Retirement in , Orihuela Costa, Costa Blanca, Spain
Playa Flamenca Orihuela Costa Spain Spain is the ideal place to live when you retire to live in the sun but still wish to be only a short flight to visit your family. Playa Flamenca Orihuela Costa Costa Blanca Spain is approximately 2½ hours flying time from the UK making this one of the most popular areas to live.
The mild winters appeal to many Europeans, the majority of whom live on the coast, although living inland is becoming more popular. Property prices in Spain are slightly lower than the UK as is the cost of living, good reasons for retiring in Spain. During winter the average temperature is 18c and more often than not, much warmer when sunny.
The Costa Blanca and Costa Del Sol are still among the favourite areas for the British, Irish, Germans and Norwegens to settle. If you want to live in Spain permanently, note that it became compulsory to register for Residencia as from 1st January 2008. You will be required to register for residency before you register on the padron at the Orihuela Costa Town Hall. The padron is similar to the Electoral Register in the UK, thus the Town Hall can provide the services you need to enjoy you retirement, purchase or change a car, join the local Medical Centre and the many social activities including free Spanish lessons for senior citizens which are available for everyone registered on the padron. The Residencia card entitles you to equal treatment with Spanish citizens. If you are not of retirement age, you should ensure you have private health insurance.
You can contact Bupa International who cover you in Spain, the insurers are known as Sanitas. If you shop around you can find other health insurance companies, I can personally recommend Sanitas as I had a bad fall and a cancer scare, immediate treatment and care, fantastic. You just call them direct, they offer you a choice of hospital or specialist in your area and you just go, you do not need to see the local Doctor and wait for hours or months for treatment.
Hospitals in Spain are of a high standard. About 5km distance from Flamenca Beach is the new Torrevieja Hospital which opened in October 2006, with state of the art technology, experienced multi-lingual staff who deal with private and state care. The general opinion so far is that the service is far better than the UK, so do not be put off considering living in Spain because of healthcare or language difficulties, the Spanish staff are very helpful and most of them do speak English anyway, wonderful!
You will need to apply for the E111 card and you need to carry it with you at all times,. The E111 card guarantees free healthcare across the EU which can be interpreted differently