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tmbf57
5/22/2018 18:06 EST

Hello, DH and I (age 65 and 61) are retired, currently living in Miami, FL and would like to move to Spain. We will be taking our 60 lb. Goldendoodle with us.
We would love to live in Madrid, but it appears this will be out of our price range. We do not want to live in an area that is extremely hot because (we are sick of the heat in Miami LOL) but more temperate areas. Our total income is about $3500/mos. We are not looking for a luxurious but comfortable lifestyle. We do not want to sell our Miami home as we will eventually return home. Do any of you have recommendations about areas with temperate climate, dog friendly, good public transportation and reasonable rents (no more than $1000./mos furnished? Any and all suggestions would be most welcome, Thank you in advance !

gvb
5/22/2018 23:48 EST

My husband and I just picked up our nonlucrative visas today! We are moving to Girona which is a small city just north of Barcelona. The weather is nice, it is close to the coast, to the mountains, and to France. We saw a number of apartments in the $1000 range, although we ended up with one a little more because we wanted to be very central. We are not getting a car and will rely on the amazing train and bus system plus inexpensive rental cars when we need them

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sdamazo
5/23/2018 06:53 EST

I think you should check the north of Spain. San Sebastian is a nice place. Budget is good and there is plenty of good offers.

Catalonia has a political issue going on and far from being sorted.

Neil605
6/10/2018 08:50 EST

You should meet your requirements for sure anywhere along the Costa Del Sol. There is a lot of good info on this site about this. The main attraction is the weather and meets what you were asking for exactly. We are retiring to Malaga province focusing on Nerja in September and are waiting for on Non lucrative visas. You are in luck in that the Spanish consulate is in Coral Gables, saves you a trip. Getting the visas is involved but there is good info on that on the site as well.....

tvfilmproducer
6/12/2018 05:22 EST

I recently moved to Girona. Spain from Washington. DC. Although I have been here for only a month, I'm very please with the Girona area and the city is beautiful. You can drive to southern France in 90 minutes. to the Costa Brava coast beaches in 30 mins and to Barcelona 75 mins. Being in the Northeast of Spain. Girona does not get as hot as it does in the South. Currently, the temperatures have been in the high 60's to high 70's. Rents on long term basis (1 year - firnishes) can be found from 700 to 1100 € per month. I live In the Old Town and the rent is higher here and so is the noise. Church bells ring every 15 minutes - 24 hours a day. If you look at places outside of the city center the rents are less expensive. Larry

tvfilmproducer
6/12/2018 05:22 EST

I recently moved to Girona. Spain from Washington. DC. Although I have been here for only a month, I'm very please with the Girona area and the city is beautiful. You can drive to southern France in 90 minutes. to the Costa Brava coast beaches in 30 mins and to Barcelona 75 mins. Being in the Northeast of Spain. Girona does not get as hot as it does in the South. Currently, the temperatures have been in the high 60's to high 70's. Rents on long term basis (1 year - firnishes) can be found from 700 to 1100 € per month. I live In the Old Town and the rent is higher here and so is the noise. Church bells ring every 15 minutes - 24 hours a day. If you look at places outside of the city center the rents are less expensive. Larry

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gvb
6/12/2018 10:46 EST

We are moving to Girona in 3 weeks! Our apartment is near the Placa Catalonia. We can’t wait! Hope we meet you there!

gvb
6/12/2018 10:46 EST

We are moving to Girona in 3 weeks! Our apartment is near the Placa Catalonia. We can’t wait! Hope we meet you there!

mishakaro
6/26/2018 06:42 EST

I can appreciate your concern for being too hot for you.

North of Spain is the logical choice but snow is possible. However, you have the rest of northern Europe easily at your feet.

There are places in South of Spain and can provide a more moderate and comfortable climate year round. Ronda, a beautiful whitewash mountain town, is about an hour from the coast and Malaga international airport. It is touristy in the summer but relaxed and beautiful in the winter with average temperatures in the 50s and 60s.

Granada, is also in the mountain and it's reputation is well documented as a stunning place to be in during the off-season. I chose Benalmadena,

Costa del Sol (about 1.5 hours away from Ronda) because its warm and comfortable in the winter months and I'm back in Toronto for her best weather in the summer.
My two cents.

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