Ex pat's in palomares - General Palomares discussion - Palomares forum - Costa de Almería forum in the Almeria province of Spain
Pineapple Kitchens and Bathrooms

Join the Palomares forum

Join the Palomares forumMy name's Jan and this is my website all about Palomares in Spain. Register now for free to talk about General Palomares discussion and much more!

Ex pat's in palomares

Posted: Sat Feb 8, 2020 2:20pm
13 replies595 views7 members subscribed
JulesJames12

Posts: 10

Location: Mojacar

3 helpful posts

Hi everyone, just wondering if there's any ex pat's living in palomares? Are there any activities for ex pat's, English banks or English doctors. We are looking at moving to almeria and are looking at different areas for information so we choose the right place for us Thank you jules x

Jeanne58

Sat Feb 8, 2020 9:29pm

Posts: 53

26 helpful posts

Posted: Sat Feb 8, 2020 9:29pm

Yes, Palomares has an expat community, although it still is, for all intent and purposes, a Spanish village. I say this because the banks ie Cajamar, Unicaja do not have any English speaking staff; neither does the doctors. There are 2 bar/restaurants that are British owned, but the remaining are Spanish. There is a community centre for classes eg yoga/keep fit, and there are classes for those who want to learn Spanish.

I hope this is useful.

Regards

JulesJames12

JulesJames12

Original Poster

Sun Feb 9, 2020 1:24pm

Posts: 10

Location: Mojacar

3 helpful posts

Posted: Sun Feb 9, 2020 1:24pm

Thank you for your information very helpful. X

DarioMartin

DarioMartin

Super helpful member

Sun Feb 9, 2020 7:39pm

Posts: 1249

Location: Vera

1092 helpful posts

Posted: Sun Feb 9, 2020 7:39pm

I can recommend Sabadell Bank in Vera - all staff are English speaking, and they are committed to offering banking in your language.

Also, <shameless self-promotion> we operate a Health and Wellness centre in Vera, with Reflexology, Reiki, Yoga, Therapeutic Massage and Far Infra Red treatment in English if required </shameless self-promotion ends>

Biggles172

Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:29am

Posts: 125

Location: Palomares

35 helpful posts

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:29am

I live in Palomares,my advice is to stay away from most of the ex pat's in the village,they are bad news especially the ones that herd themselves together in the plaza.Stick with the Spanish people,learn the language and integrate into the spanish community.

As for the Sabadell bank in Vera,forget it. I bought my apartment through Solvia a branch of Sabadell bank group hence an account was opened with them.Were always giving me the runaround.I met the ex manager of the Vera branch at a rock concert in the  Vera auditorium the other week.He said it was the best thing I did shutting my account down with them......!!!

DarioMartin

DarioMartin

Super helpful member

Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:14am

Posts: 1249

Location: Vera

1092 helpful posts

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:14am

One bad experience doth not a bad bank make - you’ll find many many many many more positive recommendations for Sabadell on this forum.  I’ve had an account with them since 2014 and haven’t paid a cent in fees, and have found them fabulous to deal with.  That being said, ask around, get recommendations and see where / what makes you comfortable.  Advice and recommendations are a good starting point, but it is your comfort in the life you lead here that is paramount.  What is one persons paradise is another’s area to avoid!! So come and look around and just see where / what feels “right” to you.

It’s always tempting to group together with other expats, as there is safety and comfort in numbers, but I would advise not to let that be a deciding factor.  The Spanish are a lovely, friendly and very laid-back people who will welcome you if you make even the smallest attempt to speak their language and integrate.

Stuart03

Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:45am

Posts: 39

Location: Turre

13 helpful posts

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:45am

English banks and English doctors....hahahahahahahah..!!

Dave1881

Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:39am

Posts: 17

Location: Palomares

3 helpful posts

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:39am

Hi Jules /James

Had a property in Palomares for the last 13 years. Spend around 4 months of the year there. Get on with the Spanish well as I try to speak in Spanish (although very basic). 

Very good Community school in the village with excellent teacher of Spanish. 

All the Spanish shops here are helpful, but more so if they can see you're trying to speak the lingo. Never had trouble with the Bank who have gone the extra mile for me and are openly transparent. 

Good bistro named La Dulce Casa, with a great reputation for steaks at very reasonable prices. Nice pub named Oasis with lovely couple in charge. 

So, a Spanish village with quite a few expats. Can't see why that would be problematic. In fact, best of both worlds I say. 

Great walks in the area if that's your bag. 

Excellent beach bar and beautiful beach. 

When people say are you inland or on the coast, we say both. Best of both worlds. 

Everything on the doorstep with Vera Playa, Garrucha nearby. Mojacar central around 20 minutes by car. 

Hope this helps. 

JulesJames12

JulesJames12

Original Poster

Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:27pm

Posts: 10

Location: Mojacar

3 helpful posts

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:27pm

Hi Dave thank you so much for your information we are really looking forward to coming over to have a look around, sounds perfect for us.

Biggles172

Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:44pm

Posts: 125

Location: Palomares

35 helpful posts

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:44pm

" Oasis with a nice couple in charge", you've got to be joking aren't you? Found the guy very obnoxious. I live in Palomares 100% of the time not just 4 months and stay well clear of the centre unless I have to.....

Sign up for free or login to reply to this topic

Want to reply to this topic? Login or register for free to post your message:

Find more General discussion topics from a particular area:


Register for free!

Login to your account

Pineapple Kitchens and Bathrooms
Advertise your business here
Advertise your property