If you are considering moving to Spain and searching for removals Spain: White & Company have been providing a full removals and storage solution in Spain for the past eighty years. As founder members of BAR, FIDI & OMNI. White & Company can provide for a local move, to anywhere in the UK, to Europe or to any international destination.
Why Move to Spain? – Removals Spain
Approximately 6% of the Spanish population is made up of expats and these numbers are increasing year on year. Spain has a lower cost of living allowing your money to stretch further, making the country a popular retirement destination. Combining these factors with an excellent health care system makes Spain one of the most popular destinations for Brits to emigrate to.
Moving my things to Spain– Removals Spain
Moving can be a very stressful experience but White & Company can help make the whole process a lot less traumatic. White & Company moves thousands of families around the globe each year and have branches all over the UK. We can arrange a free no obligation quotation, which is carried out by one of our qualified surveyors. We can offer advise and answer any of the questions and concerns you may have. The surveyor will undertake a thorough survey to determine the volume of effects you wish to move, following which you will receive a written quotation.
Below is a rough guide to some of the more popular areas in Spain:
Popular Spanish Destinations – Removals Spain
Many writers, artists and poets have been drawn to this beautiful city. The inspiring Castle of Santa Barbara sits on Mount Benacantil in the centre of Alicante. There is a spectacular beach at Playa de San Juan to the north of the city, which is considered to be the best beach in Alicante and is lined with restaurants, cafes and bars. Most employment in the city is to be found in the tourist industry.
There are two languages spoken in Alicante. Spanish is the official language while Valencian is the local language of the Valencia region. Both English and German are also understood and often spoken.
Very few European cities can compete with the cultural experiences to be found in Barcelona. It boasts a way of living and tradition that sets it apart from the rest of Spain and has a remarkable artistic legacy, which can be seen at every turn. Days can be spent wandering the stunning galleries, museums and exhibitions such as the popular Pablo Picasso museum, which has over 4,250 works that make up the permanent Picasso collection.
Visit: http://www.barcelonaconnect.com/ – a useful guide to the city.
Bilbao is the capital of Vizcaya and situated in the Basque Country of Spain. It is northern Spain’s most exciting city and one of the safest in Europe. As well as an excellent selection of bars, cafes and restaurants, the city has the Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao museum. The space-age building is situated down on the waterfront and brings Bilbao and Basque maritime history to life. It has an outdoor section where children can explore a range of boats pretending to be sailors and pirates. The city also has the fantastic Funicular de Artxanda, which will take you up the Artxanda hill and is well worth the view.
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.
Granada is situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is about an hours drive from the Mediterranean coast. The city is well known for the lavish Alhambra palace, and enshrined in medieval history as the last stronghold of the Moors in Western Europe. The atmosphere, food and nightlife are all fantastic. Mirador de Morayma on C/ Pianista Garcia Carillo, near the Mirador de San Nicolas is an excellent place for supper.
Ibiza is a small island situated about 60 miles off the coast of mainland Spain. It is one of a group of islands call the Balearic Islands in English, (or ‘Islas Baleares’ in Spanish). The other islands in the group are Mallorca, Menorca & the tiny island of Formentera. It takes just under two hours flying time for the UK, Standstead airport runs direct flights all year. The island offers something for everyone; there is plenty of nightlife, bars and restaurants. With later closing times than in the UK, Ibiza Old Town is a great place to shop when the sun starts to go down. You can relax as the evening’s comparative cool makes shopping far less stressful. As well as the usual high-street shops, there are plenty of independent market stalls to browse and a good selection of cafes and bars.
The city is known as the gateway to the Costa del Sol and birthplace of Pablo Picasso. It’s the second largest city in Andalusia and has a population of over 550,000 people living there. The most important business sectors are tourism, technology services and construction. Expats are most likely to find employment in these areas. The city is cosmopolitan, vibrant and has a fascinating history and richness of architecture.
It is the largest of the four Balearic islands of Spain. Since the 1950’s Mallorca has drawn both tourists and expats with its typical Mediterranean climate and beautiful scenery. Locals on the island speak Mallorquí, a dialect of Catalan; everyone speaks Castilian Spanish with many people understanding English, German and French. Luckily Mallorca has a reasonably buoyant economy, despite Spain’s difficulties. It has a thriving tourism industry, which accounts for almost 80% of the islands income.
Famous as being Europe’s most favourite year-round playground and popularly known as the Spanish Riviera, it is also known for its rich culture and history. In a short span of only 50 years, the town has undergone a huge change from a tiny fishing village to an international tourist hot spot. It has eleven golf courses, twenty-six kilometres of beautiful beaches and outstanding mountain views. You can enjoy a host of hotels, bars and top class restaurants.
Visit: http://www.marbellafamilyfun.com/moving-to-marbella-spain.html for further information about Marbella.
Madrid is the capital city of Spain and the third largest city in the European Union. As with most cities, Madrid has a large population of approximately 3.2 million people. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate with amazing cultural and sporting legacies. It is a very popular destination for younger Brits looking for a more exciting lifestyle. Madrid also offers good employment opportunities, the popular areas for young professionals include Sol, Chueca and Malasana. Sol is in the heart of Madrid, with many shops, bars and restaurants; it also has a large number of English speakers.
This traditional Spanish city is the capital of Andalusia, with its rich culture, history and vibrancy. It has Roman ruins, Moorish architecture and medieval engravings in the Santa Cruz quarter. Basked in sunlight for most of the year, the city offers everything from Cathedrals to flamenco, bars serving tapas and flamboyant clubs where you can dance to dawn. Visit the Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes, the 17th century baroque mansion used as a hospice for priests, which houses one of Seville’s finest art collections
The city of Valencia is an excellent alternative to Barcelona or Madrid. It’s the third largest city, with a population of almost 800,000 people. The cost of living in Valencia is also lower and healthcare standards are very high, with seven top hospitals based there. The city offers thriving cultural, eating and nightlife scenes. It has great museums and a large, characterful old quarter to explore.
Property Prices – Removals Spain
Generally, property prices are set to rise in Spain in the coming year. According to a report produced by the reputable financial firm JP Morgan, it is predicted that Spain’s economy is due to rise by 1% in 2016 and estate agents are in agreement with this prediction. The property market figures for 2014/15 showed an increase compared to figures released for 2013, and this trend is set for 2016, all good news for those planning to relocate to Spain.
There is a huge range of properties for sale in Spain, prices vary according to size, property type and area. As a guide you can buy a 3 bedroomed apartment for as little as £20,000, with more substantial detached family homes with swimming pools, costing in the region of £250,000.
Education and Schools – Removals Spain
You will of course want to ensure that your children receive the best education possible whilst living in Spain. Generally, education provision is of a good standard, with a range of schools to choose from. Education in Spain is regulated by the Ley Orgánica de Educación (LOE, Organic Law of Education). It is compulsory and free for all children aged between 6 and 16 years, and is supported by the national government, together with the governments of each of the country’s 17 autonomous communities.
The Spanish Bachillerato is the post-16 stage of education, comparable to the A Levels/Higher (Scottish) in the UK, the French Baccalaureate in France or the International Baccalaureate.
See the web sites below for further education information:
• Spanish Ministry of Education – www.mecd.gob.es/portada-mecd/
• The Spanish university system – www.tostudyinspain.com/spanish-university-system/
• Spain Study Guide for International Students – www.studying-in-spain.com/
Useful Tips When Emigrating to Spain – Removals Spain
1. Learn the language, as this will enhance your experience and make going to the shops, at the doctor or dentist, when renting/buying a property and in a local restaurant/bar etc. Take a look at www.rosettastone.co.uk/learn-spanish, an online Spanish course, where you will find lots of courses and packages to choose from.
2. Spend some time in your chosen area. It is always a good idea to have a few months to ‘test drive’ the area and be sure that you can live there. Holidaying is not the same experience as living! Sign up to a ‘Home Exchange’ company such as www.homeexchange.com.
3. Rent before you buy. Renting for at least 6 months will give you a real feel for the area before you commit to buying a property.
4. Explore the area – Once you have moved to an area, spend time getting to know the area. Locate where your local supermarkets and shops are. Where are the best local restaurants/bars? What local services are available? Find out where your local doctor/dentist is located and nearest hospitals in case of emergencies.
5. Make an effort to make new friends – Once you move you can start establishing a new social network, don’t just rely on your partner or family. Immerse yourself in the Spanish culture and make friends with locals as well as other expats.
A visit to www.thisisspain.info will offer everything you need to know about Spain, the Spanish and their language. Information about expat life – travel, flights, hotels, property, golf, education, health, retirement and relocation
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Transporting My Effects – Removals Spain
Moving can be a very stressful experience but White & Company, with its eighty years of experience in the removal industry, can help make the whole process a lot less traumatic. White & Company move thousands of families around the globe each year and have branches all over the UK. We can arrange a free no obligation quotation, which is carried out by one of our qualified surveyors, who will be able to answer any of the questions and concerns you may have. The surveyor will undertake a thorough survey to determine the volume of effects you wish to move, following which you will receive a written quotation.
Below is a rough guide to some of the more popular areas in Spain:
Finding Property – Removals Spain
Once you have made the decision to move, some of the questions you have may include:
• Which area of Spain would suit me best?
• Do I want to live in the city on the coast or in the countryside?
• How much will property cost?
With Spain being a short flight away from the UK, you can easily contact some of the local estate agents in your areas of interest and they will be happy to provide assistance, arrange viewings and help you with your questions and concerns regarding the legal aspects of buying property abroad.
Below are some web sites, which may be of interest in your search for removals Spain:
• Prestige Real Estate – www.prestige-spain.com
• Alza Real Estate – www.alzarealestate.com
• Marbella Real Estate – www.mairenavillas.com
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As you can see, our branches stretch from the Channel Islands to Scotland and with a network of industry partners we are able to provide an exceptional packing, removal, storage and delivery service anywhere in the country. At each branch our team will have a wealth of local knowledge and can liaise with our other branches to make sure your move runs smoothly. As well as taking care of your house move, White & Company is able to offer a whole range of other services.
White & Company Removal Services
Our teams across the UK are able to pack your valuable, fragile and bulky furniture. We use a modern range of environmentally friendly, purpose-made packing materials and can pack everything for you prior to your move. All china and glassware will be wrapped in special paper and then packed in double-thickness cartons; furniture can be wrapped in bubble blanket for extra protection; and items requiring specialist care, such as antiques, can be packed in made-to-measure wooden crates. We can also offer an unpacking service to unpack your belongings onto flat surfaces and dispose of all packing materials.
You may find you need to store some or all of your possessions prior to moving home, or whilst you arrange for work to be carried out on your new home. We have 19 storage locations throughout the UK all providing secure containerised storage in personal dedicated storage containers. All our warehouses are clean, dry, secure and accredited to European standard BS EN 14873.
When planning your move we know the cost of your removals or storage is important too…so when you are ready, either fill in the White & Company extensive online estimates form for a quote or contact your local White & Company branch to arrange a no obligation home visit during which we will explain the process and provide you with an itemised quote.
White & Company are also proud winners of the British Association of Removers ‘Overseas Mover of the Year’ Competition 2016 and finalists for 2017