Moving home is said to be one of the most stressful things that we ever do in our lives, largely because there are just so many things to take care of, and there is the constant worry that we might have forgotten to do something that is vitally important. We create a list and then find that on that list there are things to do which need sub-lists. Not only that, but if you have a moving date, you are also constrained by the fact that everything – and we do mean everything – has to be completed by a certain date.
Portugal is a friendly, welcoming country, and most of the population speaks English, which are two good reasons for moving there, whether you are retiring, or just want to live in the sun. Indeed, if the latter is the case, then you should consider the Algarve because it has 3,000 hours of sunshine every year – that’s over 8 hours a day! Yet there are cooling breezes coming off the Atlantic in the summer, so it doesn’t get over-heated.
Spain is one of the most popular countries that British expats move to, often because they have been there for their summer holidays for years and they love the weather and the laid-back way of life. Having said that, the weather in Spain can vary considerably. Down south on the Mediterranean it is hot in the summer, warm in the winter, and the sun shines for 320 days a year. Central Spain tends to have extremes of hot and cold, while in the Pyrenees, of course, you can go skiing, as you can on the Sierra Nevada.