There is a scene in the 2003 movie "Under The Tuscan Sun" that I now can identify as the moment...Read more
Spain is one of the cultural centers of Europe, a place where the people celebrate life, dance the flamenco, and enjoy wine and tapas. This birthplace of such great artists as Picasso and Salvador Dali, rich with history and fantastic old architecture mixed in with the modern new, is not quite as expensive as you may have thought. In some areas, it’s very affordable.
Spain is so diversified…there’s a place for every type of expat from a single retiree to a couple with children. The key to a happy life in Spain is finding the area that suits you. If you’re a culture vulture, you may appreciate Barcelona, Seville, or Madrid. If it’s sun, sand, and sea you’re after, take a look at the Costas. Even if it’s a green and seasonal area you seek, you have the northern Atlantic coast. It’s all available in Spain, and you can enjoy life there for less than US$2,000 per month.
|Cost of Living in Spain||Monthly Budget in US$|
|Gas (bottled for cooking)||US$30|
|Water (inc. in apartment fees)||US$17|
|Telephone (inc ADSL, TV)||US$47|
|Health Insurance (AARO – Hosp Plan)||US$434|
|Total Monthly Expenses||US$1,941|
Barcelona has done a lot of growing up in the last 30 years… the changes in the last 15 alone are clear after just a few hours in the city. I was last here in 2007, and back then you couldn’t eat dinner before 9 p.m. If you were lucky, you might find a restaurant that opened early—at 8:30—but that was a rarity. Today, you can see the impact the massive boom in international tourism has had on the city...Read more