Europe’s Top 5 Affordable Retirement Havens—InternationalLiving.com

Valletta, Malta

In fact, a high-quality retirement in Europe can cost less than it would in North America. Look in the right places, and properties to rent can be found for less than $600 a month or to buy for under $110,000.

A retirement in Europe is a dream for lots of folks—but many assume it’s much more expensive than it actually is. In fact, a high-quality retirement in Europe can cost less than it would in North America.

Look in the right places, and properties to rent can be found for less than $600 a month or to buy for under $110,000. A filling three-course meal in a local restaurant can be had for $10, while a bag of fresh produce grown locally can cost under $6.

International Living editors and correspondents have identified the five countries where, at remarkable savings, expats can live by fabulous beaches, in idyllic rural retreats, or in cities where history is thickly layered with stunning architecture and grand museums.

For each country in the report, International Living’s experts recommend an area worth particular consideration.

Number 5 – France

International Living France correspondent, Barbara Diggs, says that the country itself makes it easy to enjoy life. A land of immense geographic, climatic, and aesthetic diversity, it offers something to please everyone: snow-white Alpine ski slopes, golden beaches and bright blue skies, rows of vineyards rippling up and down hillsides, picture-perfect medieval stone villages, vibrant cities crammed with museums, galleries, and restaurants.

But there’s another reason France makes life easy to enjoy. “The country treats people as if they matter,” Diggs says. “France offers universal healthcare to its citizens and legal residents who qualify (it…

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