Spain has been one of the top destinations for British expats over the last couple of years, and it isn’t hard to see why. Although you can certainly find large cities in Spain like Madrid and Barcelona, there are also plenty of small towns that are perfect for those who love the Spanish lifestyle – laid-back days spent strolling along the beach or sitting in a cafe sipping coffee, with the occasional fiesta thrown in to liven things up. However, wherever you decide to live, whether it’s a villa on the Costa Blanca, or a studio flat in Malaga, there are seven things you should know before moving to Spain.

The Inevitable Law of Falta Uno

One of the vital things to remember before you move to Spain is the inescapable Law of Falta Uno. Before moving, make sure that you have all the paperwork you need. No matter how many copies you have of your documents, how painstakingly you prepare them, there will be one missing. The excellent idea is to give a separate set of copies to a trusted friend or relative for safekeeping.

The Butanero

The butanero plays an essential role in the Spanish lifestyle. After all, this man has the job of carrying those two-ton gas bottles up your staircase to ensure you have heating in the winter and gas for cooking. Do not forget to give this man a tip.

Your birthday party

Unlike in other countries, when you get treated on your birthday, when it is your birthday in Spain, it is your job to throw and pay for a birthday bash. As if gaining another year is not destructive enough already, you will have to spoil your family, friends, and workmates on top of it. If you have school-age children, you will need to send them to school with enough sweets for the entire class on their birthday.

Avoid the coast in August

August is the popular month for the entire population of Spain (as hundreds of thousands of tourists) to head out to the Spanish beach. Everyone living in Spain, including grandparents, toddlers, and even pets, will be heading to the coastline in August. During the height of the summer, you will also wait exceptionally long to be served in cafes and restaurants and then wait for the food to arrive.

Queues in the morning

If you intend to visit the bank or your estate agent or see a repairperson, you are advised not to do so at any time between 9.30 am and 11 am. At this time, most individuals are enjoying a late breakfast at a local cafe, and because you can’t revise the country’s culture, you might as well just join them. You can do all the tasks you have on your to-do list after breakfast. Unwind, take it easy and appreciate life.

Children rule

Children in Spain are allowed to do whatever they want. They are treated as remarkable creatures and cooed over at every and any opportunity.