Photo: Turismo Tenerife.

It’s a good place to live, Spain, even if it’s not “perfect” … and live is the operational word because life expectancy in Spain is now 83 years, behind only San Marino, Japan and Switzerland. Moreover, in another twenty or so years Spain is expected to have the longest life expectancy in the world!

The range of reasons why Spaniards have such a good life include their healthy unprocessed diet – the archetypal Mediterranean diet, their siesta break in the hottest hours of the day, their attitude to moderate exercise – focused primarily in older generations at least on the evening “paseo” (stroll), wide social interaction in genuine communities, and generational tolerance, where thanks to extended families in no small part, people of all ages get together, and get along together.

As the author of THIS piece says: “Wine in the morning. Coffee in the afternoon. A stroll by the beach in the evening. Time with family. Time with friends.” And this is despite smoking and drinking!! What’s not to love?!

Source: Janet Anscombe

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