In essence, life here can be as Spanish or as English as you choose, this is what makes your move to Spain something of a ‘soft landing’, almost unique in Europe. You can integrate at your own pace – or not, as you prefer. As already indicated, some of the inland villages can be totally Spanish, whereas in the coastal towns, every service and every sport, activity and interest is catered for.

We do suggest that you learn at least the basics of Spanish - you will then find that the locals are very receptive and encouraging at even a modest attempt to communicate with them in their own language. The mañana and siesta culture has been well preserved. This can be a little frustrating at times, at least until one relaxes and gears down to the local pace of things!