Powerful Inside Knowledge for People Moving to Spain

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From the experiences of thousands of Costa Women members moving to Spain, we found that research is the key to success.  Costa Women believe that people moving here should be given every opportunity to succeed and warned where they could go wrong.  We found the experts and asked the questions in a series of 35 video interviews.   We added real-life stories about living in Spain, linked useful books and information, and answered the questions….

  • What do you need to know?
  • What did others find out?
  • How is Spain different?
  • How can you save money?
  • What do the ‘locals’ know?
  • What should be avoided?
  • Why minimise the risk?
  • How do you integrate?
  • How do you get free advice?
  • What are the common pitfalls? 
  • Who would you ask?
  • What should you ask them?
  • buying a property
  • the school system
  • Spanish residency 
  • doing business in Spain
  • retirement planning
  • renting property
  • property surveys
  • legal advice
  • social life
  • building a home
  • learning Spanish
  • healthcare
  • taxation
  • where to live
  • … and much more

You can save on travel costs and research time with these value-packed conversations to learn from, stories to inspire you and links to guide you. 


Experience of Others

From the experiences of thousands of Costa Women members, we identified what can go right or wrong when moving to Spain.  We designed SpainExpo to help people avoid common errors and choose the best options.


How Did it Happen?

For some, the move and adjustment to Spain can be a smooth and wonderful experience. For others, perhaps not, it can go wrong.  Then people ask ‘why did they not ask someone?’ or ‘how come they did not know?’


Who To Ask

When you meet someone with the knowledge that you need, they may have an interest in selling you something and give their advice accordingly.  It is important to know ‘for whose benefit is this advice being given’? 


What to Ask?

We asked what you should know before moving to or investing in Spain and framed the questions to get the knowledge and advice that you would need for your new life.  

Who to Ask

We interviewed the experts on life in Spain, each with an average of 20+ years of living here, specialist knowledge, a first-class reputation and a desire to help. 


No Strings

This essential advice is given to help you.  If you wish to contact any of our experts you can, but you do not have to; their advice is given for your benefit.


Packed With Insights

Our expert interviews are indispensable and our stories about life in Spain are loaded with valuable information about how Spain can work for you. 



This information is usually only shared with the expert’s clients. The stories about people’s experiences in Spain are only normally told to their friends.  


Amazing Value

We can save you the time and cost of travelling, meetings and mistakes.  The value of the advice and the saving SpainExpo could make you is incalculable.



Ali Meehan is a Social Entrepreneur and Founder of award-winning Costa Women, the largest social networking community for Women living in, or planning on moving to Spain. Costa Women won Best of British Social Club by The Telegraph and Expat Stars award from MyCurrencyTransfer.

Ali was also highlighted as a top Twitter account for expat advice by The Telegraph and has a social media reach of 30,000+. 

Spain is where Ali has now settled after travelling the globe over the last 20 years and working in Australia, the Middle East, and Asia.


Tiina Wilen is a serial entrepreneur with a speciality in building concepts and brands that stand out. Through her company, AvenueCoach.com, Tiina helps smart and driven, mostly women-owned small businesses transform their offerings online, create highly selling business concepts, get more clients through strategic digital marketing, sell with integrity and scale with confidence.

Tiina was born in Finland and now lives in Sweden with her Swedish husband and two small children. She has been an ex-pat for 20 years, having worked in Shanghai and Greece. The Wilen family are planning to move to Spain in the near future… (but that’s a secret)


SpainExpo has been created by Costa Women based on 10 years of experience of meeting people as they moved here.

Costa Women connect Women over the whole of Spain; from Costa del Sol to Asturias, from Barcelona to Cadiz, from Madrid to Canary Islands and all the places in-between.  We host local events in 28 different locations.  It is an online and offline community for Women living in, or thinking about moving to Spain and aims to connect, inspire, enable, and support Women in their lives here.   

CostaWomen.com welcomed over 10,000 members of 128 nationalities, providing a unique connection point for Women to socialise, share and enjoy their lives in Spain.