Originally Posted by xabiachica
you're free to move around Europe, but not to live anywhere you chose
as of 24th April, Spain has re-instated it's requirement for proof of income & proof of healthcare
when you go to register as resident you now have to show proof
the EHIC is for emergency holiday healthcare ONLY - it is NOT for people moving to Spain or anywhere else
in some areas they are really cracking down & keeping records of people using the EHIC - if 'they' consider you are using it too often or in a timeframe which suggests you live here, they will refuse treatment, according to reports from people this has apparently happened to
We are really just on an extended holiday - taking on a long let, but do not wish to become residents as we have our own house back in the UK. We already have annual travel insurance and EHIC cards, so think we will be fine for any health implications, and to be honest if we were very sick we would go back to UK anyway even if we had to stay with family until our house became available again.
Any other living pitfalls we should know about ? And any recommendations on areas ? I've heard Javea is a good spot, because we do want somewhere that is not deserted during the winter, with a pleasant climate (not too cold).
Positives and negatives - Really like hearing the positives, and will take on board negatives and see how to overcome them - we are very much looking forward to spend some months in spain.