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deciding where to live

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:38am
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scoop

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I am very undecided about whether to buy in Villaricos or Mojacar I am a single lady pensioner and reallydread being isolated. I don't speak much Spanish, just a few words. Are there any clubs or organizations that can help me find friends etc. I hope so!

Matthew

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:59am

Matthew

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Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:59am

Hi Scoop, You're undecided where to live and to be honest most who move to coastal Spain have some kind of concerns. You're not alone and are at a crossroads.

Solution (and it works):- Rent for no less than five weeks in both areas during the off season (Oct/Mar). Believe me, you'll learn more during this time than you did in your previous lifetime regarding Spain. You don't need to be able to speak Spanish in either area, but if you make the effort it breeds rewards.

I don't know too much about Villaricos other than to visit occasionally, but in Mojacar Playa you'll not be short for things to do and your problem will be what outlet you wish to get involved.

You're not the first pensioner to arrive and you won't be the last. Put in the effort and you'll reap the rewards.

scoop

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:19pm

scoop

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Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:19pm

Matthew wrote on Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:59am:

Hi Scoop, You're undecided where to live and to be honest most who move to coastal Spain have some kind of concerns. You're not alone and are at a crossroads.

Solution (and it works):- Rent for no less than five weeks in both areas during the off season (Oct/Mar). Believe me, you'll learn more during this time than you did in your previous lifetime regarding Spain. You don't need to be able to speak Spanish in either area, but if you make the effort it...

... breeds rewards.

I don't know too much about Villaricos other than to visit occasionally, but in Mojacar Playa you'll not be short for things to do and your problem will be what outlet you wish to get involved.

You're not the first pensioner to arrive and you won't be the last. Put in the effort and you'll reap the rewards.

Hi Mathew

Thanks for your reply, the advice you gave does make a lot of sense, I will have to find a good letting agent that doesn't charge the earth.

Scoop

Beannie1

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:28pm

Posts: 44

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Location: Vera Playa

Joined: 8 Mar 2020

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:28pm

Hello Scoop

Good advice from Matthew above!

I’m also unsure which area is for me, and have arranged a rental for the Vera area this coming winter to give myself time to look around and make decisions. 

My Spanish is laughable at present, so one of the first things I shall do is find a place to learn some more! I hope that will help me to meet some people and find some more activities to get involved in. 

It is a huge move, and I am worried about the practicalities, but having an exit strategy and time to explore options is making me feel braver! A simple rental for 6 months opens up the options of applying for residency without burning all boats

You won’t be alone in trying.......

scoop

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:18pm

scoop

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Posts: 5

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Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:18pm

Beannie1 wrote on Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:28pm:

Hello Scoop

Good advice from Matthew above!

I’m also unsure which area is for me, and have arranged a rental for the Vera area this coming winter to give myself time to look around and make decisions. 

My Spanish is laughable at present, so one of the first things I shall do is find a place to learn some more! I hope that will help me to meet some people and find some more activities to get involved in. 

It is a huge move, and I am worried about the practicalities, but having an exit strategy and time to explore options is making me feel braver! A simple rental for 6 months opens up the options of applying for residency without burning all boats

You won’t be alone in trying.......

I have residency but I miss the sea view, cafe's, etc.

I hope you find your dream

Scoop

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