SPAIN

ERES Relocation Spain has been assisting companies and their employees and families to move to and settle in Spain for more than 13 years under the direction of José Antonio de Ros (Spanish) and Elaine Hery (British).

There is no doubt that Spain is a wonderful country in which to live and a much sought after destination for many internationally mobile employees attracted by the climate, the quality of family life, the rich cultural context and the comfortable life style.

Madrid is the capital of Spain and its largest city. The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million and the entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area is calculated to be around 6.5 million. It is the third-largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin.

Landlocked in the center of the Iberian peninsula, Madrid is an 8 hour drive from any other Spanish city. Nearby, you can enjoy short trips from Madrid to the historical attractions of Toledo and Segovia or the slopes of the Sierra de Guadarrama. It's easy to travel around Spain by car, bus or train, and city transport is easy with one of the world's best metro systems, over 100 bus lines and taxis around every corner.

Madrid's history is an odd one. An insignificant medieval city, it was only named capital in the 16th century and struggled to live up to the reputation of other great European hubs. Nowadays Madrid boasts world class museums and architecture. The old and the new contrast vividly in Madrid, where narrow cobbled lanes and 17th-century chapels border modern boulevards and gleaming skyscrapers. These days locals revel in the centuries-old sport of bullfighting in the afternoon and then feast on sushi in the evening.

Barcelona, the capital of the Catalonian region of Spain, is a city of more than 1.5 million inhabitants (the urban area of Barcelona has a population of around 4.5 million) situated on the North East coast of Spain. Sheltered by the Pyrenees to the North and nestling beside the Mediterranean Sea Barcelona’s climate is extremely pleasant. The summer months are hot, humid and sunny, the spring is warm and sunny, the autumn is mild and sunny and the winter months are crisp and sunny.

If you like to ski: good skiing slopes are just 1.5 – 2 hours away in Andorra (a tiny neighbouring tax free country) in the French Pyrenees, or in Catalonia itself.

Excellent beaches, with pine fringed coast line, fine sand and crystal clear water are 1 – 2 hours away. The Costa Brava beaches are to the North of the city and the Costa Daurada beaches to the South.

France is just 2 hours away, and the Catalan countryside conceals many gems to be explored.