 percent cheaper.

English speaking jobs are hard to come by here so a high level of Spanish is recommended, even in Valencia, and most English speaking jobs that are advertised are for English teachers.

However, if you went South towards Alicante the job search gets a lot easier. There are many English speaking jobs there, including admin, sales, restaurant or bar work and areas in the service industry, like hairdressers.

You’ll never be short of something amazing to experience where ever you make your home along the Costa Azahar. Expats who settle here can:

  • Ward off pirates at the 16th Century Tower of the King in Oropesa
  • Get soaked at a Water Park in Benicássim
  • Take a boat trip along the stunning subterranean waterways of Joseph’s Caverns at La Vall d’Uixó
  • Take a boat trip to the horseshoe-shaped Columbretes Islands and scuba dive in the warm waters and revel in the breathtaking scenery

Costa Blanca

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Benidorm, Costa Blanca

Location:                                 South East – Valencian Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Benidorm and Alicante

Nearest Airports:                     Alicante  (approx.36 miles)

Like the Costa Azahar, this Costa also makes up part of the beautiful Valencian Region of Spain.

Costa Blanca translates as the White Coast, and pristine white beaches are set off against sapphire blue oceans, striking hills and mountains covered in pine trees, and fields upon fields of almond trees and olive groves.

This is one of Europe’s most visited areas and the World Health Organization has named it as having the world’s best climate, so as you can imagine, it’s a very popular tourist destination. Because of this, the Costa Blanca is ideal for young professionals and families.

This coastline has an enticing blend of lively social scenes, legendary nightlife, luxurious resorts and traditional fishing villages for active expats to discover and explore.

Choosing the Costa Blanca as your new home means that you pay, on average 18 percent less for things than you would in Madrid. Property is much cheaper to rent or buy, most apartments here are about 43 percent more affordable than in the Spanish Capital.

English speaking jobs are relatively easy to come by here and you do not need to be fluent in Spanish.

As well as the facilities and lifestyle which a bustling tourist destination brings, there are unique experiences to be had along the Costa Blanca. Expats who live here can:

  • Become closer to nature by exploring the Serra Gelada Nature Park – its mountain can be climbed in 2 hours
  • Feel an adrenaline rush at the Terra Mitica Theme Park
  • Marvel at the unspoilt beauty of the Algar Waterfalls
  • Discover the delights of the Palm Groves of Elche
  • Unearth the secrets of Denia Castle and Archaeological Museum

Costa Brava

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Cadaqués, Costa Brava

Location:                                 North East – Catalonia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Lloret de Mar and Girona

Nearest Airports:                     Girona  (19 miles)

The Costa Brava makes up the romantic, picture-postcard coastline of the cultural Catalonia Region. Its backdrop is made up of beautiful mountainous hinterlands, lush green valleys, gorges and natural springs, and the towns and villages ooze traditional charm with cobbled streets.

A very popular tourist destination and a haven for artists, as each little town or resort offers something truly unique.

For young professionals, there’s Lloret de Mar, one of the Mediterranean’s most popular resorts and the liveliest of spots on this coastline.

For the family, there’s Tossa de Mar, a historic town built around a magnificent ancient castle which boasts a bustling, attractive resort.

For the retired expat, there’s the medieval town of Pals, situated on top of a hill, this historical and charming place is filled with craft shops, traditional restaurants, and bars.

On the whole, the Costa Brava is just 15 percent cheaper than living in Madrid. Renting or buying property here is pretty much the same situation as the Costa Blanca, apartments are 43 percent cheaper than in Madrid.

English speaking jobs are easiest to find in the tourist resorts of Lloret de Mar, Tossa del Mar, Sitges, and Salou and a high level of Spanish would be recommended if you chose any of the other towns and villages around the coast as your home.

An expat will never get bored around the Costa Blanca, Brits moving here will be able to:

  • Feel at one with the past at the mini Pompeii Greco-Roman Ruins at Empuries
  • Have a look around Salvidor Dali‘s wacky house – there’s even a seven foot tall stuffed bear at the entrance
  • Explore the magical terraced gardens near Palafrugell and indulge in the intoxicating scents of oleander and yellow sage
  • Take an uplifting walk and marvel in the breathtaking views of Camino de Ronda

Costa Calida

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Port of Mazzarón, Costa Calida

Location:                                 South East – Murcia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               San Pedro del Pinatar and Cartagena

Nearest Airports:                     Murcia-San Javier  (21 miles)

This Costa is sandwiched between the Costa Blanca to the North, and the Costa de Almeria to the South and makes up the coastline of the Murcia Region of Spain. Its fine, sandy beaches are surrounded by dunes and virgin pine forests and the area is flat with quiet roads.

This Costa is an absolutely wonderful place for families and retirees to call home as all of the towns and villages here are family friendly and they offer a relaxed, laid-back way of life.

Promenades are popular, as is good food and celebrating tradition.

The beach at Mar Menor is shallow, so warms quickly, and slopes gently into the ocean, which makes it the perfect beach for young children and anyone who prefers not to be buffeted by a wave.

For those looking for somewhere a bit livelier, the port at Mazarrón near San Pedro del Pinatar offers an array of activities to participate in, and an upbeat social scene.

Living on the Costa Calida is very affordable, expats can expect prices to be about 25 percent cheaper than in Madrid. Fruit seems to cost more, however, meat and other essential shopping items are less than €1.

Apartments can be rented for nearly half the cost of properties in Spain’s Capital, but they’re slightly more expensive to buy.

It is quite hard to find English speaking jobs along the coast, many expats tend to commute to the city of Murcia as it ranks as one of the top 10 cities in Spain for working and trading.

Employment satisfaction is much higher in Murcia than any other region and expats can find work in property, journalism, driving and the service industry. A good level of Spanish is required, much more so in the coastal towns.

The Costa Calida is a truly exciting place to live, and expats who move here can prepare to:

  • Play golf at the stunning and world famous La Manga Golf Resort
  • Get pampered with a mud bath in Lo Pagan
  • Pack a picnic and take a scenic drive to see the Cabo Tinoso Cartagena Guns, abandoned buildings and underground tunnels
  • Take a scenic train journey from Los Nietos to Cartagena
  • Discover the thousands of festivals the Murcia Region has to offer

Costa Cantabria

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San Vincente de la Barquera, Costa Cantabria

Location:                                 North – Cantabria Region

Nearby towns/cities:               San Vicente de la Barquera and Santander

Nearest Airports:                     Santander  (4 miles)

This Costa is found in the North of Spain, in the stunning verdant green region of Cantabria.

The golden white sands of the beaches along the coast sit on the edge of rolling fields, rugged crags, and towns and villages which transport expats back in time.

The whole area is charming and romantic, anywhere along the coast offers an extraordinary quality of life and access to nature. For those wanting to experience a rich Spanish lifestyle in tranquillity, the picturesque historical towns of Cóbreces and Mogro are ideal, whereas the bustling city of Santander offers luxury, lively social scenes and an amazing nightlife.

Choosing to settle along the Costa Cantabria means that expats can benefit from the best bits of living in the Capital but at 15 percent less. Essential food shopping all costs less, even the meat is reasonably priced here, but cheese can be expensive.

Both renting and buying property around the coast works out at about 40 percent cheaper than in Madrid. As most of the towns on the Costa Cantabria are quiet, most expats commute to Santander for work. Being a well-established industrial centre, this city has plenty of English speaking jobs.

This area isn’t just breathtakingly beautiful, it’s also got so much to see and do, and there are plenty of opportunities to discover authentic Spanish experiences:

  • Discover the cave paintings of Altamira or Cualventi and bond with ancient ancestors
  • Expect the Spanish Inquisition at the Museum of Inquisition in Santillana
  • Learn about traditional Spanish fashion at the Regional Museum of Costume and Textile Art in Cabezon de la Sal
  • Become a Bronze Age settler in Cantabrian Town in Cabezon de la Sal
  • Meet the inhabitants of the Santillana del Mar Zoo

Costa Dorada

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Castillo Tamarit, Tarragona, Costa Dorada

Location:                                 East – Catalonia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Salou and Barcelona

Nearest Airports:                     Barcelona  (45 miles)

This Costa is found on the East coast of Spain, in the historic region of Catalonia, where history and tradition seep into every day life.

The golden sands of this Costa’s blue flag beaches are set in front of cultivated fields and rugged mountains.

A popular tourist destination, this area sees over 3.5 million visitors per year, and it’s a favourite location for expats to move to. Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city, has all the daily hustle and bustle any socialite wants from a new hometown, and it’s a wonderful place for art lovers, cultural connoisseurs and history buffs to call home.

For those wanting to live somewhere quieter, Torredembarra is a cultural town which is excellent for shopping, or Calafell, an ideal for golfers and families.

Expats will find that living in this area can be quite expensive in comparison to other Costas. On average things cost six percent more here than in Madrid. House prices are one to two percent more costly.

This area also requires expats to have a very high level of Catalan, not Spanish, so English speaking jobs are very difficult to find.

Despite this, if an expat chooses to call the Costa Dorada their home, they can get excited by the thought of:

Costa Garraf

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Sitges, Costa Garraf

Location:                                 East – Catalonia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Sitges and Barcelona

Nearest Airports:                     Barcelona  (18 miles)

This short stretch of coast lies just to the South of Barcelona, and North of the Costa Dorada.

Four seaside towns make up this area and all are overlooked by impressive mountains. Sitges is the most popular expat destination and it’s easy to see why, it offers everyone a tremendous mix of luxury, modernity, tradition, openness, inclusivity, art, and culture. Its beaches are soft and golden, the sea is turquoise and it has its own micro-climate.

On the whole, the Costa Garraf is 28 percent cheaper than living in Madrid, however, beef is expensive. Renting properties in the Costa Garraf works out to be 40 percent cheaper than in the country’s Capital.

Like the surrounding areas in Catalonia, English speaking jobs are hard to come by, and expats need to have high levels of Catalan rather than Spanish.

Regardless of the potential language issue, the Costa Garraf has plenty to lure expats to its seaside towns:

  • Take a horseback riding tour of the beautiful, rolling countryside of Vilanova i la Geltrú
  • Enjoy a variety of water sports including jet skiing and scuba diving
  • Take a segway tour of Sitges
  • Indulge in a VIP wine tour of Penedés

Costa de la Luz

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Cádiz, Costa de la Luz

Location:                                 South West – Andalucia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Tarifa and Cádiz

Nearest Airports:                     Jerez  (27 miles)

This Costa makes up the Western part of the Andalucia coastline and faces out towards the Atlantic.

Costa de la Luz translates as Coast of Light, and its unspoiled golden beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters always glitter in the sun. The area is well known for its outstanding natural beauty, and most of the coast are protected as nature reserves.

Dotted in the rich landscape are swamps, moving dunes, sweeping beaches, pine woods, small fishing villages and pleasant low rise resorts, popular with Spanish tourists.

The seaside city of Cádiz is an ideal location for any expat as it offers modern facilities with a rich history and quirky ambience.

For the adventure seeking expat, Conil de la Frontera is a surfers paradise, and for the hipsters, Tarifa, which is the windsurfing capital of Europe, oozes with charm and a laid-back atmosphere.

Living in the Costa de la Luz is incredibly affordable, on average living costs are 21 percent lower than in Madrid, and most every day essential items cost less than €1, however, fruit does cost more.

Properties can be rented and bought at nearly half the price of those in the Capital, Madrid.

English speaking jobs seem easy to come by in this Costa, particularly in Cádiz where expats can find work as English teachers, administrators and service managers. A high level of Spanish isn’t necessary to live here, but it’s always nice, in any job in Spain.

As well as being a stunning place with jaw-dropping scenery, the Costa de la Luz also seduces expats with its experiences:

  • Walk the full length of Bolona Beach in Tarifa, find a clutch of rock pools, chip off soap-sized bars of mud from the cliffs, bash them into a paste and get coated in the mud. Lie in the sun until the minerals have dried, wash it all off in the sea and feel peachy-soft skin
  • Go on a dolphin safari in Tarifa
  • Explore the oasis that is Park Genoves in Cádiz
  • Pop over to Africa on a catamaran from Tarifa
  • See a traditional Andalusian Horse Dance in action in Jerez de la Frontera

Costa Maresme

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Calella, Costa Maresme

Location:                                 North East – Catalonia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Calella and Mataró

Nearest Airports:                     Barcelona (30 miles)

This Costa is found south of the Costa Brava and runs for just 31 miles. Its golden beaches are set off by the dark green rolling hills and dark rugged treelined cliffs that hug the coast.

For young professionals and families, Mataró is a thriving industrial, commercial and tourist town, ideal for setting down roots in a bustling place that is proud of its history.

Calella is the perfect new home for expats who love the arts, culture, staying healthy and looking after their wellbeing. This does seem to come with a price though. Like the Costa Dorada, Costa Maresme is more expensive than Madrid in terms of essential grocery shopping. However, properties work out cheaper to rent or buy here by about 39 percent.

Like its Catalonian neighbours, language is a barrier along this Costa, unless expats have high levels of Catalan, therefore it can be awkward trying to get an English speaking job here.

Even though this may be a potential issue, Costa Maresme has much to offer the intrepid expat:

Costa de Morte

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A Coruña, Costa de Morte

Location:                                 North West – Galacia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               A Coruna

Nearest Airports:                     A Coruna (7 miles)

This Costa is found in the North West corner of Spain, in the Galicia region. With a name that translates to Coast of Death, the Costa de Morte is often overlooked by expats and tourists alike.

Sometimes experiencing wild and windy weather, its quaint fishing villages huddled against forested mountain slopes, what the Costa De Morte lacks in climate and infrastructure, it still boasts beautiful coves and isolated beaches.

For expats looking for a completely different taste of Spanish life, A Coruña is a lively city filled with awe-inspiring architecture and history. Affordability is good along the Costa De Morte, living here is 21 percent cheaper than it would be in the Spanish Capital. Properties are on average 40 percent cheaper to buy or rent.

A Coruna is the richest city in Galicia, and there are demands for blue and white collar jobs in finance, communication, sales and manufacturing. Spanish levels do not need to be high here which makes an expat life a lot.

They can also look forward to:

  • Peeking around Picasso’s House
  • Exploring the Castle of San Anton
  • Learning about the human body in the quirky, hands-on, visually satisfying Domus museum
  • Getting a much deserved pamper in the relaxation temple of the Casa del Agua Termaria Spa

Costa del Sol

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Nerja, Costa del Sol

Location:                                 South – Andalucia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Marbella and Malaga

Nearest Airports:                     Malaga (31 miles)

Arguably the most well known Spanish Costa, the Costa del Sol is found in Southern Spain.

Despite being associated with mass development, negative press and a soulless image, the Costa del Sol still has picturesque areas to discover that are peaceful and beautiful. The whole area sits at the bottom of rolling green foothills and the soft, white sands twinkle with the sparkling oceans under the warm sun.

The Costa del Sol has something for everyone, Puerto Banus is extravagant and luxurious, Marbella is a small, traditional, brightly coloured Spanish town dappled with history and Fuengirola combines medieval markets with modernity and art.

The Costa Del Sol is not as expensive as expats might think, it’s 22 percent cheaper to live here than in Madrid. Like the other Costas, properties are 42 percent cheaper to rent or buy. Because of the well-established expat community, very little Spanish is required to live here and jobs are very easy to come by, particularly in sales.

For expats wanting to move here, the delights of this Costa are endless. Some of the experiences that can be had include:

  • Seeing the beautiful Roman Puente Neuvo bridge in Ronda
  • Exploring the scenic El Torcal Nature Park in Antequera
  • Listening to Celia Morales play the Tradtional Flamenco Guitar in Ronda
  • Spelunking in the caves of Nerja
  • Meeting amazing creatures at the Bioparc in Fuengirola

Costa Tropical

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Salobrena, Costa Tropical

Location:                                 South – Andalucia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Almunécar and Motril

Nearest Airports:                     Malaga (63 miles)

This Costa, also known as Costa Granada, after its province, it found in the Andalucia region of Spain.

Set against the heart-stopping backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the dark blue sea contrasts against pristine white beaches.

For expats wanting to seek out a traditional Spanish home in a peaceful place, Salobrena is ideal. This quiet town is small, bedecked in classical whitewashed houses, and crowned with an imposing Moorish castle.

For those wanting to experience a livelier pace of life, the city of Motril offers a vibrant nightlife, golf courses, shopping centres and a growing commercial economy.

This is one of the cheapest Costas to settle in, as expats can rent or buy property at 50 percent less than it would cost them in the Capital.

English speaking jobs aren’t easy to come by in the Costa Tropical, and most work comes from the tourism industry or retail. Many expats living here who are fluent in Spanish choose to commute to the city of Granada where there are more job opportunities and where there is a growing community of expats from all over the world.

Whilst the Costa Tropical is quieter than its famous neighbour, the Costa del Sol, there’s still plenty for an expat to see and do:

  • Ski down the exhilarating slopes of the Sierra Nevada Ski Resort
  • Feel incredibly big at the Bonsai Garden Museum in Almunecar
  • Go Whale watching in La Herradura
  • Get a sweet taste of history at the Palma Sugar Refinery in Motril
  • Take an ATV, off-road tour and see the countryside of Almunecar

Costa de Valencia

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Sagunto, Costa de Valencia

Location:                                 East – Valencian  Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Sagunto and Valencia

Nearest Airports:                     Valencia (56 miles)

This Costa is almost one continuous beach stretching from Sagunto to Oliva and is found on the East coast of Spain.

Just like Costa Azahar, this area has stunning backdrops of orange, lemon and olive groves, and the countryside is dotted with marshes, wetlands and rice plantations.

For young professionals and families, the city of Valencia is a great place to start a new life. It’s a historic city with impressive architecture and a rich, vibrant culture, and festivals play a prominent role in keeping traditions alive.

For those searching for calmer climes and who want to feel like they’ve been transported back in time, the peaceful town of Sagunto is ideal. The ancient town has been declared a Property of Cultural Interest.

Living costs are similar to the Costa Azahar, overall, they’re 38 percent cheaper than they would be in Madrid. Properties can be rented or bought for less than half the price that they would do in the Spanish Capital. English speaking jobs are difficult to come by, unless expats are qualified as Au Pairs or English teachers. For this reason, a good level of Spanish is required to have an easy life.

Expats who move to the Costa de Valencia can expect to enjoy:

Costa Vasca

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Bizkaia, Costa Vasca

Location:                                 North – Basque Country

Nearby towns/cities:               Bilbao, San Sebastian

Nearest Airports:                     Bilbao (8 miles)

This Costa is found in the North of Spain and is part of the Basque Country. The enchanting white beaches are surrounded by rolling hills, natural parks, the Pyrenees mountains and the twinkling of the Guernica river lazily making it’s way to the sea.

Bilbao is the perfect city for a young professional or family to call home. It is a vibrant, bustling, cultural city, and is the financial and industrial epi-centre of the Basque Country.

For those on the quest to find somewhere more exciting and traditional, the tiny village of Mundaka is the place to call home. It is the surfing capital of Europe where the locals are warm, friendly and passionate.

Expats will find that living along the Costa Vasca is 10 percent more expensive than life in Madrid. Renting an apartment is three percent cheaper than in Madrid, but buying property costs nearly 40 percent more.

Most expats who live in the Costa Vasca work in Bilbao, as it is heavily industrialized so offers a much stronger chance of getting a job than the other surrounding towns or villages. Spanish levels need to strong, but it’s not necessary to be fluent.

Expats who call the Costa Vasca their new home can discover its wonders:

  • Admire the beautiful Miramar Palace and grounds in Donostia
  • Take in an exciting show at the Arriaga Antzokia Theatre in Bilbao
  • Hike the Acantilados de Azhorri to see breathtaking views
  • Take a Crusoe Treasure Boat Trip and taste delicious wines in Plentzia

Costa Verde

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Gijón, Costa Verde

Location:                                    North – Asturias Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Candás and Gijón

Nearest Airports:                     Asturias (26 miles)

This Costa is also found in Northern Spain, within the Asturias Region. Green meadows practically meet the glorious sandy beaches and the sands are overlooked by spectacular cliffs.

For expats looking to enjoy traditional Spanish laid back life in the beautiful landscapes of the Green Coast, Candás is perfect. A little town nestled on the cliffs of the Bay of Biscay, Candás offers expats charm and tranquillity.

For the young professional or family, the city of Gijón is a thriving community that considers culture important and the city oozes with historic architecture and tradition.

Living along the Costa Verde is affordable, prices for things are 21 percent lower than in Madrid. Most properties to rent and buy are 39 percent cheaper than in the capital. English speaking jobs are hard to find, and a good level of Spanish would be key to living a good life here and will help families absorb the culture better.

Any expat calling Costa Verde home has these things to look forward to:

  • Exploring the exquisite Botanical Gardens in Gijón
  • Marvelling at the largest building in Spain, the Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura in Gijón
  • Learning about the maritime history of Asturias in Luanco
  • Being inspired by the splendid views of Lake Covadonga in Congas de Onis
  • Entering the awesome caves of Cuevona that lead you directly to a wonderful restaurant in La Solana

So there you have it, an exhaustive and complete list of all the popular Costas that you can find around Spain. Did one jump out at you as a great place to live or are you still deciding between a couple of destinations? Whichever the answer, we’d love to know!

Get in touch today and we can offer you advice and guidance on how to move to your chosen Costa, help you decide between your choices if you can’t quite choose, and we can also offer guidance on becoming an expat and provide a free quote for your removal from the UK to the Spanish Costas.

Photo Credits

Port of Mazarron – Costa Calida

San Vincente de la Barquera – Costa Cantabria

Castillo Tamarit, Tarragona, Costa Dorada

Sitges – Costa Garraf

Salobrena – Costa Tropical

Bizkaia, Costa Vasca

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