Perhaps the most important thing to do before you begin your search in earnest is to think about exactly what you are looking for from your Spanish property. Obviously, this will vary depending on whether you are buying a holiday home or a forever home, but these are a few questions you should be thinking about and discussing with your other half:
Do you fancy a traditional
Spanish existence or a
buzzing ex-pat community?
This can make a huge difference to where you buy. Quaint Spanish towns can offer a peaceful, traditional life where hardly a foreigner sets foot. Whereas the more popular ex-pat resorts around the south coast will provide a convenient social scene and often locals who speak your language, making the process of adjustment easier
Which kind of
environment do you
want to live in?
Do you want to live near a beach or do you yearn for the fresh, cooler air and stunning views in the mountains? Does the idea of living in a resort location that fills up with tourists come the summer months fill you with dread? Or is that exactly the kind of atmosphere you’re after? Does a buzzing cosmopolitan city lifestyle await? Or is it a rural retreat complete with vineyards and acres of sunny hillside that is attracting you to Spain?