If you’ve ever been to the Canary Islands, you’ll know what wonderful islands they are. Many people, not just content with visiting the islands are now moving permanently to the islands and enjoying the fabulous Canary Island weather and beaches all year round. If you’ve ever thought about making the move yourself, here are some considerations you should make before making the move to these amazing islands.
Why do you want to move to the Canaries?
What is your reason for wanting to move to the Canary Islands? If you’ve enjoyed many holidays there and have travelled widely, you may have a good grasp of what life is like. But have you considered what it would be like to live there permanently? What can seem a fantastic life on holiday can be very different if you are actually having to work for a living rather than laze by a pool all day. Have you considered any possible language issues and how do your family and friends feel about you moving? Moving to the Canaries is a big decision and one that you don’t want to make a poor decision. Think about these sort of things now and you’ll find yourself much more likely to make the right decision for you.
Where do you want to live?
The Canary Islands offer a wide range of islands to live on. Tenerife is the party capital and largest of the islands, and maybe it is somewhere you’d like to live permanently. But can you cope with living like you are permanently on holiday? Property in the touristy areas do tend to be much more expensive as they are popular with expats, so you may be tempted by one of the quieter islands. This can be a wise move but you will find islands such as El Hierro as very different to the bigger islands and if your Spanish isn’t too strong, you may struggle with day-to-day life there and feel somewhat cut-off, despite the extremely friendly nature of the locals.
Finding a Job
If you’re relying on working whilst out living in the Canary Islands, you need to be aware of two things. Firstly, it may not be all that easy to find a job. Depending upon what skills you have, you may need to consider work that is outside your comfort zone. It won’t be easy though, as there is a high unemployment rate. If you don’t mind bar or restaurant work you could strike lucky but be aware that wages in the Canary Islands are very low. On the other hand, the cost of living is lower, so it is vital that you do your sums before setting out on your new life in the Canaries. If you’re planning to retire here, you simply need to ensure your pension and savings can help you lead a comfortable retirment.
The people of the Canary Islands are very friendly and will warmly welcome new residents. If you go to one of the larger islands, then you’ll also find a large expat community, which many people can find very comforting. Many people flock to these expat communities when they first go to the Canaries because of the comfort factor of speaking in English. However, some people tend to drift away from them over time as they are rather inward looking and don’t enable you to engage in life fully on your chosen island. If you really want to fit in with both your Spanish and British neighbours, then learning Spanish is a must, and will open up a whole new dimension to your life in the Canaries, and it is particularly important if you intend to live on one of the smaller, quieter islands.
We hope you find our advice useful and if you’re ready to make the move to the Canaries and have done your research, good luck! They are a wonderful group of islands to live on.