Golden years by the sea: Top 9 sunny European cities to move to

By Tychyna TetianaMar 18, 2024 12:06 PMNews
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Golden years by the sea: Top 9 sunny European cities to move to
Reading a book on the beach is a real pleasure. Source: Freepik

More and more people prefer to live in cities that are located by the sea or ocean. This mostly concerns digital nomads whose profession allows them to work remotely or retirees looking for an exciting new place to spend their golden years.

We have created a list of the best European beach destinations for those who are about to move. Here you can enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine a year, according to Travel & Leisure.

The Mediterranean Spanish city of Alicante is known as the gateway to the Spanish Costa Blanca. It offers easy access to the country's best beaches and an incredible architectural style that reflects its rich history. It is noted that you can rent an apartment on the outskirts of Alicante for only 600 euros per month. It is estimated that it will take less than $2000 to cover the costs, and this figure includes housing and private health insurance. Finally, there is a large expat community here, which makes it easier for newcomers to adapt to the new environment.

Another Spanish city, Malaga, was recognized as the best place to live and work in the world for expats. The city was ranked first for work-life balance and overall cost of living, and second for recreation options. The capital of the Costa del Sol region has more than 2000 years of history and boasts an impressive historical centre, museums and many beaches. The city, which is also the birthplace of Picasso, has a vibrant art scene and hosts several festivals and cultural events throughout the year.

Spain's Valencia boasts more than 300 days of sunshine a year and average temperatures. Valencia is a great choice for those looking for warm weather. With more than 20 miles of scenic coastline, many parks, cultural and historical attractions, and restaurants (after all, it is the birthplace of paella), there are many opportunities for outdoor recreation all year round. According to research, the city has the best quality of life in the world and ranks first in terms of access to medical services.

The capital of Portugal, Lisbon, has become popular with retirees and digital nomads due to its sunny weather, fantastic dining options, rich cultural life, beautiful hilly cityscape, and laid-back lifestyle. Recently, Lisbon was ranked first in a survey of the most affordable monthly rent as a one-bedroom apartment here costs an average of $1125. It also has large parks and green areas. Lisbon also stands out as a safe city as Portugal is the seventh safest country in the world.

In Portugal's Carvoeiro, you can enjoy a higher quality of life as the region offers the best of both worlds: all the comforts and conveniences within a short distance, as well as the liveliness and charisma of large and bustling cities. The region attracts visitors, retirees and digital nomads with its sun-drenched beaches. The city is also known for its picturesque cliffs, first-class golf courses and excellent restaurants. The city is also known for its impressive main beach, a strip of golden sand nestled between steep limestone cliffs.

French Nice is known for its famous film festival and some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with museums, parks, charming neighbourhoods and, of course, the 4.3-mile-long Promenade des Anglais, which stretches along the azure waters of the Bay of Angels. To buy an apartment, it is recommended to choose a neighbourhood in the centre for easy access to everything Nice has to offer. At the same time, Nice offers a wide variety of neighbourhoods as well as other sought-after areas, although a little further up in the hills and quieter with great open spaces and sea views.

Croatia's Split is known for its historical attractions, sunny coastline and affordable lifestyle. Split is the second largest city in the country after the capital Zagreb, where residents can wander the streets of the old town, admire the azure waters of the Adriatic and visit numerous museums, restaurants and cafes. Split is also the third cheapest city in Europe, with expats spending an average of $1585 per month.

The French city of Antibes exudes seaside charm. The city is close to Sophia Antipolis, a 2,400-hectare technology community called the Silicon Valley of Europe, which is home to 2,500 companies. The price landscape remains stable, and compared to many other European cities, there is still a rich choice of housing available. The average price per square meter in Antibes in February 2024 was 6060 euros (9581 euros for Paris and 4151 euros for Lisbon).

The Swedish capital Stockholm is built on 14 islands, many of them with sandy stretches and swimming areas that are crowded with people during the summer months. Långholmen, a former prison island, is now a popular vacation spot for residents thanks to its small beaches, coves, and picnic areas. The Tantolunden Park is another great place, particularly beloved by families. Stockholm was recently named one of the best cities in the world for work-life balance.

Naples in Italy is famous for one of the most beautiful sandy stretches of the Mediterranean Sea. Add to that epic hikes to the nearby Mount Vesuvius and leisurely cruises to the Amalfi Coast and moving to Naples will sound like a great idea. The cost of living and housing here is also significantly lower than in big cities like Milan and Rome, and it attracts many expats and retirees.

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