What are the most authentic parts of Spain?

Battersea59's picture
By Battersea59 - Posted on
15 August 2016

Hi, My husband and I are seriously considering moving to Spain to retire and to that end are becoming increasingly fluent in the language. We have both lived in different countries - UK, Italy, Canada, US - and don't see moving to a foreign country as a huge step. However, we don't know Spain very well and would like to move to a city/large town where we can consult or teach business English, while at the same time living in a villa rather than an apartment. We also don't want to be in a place that is over-run by tourists but has a somewhat quiet, authentic feel to it. We were wondering whether Sevilla would be a good place to head to but would value the opinions of some of the people on this site who have lived in Spain and know the country well. We don't think that we are Madrid or Barcelona people, so are interested in the places that still have a fairly thriving cultural downtown but aren't too crazy. Any suggestions would be most welcome! Thank you, Janie

SVLINDA's picture
Last seen: 2 years 38 weeks ago
Joined: 06/01/2016

As for the city, Valencia perfectly fits to what you are looking for. 3rd largest city in Spain, but quite small actually in the terms of moving around. Perfect climate also with 300 days of sun.

Your rating: None
Daniela de Castro's picture
Last seen: 1 year 43 weeks ago
Joined: 01/03/2018

Hi Janie

Valencia and Seville sound like the perfect destinations to suit your needs. While Seville may be a more 'authentic' Spanish experience, it is smaller than Valencia and will probably have fewer employment opportunities. Even though Valencia is a slightly bigger city, it has an extensive public transport network and you will not struggle to find a house or villa in the surrounding suburbs.

Expat arrivals has detailed guides on moving to Valencia and moving to Seville which you may find helpful for comparing the two destinations.  

- Daniela
Your rating: None
mav1's picture
Last seen: 1 year 46 weeks ago
Joined: 31/03/2018

I currently live in a cave house on the Altiplano of Granada. Whilst lots of people love it I am not getting on so am moving to near Albox in Almeria. Both are very spanish and accept foreigners well

Your rating: None Average: 5 (1 vote)

Read more posts about Spain

Search Expat Arrivals

Become our local expat expert for your area!

Become our local expat expert for your area! We are looking for contributors to help make this the ultimate guide for expats. Get in touch if you can provide useful info on your city or answer forum questions from new expats.
Find out more.

Got a question about your new country?

Login with your Facebook account (Recommended)