Point me in the right direction ….please!!

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  • #54071
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    Hi there!
    Im a new kid on the block, first time on the site!
    I am currently living in Dubai United Arab Emirates, have been here for almost 18 years.

    The time has come to start looking for a place to retire to. Now there in lies the problem.
    I just do not know where to start looking.

    I am very used to expat living, and love interacting with different nationalities.

    I know I do not want to be in an area of mostly brits…no offense!
    Also dont want to be in a concrete jungle or stuck in a high rise apartment.

    The qualities of a retirement destination are as far as I am concerned very different to that of a place to live and work.
    I need good hospitals, good public transport. ( you never know how long you are going to be able to drive for?) easy acces to shops and social groups.
    I would like to be on the coast.

    I have become very used to living in a busy cosmopolitian city, with all the advantages and disadvantages, so consequently do not want to be in a tiny village with only one shop! On the other hand I love open space and peace and tranquility….not much to ask eh? Tee hee.

    Spain is a big country, which as yet I have not visited!!!!! It is very difficult for us to travel on fact finding missions due to us living in the middle east. My best friend is the internet. Researh, research research!!

    I am a singer,barbershop harmony and would dearly love to live in a place where there was some sort of musical group, as this is a wonderful way of meeting new friends. My partner is also a talented guitarist who would love an outlet for his music.
    Can anyone suggest a starting point? I would be so grateful as it is totally mind boggling.
    Thanks in advance.
    Jane .

  • #84013
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    Gosh Jane – that would cover many places in Spain! Mark would be able to talk about Barcelona, that sounds a lively place with everything. Madrid the city is lovely – dont know about living there.

    Marbella is a beautiful place, has everything you ask about and there are many areas still very Spanish, Fuengirola has a great stretch of musical talent and everything you have mentioned.

    And thats before Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada….

    Perhaps you need to come on a fact find for a couple of months. Travel around and you will know what suits you.

    Good luck!

  • #84016
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    Even though it has many problems Marbella is a great place. It still is one of the most sort after locations in Europe.

    Be very careful about buying, so my advice is rent first.

    Hope that helps

  • #84018
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    Wow guys your are quick off the mark.
    I have not even had time to take my dog for a walk!!
    Great information. Had not even considered Marbella, just figured it would be too touristy. I do like to feel Im in another country , not just a sunny vershion of the UK!
    The rental idea was also a very valid point.
    Thanks for your input and taking the time to reply
    Cheers.
    Jane

  • #84045
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    There is a barbershop choir (maybe based in Fuengirola). I live in Marbella. Facing open country, mins to centre. Neighbours are mainly Spanish but also have 2 Brits, 1 American, 2 German and 1 Swedish 🙂 Close to a fab Hospital.

    Mijas is also another nice area and close to everthing.

  • #84211
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    There is a barbershop choir (maybe based in Fuengirola). I live in Marbella. Facing open country, mins to centre. Neighbours are mainly Spanish but also have 2 Brits, 1 American, 2 German and 1 Swedish 🙂 Close to a fab Hospital.

    Mijas is also another nice area and close to everthing.

  • #84255
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    Ok Jane

    For my twopenneth try the Costa Blanca North from Altea up till Denia, great coastline and with the Brits still in the minority compared to the Spanish and other northern Europeans, with the exception of Calpe there are virtualy no high rise hotels offering mass tourism, more a case of family holidays with villa rentals

  • #84067
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    Ok Jane

    For my twopenneth try the Costa Blanca North from Altea up till Denia, great coastline and with the Brits still in the minority compared to the Spanish and other northern Europeans, with the exception of Calpe there are virtualy no high rise hotels offering mass tourism, more a case of family holidays with villa rentals

  • #84257
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    How’s that Golden Gardens complex coming along in Javea, Jim?

  • #84068
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    How’s that Golden Gardens complex coming along in Javea, Jim?

  • #84263
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    Dunno Blue

    Regretfully I am on of the increasing number who found it too difficult to earn a legal living and Spain and so went back the the UK whilst I still had my shirt. Thankfully we were able to secure a lonf term let on our property and prices would have to fall a long long way before we were in negative equity.

  • #84071
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    Dunno Blue

    Regretfully I am on of the increasing number who found it too difficult to earn a legal living and Spain and so went back the the UK whilst I still had my shirt. Thankfully we were able to secure a lonf term let on our property and prices would have to fall a long long way before we were in negative equity.

  • #84271
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    Thanks for the info jim.
    Sorry you had to go back to blighty, that is a real bummer but as you said at least you have been able to let your place. Are there still people wanting to rent or is the market saturated?
    Had been considering Altea and that area as we have a pal building there.
    Does the costa blanca tend to be better value than the costa del sol?
    One of my most important considerations is the weather!!! (sad I know!)
    After spending the best part of twenty years in the gulf, I love to be warm!
    obviously the Costa del sol is further south, but is it significantly warmer in winter?
    Thanks again
    Jane

  • #84075
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    Thanks for the info jim.
    Sorry you had to go back to blighty, that is a real bummer but as you said at least you have been able to let your place. Are there still people wanting to rent or is the market saturated?
    Had been considering Altea and that area as we have a pal building there.
    Does the costa blanca tend to be better value than the costa del sol?
    One of my most important considerations is the weather!!! (sad I know!)
    After spending the best part of twenty years in the gulf, I love to be warm!
    obviously the Costa del sol is further south, but is it significantly warmer in winter?
    Thanks again
    Jane

  • #84277
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    How about Valencia city?

  • #84078
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    How about Valencia city?

  • #84279
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    @jiminspain wrote:

    Dunno Blue

    Regretfully I am on of the increasing number who found it too difficult to earn a legal living and Spain and so went back the the UK whilst I still had my shirt. Thankfully we were able to secure a lonf term let on our property and prices would have to fall a long long way before we were in negative equity.

    Ok Cheers. Hope it all works out well for you.

  • #84079
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    @jiminspain wrote:

    Dunno Blue

    Regretfully I am on of the increasing number who found it too difficult to earn a legal living and Spain and so went back the the UK whilst I still had my shirt. Thankfully we were able to secure a lonf term let on our property and prices would have to fall a long long way before we were in negative equity.

    Ok Cheers. Hope it all works out well for you.

  • #84280
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    Jane

    From experience the CDS is perhaps 1-2 degrees warmer in wimter hovever as you head away from the Costa Blance North towards Valencia is does get quite a bit colder in the 5 xmas’s we spent in Spain each one was warm enough to eat Xmas dinner outside in shorts and tshirts, normal cold snap for a 2-3 week spell end jan early feb. Rentals not good anywhere really but we got lucky

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    Jane

    From experience the CDS is perhaps 1-2 degrees warmer in wimter hovever as you head away from the Costa Blance North towards Valencia is does get quite a bit colder in the 5 xmas’s we spent in Spain each one was warm enough to eat Xmas dinner outside in shorts and tshirts, normal cold snap for a 2-3 week spell end jan early feb. Rentals not good anywhere really but we got lucky

  • #84281
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    Jim
    So where did you live then?
    You must have liked it?!!
    Jane

  • #84081
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    Jim
    So where did you live then?
    You must have liked it?!!
    Jane

  • #84287
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    Liked it a lot Jane, bitterly dissapointed to leave, live just outside a small town called Gata de Gorgos.

  • #84087
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    Liked it a lot Jane, bitterly dissapointed to leave, live just outside a small town called Gata de Gorgos.

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