August 30, 2006 at 11:57 am #52175
We are a retired couple with a comfortable budget, liking historical towns (up to 50,000), beaches, cycling as a way of local transport, good food, and looking for a place where to buy a townhouse with character.
Lived in Biarritz and seriously thinking about the north of Spain, a place where we can invite the posh children for holidays.
Can someone help with suggestions, please ?
August 30, 2006 at 12:26 pm #65304
When you say (50,000) do you means.
August 31, 2006 at 11:38 am #65337
50,000 inhabitants maximum
August 31, 2006 at 12:01 pm #65338
Have you looked at Tarifa?
September 4, 2006 at 11:33 am #65471
Tarifa seems to attract the young and windsurfers as it is very windy.
When mentioning beaches we were including the sea, rivers and lakes,
thus widening the options.
September 4, 2006 at 11:47 am #65472
September 6, 2006 at 4:24 pm #65536
about 30,000 Jim. It is in fact a fantastic city with plenty of life, a great local population and a very Spanish town, unspoilt by foreigners who tend to integrate rather than segregate.
You can read about Xativa and other such towns in the Inland Trader which you can download online.
As I write for this paper I am obviously biased but it is one of the best informative newspapers in the area not quite the Times, but causing concern for the CB News
You can download this at www inlandtrader.net
There are also local info about other towns as they generally run a regular feature on local towns.
September 8, 2006 at 10:15 am #65567
Thank you Jim and Vince. Xativa seems to fit the bill, but here in the UK the Valencia region has a bad name. Perhaps matters will be easier as we speak Spanish.
We are going to see Pontevedra in Galicia. Just hope it is not too humid.
In no hurry to buy, we have time.
We would love to hear more from people living in Xativa.
September 8, 2006 at 10:34 am #65568
I dont watch much UK TV but I am aussuming this is in regard to Land grab. It depends what you want to buy there but not all property are subject to Land grab – only those that are Suelo Rustico. If you are buying a townhouse or apartment then it isnt a problem, but if buying a villa/chalet then just make sure that the land is urbano and you should have no problems.
Also it is of course important to make sure you get a good lawyer 0 try to stay away from local lawyers.
Otherwise you dont have anything to worry about in the Valencia region – it sis a great city and Xativa is a beautiful City 800M high with a good populace.
Good luck in your searches and if you need any advice please drop me a line – I have many articles on the area and in general.
September 9, 2006 at 7:27 pm #65596
You will love Galicia; it is quite beautiful and whilst the weather can be a bit British in the winter, the summers are fantastic. I’m sure you will like Pontevedra.
There are lots of lovely places around the Rias Baijas which you could also look at – Cambados being one.
September 11, 2006 at 10:04 am #65606
Thank you. For the time being, Xativa will have to wait while we go to Galicia. Apart from Cambados we heard that Muros and Tui are worth a look. Mind you, we aim for part-time retirement, about 6 months a year.
Any nice town in the Rias Baixas with a good infrastructure.
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