Which Spanish cities are British expats choosing to live in?

Which Spanish cities are British expats choosing to live in?

411,000 British expats live on Spanish shores, allured by sunshine, siestas and sandy beaches. Having been a haven for British expatriation since the 1970s, Spain has always attracted UK citizens. Statistics reveal that Spain is the most popular European destination for British emigration.

The slower pace of life, inexpensive living costs and the relative ease of the Spanish language all manage to entice. Whilst a trustworthy healthcare, high life expectancy and the freshest fruit and veg also seduce Brits away from the Isles.

So … which particular Spanish cities are expats moving to, and why?

We have listed the five most favoured Spanish locations for British emigrants:


Barcelona is the capital of the autonomous Catalonia, and is renowned for its Gaudi inspired, ‘modernista’ architecture, stunning beaches and al-fresco lifestyle. Consistently dependable Mediterranean weather, explosions of culture and the cosmopolitan environment have been drawing Brits to the famous coastal city for decades. Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city and houses one of the worlds most exciting football teams. It leads Spanish employment rates and GDP per capita change.


Costa Del Sol

On the Southern edge of Spain, the ‘Coast of the Sun’ encapsulates national history, gastronomic delights and fantastic views – the Northern mountains of Africa can be spotted on a clear summers day. The affluent Marbella has been dubbed the ‘millionaires’ playground,’ and plays host to designer shops and luxury yachts. But elsewhere, the Costa Del Sol offers economical living costs, gorgeous beaches and outstanding local produce. A short drive inland meets traditional, rustic Spain in all its beauty, with whitewashed buildings and orange trees.



Being the third largest city in Europe and the capital of Spain, Madrid has obvious selling points. The beautiful city offers an abundance of opportunities, arguably more inviting for career prospects than retirement, but the city’s embedded Spanish roots appeal to all. Although Madrid doesn’t boast a coastline like its counterparts, the tan-worthy climate is still felt in the city.  Boasting two of Europe’s footballing giants, there is plenty of sporting entertainment in the city. Whilst the perfect juxtaposition of heritage and modern makes Madrid the place to be.


Costa Blanca

British expats have been arriving at the ‘White Coast’ for years, because of the laid back lifestyle, spontaneous ‘fiestas’ and bustling markets. The stretch of coastline is one of Europe’s most visited areas for a good reason – its lively atmosphere is perfect for any ‘socialites’ and the beaches are some of the most popular in the country. Away from the noise and nestled within the metropolitan maze, lies the elegance of classical architecture and old-world Spain.



Sometimes overshadowed by the larger Barcelona and Madrid, people forget about Valencia, Spain’s third largest city that has plenty to offer itself. Weddings of futuristic construction and a characterful old quarter is a magnificent consequence. The Turia Gardens are esteemed for their large open spaces, fountains and plethora of outdoor activities. The perimeter of the park equates to 18km, perfect for bicycle enthusiasts. Valencia is blessed with its own unique culture and brags highly acclaimed nightlife and cuisine, particularly its paella!

Have you left Britain for Spain? Which city did you decide to move to?

Josh Cousens – Monimine

Where do UK expats go, and how do they lose unclaimed assets?

Where do UK expats go, and how do they lose unclaimed assets?

why UK expats lose unclaimed assets

Did you know that Great Britain has the eighth highest expatriation levels in the world? A massive 5.5 million Brits live abroad, which is 7.7% of the total UK population. So why do so many British residents pack their bags, where do they tend to move to, and how do they leave unclaimed assets behind?

The Telegraph quoted that at least 400 UK citizens leave the British Isles every day. That’s enough to fill 10 double decker buses … But where are these people going?

Well … a lot of the departing Brits are heading down under, to Australia, with 1.2 million UK citizens living in Oz. According to the expats, the ‘Aussie’ dream appeals for a number of reasons. These include a better quality of life, stunning beaches, warmer climates and the al-fresco lifestyle. For skilled workers, the employment opportunities are another weighty pulling factor, with hefty salary offers.

The North American continent is the next most popular destination for expats. The USA currently houses 701,000 Brits, whilst Canada isn’t far behind with 675,000. Cheaper real estate prices, spectacular scenery and knowing what to expect with the weather are all attractions.

Of course, not all of the expats emigrate across vast oceans to the other side of the world. Spain (411,000 Brits) and Ireland (397,000) are still both very popular locations for Brits to live out their days. These both offer their own individual enticements, which have been drawing people from the UK across Europe.

Below is a complete table of the most popular country’s British citizens have emigrated to:

Country of Residence Number of UK Emigrants
Australia 1,208,000
USA 701,000
Canada 675,000
Spain 411,000
Ireland 397,000
New Zealand 268,000
France 173,000
Germany 155,000


So why are UK expats and emigrants losing unclaimed money?

When an individual or family packs up their home to move abroad, a breakdown in communication is easy to occur. Particularly when in all the excitement of moving, you forget to notify your financial accounts of your change in circumstance.

Financial providers will find it extremely difficult to contact you, because of their traditional methods of communication. It is also very expensive for them to trace people. When you are unable to liaise with your providers, your accounts will become inactive and dormant. Subsequently, this leads to your outstanding assets becoming trapped within these accounts. This is where your unclaimed money comes from.

Monimine utilise an innovative, digital platform and expert researchers, to ensure that we find your unclaimed assets. If you are a UK expatriate and think you might have lost money, start your search today at monimine.com for FREE.  If we match your details with an outstanding asset, we can reunite you with the money that belongs to you.

Josh Cousens – Monimine