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The Spanish attraction

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Some may claim to want a peaceful life Down Under, others may want civil liberties and the good life in Scandinavia, but many Brits would say Spain. With its warm weather, sumptuous food and low-cost of living, it is the ideal place to settle.

Spain has been attracting Britons for decades, both on holiday and to live. It is a diverse country, with bustling coastal towns, dry central plains and fertile and rugged mountains. Its food is world famous, from paella and tapas to churros and madelenas. Its beaches are seemingly endless and its mountains are the southern-most ‘skiable’ in Europe. Life is fairly cheap and slow paced and English is widely spoken.

Another bonus is derived from long ties with British tourists. Because of this history, you can easily get British food; an English-speaking job and businesses are designed purely to cater for British needs.

Roll all this up into one bite-size package and you have what many Britons perceive to be the best place to live in the world. But Spain is a large country; you can only afford one property so where do you go?

Barcelona now has a large British ex-pat community and it’s not hard to see why. It is constantly referred to as Europe’s coolest city, it has shopping even Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda would die for, its food is seafood fresh, nightlife is a way of life and culture is of the understatedly chic and trendy variety.

You should not miss the buzzing atmosphere of La Rambla that is just as popular with locals as tourists. The Barri Gothic, not surprisingly is packed to the shabby-chic brim with Gothic architecture that is now home to some of the city’s best bars and clubs and art comes to life at the Picasso Museum and Joan Miro Foundation. Gaudi is the artist du jour in Barca, and his work in progress, Sagradad Familia, divides the art world in two. To top it all off, Barcelona, despite being a city with a large harbour has a beautiful and very usable beach.

If you need any further convincing, spend a few days wandering the city, exploring its lesser known sights and you will soon realise this is one of the greatest cities in Europe and one of the best places to live if you want to have your cake and eat it to.


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