Spain is a country located in southwest Europe that borders on the Mediterranean sea. It is marked as being the only European country that borders an African country—Morocco, and for being the fourth largest country in Europe and the sixth most populous. It is known for having a distinctly European culture but that is influenced by various other cultures, in a large part because it is the only European country to border an African country (Morocco).
Spain Removalist Guide
Moving Motor Vehicles To Spain
As long as you have an Australian license and a decent license record, you shouldn’t have a problem moving your car or other motor vehicle to Spain. You will have to submit forms to obtain this customs clearance first, then ship your car on a boat (as there is no bridge to Spain unfortunately), then pick up your car at a depot in Spain.
Moving Your Boat To Spain
Moving your boat to Spain is a very similar process to moving your car, which makes it simpler. Likewise, it involves:
- Clearing your boat with customs. This involves a quarantine inspection, so make sure to scrub off those barnacles.
- Transporting your boat to Spain.
- Collecting your boat at a marina in Spain.
How Long Will It Take To Move To Spain?
The time it takes to move your possessions to Spain depends on whether you are using a full container for yourself.
If you are using a Full Container Load, it should take 5–7 days to ship your belongings.
If you are using a Shared Container Load, it should take 7–10 days.
Spain Destination Guide
Spain As An Expat Destination
Spain was found to be the happiest desination for British expats in a study. Spain was high up in ratings of quality of life, but the reason these expats felt happy was because of Spain’s “outdoor lifestyle, traditional family values, and positive outlook on life”.
Popular expat destinations include the major cities: Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. These cities are centers of employment opportunities, but also culture and community. ‘Community’ may surprise you—in a major city—but many areas of Spanish cities are lauded as examples of urban planning that creates areas for socialising, meeting people and relaxation.
But Spain is also renown for its beautiful little towns, in fact this is the first thing you will often hear holiday-goers mentioning. For expats, settling in a small town can mean a complete change of lifestyle . . . for the better. A slower pace, a quieter life, more of a sense of community. Some of the most beautiful towns include Arcos de la Frontera, Cadiz with its white houses and wines and Iznájar, Córdoba with its panoramic views, luxurious wealth and vast lake.
The official language of Spain is Spanish—spoken by almost the entire population. There are several regional languages in this country also. For instance Catalan/Valencian which you may not have heard of but which 17% of Spaniards speak.
It is possible to live in Spain without speaking English. Younger Spaniards have been taught a level of English in school, yet many older Spaniards do no speak it. Therefore, it is still very worth your while to start learning Spanish.
Spain’s large land-mass means it has three distinct climates, but in general, it has a Mediterranean climate. You can expect hot, dry summers and rainy but not too cold winters. If you have the idea that Europe is cold, think again. Spain borders on Morocco, and in the south it is dry and in summer temperatures can exceed 40°. In the north, it is more rainy and cooler, with temperatures around 15° average.
Cost Of Living
If you move from Australia to Spain, you will feel a weight off your shoulders with the vast decreases in the costs of living. The reduction is a degree of like 60%. The most substantial is that Australian rent prices are 108% higher than in Spain!
Just note that Australia has ~40% higher purchasing power which doesn’t outweigh all this of course, but it does mean that you will get paid less in Spain on average.
One thing to do the research on with Spain is its economy. Being in Europe at this time, Spain has less economic stability than Australia. But, since 2015 it is economically outperforming its European counterparts and is finally getting back on the right side of unemployment figures, growth curves, etc. This is a good summary.
The Spanish healthcare system ranks as the 7th best in the world according to the World Health Organisation. Spain has a universal healthcare system in which patients incur no expenses for service except for the purchase of prescription drugs. Long wait-times for certain specialists and procedures are downsides, but the facilities and quality of care are extremely high.
Spain has compulsory and free education for children between the ages of 6 and 16. It is very comparable to the Australian education system and is also of a high quality. One difference is that religion or ethical values and philosophy is taught in high schools.
5 Tips For Moving To Spain
- Learn English. Spainish is the official language and is spoken by practically everyone, even the elderly who may not know English
- Pack some summer clothes. Spain can get hot!
- Get into good saving habits. Because you will be saving a lot of money thanks to Spain’s cost of living.
- Research the Spanish economy. In Europe, keeping up with the economy is even more vital to your finances.
- If you need medical care, get on the waiting list. Because like many countries including Australia, wait times can be long.