At Chestertons affinity we speak both fluent English and Spanish at Affinity so don't worry if you can only manage a few words of Spanish!
English is spoken almost everywhere in southern Spain so you should find it very easy to find your way around. But if you are looking to live, work or even try some of those typical Spanish restaurants we have spoken about you need to at least learn some Spanish basics and it really is very easy to learn. Remember, this is not like learning a language at school when you weren't interested in anything the teacher said to you! This time round you will find that you really do want to learn and if you do so whilst living in Spain you will find it even easier to pick up.
If you do want to learn before you come to Spain you will find most local colleges offer evening classes or you could try enrolling into a language school in Spain. As an alternative you could try private one to one lessons, although this may prove an expensive option. At Chestertons affinity we have recently been using a course run by Rosetta Stone, have a look at their website, www.rosettastone.com. It really is a great way to learn the language and you can do as little or much as you need or even want to do without having to pay anymore than what you pay for the initial software. The only requirement is that you have a PC or Mac.