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Moving To Alicante: Your Relocation Guide

April 16, 2021
The salty sea air, the calming waves, and soft sand against an urban city where the Mediterranean sun shines on. Though there are so many places like this, the coastal city of Alicante in Spain is definitely among the standouts. It's a very complete city, with schools, hospitals, museums, nightlife, and more. No wonder more and more people are relocating here! Who wouldn't want to move to a city by the sea? That'd be paradise! With that said, it's not necessarily easy to simply move your entire life here. You'll need this relocation guide to show you the ropes!
Moving To Alicante: Your Relocation Guide


Overview

With only 373,000 residents to date, Alicante is one of the less populous cities in Spain. With that said, the city does remain to grow in popularity. More and more people are visiting the place, making it an emerging tourist destination in the country. Many attribute it to the hot climates where, even during winter, the city remains sunny and warm all throughout. Still, Alicante remains a very local city at heart. Though the international community here is growing Spanish still dominates as the main language here. You'd do well in enrolling in a language school to learn to speak and understand it.
Moving To Alicante: Your Relocation Guide
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Getting Around

When it comes to public transport, Alicante offers a variety of options. There are the trams, starting in the central Plaza de Los Luceros, traveling to most areas of the city. Buses with numerous routes and several stops and stations throughout Alicante. And, of course, taking a taxi is a wide choice as well. Whichever you go for, you can easily get a ride or board the right bus/tram if you get help from a transportation app. Incidentally, such platforms can also help you rent a car, another common way to get around Alicante.
Moving To Alicante: Your Relocation Guide
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Where to Live

Before anything else, you really ought to know which neighborhoods in Alicante you want to settle down in. Don't think that because it's a Spanish coastal city that all areas have a similar vibe. You'd be surprised at how one part of the city is so different from the next. You have to take into account your specific lifestyle as well as those who you're relocating to Alicante with. El Centro, of course, is a smart choice as it is the heart of the city. This will be perfect if you're more into the urban lifestyle and want to be in the middle of all the hustle and bustle here.
Moving To Alicante: Your Relocation Guide
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Real Estate

Luckily for you, Alicante is actually one of the least expensive cities in Spain. Argubaly in all of Europe, even! This isn't to say it's cheap here or anything like that, but rather, compared to most other cities in the country and the rest of Europe, Alica is definitely among the most affordable. Just look at the common rental fees here! For as low as €350.00 a month, you can already get a good solo home. In fact, the average median prices for rent in Alicante ranges from a minimum of €500.00 to a maximum of €900.00 a month. Not bad, right?
Moving To Alicante: Your Relocation Guide
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Employment

Since Alicante is a coastal town in rural Spain, there aren't that many job opportunities here as there would be in cities like Madrid or Barcelona. Nevertheless. one can still find a job here. After all, Spain's job market appears to be relatively stable. Although the most recent unemployment rate as of early 2021 is 14.70%, one of the highest in Europe, more and more companies, businesses, and corporations are popping up all over the country. Since Alicante is slowly becoming a popular tourist destination, this sector would eventually grow big enough to employ a lot of people in the city.
Moving To Alicante: Your Relocation Guide
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Education

If you're moving to Alicante with your own family, don't think that it'd be more of a hassle than if you're all by yourself. You're probably stressing out about how your kids can continue their studies here, right? Most especially if you came from a non-Spanish-speaking country and your little ones don't know how to speak the language. How will they be able to go on with their schooling then? Enroll them in the many international schools in the city. King's College The British School of Alicante and the European School of Alicante are just some of the top-notch institutions your kids can study in!
Moving To Alicante: Your Relocation Guide
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Healthcare

You also don't have to worry about healthcare in Alicante too! Thanks to the fact that Spain's healthcare operates on a universal system, the moment you become a legal resident of Alicante (or of Spain, in general), you automatically gain access to it. Of course, this also includes getting treated at the finest hospitals in Alicante. There are a lot of them too! Hospital Alicante may be the most famous and the central health institution in the country, but the likes of Hospital General Universitario and the Medimar clinic deserve some recognition too! Just make sure you go tone that corresponds to the type of coverage you have, either public or private healthcare!
Moving To Alicante: Your Relocation Guide
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Safety

It's easy to think that because Alicante is a relatively unpopular and small minor city in Spain that it won't be all that good of a place to relocate to. Be that as it may, there are some benefits to living in such a place. One of the main ones is that, more often than not, underrated cities like Alicante tend to be safer. Alicante's crime rates, for instance, are quite low. As of 2021, the city's general crime rate is at 24.64%, one of the lowest in Spain. And its rate of increasing crimes over the past few years? Only at a moderate 52.31%!
Moving To Alicante: Your Relocation Guide
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Taxes

Since you're moving to Aliante, you're essentially becoming a legal resident of Spain. And when that happens, you'll have to adhere to the country's tax system! Unless you also inherited something substantial here or you set up your own company, all you really have to pay attention to is your income tax. The rate you pay depends on how much you earn per year. It's similar to those in other countries, especially in the neighborhood European territories. Also, pay attention to the VAT when you're purchasing goods and services too! This is one tax that everyone pays, whether they're locals or tourists.
Moving To Alicante: Your Relocation Guide
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Relocation Tips

Finally, for some final relocation tips. The moment you get to Alicante, you have to set up your own Spanish bank account first. Having a local one to store your money in will help you settle all your finances. Don't simply rely on money-storing platforms online and the like. Keeping your money in an actual local bank account is still the wider and safer option. At the same time, don't forget to join a local mobile network too! You can get a great plan that will provide you with ample wifi data to help you stay connected with friends and family, both here and abroad!
Moving To Alicante: Your Relocation Guide
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Alicante is a dreamy coastal city in Spain that's one of the country's best unkept hidden secrets! Before long, you'll find yourself wanting to move here! When you do, let this relation guide help you out to ensure nothing goes wrong for you along the way!




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