Posted on 18 October 2017
Retirement should be viewed as one of the most exciting times of your life, rather than the autumn of your years. It’s a chance to finally realise your dream of living in the sun, now the kids have grown up, the mortgage is paid off and time is no longer a precious commodity. So why not join the thousands of retirees who have already made the move to Spain, to enjoy this fabulous county’s climate, culture and convenient location.
Here are five reasons why retiring to the Spanish sun could be good for your body and soul.
Food and drink
Forget microwave meals, fried fish and chips and spotted dick with custard. Your new Mediterranean diet will be all about fresh fruit and veg from the market; fresh fish straight off the boat; an endless supply of plenty of nuts, beans, whole grains and legumes; plus a generous helping of healthy olive oil. And why not wash it all down with a glass of Rioja?
A perfect example of Spain’s healthy climate can be found in Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca. Sun starved Brits head here to bask in 320 days of sunshine a year. This generous supply of vitamin D is made possible in most parts of the country due to the limited amount of rainfall. For example, Almería on Spain’s southern coast receives an average of just 26 days of rain a year, compared to a whopping 170 in the UK’s wettest city, Glasgow.
Gone will be the days when you’re forever checking the weather forecast to see what type of rain awaits you tomorrow. You can almost guarantee that the weather gods will allow you to get out and enjoy favourable conditions when you make the move. Hitting the fairway, playing a spot of tennis or relaxing on the beach will become part of everyday life. A short journey previously made by car back in the UK becomes an enjoyable stroll in the sun on your chosen costa. You’ll be fitter than ever!
Learning a language
Exercising your brain is just as important as exercising your body. Recent research by UK neuroscientists has revealed that learning a new language is one of the best ways for older people to keep their minds agile. Not only will this help you ward off mental decline and dementia, it will also help you integrate into the local community.
You will be glad to be leaving the good old NHS behind when you hear the results of a global study published in The Lancet medical journal. The report, which rates 195 countries in terms of their quality and access to healthcare, revealed the NHS is among the worst systems in Europe. Eighth placed Spain left Britain trailing in its wake back in 30th.
Spain’s healthcare facilities received a further pat on the back from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which revealed Spain has the second longest average life expectancy in the world. And with over 100,000 citizens who have reached their centenary, turning 100 isn’t such a big deal here.
When you’re ready to make the move, click here to download the Spain Buying Guide. It’s completely FREE and packed with great advice.