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Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:04am
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Deblovesspain

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Hi Everyone

We shall be visiting Roquetas de Mar for the first time in October (hopefully) to look at the area and properties in the hope of buying a holiday home.

Is it a large UK community in this area or is it mainly Spanish?

What would also be the best area to buy in terms of restaurants and bars and also a bit of nightlife (not necessarily pumping clubs) we are of a certain age !!! LOL

Also whats the best, quickest and cheapest way of transferring from Almeria Airport.?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you

Ktina

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:43am

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Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:43am

Deblovesspain wrote on Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:04am:

Hi Everyone

We shall be visiting Roquetas de Mar for the first time in October (hopefully) to look at the area and properties in the hope of buying a holiday home.

Is it a large UK community in this area or is it mainly Spanish?

What would also be the best area to buy in terms of restaurants and bars and also a bit of nightlife (not necessarily pumping clubs) we are of a certain age !!! LOL

Also whats the best, quickest and cheapest way of transferring from Almeria Airport.?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you

hello!!

well if you want to travel around it might be a good idea to hire a car but the shuttle from Almeria airport is the cheapest option to get you to Roquetas. once you are there you can travel around by bus. are you planning on viewing apartments in Las Marinas Roquetas? i know this area pretty well, so if i can be of any help please just ask away, no problem. There is a Mercadona supermarket, Aldi loads of good restaurants and tapas bars, not a noisy nightclub area but plenty of things to see and do. during the summer months it has quite a vibrant social scene every evening.

hope this is helpful to you

Lottie

Jean4

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:34am

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Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:34am

We went to Roquetas by accident in 2016 and have returned for a longer stay each year since. We rent for the winter. Playa Serena is the area we stay in as it has lots of cafés, bars and restaurants. We are there out of season so there is very little night life. However, I did visit to play golf in September and evenings were quite lively. Roquetas Town is Spanish but we love it. There is a fairly large British community in Playa Serena and several bars run by British people with typically British food. The golf club has a large British membership which grows over the winter months. Can't help with buying sorry or travel from the airport but hope this helps. 

John99andrew

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:25pm

John99andrew

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Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:25pm

Jean4 wrote on Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:34am:

We went to Roquetas by accident in 2016 and have returned for a longer stay each year since. We rent for the winter. Playa Serena is the area we stay in as it has lots of cafés, bars and restaurants. We are there out of season so there is very little night life. However, I did visit to play golf...

... in September and evenings were quite lively. Roquetas Town is Spanish but we love it. There is a fairly large British community in Playa Serena and several bars run by British people with typically British food. The golf club has a large British membership which grows over the winter months. Can't help with buying sorry or travel from the airport but hope this helps. 

Tipicaly British food, that's a no no for me then

Jean4

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:35pm

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Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:35pm

John99andrew wrote on Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:25pm:

Tipicaly British food, that's a no no for me then

Not our choice either but that is only in the bars run by Brits. There is a wide range of restaurants / bars serving different types of food: Spanish, Italian, Greek, French, Indian. The British food outlets are very much in the minority. 

Deblovesspain

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:02am

Deblovesspain

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Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:02am

Jean4 wrote on Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:35pm:

Not our choice either but that is only in the bars run by Brits. There is a wide range of restaurants / bars serving different types of food: Spanish, Italian, Greek, French, Indian. The British food outlets are very much in the minority. 

Thanks for the info - were not into the Brit thing on holiday - 'when in rome' as they say, so pleased to here its a mix. I do prefer typically Spanish resorts, I don't speak much Spanish, but do like to try.

chrisso50

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:05am

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Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:05am

Deblovesspain wrote on Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:04am:

Hi Everyone

We shall be visiting Roquetas de Mar for the first time in October (hopefully) to look at the area and properties in the hope of buying a holiday home.

Is it a large UK community in this area or is it mainly Spanish?

What would also be the best area to buy in terms of restaurants and bars and also a bit of nightlife (not necessarily pumping clubs) we are of a certain age !!! LOL

Also whats the best, quickest and cheapest way of transferring from Almeria Airport.?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you

The cheapest way to get from airport to Roquetas is by two buses (total cost €3) take one into Almeria City bus/train interchange and then the 330 to Roquetas. BUT the bus from the airport now only takes passengers with cabin luggage/carryons, no suitcases. Completely daft!

Roquetas is Spanish and a summer beach resort used by the Spanish. You will need to learn the language if living here and before the pandemic there were regular classes (€25 a year) and free Spanish conversation classes for new immigrants. These are attended by Germans, Italians, French, Brits etc.

The Urba is the best place to look for property, and there are plenty of estate agents. In the summer our roads do get busier and noisier, so that can influence where you decide to live. The place does not close down in the winter but is certainly quieter. July and August are very hot months. You will find that British bars are a tiny minority of the hundreds of restaurants and bars available. There is a small UK expat community but if you walk along the 14kms paseo in the evenings it tends to be Spanish that you will overhear.

Chris

GillieT

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:58pm

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Location: Roquetas de Mar

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Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:58pm

Deblovesspain wrote on Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:04am:

Hi Everyone

We shall be visiting Roquetas de Mar for the first time in October (hopefully) to look at the area and properties in the hope of buying a holiday home.

Is it a large UK community in this area or is it mainly Spanish?

What would also be the best area to buy in terms of restaurants and bars and also a bit of nightlife (not necessarily pumping clubs) we are of a certain age !!! LOL

Also whats the best, quickest and cheapest way of transferring from Almeria Airport.?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you

Hi there. We have been visiting Roquetas for the past 15 years. We have an apartment in the Playa Serena Area as we play golf and the club is 5 mins walk away.l - ad is the beach and all the many restaurants and bars. If you want a modern property close to this area then have a look at Vereda Golf Phases 1 and 2 where there are good quality 2 and 3 bed apt’s close to the bars etc. There are also other nice developments here in the Urbanisation.  If you want an older more typically Spanish property then look at the golf complex apartments in Playa Serena or Pueblo Andaluz apartments. Good luck. 

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