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Reasons to Move to the Costa BravaThe Costa Brava is particularly attractive for many Europeans from the more northern countries, because the summer heat is although extremely warm, is less intense than further south. The Scenery is spectacular, and in addition there are many fascinating and well-preserved medieval towns such as Pals and Peratallada.

Catalonia in comparison to other areas, is generally well run with decent roads and an expanding railway network.The A7 motorway is rarely more several minutes drive away, and connects to the French autopiste network.

Barcelona is easily accessible; golf courses are numerous and of the highest standard. In winter, there is skiing available in the nearby Pyrenees. Cheap flights are available into Girona airport and to Barcelona and Perpignan. Eating out is inexpensive and a real pleasure.

Reasons to Move to the Costa Brava – Cost of Living

Generally, the cost of living is reasonable. Eating out will usually cost between 15 and 30 euros per person, and public transport in Spain is remarkably cheap compared to the rest of Europe. Due to the collapse of theCosta Brava property market,  attractive property can be found very cheaply.

Many different nationalities settle on the Costa Brava and become permanant residents , but unlike further south nationalities are intermingled, with no “English” estates or “German” estates. The whole atmosphere tends to be more cosmopolitan.

Before buying anything, do visit the area in and out of season. Resorts that are a lively hub of action in the summer often die completely in the winter. Many Catalonian from Barcelona and other cities spend their summer holidays on the  Costa Brava; they don’t live here, and many don’t even visit at week-ends out of season. If you are buying just for summer rentals and/or your own summer holidays, that does not matter, but if you are thinking of permanent residence, it is a critical factor. Never assume that you may be able to rent your property in winter. It is quite unlikely.

If you are thinking of semi-permanent or even permanent residence, you may be concerned that you will find it hard to make friends here, and therefore be somewhat isolated. This is generally not so. Most residents are retired or semi-retired and it is fairly easy to meet new people, particularly of course if you play golf. Incomers tend to be of a similar age and background, even if from different countries. They too want to make new friends.

All in all though, the reasons to move to the Costa Brava are evident, as it is a terrific place to holiday or live as long as you have thought your decision through. The Costa Brava is not the Costa del Sol either in terms of weather or lifestyle, but it is culturally rich, welcoming, and offers a great life to those that respond to what it offers.

The original of this article “Reasons to Move to the Costa Brava” was published by Costa Brava Homes.

 

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