Discovering Paradise: Europe’s Most Popular Expat Communities

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When it comes to the topic of retirement, what could be more enticing than kicking your feet up on a sandy beach somewhere along the Mediterranean, sipping a sangria or an Aperol Spritz whilst soaking up with sunshine?

In a recent study by Moving to Spain, the most popular golden age destinations are revealed. With our readership here at Euro Weekly News extending to every corner of Europe, we are your one-stop solution for top tips and best practices for staying connected with the British expat community abroad. So let’s take a deep dive into the merits of Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Malta for beginning anew.


At the top of the list sits the sun-soaked paradise of Portugal. Boasting a retirement score of 7.83 out of 10, Portugal seduces retirees with its affordable cost of living (45.3), high-quality healthcare (78.0), and a welcoming community, with 22.6% of the population aged 65 and above. The cost of living is reflected in the average apartment price per square foot, with an enticing €227 ($245/£195). Combine this with approximately 2,628 annual sunshine hours, and it’s easy to see why Portugal is a top-choice for many expats.

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Algarve beach – Jmanyphotography/ Shutterstock


If you’re searching for the fountain of youth then the Spanish way of life might just be your answer. According to research, Spain holds the highest average life expectancy in Europe. Spain also boasts one of the most active British expat communities across Europe, with Euro Weekly news (the largest English language newspaper) uplifting the community from coast to coast. Add to this a comfortable cost of living, a strong healthcare system, and a striking 731 blue flag beach sites, making Spain a fantastic choice for those yearning for a 365-day holiday location and sun-kissed retirement.

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Italy takes the cake for embracing the golden years, with the highest percentage of people aged 65 and above (23.7%). Renowned for its world-class cuisine, historic architecture, and warm climate, Italy offers a rich cultural experience. With an average of 2,227 sunshine hours annually and a competitive healthcare quality score of 80.9, retirement in Italy could be a glorious new is beginning.

Beautiful bay with colourful houses and boats in Italy's dock
Bay in Portofino – Olena Znak / Shutterstock


If you’re a sun worshipper, however, then you may want to set your sights on Malta. Known for its historic sites and stunning coastlines, Malta also holds the title for the highest amount of annual sunshine in Europe. With an impressive 2,993 hours of golden rays each year, Malta ensures that your retirement years are filled with sunny days.

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If you’re looking to engage further with the exciting world of expat living, keep up to date with our Living in Spain section for all the best advice on successfully navigating your move to Spain’s most popular regions such as the Costa del Sol.

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Emily Herbertson

Originally from the UK, Emily is based in Marbella and is a writer for the Euro Weekly News covering news and features. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at