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Thinking about retiring in Spain. Going to visit the Costa Blanca next year. Any information or advice would be helpful.

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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:00pm
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Pete55

Posts: 6

Location: Denia

Hi, this is Pete. My wife, Snieguole, and I are planning to visit the Costa Blanca area sometime within the next year with possible intentions of future retirement there. We're looking at the possibility of retiring in Denia, Javea, Alicante, or maybe Altea in a few years. We're gathering information, looking for input on immigration visas, health insurance, best places to live and contacts. I'm a naturalized US citizen also fluent in German and my wife is Lithuanian, also fluent in Russian and English.  We enjoy an active lifestyle and outdoor activities such as camping, sailing, kyaking, bike riding and travelling. It would be nice to get to know some people there with similar interests before actualy visiting the Costa Blanca. Looking to meet new friends with similar interests.  .

Pete and Snieguole 


Ada

Ada

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Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:22am

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Location: Torrevieja

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Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:22am

Hi I would visit in Jan/Feb when all is quiet you will then get a beeter feel as to what it is like out of season as some places just close down!

Gran Alacant Insurances

Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:43am

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Location: Gran Alacant

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Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:43am

Pete55 wrote:

Hi, this is Pete. My wife, Snieguole, and I are planning to visit the Costa Blanca area sometime within the next year with possible intentions of future retirement there. We're looking at the possibility of retiring in Denia, Javea, Alicante, or maybe Altea in a few years. We're gathering information, looking for input on immigration visas, health insurance, best places to live and contacts. I'm a naturalized US citizen also fluent in German and my wife is Lithuanian, also fluent in Russian and English.  We enjoy an active lifestyle and outdoor activities such as camping, sailing, kyaking, bike riding and travelling. It would be nice to get to know some people there with similar interests before actualy visiting the Costa Blanca. Looking to meet new friends with similar interests.  .

Pete and Snieguole 


Hi Pete and Snieguole,

These links might be interesting informing about the things to take into account for a USA citizen when moving to Spain 

https://www.expatica.com/es/visas-and-permits/Moving-to-Spain-Guide-to-Spanish-visas-and-permits_102354.html

http://www.billdietrich.me/MovingToSpain.html 

All the places you point out are nice areas to live. It might be a good idea to rent and find out what area may suit you best.

Concerning insurance, please feel free to contact for any further advice, we'd be happy to be of any help.

All the best! Saludos, Alfonso

 

Gabriel39

Wed Sep 6, 2017 4:30pm

Posts: 5

Location: Alicante City

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Posted: Wed Sep 6, 2017 4:30pm

Pete55 wrote:

Hi, this is Pete. My wife, Snieguole, and I are planning to visit the Costa Blanca area sometime within the next year with possible intentions of future retirement there. We're looking at the possibility of retiring in Denia, Javea, Alicante, or maybe Altea in a few years. We're gathering information, looking for input on immigration visas, health insurance, best places to live and contacts. I'm a naturalized US citizen also fluent in German and my wife is Lithuanian, also fluent in Russian and English.  We enjoy an active lifestyle and outdoor activities such as camping, sailing, kyaking, bike riding and travelling. It would be nice to get to know some people there with similar interests before actualy visiting the Costa Blanca. Looking to meet new friends with similar interests.  .

Pete and Snieguole 


Hi Pete

My name is Gabriel and I live in Alicante City. Just provide you some advises for your knowledge.

It is most important to know the taxes which can affect the vast majority of non-residents (whether individuals or commercial entities) and know what the consequences of failure to comply with those obligations to the Tax Authority (AEAT) would be.

The tax authority in the Income Tax Law 35/2006 section 9 states the definition of resident in the national territory, as opposed to those who are non-residents:

-You are considered a tax resident if you remain within the national territory for more than 183 days in a calendar year, with some clarifications.

- That the nucleus or base of activities, or economic interests is in Spanish territory.  Presumed to be a tax resident if residing in national territory with spouse, who are not legally separated from, and minor dependent child(ren).

Therefore, those who do not meet the above requirements will be considered non-residents

Regards

Venetia

Sun Dec 3, 2017 9:46am

Posts: 29

Location: Altea

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Posted: Sun Dec 3, 2017 9:46am

Pete55 wrote:

Hi, this is Pete. My wife, Snieguole, and I are planning to visit the Costa Blanca area sometime within the next year with possible intentions of future retirement there. We're looking at the possibility of retiring in Denia, Javea, Alicante, or maybe Altea in a few years. We're gathering information, looking for input on immigration visas, health insurance, best places to live and contacts. I'm a naturalized US citizen also fluent in German and my wife is Lithuanian, also fluent in Russian and English.  We enjoy an active lifestyle and outdoor activities such as camping, sailing, kyaking, bike riding and travelling. It would be nice to get to know some people there with similar interests before actualy visiting the Costa Blanca. Looking to meet new friends with similar interests.  .

Pete and Snieguole 


Hi 

We are doing the same but before we decided on a place we spent 2 1/2 years travelling/visiting different places up and down the costa blanca at different times of the year to get a feel for them before deciding. I can put you intouch with people if you like depending what you need. 

Pete55

Pete55

Original Poster

Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:30pm

Posts: 6

Location: Denia

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:30pm

Hello Venetia,

Thanks for the response and tips. We've made plans to visit the Costa Blanca next summer to begin familiarizing ourselves with the area, however our first visit will be for only one week. Very short, I know, but that's all the time we have to spend in Spain on this trip.  We plan on visiting Alicante, Denia , and Altea and have reserved an Airbnb in all 3 places. I know it's not very much time to get a feel for the area, but it's only our first of several trips. We don't want to buy anything for a while, at least not until we decide where and even then we'll probably rent something there first. Then there's the matter of the unrest in Catalonia. I wonder how that will turn out and how it will affect the rest of the country; specifically the economy and retiring in Spain. It sounds like you've settled in Altea. How do you like it there? Any advice would be welcome.

Pete

Venetia

Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:22pm

Posts: 29

Location: Altea

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Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:22pm

Hi Pete 

Good to hear from you ....i will pm you with some names of things that i think may help as know cant put names on here.  I know it will be early days but it worth doing a brain storm of what you think you want/need before you go and getting a decent map. Ours is full but it does help ..well it did for us. I would advice trying to visit any places that you think you may like again out of season as they can be very different. We stayed in altea for a month in may and loved it but we did a week in morira in feb and although lovely we felt it a bit small to live in... we also looked in coyntry above denia and although lovely was a bit isolated for us. 

It is not an easy thing to do and renting a good idea..we always try to rent direct with owners ..will put some in pm. 

For us altea offers us best of most things that we wanted ..if you like i can put a few in the pm? 

Speak soon 

Venetia

Pete55

Pete55

Original Poster

Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:24pm

Posts: 6

Location: Denia

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:24pm

Hello again,

Yes please PM me. Thanks for offering to help and suggest references. Just from the research we've done so far, Altea is our favorite also, but we won't know for sure until we visit there in person, several times and during different seasons. One of our criteria is to be near or not to far from an international airport (Alicante or Valencia) and also a marina as we enjoy sailing. Something else on the list to research: sailboat rentals. Please stay in contact.

Thanks,  Pete

Baz

Baz

Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:26am

Posts: 1

Location: Altea

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Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:26am

Are you originally German or Austrian? If so I would recommend you get a European passport, put your U.S. passport on the shelf and travel on your European passport. Can your wife get a Lithuanian passport? If so, same advice. You will have an easier time getting residency.

20kiki

Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:49am

Posts: 131

Location: Torrevieja

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Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:49am

If you are looking for sailboat rentals then Torrevieja should be on your list - beautiful Marina and lovely coastal walkway - I purchased on the

outskirts in Jan 2016 and love it -close to amenities but far enough away not to hear any noise pollution - and only 45mns from Alicante airport

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