The Top 5 Best Places to Live in Europe : part1

Are you thinking about moving to Europe? The continent's many cultures are close together, which can make it both a blessing and a curse. With so many incredible places to choose from, how can one decide where to live? This list of top European cities will help you narrow down your search to find the perfect place.

1. Berlin, Germany

This is probably the most surprising entry, given that Kristin lived here for five years. Berlin is an amazing place to live for foreigners, despite this. It's home to creative people from all around the globe, many of whom are looking to share their work with a wider audience.

There are hundreds of museums, cafes, and galleries that are world-class, as well as theatres and other entertainment venues. Berlin has so many things to offer that it's almost impossible not to be entertained. There are many options for residents all year, whether you're looking to visit a Christmas market or take a stroll through the city's parks. You can also road-trip to many amazing locations just outside the city, in case all the hustle and bustle becomes overwhelming.

It's ideal for Digital nomads, creatives, LGBTQ+ persons

Living costs in Berlin are higher than in other European cities but it is about the same cost as Chicago and other US cities.

Pros: Amazing art, music, and cultural scene. It is centrally located and easy to access other German cities.

Cons: Berlin is home to a higher level of violent crime than other large European cities. However, it's best not to walk around at night. You may find it more difficult to adjust to Berlin if you don’t speak German or try to learn German because older residents tend to be less friendly to foreigners, particularly those who don’t speak the language.

2. Braga, Portugal

Braga, Portugal's third largest city, has everything that makes Portugal special. It also has a relaxed vibe. Braga is actually Portugal's most happy city. You'll feel it as soon as you arrive. Braga's residents are generally warm and welcoming to foreigners. Don't be surprised if a neighbor invites you over for a cup of coffee and pastel de Nata.

Braga is full of culture. There are many museums, historic sites, and great restaurants. It's easy to see why Braga's quality of life is better than any other Portuguese city. Braga is one of the most desirable places in Europe to live.

It's great for entrepreneurs (particularly in tech and hospitality), families as well as foodies and digital nomads.

Living costs: Portugal is relatively affordable compared to other European countries. Braga's cost of living is less than Lisbon and Porto but more than smaller towns and villages in the countryside.

Pros: Delicious food, vibrant culture, and exceptional hospitality.

Cons: Braga lies inland and is far from Portugal's beaches. It may be difficult to find work in Portugal due to the country's economic downturn.

3. Athens, Greece

Athens has been increasingly popular with digital nomads over the past few years. The city has many co-working spaces as well as international schools. Although the Greek islands might seem more idyllic and easier to live on than Athens, it is actually a better option for foreigners. These islands are less reliable in internet connections and can become crowded, especially during the summer. Athens has better access to transport and infrastructure as well as the internet.

Another appealing aspect of Athens is its English proficiency. Nearly half of its citizens are fluent in English at least partially, which makes it easier for non-Greek speakers of English to learn. However, it's worth learning the language. Athens residents will surely appreciate it. Athens is a wonderful place to live for young people.

It's great for young people, families, digital nomads, and retirees

Living costs: Athens is a very affordable capital city in Europe. It is however more expensive than living in other Greek cities like Corfu and Kefalonia.

Pros: High social interaction, great food, high internet and lots of activities

Cons: Some people can be rowdy and rent is high in the downtown area. Also, many public services such as healthcare are plagued by bureaucracy.

4. Malaga, Spain

While you've probably heard of Madrid, Barcelona, and Ibiza as well as other beautiful places in Spain, have you ever heard about Malaga, Spain? The southernmost city of Spain has the most museums per square kilometer. It is rich in history and culture with rich traditional cuisine that makes it a great choice for foreigners looking to make their home here.

Malaga is a large city with a relaxed atmosphere. This makes it a great place for those who want to enjoy the urban amenities but without all of the hustle and bustle. You'll find tranquil beaches that are great for socializing and relaxing. Malaga is a Spanish-speaking city, so you may need to speak Spanish to be able to live there.

It's ideal for: Families and digital nomads, retirees, LGBTQ+, and LGBTQ+.

Living costs in Malaga are similar to Braga (Portugal). Although it is cheaper than larger cities such as Madrid or Barcelona, it is not the most expensive place to live in Europe.

Pros: Open-minded, culturally rich, and lots of outdoor activities

Cons: It can be difficult to find high-quality accommodation since most buildings are older and more expensive to rent.

5. Tuscany, Italy

It is known for being the second or third home to celebrities in the Italian region of Tuscany. You don't need to be famous or a millionaire in order to enjoy a happy life in Tuscany. It is because of the high quality of life here, which is largely due to the abundance and variety of local ingredients. This, along with the stunning natural beauty throughout Tuscany.

For those who seek a little bit of paradise in the country, small Tuscan villages such as Lucca or Pistoia make a great choice. Although life here is slower, there are still many cultural events, museums, and galleries to enjoy.

It's ideal for: Families, retirees, and digital nomads

Living costs: The cost of living in Florence and Siena is high. However, smaller villages are more affordable than the rest of Italy.

Pros: Great opportunity to be part of a small, friendly community.

Cons: You will need to know Italian if you choose a small town. This is not the best place for young people who want to have a lively social life.


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