My boyfriend and I are Canadians who are planning to move to Valencia, Spain for one year at the start of 2014. He speaks Spanish fluently and will be working remotley, while I will be learning Spanish and not working. I have a Polish passport and he will be getting a resident Visa. Our goal is to immerse ourselves in the culture, use Spain as a base to travel around Europe and for me to learn Spanish. We have sufficient savings to live for one year.
I have a few questions regarding the move:
What is the best way to find an apartment? When we get to the city or look online?
Can we buy health insurance in Spain, or should that be pre-purchased at home prior to departure?
Also, when it comes to banks, even though we are staying for one year, should we still set up a bank account in Spain? Is it possible to use travelers cheques instead, or is this not recommended? Basically what is the best way to access and maintain a bank account if we are only there for one year?
Any other tips or advice about moving to Spain or Valencia specifically would be greatly appreciated:)