The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular destinations in the world for retirees, particularly those from the United Kingdom. This beautiful coastal region of Andalucia offers everything an older generation could wish for. If you've worked hard and saved money for a comfortable retirement, there is no better place to invest than the Costa del Sol.
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Retirees love the warm, settled climate of southern Spain. Even in the winter, there's a daily dose of up to seven hours of sunshine. It provides beneficial vitamin D and an average temperature in January of fourteen degrees Celsius. It gives you the freedom to exercise in the warm sunshine for more than 320 days of the year. The comfortable weather of the Costa del Sol helps to keep your muscles and joints supple, easing age-related conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism.
Interesting City Life
Málaga is one of Spain's most popular retirement cities. As the country's sixth largest urban area, it has plenty of opportunities for retaining and cultivating a lively, inquisitive mind. There are many museums and art galleries in Málaga with interesting exhibitions and paintings from famous Spanish artists such as Goya and Velazquez. Everyone loves to visit Picasso's birthplace which is now the city's Casa Natal Museum. And of course, learning Spanish is the perfect way to add to your talents.
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The Costa del Sol is popular with foreign residents enabling newcomers to settle in very quickly. English is frequently spoken in the local shops and cafes because there is a high number of British retirees. Moving to Málaga provides you with a new life where you can instantly feel at ease and make new friends with similar interests.
Unfortunately, retirement often brings new challenges regarding health problems. However, Spain's healthcare facilities are impressive. There is an excellent national health system which is available to foreign residents, providing they have paid enough towards similar schemes in their home countries. You also have the option of private healthcare. The Costa del Sol offers modern hospitals and medical practices that serve both sectors.
The Costa del Sol has well-developed transport systems. The roads are usually maintained in an excellent condition, including the main coastal route of the Autopista AP-7. Málaga also has an efficient network of bus and train services. You can easily visit many of Andalucia's Pueblos Blancos or white-washed villages. They include picturesque towns such as Istán, Mijas, Casares and Ronda. Travelling throughout Spain is generally inexpensive and when you want to make a brief visit to your homeland, Málaga International Airport is within easy reach.
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Residency and Investment
Start preparing for your move to the Costa del Sol a few months in advance. You'll need an S1 form which entitles you to apply for a residency permit and have access to the healthcare system. You must also register with the Social Security department, the Town Hall and the local police station. At Costasol Properties, we have been successfully assisting ex-pats to retire to the Costa del Sol for more than twenty-five years. We are ideally located in Marbella and can help you deal with all your documentation and translation requirements. Our extensive portfolio contains the best investments in the region, enabling you to find the perfect retirement property in the Costa del Sol.