October 10, 2007 at 4:50 pm #53402
I’ve searched the forum and have been unable to find the information I’m looking for. I wonder if any of you good people could help. I’ve trawled through 100s of real estate web pages without success.
I’ve decided to move permanently to Spain and want to find a property very close to water. I’m thinking more of an inland lake area than the coast.
Can anyone recommend a good province to start looking? I’m looking for an area that hasn’t been swamped by a lakeside development and where there are more locals than expatriates. I once saw a programme on tv (don’t groan) where the “lake” was actually a man made resevoir but was so large it allowed dinghy/small sail boats but I can’t for the life of me remember where it was.
Anyone got any pointers to such an area?
October 10, 2007 at 5:12 pm #75533
Here in Andalucia there are Lakes Vinuela (Malaga) and Iznajar (Cordoba). The Vinuela area has IMHO already been spoilt by illegal builds and the Iznajar area, though less spoilt (but getting that way) has a very high expat poputation already. Unfortunately it’s not just you that would like to be close to water! There is also the El Chorro area, Ardales etc (Malaga) which is not quite so overrun or developed yet. All are expensive though….because of the lakes! In Granada you have Lake Negratin (Freila area) which does have watersports so may have been the one you saw on TV?
October 10, 2007 at 7:20 pm #75536
gg: I cant speak for the South of Spain, most lakes will not be very full and little or no water bouancy.
In Asturias (North of Spain ) there is an area called los lagos in the Picos de Europa. I have been there its very wild,natural and lovely but cold apart from June to August.
I sugguest you rent first in the aera as you will be very cut off and if you dont speak Spanish you will be stuck. The people are less gregarious than the Andalusians but never the less good people. I have very many good friends in the area.
Also, if for what ever reason you dont like or circumstances change it will be difficult to sell as Spanish dont like to live permanently in places where Brits like to live and for reasons that “mad dogs & englismen go out in the sun” prefer South of Spain.
The chances of finding a job will be nil & you cant rely on teaching English as people dont have disposable income to spend on learning English.
I, apologise if I have made too many assumptions and sound negartive.
October 10, 2007 at 8:53 pm #75537
Yes, the most beautiful lakes are located in the north of Spain. Also worth to mentionate that Spain lack for great lakes. Also the lakes areas in the north should be in protected areas where can be dificult to find properties and there the climate is quite similar to the south of UK so I dont know if it worth to leave UK because there surely you can find more beautiful lakes.
As shakeel has mentionated you should take a trip here and visit the north of Spain: Picos de Europa in Asturias but you also should spent time in the Basque Country (Bilbao and San Sebastian are beautiful), Cantabria and Galicia.
This journey shouldn’t be not very expensive compared with the UK prices.
October 10, 2007 at 9:24 pm #75538
I agree that Cantabria and Galicia are very nice. But “gg” wants to buy a place to live and she does not talk about any travels
October 10, 2007 at 9:31 pm #75539
“as Spanish dont like to live permanently in places where Brits like to live and for reasons that “mad dogs & englismen go out in the sun” prefer South of Spain.”
I may have given the impression that I am sugguesting that the Spanish dont like to live where the english lives for some racial reasons.
This was not what I intended. What I wanted to say was that the Spaniards dont like to live in the sticks. They prefer to be able walk to bars, banks etc.
October 10, 2007 at 9:39 pm #75540
Well, better first to travel and know the place before moving permanently because with the time you should get disappointed with the expectations.
I do agree. We the spaniards has a different style of live and the most of them feel very sad when they spend a large amount of time in britain because they feel a bit bored with the pace of live because we like to be in the street meeting people at every hour.
But Shakeel is right is only a issue of style of live but nothing racial. British are really welcome at Spain as we feel when we move to UK.
October 11, 2007 at 12:17 pm #75551
October 11, 2007 at 12:39 pm #75553
Wow! that is cool. Good work Mike.
October 11, 2007 at 1:16 pm #75554
There is a big lake in northern Leon bordering Cantabria, called the EMBALSE DE RIAÑO – been a couple of years since I’ve been there, but I seem to recall a sailing club. Lots of BIG lakes in Northern Leon, with another couple within 20 miles of Riano. If I remember rightly, there’s skiing within a reasonable drive – San Isidro Winter Sports Resort near Puebla de Lillo – about 30 miles from Riano. There’s also a very large lake near the resort but don’t know if it has water sports or not.
October 11, 2007 at 1:42 pm #75557
Yes good map Mike, not as up to date as google though. Just looked at a development and it is not there, at least google shows it half built.
Very good for general stuff though
October 11, 2007 at 2:03 pm #75559
Real Estate Jargon – here I have a lovely private villa with its OWN lake (swimming pool)
October 11, 2007 at 3:29 pm #75568
More Real Estate Jargon – my finca has its own lake AND waterfalls (floodwater) 😉
October 11, 2007 at 3:37 pm #75569
Good one! Not raining here – yet!!! 🙄
October 12, 2007 at 6:29 pm #75624
Thanks for all the information, folks. It really helps me narrow down the areas to look at when I go over for a visit.
October 12, 2007 at 9:27 pm #75627
gg, As lakes are a little thin on the ground in Spain , maybe area’s around the the river systems in Spain , I used to live near Tortosa , and the great River Ebro winds its way through some beautiful valley’s , in the process various sections have been dammed creating huge lakes etc , some truly great fishing as well .
October 15, 2007 at 9:50 am #75648
On Friday the Marina Alta experienced one of the worst Gota Fria’s for many a year with over 400mm of rain falling in 14 hours, anywhere round here is a lakeside property at the moment 🙁
October 15, 2007 at 10:12 am #75650
Sorry wasnt quite that bad 400 litres per m2, but casued devestation in many places 🙁
October 16, 2007 at 11:01 am #75662
Hi, I think you should take a look at the Finca Parcs website, it sounds exactly what you are looking for they have won an award for, stunning location, quality of build and design. The project is situated close to a lake and river, not too far from traditional villages. The site is under construction and the show house is due to open during the next couple of weeks. Take a look Im sure you will not be disappointed.
October 17, 2007 at 3:26 pm #75692
Re Los Lagos..these are at Covadonga..its one of the most visited tourist areas in Asturias…There are no houses next to the lakes as they are very high up winding roads in the Picos, very very remote and rural…yes, they are beautiful but do you really want coach loads of tourists during the summer months? From your post, I’d say No!! Theres a huge lake just outside of Gijon too (well water resevior..) but why not go for the sea instead if you end up looking around Asturias?
October 17, 2007 at 10:28 pm #75701
There are no houses next to the lakes as they are very high up winding roads in the Picos, very very remote and rural…yes, they are beautiful but do you really want coach loads of tourists during the summer months?
I think you may be right. I had a good surf over the weekend and found a blog with pictures about a ride through the Picos de Europa and its lakes. Yes, it was beautiful and stunning but a bit too high and cooler than what I’m hoping to find.
I got quite excited when I saw some pictures of Playa Torimbia until I read a bit more and found out it was a protected area. Beautiful place, though.
October 18, 2007 at 11:11 am #75706
Oh and I forgot to mention that in the summer you can only reach the lakes by bus, as they close the roads to other traffic (and charge for parking and the bus..). Not sure what they would do if you lived there – probably the same!
There are loads of beautiful beaches here..but houses seem more expensive near them, better to be 30 min drives from the majority of them, as we are, and pay a lot less for your home!!
October 22, 2007 at 2:53 pm #75747
The lovely PUEBLO BLANCO town of ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA has its own EMBALSE that is always topped up and stays same level. Nearby Bornos also has a lake but it does sometimes get very low during a hot summer. Both are fed by the Guadalete River that begins its course in the mountains at Grazalema – apparently the wettest place in Spain !
Nearby Arcos is the enormous GUADALCACIN dam and a recent activity centre promises more use of the water.
At Arcos you can sail and join the Yacht Club on the lake.
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