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where is a good place to live with a large ex-pat poplulation

Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:29pm
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Barb21

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hello All my name is Barb im in my sixties im a non spainish speaker but very willing to learn.  im looking to buy a property in or around mojacar area. i have never been to this part of spain but love what ive read about it. i appreciate any helpful tips about what to look out for. i intend to live in spain so big move for me. im sure many of you have done the same . look forward to hearing your advice and chatting to anyone. thank you. 

Sylviamf

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:35am

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Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:35am

Hi Barb, 

             Although I don't own a property has yet we are renting I would advise to rent first to get to know if the area is right for your needs.Im in my early 60s this is my first time in this area apart from a holiday in Mojacar many years ago.Suffering from severe joint pains I can tell you my health has improved in 10 days no medications needed, so it must be good.People are very friendly on these forums and even when having a cafe con leche it's so easy to meet people.

BobL

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:43am

BobL

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Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:43am

Barb21 wrote on Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:29pm:

hello All my name is Barb im in my sixties im a non spainish speaker but very willing to learn.  im looking to buy a property in or around mojacar area. i have never been to this part of spain but love what ive read about it. i appreciate any helpful tips about what to look out for. i intend...

... to live in spain so big move for me. im sure many of you have done the same . look forward to hearing your advice and chatting to anyone. thank you. 

Hi,

Totally agree with Sylvia. You need to rent & to be mobile.

If.you.join the various local Facebook Forums you can post looking for a property. Renters will then offer you better rates as they don't have to pay an Agency.

Little if Mojacar Playa is on the flat-if you have mobility problems & is the most expensive of the local coastal towns. It is also overrun July/August.

If.you have any specific questions then feel free to ask.

We have been here for 15yrs to date although others are more up-to-date with the bureaucracy which will change again with Brexit. We also have other properties globally and travel extensively.

Best wishes,

Dr. Bob and Sandra

Mojacar Playa and Puerto Lumbreras, etc.

Barb21

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:12pm

Barb21

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Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:12pm

Hi Sylvia thank you for your reply.  Yes the renting makes sense . I'm lucky I'm pretty mobile but I'm sure I will benefit from the weather. I don' know this area at all so will need to spend time as you say finding where suits me best. I' looking forward to meeting new friends an starting a new chapter in my life. Please keep in touch any information is always welcome. 

chevyrecycler34

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:22pm

chevyrecycler34

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Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:22pm

Hi, partner and I have been in a small village around 40 minutes from the coast called Urcal since last March and just love the peace and quiet and the friendly community we are members of.

As just one example, 13 of us went to a place nicknamed "The Chicken shack" over in  a hamlet called Guazamara Sunday for a 1pm sit down 3 course meal of salad, as much chicken and chips as you can eat, a dessert and a shot of lemoncello, I had Baileys to finish, some had coffee, there were copious amounts of red and white wines on the table and all for just €15 euros each which most likely included a tip because the service is just excellent and the all in cost under what the €15 euro division actually cost.

It was followed by everyone coming to partners villa round about 3pm, for more conversation, more wine and finger food, music and general laughter, a bit of a music quiz with the last guests leaving around 10pm lol.

The local meeting place, Bar Amazir  drinks and food etc re-opens Tuesday, darts nite Thursday, we have a doctors surgery, small school, small but well stocked supermarket, the motorway is just 7 minutes away, the main local town with its big Monday and small Thursday markets is around 12 minutes away, hospital judged to be one of the best in Almeria tho not without it's problems is in H/O, the silence some times is deafening, the peace and tranquility awesome, if you cant chill out here then you have major major problems.

There are various Ramblas to walk dogs if you have them, the Spanish people in the village are friendly, there is another local bar close by that offers very informal, you choose the subject free Spanish lessons to augment the also free but much more intense Spanish lessons in H/O, cant praise how lucky we all reckon we are.

If we want to eat out there is a large choice within easy reach, Chinese, Indian, even fish n chips in places like Albox, La Alfoquia, Vera, even Garrucha and Mojacar, literally any cuisine you could wish for.

It's helpful if you have a car tbh, we drove partners car down using the Santander ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao, stopped overnite in a Madrid Air bnb and drove on the day after.

There's loads to do, and loads you have to do if you intend settling here but most of that is longer term and there'll be tons of advice from everyone whose had and got experience.

If your at or close to retirement age the Spanish health service is great, you do have to pay for meds etc but as an example following a fairly thorough work-up which includes bloodworks, urine analysis, ECG, mammograms, even Prostate exams you only pay 10% of the cost of any medication. You can even choose where and which doctors surgery you attend.

Of course being a bit biassed I cant say what living in Mojacar is like, personally right now it doesnt appear too bad tho later into the main tourist season it does get as some will tell you somewhat frantic and overwhelming with loads of holidaymakers, horrendous traffic and lack of parking, we're again lucky in that we have an enclosure and a pool so only venture over there thru absolute necessity.

Hope this snapshot of life with ex pats and locations etc helps, find yourself a nice base and go explore, as above bringing your own vehicle down here can be a part of the adventure, it'll only take a day or so and will help with being able to seek out a place called home plus you'll be able to pack in more without the cost of hiring a vehicle.

Main airports in Almeria and Murcia provinces are Almeria itself, Murcia San Javier and further north Alicante, logistically using Huercal Overa as a central point, your just over 1 hour from Almeria to here, around 90 minutes from Murcia SJ, and 2 hours roughly from Alicante, there should be another airport called Corvera south of Murcia opening in or around December and airlines serving all these airports include Ryanair, Jet2 and BA, sadly no rail network short of Lorca but buses/coaches abound.

Have fun.

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Barb21

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:22pm

Barb21

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Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:22pm

BobL wrote on Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:43am:

Hi,

Totally agree with Sylvia. You need to rent & to be mobile.

If.you.join the various local Facebook Forums you can post looking for a property. Renters will then offer you better rates as they don't have to pay an Agency.

Little if Mojacar Playa is on the flat-if you have mobility problems & is the most expensive of the local coastal towns. It is also overrun July/August.

If.you have any specific questions then feel free to ask.

We have been here for 15yrs to date although others are more up-to-date with the bureaucracy which will change again with Brexit. We also have other properties globally and travel extensively.

Best wishes,

Dr. Bob and Sandra

Mojacar Playa and Puerto Lumbreras, etc.

Hi Dr. BOB and Sandra thank you for replying. I will look into the Facebook forums. I have been told since my post that mojacar playa is very rowdy in the summer months which I don't like the sound of . Iam going to be doing this move alone so I may need to call on you for your  valued experience . Do you have an area that you would recommend to me to start my search?  Please keep in touch. 

Barb21

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:28pm

Barb21

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Posts: 12

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Location: Mojacar

Joined: 16 Feb 2018

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:28pm

chevyrecycler34 wrote on Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:22pm:

Hi, partner and I have been in a small village around 40 minutes from the coast called Urcal since last March and just love the peace and quiet and the friendly community we are members of.

As just one example, 13 of us went to a place nicknamed "The Chicken shack" over in  a hamlet called Guazamara Sunday for a 1pm sit down 3 course meal of salad, as much chicken and chips as you can eat, a dessert and a shot of lemoncello, I had Baileys to finish, some had coffee, there were ...

...copious amounts of red and white wines on the table and all for just €15 euros each which most likely included a tip because the service is just excellent and the all in cost under what the €15 euro division actually cost.

It was followed by everyone coming to partners villa round about 3pm, for more conversation, more wine and finger food, music and general laughter, a bit of a music quiz with the last guests leaving around 10pm lol.

The local meeting place, Bar Amazir  drinks and food etc re-opens Tuesday, darts nite Thursday, we have a doctors surgery, small school, small but well stocked supermarket, the motorway is just 7 minutes away, the main local town with its big Monday and small Thursday markets is around 12 minutes away, hospital judged to be one of the best in Almeria tho not without it's problems is in H/O, the silence some times is deafening, the peace and tranquility awesome, if you cant chill out here then you have major major problems.

There are various Ramblas to walk dogs if you have them, the Spanish people in the village are friendly, there is another local bar close by that offers very informal, you choose the subject free Spanish lessons to augment the also free but much more intense Spanish lessons in H/O, cant praise how lucky we all reckon we are.

If we want to eat out there is a large choice within easy reach, Chinese, Indian, even fish n chips in places like Albox, La Alfoquia, Vera, even Garrucha and Mojacar, literally any cuisine you could wish for.

It's helpful if you have a car tbh, we drove partners car down using the Santander ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao, stopped overnite in a Madrid Air bnb and drove on the day after.

There's loads to do, and loads you have to do if you intend settling here but most of that is longer term and there'll be tons of advice from everyone whose had and got experience.

If your at or close to retirement age the Spanish health service is great, you do have to pay for meds etc but as an example following a fairly thorough work-up which includes bloodworks, urine analysis, ECG, mammograms, even Prostate exams you only pay 10% of the cost of any medication. You can even choose where and which doctors surgery you attend.

Of course being a bit biassed I cant say what living in Mojacar is like, personally right now it doesnt appear too bad tho later into the main tourist season it does get as some will tell you somewhat frantic and overwhelming with loads of holidaymakers, horrendous traffic and lack of parking, we're again lucky in that we have an enclosure and a pool so only venture over there thru absolute necessity.

Hope this snapshot of life with ex pats and locations etc helps, find yourself a nice base and go explore, as above bringing your own vehicle down here can be a part of the adventure, it'll only take a day or so and will help with being able to seek out a place called home plus you'll be able to pack in more without the cost of hiring a vehicle.

Main airports in Almeria and Murcia provinces are Almeria itself, Murcia San Javier and further north Alicante, logistically using Huercal Overa as a central point, your just over 1 hour from Almeria to here, around 90 minutes from Murcia SJ, and 2 hours roughly from Alicante, there should be another airport called Corvera south of Murcia opening in or around December and airlines serving all these airports include Ryanair, Jet2 and BA, sadly no rail network short of Lorca but buses/coaches abound.

Have fun.

Hi Dr. BOB and Sandra thank you for replying. I will look into the Facebook forums. I have been told since my post that mojacar playa is very rowdy in the summer months which I don't like the sound of . Iam going to be doing this move alone so I may need to call on you for your  valued experience . Do you have an area that you would recommend to me to start my search?  Please keep in touch. 

Barb21

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:35pm

Barb21

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Location: Mojacar

Joined: 16 Feb 2018

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:35pm

Hi Chevyrecycler34 thank you for your reply. I am very encouraged from your reply you sound like you are having a great time.  I have never driven abroad but no that I will have to get use to it.   I hope where ever I chose people will be as welcoming as you have found them. Ian shying away from Mojacar playa because You an others have said it is crazy in the summer.  I' hoping to come out later in the year an start looking. Can't wait. 

BobL

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:42pm

BobL

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Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:42pm

Barb21 wrote on Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:22pm:

Hi Dr. BOB and Sandra thank you for replying. I will look into the Facebook forums. I have been told since my post that mojacar playa is very rowdy in the summer months which I don't like the sound of . Iam going to be doing this move alone so I may need to call on you for your  valued exper...

...ience . Do you have an area that you would recommend to me to start my search?  Please keep in touch. 

Hi from our cottage,

Will you have transport?

Bob and Sandra

Currently above Las Norias.

Barb21

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:55pm

Barb21

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Location: Mojacar

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Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:55pm

Hi Bob and Sandra I won' have any transport.   I'e never driven abroad before so something I will have experience.  I' a little nervous I must admit. Barb

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