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The Best Place to Move to In Spain

Granadagordon46Posted by Granadagordon46 on Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:21am in General discussion
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Where is the Best Place to Live.?....I see this question asked so often...

And it's a really difficult question to answer as it really has so many different possibilities.

I've lived and worked in Spain for over 30 years and I've spent approx.half of my time in each of 2 different areas, both suiting my needs and requirements at that time.

I first lived in La Nucia near Benidorm ,where I was running my business ( shops ), then after a few years moved to Alfaz del Pi, also near Benidorm, both great places for us at the time.

Then following a tragic family event we 'sold up' and my wife and I moved to Granada Province, inland and very different to our previous homes in Alicante Province.

So we have gained much experience about different styles of Spanish living, and we also have ,over the years, visited many other areas in Spain, all different in one way or the other.

I actually visited Spain for the first time in early 1960's, it really was very different then and I also in 1964 walked solo from Gibraltar to Lisbon, experiencing Spain as it was during the Franco regime, a real education for me and it was that time that influenced my decision to move to Spain permanently.

Ok that's a brief look at my time in Spain, and how did it affect my choices about where to live, well....because of my many previous visits I'd decided that the Benidorm area was probably the best place to establish my business, I was selling mainly clothing sourced from UK and Northern Europe.

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Being in my 40's when I arrived I knew that I would have to work, so decided to use my previous knowledge and experience, and did I make any mistakes, I hear you ask......Yes of course, loads, some really stupid and others not my fault.

When we decided to move from the Costa Blanca to Granada Province we wanted to immerse ourselves deeper into the Spanish culture, and we certainly did that !

Although I'm  far from a perfect Spanish speaker, I have a reasonable working knowledge and can 'get by', however I wasn't prepared for the really heavy dialect spoken in my village, but no problem, as I immediately set too and tried to teach the locals to speak basic English, so if you ever visit my village you will understand why they speak English with a slight Scouse accent.!!!!

We chose our house carefully, a modern house...no work to do.......the village has everything that we need and we are only 10 minutes by car to a big city, and we are situated at the edge of the village where we can enjoy everchanging views of the surrounding hills and mountains.

Probably as near perfect for our situation when we first arrived, but now I'm 75  ( next week ), I'm considering our next adventure and would probably prefer to move to an area at the coast where there are more English speaking communities, I really don't want to return to the UK, even though I'm a proud Brit....

OK, I've given a few details about our time in Spain and now I would be quite happy to try to answer any questions from anyone who may be able to benefit from our experience.

Please remember that it's very important to think 'outside the box' when planning a move, take into consideration what could happen and how circumstances can and do change for most people.

And now may I wish everyone a pleasant weekend wherever you are ,and try to make the most of whatever situation you are in.

Saludos,

             Gordon


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Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:10am

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Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:10am

I would have thought there was not a real answer to where is the best place to stay, really depends on the person and what they are looking for.

Granadagordon46

Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:32am

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Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:32am

RobertBB wrote on Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:10am:

I would have thought there was not a real answer to where is the best place to stay, really depends on the person and what they are looking for.

Like I stated  'A Difficult Question to Answer',

However I would suggest that by reading / listening to other peoples experiences helpful and useful information can be obtained.

Saludos ,

               Gordon

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Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:23pm

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Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:23pm

Hi Gordon,

When my husband and I moved to Spain almost 5 years ago, aged 58 and 55 respectively, it was important to me to "future-proof" our property purchase, so I was thinking of a bungalow.  But hubby fell in love with a house - best laid plans..... ;o)

Kind regards,

Kim

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Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:59am

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Kimmy11 wrote on Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:23pm:

Hi Gordon,

When my husband and I moved to Spain almost 5 years ago, aged 58 and 55 respectively, it was important to me to "future-proof" our property purchase, so I was thinking of a bungalow.  But hubby fell in love with a house - best laid plans..... ;o)

Kind regards,

Kim

Good Morning Kim,

                              Thank you for your reply and yes I understand your 'best laid plans ' point, it's happened to us many times .!

However you did have a plan and taking into consideration your future was very important , but of course it's really about being able to adapt and change as different circumstances demand, I've always been prepared to go with the flow...within reason.

We have a house that is really too big for 2 people, but we both love it,although cleaning and maintainance is taking longer now.

When we can move we are going to look for a slighter smaller house, but I hate the 'Downsizing' word.!!

Anyway I hope that you are enjoying your time in Spain,

Take Care and Enjoy Life..

Saludos,

            Gordon & Pauline

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Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:42am

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Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:42am

Hi Gordon,my reason was,not necessarily in this order,Beach & sea, heavily English speaking( cannot speak other language)Hospital shops( loads) and airport,had to face the sun in the morning,I lost 4 customers from uk,all of them came to live around Torreveijca and one followed me, I personally live in Playa Flamenca, the only thing I don’t like is our local Mayor & council treat us like, and in reflection of that only maybe I would of gone Possibly to Campoverde,but all said I love it here, and have a wonderful life, I wish you luck there are many nice places from Santa Pola heading south, and if shopping is your thing the La Zeboulevard 

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Youhoo wrote on Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:42am:

Hi Gordon,my reason was,not necessarily in this order,Beach & sea, heavily English speaking( cannot speak other language)Hospital shops( loads) and airport,had to face the sun in the morning,I lost 4 customers from uk,all of them came to live around Torreveijca and one followed me, I personal...

...ly live in Playa Flamenca, the only thing I don’t like is our local Mayor & council treat us like, and in reflection of that only maybe I would of gone Possibly to Campoverde,but all said I love it here, and have a wonderful life, I wish you luck there are many nice places from Santa Pola heading south, and if shopping is your thing the La Zeboulevard 

Buenas Yoohoo,

                         Thank you for your suggestions, although I've visited most of the areas mentioned over the years I'm aware that they are constantly changing so it's great to hear up-to-date reviews about different locations.

I think that it's a shame when local political organisations don't take into consideration the wants and needs of all of their residents.

The village that I presently reside in is very divided politically, I've been here over 15 years and I made it quite clear in the beginning that I wouldn't take political sides and that I'm 'A' Political, however I support anything and everything that is for the benefit of the local community.

Luckily now most of the locals are really friendly to me and I think that they look on me as an 'eccentric' old Britanico....He He..

Saludos,

              Gordon

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Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:57pm

Granadagordon46 wrote on Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:20pm:

Buenas Yoohoo,

                         Thank you for your suggestions, although I've visited most of the areas mentioned over the years I'm aware that they are constantly changing so it's gre...

...at to hear up-to-date reviews about different locations.

I think that it's a shame when local political organisations don't take into consideration the wants and needs of all of their residents.

The village that I presently reside in is very divided politically, I've been here over 15 years and I made it quite clear in the beginning that I wouldn't take political sides and that I'm 'A' Political, however I support anything and everything that is for the benefit of the local community.

Luckily now most of the locals are really friendly to me and I think that they look on me as an 'eccentric' old Britanico....He He..

Saludos,

              Gordon

It’s spot the Spanish around Gordon we have become a fairly diverse population the last 5-6 years what with Dutch, French, Belguim,Scandinavians,Russians,Icelandic’s,Polish Rumanians,UK & Germans, sorry for any I’ve missed

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Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:44pm

Very interesting post, thank you.

Granadagordon46

Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:25pm

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Youhoo wrote on Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:57pm:

It’s spot the Spanish around Gordon we have become a fairly diverse population the last 5-6 years what with Dutch, French, Belguim,Scandinavians,Russians,Icelandic’s,Polish Rumanians,UK & Germans, sorry for any I’ve missed

Youhoo,

             It's quite the reverse where I live at present, during the past year I can count on one hand the Brits that I've spoken to in person, apart from my Wife of course..

Having experienced living in a multi cultural environment previously I don't mind the thought of going back to that, a diverse culture experience !

Saludos,

            Gordon

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