Spain has been a popular destination for British tourists for decades, but since the 1990s the number of British people taking up residence in Spain has expanded rapidly. It’s known as a popular retirement destination for ex-pats but figures suggest that only around 21.5% of the British population in Spain are over 65, proving it is a popular destination for British emigrants of all ages. With an estimated total of more than 700,000, concentrated mostly in the Valencian and Andalusian regions along with the Balearic and Canary Islands, Spain is home to one of the largest British populations outside of the UK.
Adapting to life in a foreign country is made so much easier when you have a command, even if only a basic one, of the language. Children who emigrate with their families while they are still of school age are of necessity immersed in the language and usually become fluently relatively quickly, though even for them some prior Spanish tuition will certainly put them at an advantage. For adults thinking of making the move to Spain, taking a Spanish language course can both help them make up their minds about whether it’s the right decision, and give them a head start which will help them settle into their new life. Lingua Clinic provides Spanish courses with native tutors throughout the London area, so if you are planning a life in the sun in Spain, let us help you prepare for it.