Moving to Spain in the Summer? Here’s some hot tips!

Moving to Spain in the Summer

While the idea of relocating to Spain during the summer might sound appealing, there are some special considerations you should bear in mind. This article outlines the potential challenges with summer moves to Spain to help you make an informed decision.

Challenges of Moving in Summer

Administrative Delays: Summer is a popular time for holidays in Spain, which can lead to administrative delays in processing essential paperwork. Whether you’re trying to obtain a criminal record check in the UK, booking appointments, or requesting other essential documents, be prepared for things to move more slowly (or stop altogether!) in the summer.

Shorter Working Hours: Spain experiences some seriously high temperatures in July and August, so many professionals and offices switch to an 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. schedule. While this is primarily due to the heat,  family commitments also come in to play as Spanish school holidays run from late June to early September.

Travel and Accommodation: Summer is peak tourist season, so not only is travelling more expensive, but the price of accommodation jumps too. Finding long-term rentals can be challenging, as many properties are booked for holiday lets.
Be careful of committing to a six-month winter rental in say September with the aim of securing a long-term rental before next summer. Don’t be caught short and homeless just before the summer season kicks in again! 

The Heat: Spain’s summer heat is intense. While it may be perfect for a day at the beach, it can make the logistics of moving, like packing and transporting belongings, physically taxing and hard work. Planning movers (and shakers) to help you, plus plenty of refreshments and rest breaks is a must! 

Despite the challenges, many people relocate during the summer for tax reasons. By moving in the second half of the year and spending less than 183 days in Spain, you can avoid becoming a fiscal resident until the following year. This delay can have implications for capital gains taxes, especially for those who have recently sold properties.

Moving to Spain is an exciting adventure, but timing is crucial. While summer offers the allure of sunny days and bustling local festivities, it also brings with it certain challenges. From administrative delays to the scorching heat, there’s a lot to consider. If you’re contemplating a summer move, weigh the pros and cons and ensure you’re well-prepared for the unique demands of the season.

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The information in this article was current on the date published.
Article last reviewed/updated 10.05.2024

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