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Go Expat In… Moving to Alicante

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Thinking of moving to Alicante? Then our latest article by Matthew Hirtes may whet your appetite. If you have a destination for relocating to Spain that you would like to see featured, let us know by emailing info@spainbuddy.com

The eastern city’s that neither big nor bad

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Although its name may suggest it shares a tacky status with nearby Costa Blanca resorts, Alicante’s a whole lot more pleasant on the peepers than an eyesore. This is very much a provincial Spanish city. And one that’s more working town than tourist resort.

Life can get rather hectic, especially during fiesta time where it’s not uncommon for firecrackers to go off on your doorstep. Expats tend to prefer living within half an hour’s drive of the city rather than actually in it. So you might find it difficult to build up a network of compatriots.

In and out
Alicante-Elche airport (ALC) is the sixth-busiest airport in the whole of Spain. To the extent that it also serves both Murcia and Valencia. It’s located 9km southwest of the city centre.

The British School of Alicante’s also known as King’s College. Rated “excellent” by the latest Independent Schools Inspectorate report, the ISI lavished praise on the school. They noted: “The commitment of the staff is exemplary.”

Shop until you drop…
The Rambla de Méndez Núñez’s the heart of the Alicante shopping scene. On and around this bustling thoroughfare, you’ll find many of the city’s best independent boutiques. And if all that walking sees your soles give way, there’s certainly no shortage of shoe shops where you’ll be able to pick up a new pair.

Property types
There are bargains to be had in Alicante on the property front. La Crisis has resulted in quite a few repossessions. And if you head as far south as Torrevieja, you’ll find properties with prices as low as €40.000.

Market watch
Apartments, €70.000+. Villas and townhouses, €140.000+.

Click to view property for sale in Alicante (link opens in a new window)

In Praise Of
“Alicante’s a beautiful place to move to as there’s so much going on throughout the year. It’s a vibrant, cosmopolitan city by the sea with fabulous beaches, historic old town, and an impressive castle. Yet, it’s a smallish city and so has a friendly feel. The fiestas are fantastic, particularly in summer when Alicante celebrates the summer solistice with beach parties, fireworks galore, and giant satirical statues which are burnt to the ground.” Sarah Farrell (My Destination Alicante)

• Are you an expat in Alicante? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.

About your questions…

Sorry – but we do not offer relocation advice on an individual basis through Spain Buddy. There are a number of relocation experts who are better placed to advise you on your new life in sunny Spain.

16 Responses to Go Expat In… Moving to Alicante

  1. Sara March 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Just so you know, the photo is from Altea – a small town a bit up the coast!

  2. nikki October 16, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Hi there, I’ve been living as an expat in Alicante since January and absolutely love it. I live at the north end of the city towards playa de San Juan, about 15 minutes from the city centre and think it has a good balance of everything. On my doorstep are a plethora of shops, bars and restaurants that stay open all year round, so many we still haven’t even scratched the surface yet! Nothing beats heading out in the afternoon sunshine for a cana and tapas for 1.50 Euros and people watching. Its great to practice my spanish and sample some different types of tapas u dont get in the uk (cheese with rose petal jam and dates wrapped in bacon being two of my favs). And spanish people are so friendly and welcoming if you make an effort. If I fancy something more upbeat I head on the tram into the city centre and go to ‘mushroom street’ and castanos for a mojito and maybe a dance in a disco bar. Or try improve my Spanish at a language exchange group. Then I can head back to avenida Costa blanca and try some salsa at Texaco pub, or maybe rock music at the Harley bar. It has so much to offer I can’t wait to explore more…

  3. Matthew Hirtes October 16, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Glad to hear you’re settling in, Nikki. Sounds like you’re having a great time. Thanks for taking time out to comment.

  4. Kendall October 22, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    how difficult would it be for an American to live in Alicante? Is it relatively simple to become a Spanish citizen? Is there an article or blog that details the process? I appreciate the information.

  5. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper October 22, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Hello Kendall. It is fairly straightforward, as long as you don’t mind jumping through a few paperwork hoops. We recommend that American relocators speak to Cat Gaa, a good friend of Spain Buddy’s owners. You can reach her via her website at http://comoconsultingspain.com/

    Good luck!

  6. Daren April 26, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Hi Nikki, are you still in San Juan? I’ve just moved out here and it would be great to chat with another brit and learn from your experiences.

  7. Anne August 8, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Is this a good place to retire. I am 59 and my husband is 61. We are thinking of selling our home and living somewhere beautiful and affordable. Would appreciate any help in starting our research.

  8. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper August 8, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Hello Anne. You certainly wouldn’t be the first retirees to move to the area. Any area is good to retire to – but it all depends on personal taste.
    Good luck!
    E x

  9. Marléne September 15, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Daren and Nikki I would love to talk to you about possible areas to live between Alicante and San Juan

  10. H&B Spain January 12, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Plus if your moving to Spain you can get most of the ammenieties like your vits and supplements.

    Holland and Barrett have just launched their new website online in Spain. Delivery within 72 hours to Alicante.


  11. Connie Lassiter February 17, 2017 at 5:07 am

    My daughter and I are looking to relocate to Spain from United States. We will be in the area the entire month of May and would love to meet up with any ex pats and chat a bit about the process.


  12. Aimee March 25, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Hi I am looking into the possibility of moving to the Med coast of Spain (Alicante is high on the list) for a year or so–in about 4-5 years. Just starting the learning and “finding contacts” phase. Am open to conversation and learning

  13. Margie August 9, 2017 at 11:04 am

    I’m thinking of moving to the med too, my husband and I are in our late forties and we have a ten year old child.. Any information regarding work, life ect would really be appreciated.. feels like a needle in the haystack situation. Many thanks.

  14. Pete December 2, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    I am looking to move and live here but am finding it difficult to find low cost long term furnished properties for a single person also I am trying to find out how I can get a residency here as I am a British citizen. Once living here is it easy to find work and carry on self employed online. Hope I can get advice as I am finding it difficult to find the answers I want. Thanks

  15. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper December 4, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Pete. I canb’t help with accommodation I’m afraid – I’d just recommend speaking to as many agents as possible.

    Residencia is siomple enough – although the rules have tightened now… so you’ll need to be able to prove how you can pay for healthcare… which can be done via a healthy bank balance, proof of income or proof of payment to a private healthcare company. There are people who can help you with this for a fee. We paid the fee to someone when we first moved over and it’s worth every centimo for the peace of mind. I don’t know who does it in Alicante… but if you are on Facebook… any local Alicante Groups will be able to recommend someone. Whoever you choose should be able to help you get set up to pay tax on your earnings and get you registered into the Spanish healthcare system (which will avoid you having to pay for private healthcare – although it’s not cheap. It can be €280 per month regardless of earnings).

    For finding work – it’s as easy as anywhere else. All depends how proactive you are at marketing yourself.

    Does that help?

    Good luck!

    Elle xx

  16. Jason Giordanella January 7, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Hi, I am looking to locate myself to Alicante Sept 2018. My girlfriend is south american and is completing her masters in Alicante university. I am visiting the city in March to get an idea of best areas to live in for us and to enjoy the city for a few days and I would also like to check out a few areas in the city and on the outskirts of the city which have good transport connections to the university and are also nice places and good value to live in. Can anyone recommend some areas inside the city and on the outskirts that would be maybe within 30 mins transport to the university and are quite nice areas and any suggestions of living outside the city. Any advice and insights are greatly appreciated.

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