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An Expat Talks about Living in Nerja, Spain


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How long have you lived there?

almost a year

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

I read every local magazine, newspaper, flyer in the town..almost all were free and in the tourist office, real estate or rental offices, newspaper stands, etc. I checked out any group or club for common interest. Luckily a branch of the American Club is located in many areas...or International Club or cultural and hobby groups. I found ex-pats from so many countries in each and every group. Attend a meeting..might be in a cafe...automatically, one has found a common denominator. I have found that ex-pats are the friendliest people. Many have lived in the area for quite some time..they are a wealth of info and oft-needed advice. Besides immediate acquaintances, the foundation of good friendships can begin.and through them one begins to meet even more people. I think the most important thing one gains though is a feeling of confidence..one actually KNOWS SOMEBODY to have a coffee or drink..even just to say hello to walking along a street..It's a great feeling and helps ease your sense of aloneness. I also heartily recommend a stint at a language school.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

It's more important what differences are in the townspeople's lives and take the time to explore what they enjoy..after all, you're the stranger in their town. They extend themselves when you enter their 'world' so accepting them..meeting them on their own ground..is more apt to open the doors of friendship

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

SINCE I'm retired, work places wouldn't be relevent for me. But all of the above have their position of importance.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Know that everything will be different from all you have ever known..see it as a new world to explore..not what you will be deprived of. Allow for periods of frustration and loneliness..after all, you're experiencing 'culture shock'.

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Sep 29, 2010 11:05

My husband and I are considering moving to Nerja. Can you recommend a reputable, trustable agent to help us in secuirng a place to live? Thanks and regards, Sharon

Dec 14, 2010 12:03

Interesting comments. My husband and I are considering to relocate to Nerja from New York City next year. Do you have a certified estate agent you could recommend for a long-term rental? Thank you. Regards, Sharon

Sep 27, 2011 12:02

Do you know anything about the sewer system in Nerja? we've read that the city dumps the sewers into the ocean near the beach. Is this true?

Jun 9, 2013 17:46

I am thinking of renting in Nerja for a month around july,with a view to maybe leaving Ireland and living there,i need all the info i can get,i don't speak spanish,so i would be looking to mingle in with the ex pat crowd etc,i'd appreciate all your help please......

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