Moving to the Costa BravaAre you thinking of moving to the Costa Brava? Situated in the north-east of the country overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the Costa Brava region enjoys hot summers and mild winters, making it the perfect retirement location for British expats. Spain’s economy is the eight largest in the world and the fifth largest in Europe. Health care across Spain is excellent. Today, there are many good hospitals and private clinics. However, the costs of private health insurance vary dramatically, though it usually costs far less than you would pay in the U.S. Any expats looking to retire to the Costa Brava would be wise to organise this before they make the move to Spain.
Property prices if you are thinking of moving to the Costa BravaThere is a good range of property available in the Costa Brava, you should expect to pay approximately 2500 € per square meter for an apartment in a good position.
Schools if moving to the Costa BravaExpats, particularly those who only intend to stay in Costa Brava for the short-term usually choose an international school, which offers a British curriculum or the International Baccalaureate (IB). The following site has a selection of international schools: Schools Portal
Local Information if moving to the Costa BravaWhen you first move to a new city finding your way around the local taxes and requirements can be daunting, a quick visit to the following website can help you on your way: http://www.expatarrivals.com/spain/banking-money-and-taxes-in-spain
Travel if moving to the Costa BravaThe Costa Brava public transport network is good – the train line from Barcelona runs via Girona and Figueres, where you catch buses for the main Costa Brava towns and villages. There are several bus carriers on the Costa Brava, depending on which region you are located. In addition to Sarfa there is Sagales that has routes around Girona and Teisa. The nearest airport is Gerona, located at the town of Vilobí d’Onyar and just 7.8 miles away for the city centre of Girona.
Currency Conversion If Moving To the Costa BravaSince 1999, Spain has used the Euro (EUR) as its official currency. One euro is divided into 100 cents. It will be relatively straightforward to open a bank account in The Costa Brava. You will need to be over 18, have some proof of Identity and address. Residents will also need to produce their NIE certificate. When moving overseas making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life on a sound footing. White & Company has an exclusive arrangement with an FX Firm. Simply call us on Tel: 01494-857672 or follow the link to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free account. https://www.whiteandcompany.co.uk/foreign-exchange/
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