Retirees favour Spain

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SPAIN is the top European destination for people seeking to retire abroad.

A new report by retirement experts International Living has ranked Spain fifth in the world for the best places to retire to, but ahead of any other European destination.

The report particularly praises the Costa del Sol, saying that “thousands of English-speaking expats” in the area makes it much easier for retirees to fit in. A number of factors make Spain attractive to retirees, including the laid-back lifestyle, the mixture of beaches and mountains, vibrant cities, golf and fantastic climate.

Only Costa Rica, Malaysia, Ecuador and Panama scored higher than Spain in the study, but given that International Living Magazine is an American publication, the proximity to the US of the top four retirement destinations is an important factor.

The report went on the recommend the cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga.

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