Spain is a large and very varied country, with no two areas or two towns been the same, so how do people moving to Spain decide what part of Spain is right for them ?
Well firstly everyone is different with different needs and wants, so list what you want from Spain and what you need,
For example do you want to be in an area with a large amount of fellow Brits ? (Yes/no) the upside to this is if thats what you want it makes the transit in someways easier but can make learning for example Spanish more tricky, but many people do life in areas with many people from there own country,.
Or would you prefer an area thats mixed ?
Or mainly Spanish ?
If you have children what are the schools like? and how far are they from where we are looking to life ?
Will you be there year round ?Yes then what is the summer and winter temperatures like (they vary all over Spain ) If you want for example warm but not hot Summers the more northern areas may be for you. Or if you want hot summers and Mild winter regions like Almeria, Malaga may be your preferred area
these are just a few of the questions you may ask yourself, but all I will say is be sure where you move is right for you and if in any doubt why not do short term rentals to be sure.
It is worth noting that as a rule of thumb generally in Spain houses away from the coast and outside of villages, so for example in the mountains and other inland regions are often both larger and cheaper than their counterparts at the coast, the trade off thou can be some of these houses can be very isolated and miles from the nearest shops, now if thats what you want to be alone and away from it then that is a big plus for you
Spain is made up of 17 comunidads (community's)which are semi autonomous
These Comunidads are broken down into provinces
There are 50 Provinces
The Smallest Comunidad by area is Murica which has only one province Murcia
And I am advised that by population the smallest province capital is Teruel
Well the Capital is Madrid which is also in the centre of Spain and at point 0km
A few more pictures of our hard working van loading in Wales and at the delivery near Gandia in Spain
Did you know that Spain is one of Europe's most biodiverse countries and the region of Andalusia due to it's year round warmth with areas like the Almonzora Valley averaging 20 degrees even in Winter , is Spain's most biodiverse region (this is also partly due to how close parts of the region are to Africa )
So of course it goes without saying each country is a Christian country and therefore marks and Celebrates Christmas but, that does not mean they do mark it the same way
For one Spain is Catholic while in that sense Britain is Protestant, but it is not just a difference in the type of Christianity that creates differences , it is of course as much culture, and well the Spanish are famous are famous (rightly so) for their festivals (fiesta) and many of them are religious.
The Spanish for Christmas is Navidad
3 kings day and the parades
And a big Christmas festival is the 3 kings parade which each town holds, to mark the journey of the 3 wise men on their travels to meet baby Jesus (·3 kings eve is 5th January ) (3 kings day is the 6th January )The parade is a huge event and in my experience from the Turre one a lot of fun for the kids and adults alike
And unlike the UK, Spanish children don't get their Christmas gift presents on the 25th December but instead on 6th January 3 kings day the date the 3 wise men where said to have given Jesus his presents
And No the 3 kings Parade is not in my experience /opinion comparable to the Santa parades you get in the UK , as for one Santa is not in the Spanish 3 kings parade, He is not as big apart of Spanish Christmas as he is in the UK.
Talking of Santa Claus, as I understand Spanish children don't send Santa their gift letters like they would in the UK, but instead write to one of the 3 kings
Spanish Christmas traditions are still in my experience more in line with religion while of course
in both countries Christmas is a time for the family.
Another difference between the Spanish and British Christmas is the nativity scene, in the UK the Nativity is most often just the manager scene while in Spain it is all of Bethlehem . The Nativity is called the Belén, which is the Spanish name for Bethlehem
*When learning to speak a new language your going to make mistakes, mispronounce words but don't be scared to try the locals will not think less of you they will help you often and will like the effort * (in my experience anyway )
* Another tip I was once given that I found/find helpful (I was first told this one in Germany ) is Watch a tv program like the Simpsons and find an episode you know well then watch in Spanish
* Watching a program with the sub titles in English and the program in Spanish also helps some people
* Or children's tv programs like Sponge bob as the Spanish will be simpler but it helps it sink in
*And in Spanish unlike English they would say House white so Casa Blanca not Blanca Casa as you would say if you used English Grammar rules
* Some people also I am advised have the subtitles in Spanish as well as watching in Spanish as it can help them
*But what ever method you use have fun with it
*If the shop keeper is Spanish and Speaking English when serving you don't be scared to ask them to speak in Spanish as it will help you learn they will be happy to and pleased your making an effort (in my experience ) and if you return to the shop often they may speak in Spanish (which sounds strange but a lot in tourist areas/areas with many British people speak in English to Brits automatically ) to you but be ready to swap to English or help with pronunciations or both
We have space on the van for up to 15 cubic metres
And the trailer can carry either goods or a car or motorbike or atv or quad bike etc
*Enclosed car trailer so your car will be protected from the elements during transit
Ashley R Clark