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Old Sep 23rd 2014, 9:24 pm
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Hi everyone, hope someone can help.



My partner and I currently live in France and have done for the past 10yrs, but we are considering moving to Spain. We have only ever visited Spain twice and we are looking for any help/advice on what to expect, where/areas to look for properties, legalities, pitfalls etc and any links that could give us some info to be getting on with.

I have just come across this site and will have a good root around!

Any help would be very much appreciated, many thanks
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Old Sep 23rd 2014, 10:35 pm
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Hi and a warm welcome to the Spanish forum on BE. Myself and Fred James are the moderators for the Spanish forums whilst BEVS moderates Europe. Moderators are there to ensure that the site runs smoothly within the rules of BE. This is so that members gain the information that they are looking for and find their experiences on the forums to be friendly and worthwhile.

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Old Sep 28th 2014, 6:34 am
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Many thanks for the warm welcome Rosemary
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If it's any help .... I'd only actually been to Spain once before we started looking at property.

Asking that question on here will be difficult. Spain is a very big place, and where is best for you to live is going to be down to what you want.

The best thing you can do is choose an area you think suits your needs by research on the internet and then go there on a break to see if it's actually what you want. THEN, you have a basis to work from
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Hi Mitzyboy, many thanks for your reply. We have started to look at different areas, mainly coastal and south, ideally would like somewhere not too isolated, close to an expat community and close to amenities, not a lot to look for! As we live in the country in France and miles from local amentities, we want somewhere more lively (but not all night partying lol) for when we move. So we will keep on researching and welcome any more advice along the way, thanks again
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Your requirements are a bit to broad for anyone to give you useful advice.

You could read the responses to many posts on similar subject.
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Hi Brise,
If you are looking South & mainly costal, I suggest you take a look at Costa de la Luz & the Cadiz province and see if it suits.
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Hi pablosho, many thanks for your reply. You must be psychic, we have been having a look at Costa de la Luz and Cadiz, so you never know!
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There is quite a large Brit community between Torremolinos and Marbella and there has been an upturn in the quality of the offerings while the quantity has dropped with the exception of Benamadena (Probably get jumped upon here).
I guess it's swings and roundabouts and things go in phases. Property prices in Marbella are about 30% higher than the other areas like for like.
Why do you want to leave France btw?
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Old Oct 1st 2014, 10:48 pm
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Hi Maybe1day, many thanks for your reply. Rural France has been home for a lot of yrs, but we have often talked about moving to Spain (or Portugal even) for our retirement. Mainly for the weather and more of a social life if we want it. The integration into the Spanish way of life goes without saying, we did it here in France (no clubs of English mates, just full integration into France and French life, and HARD WORK it was too, but worth it!) and we can do it again. We are open to all areas, but focusing mainly in the South as we want warmer winters as the temperature here can be as low as minus 15/20 degs in Jan or Feb! Our plan is follow the advice we are getting and will look to rent for a few months at a time in different areas whilst keeping a foothold in France until we find a permanent home. In the mean time, we will start on the language and hopefully be able to communicate when we arrive! It only took 5yrs to become almost fluent (so our friends say) in French, so fingers crossed for the same in Spain!
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Hola

The costa de la Luz is basically split into two parts; separated by the river and DoƱana National Park. Both parts have their pros & cons.

I live in Chiclana; a town of 84,000 and with an ever decreasing ex-pat population. There is however an thriving Foreign Residents Association. If you look at Ayamonte, on the Portuguese / Spanish border, you can gain the best of both countries.

Good hunting

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Hi Maybe1day, many thanks for your reply. Rural France has been home for a lot of yrs, but we have often talked about moving to Spain (or Portugal even) for our retirement. Mainly for the weather and more of a social life if we want it. The integration into the Spanish way of life goes without saying, we did it here in France (no clubs of English mates, just full integration into France and French life, and HARD WORK it was too, but worth it!) and we can do it again. We are open to all areas, but focusing mainly in the South as we want warmer winters as the temperature here can be as low as minus 15/20 degs in Jan or Feb! Our plan is follow the advice we are getting and will look to rent for a few months at a time in different areas whilst keeping a foothold in France until we find a permanent home. In the mean time, we will start on the language and hopefully be able to communicate when we arrive! It only took 5yrs to become almost fluent (so our friends say) in French, so fingers crossed for the same in Spain!
Brise are you near by to the Massif Central. We lived in Normandy Brittany La Rochelle and the Vendee but never temperatures that low. Vendee bright but cold but never save for two occasions below freezing. Not sure I could live with your temperatures
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Old Oct 2nd 2014, 6:38 am
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Hi Porth, we are in the Charente Maritime and the winters can be quite cold! Although to compensate, the summers are fab!
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Hi Porth, we are in the Charente Maritime and the winters can be quite cold! Although to compensate, the summers are fab!
Hi Brise we were in the Vendee and indeed La Rochelle never crossed our minds that sub zero temperatures were about?

Our friends who live in Foussais Payre not far from Niort say the summer has been superb. Send me a pm and I will give you our French/Spanish experiences. Our views only and not to be relied upon!
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We like the climate on the CdS but the Sea temperature is a no no, apart from around the end of August, If the Sea is your thing and you like the heat go for the area towards Almeria. The cold current from the Atlantic has petered out there.
We were used to the sea temperatures around Italy, where you can spend more time in the water than on the beach. Here (Malaga) we have only been to the beach twice this year, although we live 1.5k from the sea, the water was so cold.
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