LIVING IN NORTHERN SPAIN
Advantages of living in Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria
The cost of living in Spain is less,
The Spanish are incredibly warm and helpful.
The health service in Asturias, Cantabria and Galicia is better than UK, and you are entitled to free health care.
Air travel from UK is cheap, or there are 2 ferry services which aren't.
There's plenty of work for builders who want to invest in their own property.
Property is cheaper than on the Costas, and much cheaper than in UK.
Unlike the nightmare of the Costas, there's not much traffic on the roads.
Booze is very cheap. Petrol and diesel are much cheaper.
The weather is much better. The costas are semi-deserts. Here it rains, there are rivers and cows, and everything is green - just like UK, but sunnier and drier. Gardening is no problem.
The quality of life is better. There are no bullfights.
Here in Galicia, Asturias, and Cantabria we've found no corruption, no land grabs.
You will find lots of property agents advertising. It's a very profitable activity - you should be careful of all of them, including British ones. None of them are there for your benefit - just their own. That doesn't mean you shouldn't use them - just make sure you have a good lawyer to look after your interests. Get as much advice as you can.
Inland from the Costas, you may find it impossible to get a proper telephone; in Galicia, Asturias, and Cantabria you won't find the same problem. Mobiles work, depending on reception, and you can even access the internet with them. Don't use your British one, buy in Spain - you'll get a better deal.
It takes forever to do anything in Spain. Spanish officials, even Spanish businessmen, are incredibly slow. It's frustrating, but you just have to learn patience. And the bureaucracy..........
It's difficult to buy tea, Marmite, marmalade, Cheddar cheese, self-raising flour, currants etc.
All your friends and relations will come and visit, and visit, and visit.
You have to learn Spanish for living in Spain - you need to. Very few people speak English- they don't need to. If you don't want Spanish lessons, then you must go to the costas. They're not Spain - more like Clacton with sun and traffic.
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