When it is time to retire, many people in the UK plan to go and live in Spain, and it’s not hard to see why so many choose the regions of Valencia and Alicante. The Mediterranean climate is just so much better than that of most of the UK, with glorious sunny days and wide […]
When it is time to retire, many people in the UK plan to go and live in Spain, and it’s not hard to see why so many choose the regions of Valencia and Alicante. The Mediterranean climate is just so much better than that of most of the UK, with glorious sunny days and wide beaches to laze about on.
In Valencia in the Old Town (Ciutat Vella) is an amazing market, the Mercado Central, selling all sorts of produce in a building that has a soaring roof and is about as modern as you can get. Also in the Old Town is La Lonja, dating from the 15th century which was a silk exchange with huge Gothic columns supporting a Renaissance vaulted roof. There are also the lovely Jardines del Turia which are gardens that wind their way through the city for 9km along the bed of a former river.
In the north is the Eixample which is Valencia’s New Town which was started in the 19th century after the old own outgrew its walls. Here you can find Mercado de Colon which is no longer a market but contains upmarket restaurants and food stores. It is not too far to get to the beach which is a 100 yard wide stretch of sand running for 4 km along the coast. Playa de las Arenas is very popular, but there is still plenty of space for everyone.
Some people, of course, prefer Alicante to the south, and it too has a sandy beach – Playa del Postiguet. Esplanada d’Espanya is an amazing tiled waterfront promenade, and opposite the beach you can get the lift up to Castillo del Santa Barbara which sits on a hill top high above the city and provides amazing views over the coast. Alicante also has a Mercado Central and if you fancy a drink after your shopping it has a vermouth bar. The city has two famous museums, one of which houses works by Picasso and Miro.
Yes, there is a lot to be said for retiring to the Mediterranean coast of Spain, but of course you need to find a home. You can find an amazing range of properties for sale online, and they can be very cheap. Just one example is a 3 bedroom apartment in the Torrevieja district of Alicante with two bathrooms, fitted kitchen, air conditioning, sun terrace with BBQ, a communal garden and pool, and it is on offer fully furnished for 105,000! Time to pack your bags and go!
Of course, if you are going to live in Spain, whether it’s in Alicante, Valencia, or anywhere else, you are going to need the services of a company that carries out house removals to Spain. There are a number of UK companies that specialise in Spain removals, partly because so many people want to go there, and it is best to deal with a specialist firm rather than a general removal company that may not go to Spain very often. A specialist company that has years of experience will get your belongings to Spain safely and quickly. They will also have local contacts to change over into small vans for access to some of the more remote areas of the country which can have very narrow streets and which a large removal van cannot access. That is another very good reason for using a specialist company with experience of removals to Spain.
Of course, it may be that you do not need a full load moved to Spain, but only a part load. You will find that there are some companies that do regular runs to Spain – sometimes every week – which can accommodate part loads for small removals to Spain which will save you quite a lot of money, since your load is just added to another.
Another thing to consider when moving to Spain is the packing. If you are taking a lifetime of items with you, some of which are irreplaceable, you want to ensure that they are correctly packed so that they cannot move about in transit. Some people are tempted to carry out the packing themselves in order to save a few pounds, but it is better to let the removal company do it since they are professionals and will make a far better job of it.