Making new friends abroad

It’s fun and easy to make new friends abroad while reaping all the benefits of a new life in the sun! There are those who aim to avoid British people when they move abroad, and others who prefer to have a good old natter over a proper British cuppa like to know there will always be someone nearby.

These four European locations offer a bit of both. In each, there are areas where you’ll feel completely Continental. But if you hang around in the local supermarket for long enough you’re sure to hear an English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland accent.

 

Cyprus

Cyprus has always remained a top destination for British buyers, with many of them owing holiday homes and permanent resident. This beautiful sunny Island offers everything from the old traditional villages and towns to stylish new Marinas and Exclusive Luxury Beach-front Properties. Here you will find properties for all budgets and lifestyle and where you will feel truly at home! Cyprus is a magical island where the local Cypriot people are friendly by nature. There is so much to see and do on this beautiful island from golf, water sports, water parks, stunning sandy beaches, diving, snorkeling in the crystal clear sea and much more.

 

Property in Cyprus

Cyprus apartments start from around €80,000 and you can find beautiful 2/3 bedroom town-houses for under €200,000 on a small complex with swimming pool and landscaped gardens, €250,000 Euros will give you a good selection of 3 bedroom villas, or if you have the budget where money is no object, you can buy super luxury beach-front villas in Paphos and Limassol

 

Greece & Greek Islands

Greece and the Greek islands is a very popular choice for international buyers, especially for the British expats who love the Greek islands. Greece and the Greek islands are blessed with natural beauty with stunning breathtaking beauty, wonderful friendly local Greek people, Greece offers stunning beaches, lush green mountains, boat rides to neighbour islands, water sports, delicious home made food and fine local wines. This is where you will truly find your paradise on earth.

Property in Greece & Greek Islands

In Greece you can find all types of properties to suit your budget and lifestyle with apartments starting from around €70,000 and two bedroom spacious houses for well under €200,000 and 3 bedroom villas with private pools with a good size plot of land with sea views for around €350,000

 

Portugal

The Algarve, Portugal, here you will find a real mix of international residents living both in the quieter countryside and in the more touristy areas. You can choose whether you want to be involved in the expat scene, in resort towns by the beach with affordable apartments, sports bars and pubs.

Rather different is Central Portugal now a well-kept secret a firm favourite with British buyers. The UK and around the world are falling in love with this enchanting region with it’s beautiful scenic valleys covered with rich vegetation all year round.

 

Property in Portugal

Portugal apartments start from around €100,000 and you can find small houses for under €150,000. Traditional terraced houses go for around €250,000. In Monte Gordo, a budget of €150,000 would present you with a large selection of apartments.

 

Spain

Southern Spain, and the Costa Del Sol in particular, is a popular choice for international buyers. There are large numbers of permanent expats, holiday-home owners and – increasingly –British retirees enjoying their 90 days in Spain over the winter without needing to claim residency under new Brexit rules.

The region enjoys around 3,000 hours of sunshine a year (double that which the UK receives), reasonably affordable property and great accessibility. The international airport in Malaga receives dozens of flights from every corner of the UK, every day, all year.

So, where do the expats tend to reside? Many choose Malaga itself. The capital of the region maintains a very Spanish ‘feel’, with wonderful tapas bars, an upmarket waterfront, chic boutiques in its city centre, sensational food markets and the famous Picasso Museum, this being his home town.

Close to Malaga are the resorts of Torremolinos and Benalmadena They are more touristy than other parts of the Costa and can get busy in the summer months, however, there is a large British community with plenty of expat activities to get involved with.

If you don’t mind a short drive from the airport, consider the picturesque village of Mijas Just 30 kilometres from Malaga, this white-washed village nestled in the mountains offers true Spanish culture with a real community feel. Mijas is near some fantastic golf courses and golf properties and the village hall even has a department for helping new expats settle in.

 

Property in Spain

Malaga presents city living at an affordable price. You can find one-bedroom apartments in the heart of the city starting at around €110,000. In the resorts, you can find apartments for under €100,000 and villas are affordable too. In Mijas, most apartments are under €200,000, and there are some beautiful town houses for €200,000-€300,000.