Thousands of foreigners make the move to Spain every year, attracted by the country's natural beauty, the weather and the promise of a less stressful life.
But moving to another country is never easy, and Spain is no different.
Finding a place to live, getting your paperwork in order, and making sure you have access to health care can all be serious challenges.
However, with a good dose of planning and research — and plenty of patience — the whole process can be made just a little smoother.
From applying for the all-important Spanish foreign residence number (NIE) to getting yourself enrolled in a language class, The Local outlines ten ways you can help yourself when it comes to setting up in Spain.