For a Spanish destination where you can enjoy an attractive and affordable quality of life, try Andalucia. This province, home to the sun-soaked Costa del Sol, cosmopolitan towns, quaint whitewashed villages tucked into cliffs and sandy beaches has a variety of affordably priced real estate.

If living in a glitzy Atlantic resort town appeals, try Marbella. Away from the catwalk beach and bling of the seafront, you'll find the pretty, understated Old Town. Given the amenities and popularity among the jet set and retirees, the cost of living here is surprisingly low; Marbella houses come with reasonable price tags.

For an inland home, with stunning views, visit Andalucia's Pueblo Blancos (White Villages). Here you'll find a traditional Spanish vibe fills the air in these laid-back mountain retreats.  These charming villages, founded by Berber tribes who settled the area during the Moorish presence, have a fascinating history with traditions that continue today.

Not only is Andalucian property within reach of most budgets but the delicious local food, stress-free lifestyle and quaint villages make this serene 'old-world' atmosphere a good choice for retirement too.

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