Granada ticks all the boxes for expat retirees

Posted on 31 Dec at 6 PM in Europe News Spain
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Granada ticks all the boxes for expat retirees

Granada ticks all the boxes for expat retirees

For those looking to make a new life somewhere in Europe, Spain isn’t just the Costas, beer, fish ‘n chips and bars.

Spain’s fame as an expat retiree destination often seems to relate solely to the Mediterranean beach towns beloved by Britons on none-too-generous pensions. Just like any other European Union member state, the country is a mix of traditional and modern, with its long, somewhat confusing history displayed in medieval towns with cobbled streets and castles as well as in charming mountain villages with views to die for. There’s a huge choice of locations, making the country the perfect hideaway for expats from across the world.

One superb example of the best Spain has to offer is the small, historic city of Granada, famed for its charming old town and overlooked by the soaring mountains of the Sierra Nevada. The city has a small-town feel as well as a laid-back vibe, and is cheaper by far than the vast majority of other Spanish destinations. Everything moves slowly, including the infamous Spanish bureaucracy, but no-one really cares, especially during siesta time.

Learning Spanish is essential for getting the best out of life in Spain, with the language itself full of passion, vigor and endless hand gestures. If you’re looking for year-round warmth, Granada’s not for you, as winters are cold and snow or sub-zero temperatures do happen, often preceded with and followed by sunny, warmish days.

Nature lovers will adore this region for its surrounding natural beauty, and the city is just a comfortable drive from the nearest beaches. If you’re looking to retire in Spain and need a quieter, more centred lifestyle, Grenada is the best bet.

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