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Old Dec 27th 2019, 10:41 am
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cheers for advice much appreciated - we’ve been 25+ times in last 3 years at all times of the year. It will never be as cold as Scotland πŸ˜ƒ
but when it rains it rains. Its 18 there right now and 7 here. Tbh we will come home in summer as it will be too hot for us 😎
However, when you live here rather than just visiting, you soon become acclimatised to the higher temperatures - we now feel cold when it drops below 22C. There's a reason why all the locals are going about in coats and scarves whilst the tourists are in shorts and T-shirts!
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Old Dec 27th 2019, 10:49 am
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However, when you live here rather than just visiting, you soon become acclimatised to the higher temperatures - we now feel cold when it drops below 22C. There's a reason why all the locals are going about in coats and scarves whilst the tourists are in shorts and T-shirts!
Well that's why they will have the best of both worlds if they spend summers in Scotland.
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cheers - appreciate advice , yeah somewhere more rustic but near beach would be more appealing - any places you think worth checking out would be appreciated πŸ˜€
Rustic and near beach don't really go together on the Costa. Cabopino has the best beach along that stretch the others are more urban so balance that against local amenities. Further inland Coin is an interesting option but a drive to the beach.
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Rustic and near beach don't really go together on the Costa. Cabopino has the best beach along that stretch the others are more urban so balance that against local amenities. Further inland Coin is an interesting option but a drive to the beach.
ok cheers - thanks for that πŸ‘
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Originally Posted by Lynn R
However, when you live here rather than just visiting, you soon become acclimatised to the higher temperatures - we now feel cold when it drops below 22C. There's a reason why all the locals are going about in coats and scarves whilst the tourists are in shorts and T-shirts!
lol I can’t imagine it but I know it’s true.
we felt hot here yesterday at 6 degrees as that mild. Had window open last night πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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Well that's why they will have the best of both worlds if they spend summers in Scotland.
well that’s the plan - we can’t decide on down sizing here and renting during winter in Spain or having home in Spain and renting here in summer ....
baring in mind our weather can be miserable so the time in Scotland would be less what ever way we do it ...
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Costa del sol : The land of the full English breakfast...The Britain you have when not having Britain...

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Costa del sol : The land of the full English breakfast...The Britain you have when not having Britain...

lol. Very cynical - I hate full English breakfast πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
i used to have a negative view of costa del sol and I know lots do but we know lots of hidden gems and we’ve toured about down to Tarifa , benahavis, Ronda, and regularly for exploring ; CΓ³rdoba, Cadiz, Granada, Seville, I love Barcelona too in particular Sitges and enjoy driving that coast down to Salou.

I would actually prefer to live in Puliga πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ (no difference) but Italy is not as accessible for Scottish flights and Malaga airport has great flights and prices for our families to visit regularly.

ive only been to Fuengirola / Benalmadena once in the 25-30 times I’ve been out and tbh it’s not what I want - as I don’t want to be a tourist and feel it is too touristy for me. I prefer to eat where Spanish people eat etc and learn the language.
I chose Costa del sol for the climate and golf. Not going to say it’s best place in Spain as I’m sure it’s not and I have travelled a lot in Spain but it ticks most boxes for us. Murcia would be a much cheaper option but we know marbella area better and personally feel infrastructure better for us πŸ‘
not to say we won’t change our minds πŸ˜€
it’s fun planning and learning from you guys that have took plunge πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‘
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Might I suggest you consider Nerja. In the peak summer season it does become tourist busy but for the rest of the year we love the town. It retains a lot of the Spanish charm, loads and I mean loads of great restaurants. You can find more rural places in the hills that seem to be reasonably priced but as many have said rent before commiting to buy.
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Originally Posted by Be happy

lol. Very cynical - I hate full English breakfast πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
i used to have a negative view of costa del sol and I know lots do but we know lots of hidden gems and we’ve toured about down to Tarifa , benahavis, Ronda, and regularly for exploring ; CΓ³rdoba, Cadiz, Granada, Seville, I love Barcelona too in particular Sitges and enjoy driving that coast down to Salou.

I would actually prefer to live in Puliga πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ (no difference) but Italy is not as accessible for Scottish flights and Malaga airport has great flights and prices for our families to visit regularly.

ive only been to Fuengirola / Benalmadena once in the 25-30 times I’ve been out and tbh it’s not what I want - as I don’t want to be a tourist and feel it is too touristy for me. I prefer to eat where Spanish people eat etc and learn the language.
I chose Costa del sol for the climate and golf. Not going to say it’s best place in Spain as I’m sure it’s not and I have travelled a lot in Spain but it ticks most boxes for us. Murcia would be a much cheaper option but we know marbella area better and personally feel infrastructure better for us πŸ‘
not to say we won’t change our minds πŸ˜€
it’s fun planning and learning from you guys that have took plunge πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‘
Sitges is very nice and also driven down to Salou but the traffic can be mental. Our place is around 80 km before Barcelona but I try to avoid Barcelona most of the time:-). Ireland is probably a bit easier with the car than Scotland, so I usually prefer taking the ferry.
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Old Dec 27th 2019, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Moses2013
Sitges is very nice and also driven down to Salou but the traffic can be mental. Our place is around 80 km before Barcelona but I try to avoid Barcelona most of the time:-). Ireland is probably a bit easier with the car than Scotland, so I usually prefer taking the ferry.
we really want to go by Ferry too. Seems really expensive but we will do it as lots of places we want to explore on way down 😎
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Be Happy,

Might I suggest you consider Nerja. In the peak summer season it does become tourist busy but for the rest of the year we love the town. It retains a lot of the Spanish charm, loads and I mean loads of great restaurants. You can find more rural places in the hills that seem to be reasonably priced but as many have said rent before commiting to buy.
Nerja is on our list to check out. I’d really like to be near the sea. I feel that’s the most important thing for me to make this move. I’d rather drive to mountains than vice versa. πŸ‘
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we really want to go by Ferry too. Seems really expensive but we will do it as lots of places we want to explore on way down 😎
Flying is certainly always cheaper but then again you don't need a hire car and can bring food and drink back. We usually go from Ringaskiddy to Roscoff and I think we paid around €340 (return) for 2 people and cabin last time. Then you also have to calculate petrol and tolls depending on route but I prefer driving anyway. Our place is 1 hour from the French border, so not too far.
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Flying is certainly always cheaper but then again you don't need a hire car and can bring food and drink back. We usually go from Ringaskiddy to Roscoff and I think we paid around €340 (return) for 2 people and cabin last time. Then you also have to calculate petrol and tolls depending on route but I prefer driving anyway. Our place is 1 hour from the French border, so not too far.
cheers - food for thought πŸ‘
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Costa del sol : The land of the full English breakfast...The Britain you have when not having Britain...
Someone told me a good way to choose a place to live in Spain is to walk around town for half a day and count the number of times you see the words "Full English Breakfast". You then apply a three strikes you're out policy.
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