Lifestyle

Whether you chose to live in Gibraltar itself or commute from one of the nearby Spanish towns, relocation to this area has so much more to offer than just living in the Sun.  Gibraltar is located on the southern peninsular of Spain and is easily accessible with flights into Gibraltar airport or Malaga airport 1.5 hours drive.  Gibraltar is located within easy driving distance of many top tourist destinations ideal for weekend or day trips such as skiing in Sierra Nevada, kite surfing in stunning Tarifa, and visiting beautiful cities such as Granada, Malaga, Seville, Cadiz, Ronda, or even take a day trip to Morocco!  The Costa Del Sol is also home to some amazing beaches, entertainment and golf courses all along the coast such as Marbella & Puerto Banus, Fuengirola and Nerja.

Dining & Nightlife

The Spanish lifestyle is relaxed and fun, with a strong emphasis on food and enjoyment.  With many fiestas the towns are regularly celebrating with street parties and various annual events.  It is quite usual for people to eat out a lot, enjoying fresh fish at the local Chiringuitos, tapas any time of day or evening, and leisurely coffees and beers cafes and bars.  The weekends are about enjoying time with family and friends and the local beaches, bars and restaurants are populated with local Spanish and European residents.  During the summer months it is not uncommon for bars and restaurants at the beach towns to be filled every night with local residents and tourists.  Some of the busier towns also have late bars, some with DJ’s, live entertainment, karaoke and nightclubs which cater to tourists and locals.  Beer and wine are very good value, starting from around €1.50 for a small beer or glass of wine.  Spirits and mixers are around €4-€5 and are very large measures.  There are also sangria and cocktails offered at most bars and restaurants at good prices.  Gibraltar has a fantastic array of restaurants and the standard and choice is similar to the UK or any European city. There are also some traditional English and Irish pubs, fish and chip restaurants and as well as Spanish style cafes and tapas restaurants.  The ocean village area is popular for nightlife, especially on a Friday evening, with various late bars with DJ’s and casinos.

Shopping

Most Spanish towns close to Gibraltar have local shops and supermarkets, and there are more commercial areas such as Marbella and Los Barrios where people would shop for clothing, home ware and electrical items.  There are some markets such as the popular Sunday market in Sabinillas and weekend market in Puerto Banus.  Gibraltar itself has a large Morrisons Supermarket, and various food shopping options.  It has many UK branded shops on Main Street such as Marks and Spencer &Top Shop, Debenhams.  Gibraltar offers very low price alcohol spirits and cigarettes as tax doesn’t apply to these items.

Language

The official language of Gibraltar is English, although the majority of Gibraltar residents speak both English and Spanish. Speaking Spanish is not necessary to work in Gibraltar, and many of the nearby Spanish towns are highly populated by English and other European communities, making it easy to integrate. For those wishing to learn Spanish There are a variety of language schools and private tutors available in the area.  Many people get by living in Spain with a little basic Spanish but it depends on the area.

Relocation Video

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