16 Best Towns for a European Retirement from $2,500 a Month—InternationalLiving.com

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InternationalLiving.com’s new interactive map zeros in on Europe’s best bang-for-your-buck communities, where retirees can live well on as little as $2,500 a month in Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, and Portugal.

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While big cities such as Paris and Madrid can hit the wallet hard, alternatives exist for retirees seeking the romance of Europe, but at an affordable cost.

Would-be expats drawn to the idea of retiring in Europe can be thrown off by the high prices of its most famous destinations. But while big cities such as Paris and Madrid can hit the wallet hard, alternatives exist for retirees seeking the romance of Europe, but at an affordable cost.

The 16 towns and cities featured in International Living’s brand new interactive map of Europe showcase the best in culture, history, and friendly atmosphere that Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, and Portugal have to offer... and communities where expats can live comfortably on a budget of $2,500 a month.

For example, Alicante, Spain is known as a tourist hotspot, but prices there are remarkably low. According to International Living Editor Glynna Prentice, “a couple should be able to live comfortably on $2,000 a month.” Apartments are for sale right in central Alicante for under $100,000. A nice meal in a restaurant with a caña (glass of beer) costs as little as $7, and an abundance of fresh food is available at even cheaper prices at the daily central market.

Lyon, France, is another example. Lyon has all the advantages and liveliness of a big city, with museums, theaters, galleries, cafés, boutiques, and an extensive transportation system. Yet rental prices there are a steal, especially when compared to those of Paris. An unfurnished one-bedroom apartment in Lyon’s center is likely to cost $910 per month, while a two-bedroom apartment in one of the city’s “chic” neighborhoods can cost just under $1,400 per month.

Each of the 16 communities profiled in the Europe section of the interactive map highlight similar examples.

International Living’s interactive map is designed to point potential expats to the towns, cities, and villages in Europe where they can find the best bang for their buck today.

Affordability figures prominently in the criteria used to select these great-value retirement destinations. But in addition to the cost of living, other important attributes help make a place comfortable and attractive for day-to-day living, including: ease of integration; access to quality medical care; a comfortable climate; good infrastructure; proximity to amenities like beaches, entertainment venues, natural wonders, and more.

International Living’s report on the top 16 towns for a European retirement from $2,500 a month and the full interactive map of Europe can be found at: Live in Europe’s Best Towns and Cities for $2,500 Per Month or Less.

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For 36 years, InternationalLiving.com has been the leading authority for anyone looking for global retirement or relocation opportunities. Through its monthly magazine and related e-letters, extensive website, podcasts, online bookstore, and events held around the world, InternationalLiving.com provides information and services to help its readers live better, travel farther, have more fun, save more money, and find better business opportunities when they expand their world beyond their own shores. InternationalLiving.com has more than 200 correspondents traveling the globe, investigating the best opportunities for travel, retirement, real estate, and investment.

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