5 Reasons to Quit the Big City & Move to the Spanish Coast

Life is always better on the beach written in the sand.

Are you dreaming of escaping the hustle and bustle of city life? We’ve got five compelling reasons why you should consider trading skyscrapers for palm trees by relocating to the serene Spanish Coast.

1-The Health Benefits of Coastal Living

Surfers walking down the beach
Regular activities such as swimming, surfing or simply walking along the beach strengthen your cardiovascular system and reduce the risk of heart disease

Living by the sea offers a unique blend of physical and mental health benefits. For starters, coastal regions are naturally conducive to physical activities such as swimming, surfing, sailing, hiking, or simply walking along the beach. Such regular activities not only strengthen your cardiovascular system, but according to the World Health Organization, they can also reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes.

Furthermore, a 2019 study published in Health & Place revealed that people living in areas with more green and blue spaces had lower levels of mental distress. The soothing sound of waves, the smell of the salty sea air, and the overall serene environment are known to reduce stress and promote a sense of wellbeing.

Read more in our blog “Marbella can be good for your health” 

2. Unmatched Quality of Life

Family having a picnic on the beach.
When you live in Spain the “mañana” attitude eventually rubs off: stress levels diminish and a default state of peace settles in

Coastal living in Spain comes with a relaxed pace of life that is a far cry from the ceaseless haste of city life. Here, the focus shifts from chasing deadlines to cherishing moments—be it a leisurely morning stroll along the beach, a midday siesta, or an evening spent savouring tapas at a local chiringuito.

Moreover, Spain ranks high on the OECD Better Life Index, particularly for life satisfaction and work-life balance, ensuring you a fulfilling and well-rounded life.

Read more in our blog A brief guide to Spanish attitude” 

3. Exceptional Cuisine

Traditional Spanish paella on the beach
Savor the rich, aromatic flavors of a traditional Spanish paella

Food is at the heart of Spanish culture, and the coast offers the freshest of seafood, straight from the sea to the plate. The Mediterranean diet, hailed as one of the healthiest globally, is rich in lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats—promoting longevity and decreasing the risk of chronic diseases.

And there’s no better place to enjoy this diet than in Spain, where eating is not just a necessity but a social event celebrated with friends and family.

Begin the gastronomic journey by reading our blog “Marbella’s Michelin Stars”

4. The Spanish Coastal Real Estate Market

Vista Lago Residences
Vista Lago Residences was recognised as the “World’s Best Residential Development” at the International Property Awards in London

The Spanish coast, particularly areas like Marbella, offers a diverse range of properties, from luxury villas to charming coastal cottages, all within a stone’s throw from the mesmerizing Mediterranean.

Living by the sea can be a profitable venture too. Coastal properties tend to retain their value over time, and a report by Tinsa, a Spanish valuation firm, noted that the price of coastal properties rose by 5.7% in 2022, making it an attractive prospect for investment.

Discover the Best Residential Complex in the World (spoiler alert: it’s in Marbella!)

5. Climate and Natural Beauty

View over the Embalse de Zahara reservoir, Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema
View over the Embalse de Zahara reservoir, Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema in the province of Cádiz

Spain’s Southern coast boasts more than 320 sunny days a year, providing ample opportunities to soak up the vitamin D and enjoy outdoor activities. According to a study in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, regular exposure to sunlight can increase serotonin levels, leading to improved moods and mental health.

And it’s not just about the sea—the Spanish coast also offers verdant landscapes, breathtaking mountain ranges, and nature reserves teeming with diverse flora and fauna.

Learn about Spain’s new national park which happens to be close to Marbella!

In conclusion, a move to the Spanish coast is an invitation to embrace a healthier, more relaxed, and enriching way of life. It’s a chance to live in the lap of nature, experience cultural richness, and enjoy the benefits of a sound investment. So, are you ready to make the switch?

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