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Looking to find how retired expats generally find/meet each other, socialise together and build a life in Javea !

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Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:36pm
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Hi All,

I'm recently retired and am doing a 3 month 'recky' here (nearly a month in), to see if I would like to be here more permanently and would like to meet people who might be able to help me understand how life works here and with whom I might also be able to connect with in the future. 

Any tips on where to go, what to do - or even; Not what to do ! would be very much appreciated. 

This forum clearly helps with that as there seems to be alot of activities going on but as my time is now relatively limited (given that pre-Christmas and Christmas got a little in the way, in a very nice way and, time seems to be moving fast !), knowing some of the most popular places/activities where I might be able to focus my energy, would really help me.

I am already loving my time here.

A long-shot I know but Thanking in advance for help any of you might be able to offer !

Regards

Sylvia

g3nmh

Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:32am

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Location: Javea / Xàbia

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Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:32am

One word of warning!  Be careful when choosing a solicitor for any legal work that you may have....I'll say no more!

Stephanie86

Stephanie86

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Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:44pm

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Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:44pm

Hi Sylvia, as you may already have discovered, Javea is a town very much geared to the foreign population in terms of facilities,shops etc, although I believe I am correct in saying that there are more British than other nationalities; but it is a multicultural centre.

One of the easiest ways to find out what’s going on is to buy a copy of The Costa Blanca News, which has a useful directory of local towns/villages and the clubs/groups and so forth.

Without knowing much about your likes/dislikes/requirements it’s difficult to be more concise, but would echo the advice from g3nmh. 

Any English person claiming to be a ‘solicitor’ here should be avoided as the qualifications are most certainly not valid in Spain. The Spanish version is an ‘abogado’, lawyer, who would deal with most things such as property purchase etc; having said which there are several perfectly legal multilingual English legal advisors who are qualified as abogados; not forgetting of course the perfectly legal and helpful native Spanish abogados, many of whom do speak English. Avoid those recommended by estate agents.

in this area, as there is such a huge foreign population, life is very similar to anywhere else. With better weather. The Spanish legal requirements and endless bureaucracy do in general try the patience of most Northern Europeans, but in the end, one has two choices and we elected to come here!!!!

Perhaps if you let us know some further details, then replies can be more focused.

allyob

Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:13am

Posts: 4

Location: Javea / Xàbia

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Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:13am

Join a U3A.  Javea, Denia, Moraira Teulada and Jalon Valley all have one.  Check their websites.  Loads of activities and events and very friendly people.  Amateur dramatics... Javea Players looking for help with costume making, scenery etc., ... Inn on the Green bowling, Javea Golf.  Pop in to somewhere like Oasis restaurant on the beach for half price drinks in the late afternoon...very friendly people.  Join Javea Connect online for up to date events, stuff for sale and ask any question.  We have only been here for a month, too.

Sylvia333

Sylvia333

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Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:08pm

Posts: 4

Location: Javea / Xàbia

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:08pm

g3nmh wrote on Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:32am:

One word of warning!  Be careful when choosing a solicitor for any legal work that you may have....I'll say no more!

Hi,

Duly noted ! thanks for the warning

Sylvia

Sylvia333

Sylvia333

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Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:31pm

Posts: 4

Location: Javea / Xàbia

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:31pm

Stephanie86 wrote on Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:44pm:

Hi Sylvia, as you may already have discovered, Javea is a town very much geared to the foreign population in terms of facilities,shops etc, although I believe I am correct in saying that there are more British than other nationalities; but it is a multicultural centre.

One of the easiest ways to find out what’s going on is to buy a copy of The Costa Blanca News, which has a useful directory of local towns/villages and the clubs/groups and so forth.

Without knowing much about your likes/dislikes/requirements it’s difficult to be more concise, but would echo the advice from g3nmh. 

Any English person claiming to be a ‘solicitor’ here should be avoided as the qualifications are most certainly not valid in Spain. The Spanish version is an ‘abogado’, lawyer, who would deal with most things such as property purchase etc; having said which there are several perfectly legal multilingual English legal advisors who are qualified as abogados; not forgetting of course the perfectly legal and helpful native Spanish abogados, many of whom do speak English. Avoid those recommended by estate agents.

in this area, as there is such a huge foreign population, life is very similar to anywhere else. With better weather. The Spanish legal requirements and endless bureaucracy do in general try the patience of most Northern Europeans, but in the end, one has two choices and we elected to come here!!!!

Perhaps if you let us know some further details, then replies can be more focused.

Hi Stéphanie,

Thanks  for taking the time to respond in detail - all info very practical and useful and greatly appreciated.

Will definitely follow up on these things………..

I have a passion for languages and have already started spanish classes - sharing this hobbie in some way with others, would be great and prove very helpful as I am very keen to improve my Spanish. I am also part French (speak fluent French) so meeting French people good too. Frankly, I love other cultures so socialising with all nationalities also very interesting for me. I like learning to dance - all dances. I'm a communicator, good socialliser and somewhat of an intelligentual - meaning, I like intellectual conversations as well day to day lighter fun conversations. I am also a foodie - love good food and wine. Sadly, I am not a walker or sportive (although I should be !). Hope this helps Stéphanie ?? 

So if you have any other ideas after this - great ! If not, I have some things to get on with - thanks to you.

Best rgds

Sylvia

Sylvia333

Sylvia333

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Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:39pm

Posts: 4

Location: Javea / Xàbia

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:39pm

allyob wrote on Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:13am:

Join a U3A.  Javea, Denia, Moraira Teulada and Jalon Valley all have one.  Check their websites.  Loads of activities and events and very friendly people.  Amateur dramatics... Javea Players looking for help with costume making, scenery etc., ... Inn on the Green bowling, Javea Golf.  Pop in to somewhere like Oasis restaurant on the beach for half price drinks in the late afternoon...very friendly people.  Join Javea Connect online for up to date events, stuff for sale and ask any question.  We have only been here for a month, too.

Hi 'allyob',

Thanks for your reply - packed full of valuable info !!

Really appreciated and will definitely put them on my growing list since joining this forum. Will have fun trying them out and ticking off the list !

Best rgds

Sylvia

alivv

Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:53pm

Posts: 1

Location: Javea / Xàbia

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:53pm

Hi Sylvia

I'd really be interested in your thoughts and experiences in Javea - I'm also keen to semi retire and currently planning a recce to Javea in a few weeks time although I haven't booked any accommodation yet.  I have similar interests to you and have lived abroad (Hong Kong, Greece and Holland) before.

Best

Ali

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