replied to the thread Where to live in Spain
on the Spain forum:
Just retired. Did Panama for a few months. Not a good fit.
Starting my research on Spain.
Will be living on a budget. Will be doing a single. Not crazy about the big city, but don't want to be isolated. Being close to the coast would be preferable. Cost of rentals and general cost of living. What kind of red tape to live in Spain. Any information you can provide would be appreciated.
replied 13 hours ago with:
My name is Sally, I am English and have now lived in Spain for 11 years. I live in a small friendly market town in the province of Almeria called Huercal-Overa. Almeria Province is located in Andalucia but can offer all your requirements for temperature, nightlife, culture too.
We are located 100kms from either Almeria, the capital city of Almeria or its neighbouring province of Murcia (Murcia city). There is a good motorway route (A7/E15) along just about the whole of the south of Spain giving you more or less trouble free driving.
There are at least 3 airports nearby (possibly another one opening up soon hopefully, Corvera). They are: Almeria (more provincial but busier in the summer), Murcia (San Javier) and the furthest (2 hours) from here although with regular international flights, Alicante.
If you would like any assistance please take a look at my website (www.cortijodeltorovirtualenterprises.com) as I may have something that you like the look of in terms of house sales or can also find you rentals. I would be most happy to show you around the area too if it would be of help? I believe you should perhaps look at coastal areas here such as Mojacar, Garrucha, Villaricos to give you an idea of what is on offer and prices which might surprise you and a good temperature variation all year round.
Let me know what you think.
With kind regards,
Sorry for the multiple post.
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replied to the thread Totico - used car for tourist
on the Spain forum on July 29, 2014:
Can I as an american buy a used car in Spain and use it as a tourist for a limited period of time?
First, as an American, you need to visit the Spanish Embassy or Consulate assigned to your state of residence. To stay longer than 90 days in a calendar year, you must have a visa, and if you will not be working, then the visa you need to research is a "visado nonlucrativo", which means you cannot work in Spain. The application process is significant, and NOT fast. Here is a link to get you started: http://www.immihelp.com/visas/schengenvisa/spanish-consulates-usa.html
I do not recommend trying to get the visa here while you are in Spain... the government here is quite clear that you must accomplish this from your own country. You can only stay in Spain as a tourist for 90 consecutive days. The positive part of getting your visa is that they also assign you a residency number (NIE) when you receive your visa, so you don't have to go through additional pain of obtaining that number.
So, when you get your visa and your NIE, you will have to set up a bank account here, then find a place to live. With that paperwork (bank info and rental agreement), you can go to the local administrative offices and obtain your empadronamiento papers. You will need to take all that paperwork to the police office and file for a residency card based on your NIE and empadronamiento.
All that said, check out this site for additional information: http://www.justlanded.com/english/Spain/Spain-Guide/Visas-Permits/Residency-and-NIE
I hope that helps. Moving here is not a simple solution...
replied on July 29, 2014 with:
THANK YOU MUCH SALLY. i EXPECT TO STAY IN sPAIN AS A TOURIST FOR SIX MONTH AND THEN LEAVE AND COME BACK, SO MY OPTION IS TO BUY A USED CAR. AND LEAVE IT IN THE COUNTRY OR TAKE IT WITH ME WHEN i LEAVE TO SAY, fRANCE., BEFORE RETURNING TO SPAIN. tHE IDEA IS TO BUY A GOOD BUR INEXPENSIVE TRANSPORTATION. which I understand can stay in Spain witth a tourist registration for up to two years.
wHAT IS A CERTIFICADO DE EMPADRONAMIENTO AND HOW AND WHERE DO YOU GET IT AND THE NIE. What does it cost to get them and to register a tourist ncar?? Where and how does one locate a gestor?
replied to the thread October weather in Andalucia and Costa del Sol
on the Spain forum on July 28, 2014:
Wondering what the weather would be like in early/mid October, both inland and on the coast. Planning a trip to Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla, and Nerja, We would appreciate any comments or advice. Thanks!
I'm not in Spain, but I am a weather freak. You might check out the major weather sites such as weatherbase.com or accuweather.com and check on historical weather for those months. It can give you an idea of averages in past years. Good luck!
replied to the thread jerez - schools for english children aged 5
on the Spain forum on July 20, 2014:
hi - we are looking to move near to jerez next year - can anyone tell me of any good free schools for my son - he is due to start school sept 2014 - also is there any areas that anyone suggests we look at rental property? thanks
replied on July 20, 2014 with:
Molly,by free school I take it you mean a public or state school.You will need to establish where you are living in Jerez first as it will depend on what post code you reside in for the school to accept your son.You can search for schools by searching "Colegios publicos en Jerez".As or rentals.Search "alquileres en Jerez" for rentals although you should probably consider a short term rental while you look for something long term after you have made a few acquaintances.
who can show you the local system.Good luck.