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Hi everyone mu husband wants us to move to Spain he wants to go to Murcia .
But I am so unsure can anyone give me their opinion on where are the best places to live I would want to be near the beach and can you tell me if the weather is as bad as UKs in winter . thanks

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Hi everyone mu husband wants us to move to Spain he wants to go to Murcia .
But I am so unsure can anyone give me their opinion on where are the best places to live I would want to be near the beach and can you tell me if the weather is as bad as UKs in winter . thanks

Hi, well there is a beach all along the south coast of spain, it gets dearer towards the west ie Marbella etc and the coastal strip tends to be more expensive than inland, but in the present economic climate there are deals on rentals around, so it may not be too bad anymore, although money may not be an issue for you.

The best place to live is near the things you want to be near and only you can know that. Maybe google a few towns and see what you think, narrow it down and visit them???

And yes, if this year is anything to go by, the winter has been as bad as the uk except we dont have the benefit of central heating, carpets or insulation in the houses over here. I've been horrified by how cold its been, I didnt expect to be scraping ice off my car in the mornings and spending my days sitting on top of an electric radiator!!!!!

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Hi everyone mu husband wants us to move to Spain he wants to go to Murcia .
But I am so unsure can anyone give me their opinion on where are the best places to live I would want to be near the beach and can you tell me if the weather is as bad as UKs in winter . thanks
nerja is lervly but as jo said its what you are after, for me it was a pure fluke i picked nerja, i looked on a map for place in europe that would give me snow and good waves within 2 ish hours in the sun lol typed nerja in google seen the balcon, thought well thats a better view than a drunk tramp, and off i went
1year on living like a tramp in the campo how strange, i am freezing!

i seen a white looking guy in bauhaus today buying 10 electric heaters!


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Mercia and Almeria near by is very nice and has probably the best winter weather in mainland Europe but the further inland you go the colder it gets
Lots of sun but in Dec Jan and part of Feb it does go cold at night-but mid Nov 08 in Palomaras Almeria we had 16/17 degrees at night
The older properties in general are low in insulation but if you buy a relatively new one you will find that the building regulations have improved and they are well insulated plus solar heating for hot water
It is also much cheaper here than near Marbella-in Almeria near Huercal Overa for example you can get a 2 bed villa on plots from 200 m2 plus from 138.000 € [ asking price!]
A touch inland but these villas have a fireplace and log fires keep you warm in the couple of colder months plus your air con...expect to pay circa 200/300 € for your logs during winter
You can be unlucky and hit a bad week but most if the time I go in winter I have a lot of sun, which is important even if the temperature starts to go down circa 4pm

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Jojo has given you the best information - where is best for you would not be where is best for the next person who asks the question.

You should write down a list of "Must haves","should have"," would be nice to haves" , "don't really want" and "can't have" and go from there.

Schools, work, oncology department, private hospital, communications, beach, ski-ing, La Liga football, libraries, expat communities and infrastructure, big city or deepest countryside, fishing/hunting, theatre/culture are all things that might be on your list........but might not be on others!

Where do you mean by Murcia? Do you mean the beautiful (IMHO) small city which is very Spanish or the expat enclaves dotted along the coast? Very different. I could live happily in one and less happily in the other. Guess which? You may be the other way around. You may even mean the Butlins-type resorts/golf villages that are IMHO ok for a holiday but not for 24/7/365 life.

Murcia is trying hard to catch up with its neighbours in Anadlucía and the Valencian Community It has low cost carriers into expanding San Javier and a new airport in Corvera (reportedly opening in 2011) that will push prices up in that area. Historically, it was a poorer community and house prices are a litte cheaper than in Alicante.

No major language issues there although the local accent murciano is not well thought of on a national scale. Apart from a tiny rural community, everybody speaks "Spanish". Good luck.

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I am really worried if its that cold it may not be worth it as my Husband seems to think it never drops below 20 and my joints suffer in the UK winter . I have a brother whom lives in Murcia but I have only seen him twice in about 15 yrs . I would love to go to a warmer climate but I worry that after a couple of months and once the heat goes I would not want to be there.
My husband thinks that it would be so relaxing ,warm , sunshine, no problems but I see the problems first .

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I am really worried if its that cold it may not be worth it as my Husband seems to think it never drops below 20 and my joints suffer in the UK winter . I have a brother whom lives in Murcia but I have only seen him twice in about 15 yrs . I would love to go to a warmer climate but I worry that after a couple of months and once the heat goes I would not want to be there.
My husband thinks that it would be so relaxing ,warm , sunshine, no problems but I see the problems first .
I'm not in murcia, I'm further south in Andaluca. Today is actually warmer than it has been for a long time. its 11c and sunny, in fact sitting in the sun on a day like today is beautiful, its much warmer out than it is in here where I'm sitting now, so at the moment I'm wearing ski boots, jeans, a t-shirt, a hoodie AND I've got my outside coat on. Last week the temperature didnt go above 4c all day, there was ice in the puddles and on the windscreen.

I dont know what Murcia is like but I would think its not too dissimilar - The houses are not designed to keep warm either, cold tiled floors everywhere, central heating is rare and the windows dont tend to be "sealed units" In Madrid last week they had 4 inches of snow. SPAIN HAS COLD WINTERS!

Murcia is an enormous place and incorerates many types of areas, so you need to do much more research before you or your husband plan a move or worry about the climate

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You are in for a BIG disappointment if you think it never goes below 20º It only averages above 20 for four months of the whole year!!!!

Just check National and Local Weather Forecast, Hurricane, Radar and Report and type in Murcia + 3º last night

I have a friend who owns a hotel in Moratalla and they close for three months as it is too expensive to keep the hotel heated for the number of guests that would go there.

The only place you could get +20 is the Canaries.

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The forecast for Garrucha Almeria is [day/night] Today 16/7 degrees, Thurs 14/9 Fri 14/12 Sat 13/8 and Sun 19/8 plus sunny most days
This is typical for this time of year and it will gradually get warmer as we move into Feb
So you have two chilly months but mainly with sun and the rest of the year is in general warm/hot
Most expats , who get through the initial settling in stage which is the majority, find the climate great....in a way the couple of sunny but chilly months is a bit of a rest from the heat!!!
And just love it in Spain

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Yup - today awoke to 5 below and freezing fog.

It was my first BIG discovery in INLAND Spain. Day to Night temps in winter can vary HUGELY. And if it's sunny especially so. I've seen 25ºC midday and 5 below at night on the same day.

The coast is less dramatic generally - temp wise.

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