Outdoor Living – what can I do?

What can I do in Spain - Active Outdoor Living Building a lifestyle that suits you is very important when moving to Spain.  It is much easier to settle in, to meet new friends and to feel content if you are enjoying life.  Part of that might be to have more time to pursue outdoor living in an active way.    One of the really really good things about Spain is the weather.  You walk or run hardly...

What Happens to my UK state pension if I move overseas?

Thinking of moving overseas, or perhaps you already have, what happens to your state pension exactly? Moving overseas before you reach state pension age often makes you think about your finances.  Now may be fine but what about when you plan to stop work and enjoy your retirement?  That’s when you want your pension to kick in and support you. So, what does happen to your pension if you...

How to make moving to Spain a success

You might wonder if everyone who moves to Spain loves it.  Does everyone fulfill their dream.  The honest answer is no.  Moving to Spain is not for everyone, some make the move and find out afterwards.  By reading this article you will get a headstart in deciding if moving to Spain is for you, before you spend any money. So how do you make moving to Spain a success I hear you ask. All about the...

Is it really cheaper to live in Spain?

Lee reached his hand into his pocket, he only found a few coins yet had to pay for a few beers.  Fingers twitching and curling round those coins he brought them out and handed them over.   A moment later the bar man handed him his change.  Lee felt the now familiar feeling of proudness fill his chest.   Only a month ago the same round would have needed notes not coins.  Now that he...

Is buying property in Spain different to in the UK or USA?

You have probably bought property in your home country so it is natural to assume that things are the same in Spain, they're not.  Property buying is different in Spain compared to either UK or USA.  Here we will look at both the process and the potential pitfalls, forewarned is forearmed right! I will chat you through everything. Finding Property It is very common for people to list their...

How to make buying property in Spain as easy as buying a loaf of bread

Buying property in Spain isn't difficult.  It really can be as easy as buying a loaf of bread.  If you know what you are doing and if you take some responsibility for finding out information.  That can be by doing your own homework or paying someone else to do it for you.  You then have a contract with them and they owe you a duty of care.  Working just with the sellers agent is not the same. You...

Stormy skies at sunset over a busy Spanish city

Property Purchase in Spain – what could go wrong?

Buying property is easy - what could go wrong? Buying property is easy, if you know what you are doing or have great professionals looking out for your interests and explaining things along the way. The property purchase process is slightly different in Spain compared to many other countries.  This is how it works in brief.        1. Reserve deposit - usually non refundable to take it off the...

Who needs a property finder when all properties are on the internet

You might wonder if anyone ever needs a property finder when "all" properties are on the internet.   In this article we will look at why the art of property finding is becoming very popular.  We will also consider what makes a good property finder.  Could doing it yourself be better for you?  Read on to find out. Why you might need a property finder? Tell me more, what is a property...

How to cope in the heat

How to cope with living in a hot climate   Here in Andalucia Spain it regularly gets to be 40 odd degrees centigrade.  Seville and Cadiz areas are some of the hottest in Spain.  There it will be 40+ for large swathes of the year.  Here in Inland Almeria it's 4-6 weeks of 35 plus.   Those are shade temperatures of course. Any thermometer in the Sun cannot show you an accurate...

Storm clouds gather over a view of a beach with sea and large white stones on the beach

What is the Weather like in Almeria?

Almeria province is renowned for being one of the sunniest places in Spain.  It has over 330 days of sunshine each year.  This may sound too good to be true but I can assure that it has been the case for the last 4 years.  Locals and friends who have been here longer than me say that it is true for most if not all of the last 20 years.  So perhaps the rain does stay on the plain, as the old rhyme...

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