Great International Retirement Locations

Barcelona, Spain Retirement

Retirement location-Barcelona

Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain and the largest European city on the Mediterranean was originally a Roman city. Various national influences over the centuries resulted in a city that is rich in culture and the arts. UNESCO declared several Barcelona locations as World Heritage Sites including the Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana),Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family (Sagrada Família) and several others. The Ciutat Vella, or Old City, is part of Barcellona that encapsulates four distinct historical areas, La Ribera, Barceloneta, Barri Gòtic and El Raval. Barri Gòtic, which is the oldest part of this area, dates back 2000 years to the Roman period.
Barcelona is a cultural, fashion and sports center. It hosted the 1992 Olympics and is renowned for its soccer team. Several annual musical festivals are presented in the City which also has an Opera House, Concert Halls and a Symphonic Orchestra. Other festivals include Festival del Grec (the major cultural festival of the year), Montjuïc de Nit (dawn to dusk entertainment), Festes de la Mercè (a week long event) and many others.
Barcelona is a vibrant and busy city with many restaurants, bars, shops and nightlife. It has an extensive boardwalk running along its beaches and offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities.
Reasons to retire here: Beaches, Weather, Arts and Culture, Food and Wine, Festivals, History, Nature, Outdoor recreation (golf, tennis, scuba, snorkeling, kayaking, boating, fishing, cycling, hiking, etc.), Wineries, Nightlife, Casinos.
Weather: lows in the upper 30s in Jan with highs in the low 80s in July and August
Population: 1.621 million
Income Tax: A resident is defined as anyone living in Spain for over 183 days/year. Resident taxes apply to worldwide income, non-resident for income earned only in Spain. The tax rate on income ranges from 24.75% to 52%. some deductions are available for age, dependents and incapacity.
Sales Tax: approximately 4-18%
Property Tax: approximately .2%

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