Top Tips for families moving to Spain

Posted on Sep 8 2015 - 11:30am by Charlie

Moving to a new country is always a daunting prospect, so it’s important to have a thorough understanding of all the basic hints and tips you’ll need when starting a new life abroad. When it comes to moving to Spain, there are a number of specific details you’ll need to take on board so that your transition runs smoothly and you can settle in without any problems. Here are some of the things you need to consider prior to boarding the flight your new destination.

If you are moving as a small family over to Spain for the first time, you will need to register with your local town hall. School-age and pre-school children that require a new school can get all the information needed at the town hall. You will be provided with advice on the nearest schools suited to your requirements.

Spain is well known for its fiestas but many fiestas are location-specific or based on local legend or an historical event. A good example of this is San Sebastian, located in the Basque country. A festival takes place here every January as they celebrate their 1812 liberation from the French by lord Wellington.

Before moving to Spain you need to be absolutely certain that your future medical costs will be covered. Once you’ve got this sorted out you’ll feel a whole lot more relaxed about what could happen in the event of an injury sustained. The Spanish healthcare system is well maintained and you may well come across a number of English speaking medical staff.

If you’ve been dreaming of any idyllic Spanish lifestyle for some time, you need to make sure you know the best locations in Spain that offer this particular preference. The traditional Spanish lifestyle is found inland, with numerous attractive villages at low prices and a close, friendly community.

If you’re still struggling to find a school, it might be due to the high priority that good education takes on many parents’ lists in Spain. Private school places are often filled very quickly, with the vast majority filled in advance. There are also waiting lists for private schools, so you need to make sure you’re in contact with your chosen school well in advance.

If there’s anything you won’t have a problem with, it’s the many aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that may well have attracted you in the first place. Some of these include the inevitable sunshine, wine, paella, tapas, siestas, music and more. If you do your best to embrace these cultural changes, you’ll have no problem settling in.

There are certain dates in the Spanish calendar that stand out above all the others and fiestas such as the Summer Solstice are certainly worth having on your calendar. Spectacular fireworks light up the sky at night alongside bonfires all in celebration of the longest day of the year. The further south you go in Spain, the more spectacular and traditional the celebrations become.

It is highly advised that you seek a holiday home in Spain before you set your heart on a property to purchase. Holiday homes provide the ideal platform for you to explore the country and get use to the new surroundings and cultural differences. Every region has its own traditions, so there is plenty for you to discover.

Article provided by Panorama.es; Marbella’s largest, longest-running and most trusted real estate firm.

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