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Wow great I have been to mercadona whilst in Barcelona last year! So do you think it's a better idea to stay in Santa margarita because it's nicer and take a bus to la linea when I need2do shopping...and its quite close to Gibraltar so I can cycle to work,

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Ha Ha - 'Nicer' is up to the individual. I would live in La Linea but I like to be near bars and restaurants. Others will be different. You might well prefer it in Santa Margarita - it has its plus points. You will have to decide. Let us know how you get on and don't hesitate to ask more questions.

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Haha that's so true but my friend who is Spanish n lives in Malaga has told me la linea is not nice I do prefer places with more of a life such as bars and restaurants and I kind of hoping that I could stay in Santa margarita because it has a beach and make a trip to la linea for the bars etc, i will fly over in a few weeks and hopefully get an idea of the distances between these towns,

You have been great with the info very much appreciated!

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Click map to see Animals in Need/Santa Margarita

animals in need la linea - Google Maps

Where is the hamlet you mention? Is it on the road which runs into LA past Santa Margarita or on the other side which runs down from San Roque past the refinery?
It's the one on the side past the refinery. The only drawback is the traffic to Gib which clogs the main street in summer.
I can now see there is more to Santa Margarita than I thought. I'd only visited once, on our way to see Piet at the dog shelter.

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Howdy,
I am currently living and working in Gibraltar.

Where to live really depends a lot on your preferences and the price you are willing to pay.
Assumed you want to live on your own:
Price:
Gibraltar 600+ - but more needed for a really nice flat
La Linea - 350+ depending on the area. I've got a friend from Stoke who's flatmate recently moved out,close to the border + nice flat if you are interested.
San Roque - 500+ difficult to say, as I have not much experience there.
Alcaidesa - 600+ same as above
====>if you share a flat you'll definitively get along a bit cheaper in La Linea and also in Gib.
When I moved to Gibraltar I had a hard time finding a proper flat. I made a list of all Estate Agents I know. You do not have to pay them should you want to have a flat in Gibraltar, for spain it depends. They are all a bit lazy in communication, knowing that people rather want to sell houses instead to rent them out. Only company that you should be really careful with is find a property - they have a bad reputation (false promises, denying business with you once you signed the contract etc.)

Hills Property
Richardson
FindaProperty
Bray Propteries
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S&P
Property World
BFA
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ESS Homes
Mulberry Homes
(sorry,had to remove the links as the system does not allow new accounts to post links)


====> But it also depends on your preferences, not only the price. I'll try to list the advantages & disadvantages of each place:

Gibraltar
+ Close to work
- price
+ decent standards unless you rent for very low price
+- In early summer big cloud over town for half the day
+ ok-ish night life, especially in summer
+ plenty of bars, fast foods & restaurants - prices are imho reasonable.
+ booze and cigarettes cheap, however if you live over the border you can take the stuff with you,too

All Spain:
- flats have gas heating for water - coming from germany this feels like pre-2nd-world-war. It is really annoying to refill the bottles, especially when you ran out of gas in the middle of a shower
-qeue at the border, especially annoying with car and long waiting times. However for pedestrians and bicycles+motorbikes its ok, should no spanish authority be on strike at the moment :-)

La Linea
+ relatively close to work
+ cheapest option
+ good night live, including bars - prices also ok
+ smoking ban in bars and restaurant (unlike smokeheavy Gibraltar)
- very bad reputation, indeed there are some parts to be avoided - common sense always helps
+ good buying grocery options
- dirty town with huge unemployment, completely depending on Gibraltar (and, as a random rant, complaining about Gibraltar taking away the jobs)


San Roque
+ quit area
- no bars, no restaurants, no shopping. And yes, I mean NO.
+- price
+- nice 25 minutes drive to Gibraltar with your bicycle. However to San Roque uphill it will be 35.

Alcaidesa - big artificial urban area, due to economic crisis absolutely not rented out
+ very quit area
- AFAIK few to no shopping + maybe one or two restaurants.
+ access to private beach
+ enclosed private area with guards etc.
+most houses have access to a pool, shared with ~30 flats
- takes 25 mins to Gibraltar by car if there is no traffic.


I choose Gibraltar. For one because I pretty much hate the spanish attitude of doing something "Manana". You wait for your internet connection, sometimes the elavator does not work for 1 week (12 story building). Police does give a f*** about you when something happens if you happen to not speak perfect spanish, everything is dirty etc. However the real reason was that I only have 5 mins by feet to work - really helps saving some free time when you spend 9h++ at work.

Hope that helps a bit.
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Great reply svob - very useful to the many people who ask these questions.

One point though; there is San Roque and then there is San Roque Club. San Roque is a well developed town and has bars, restaurants and shops. San Roque Club is an urbanisation and has one hotel that I know of but may well not have much else. I think you are probably referring to San Roque Club.

Here is a map:

San Roque club - Google Maps

Also note Tarraguilla/Estacion de San Roque to the west of San Roque - it might be worth considering as it is a flat cycle ride avoiding main roads.

The place I think mrypg9 was referring to is Campamento which in reality is part of La Linea and can be looked at in the same light.

Have a look around San Roque:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=36.2...303.72,,0,3.16

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ups yep I was using the wrong name here. All the "San xyz" mess up my mind.
I meant Santa Margarita, its on the line gibraltar-la linea - santa margarita - alcaidesa.

pls some mod edit my previous post and replace san roque with santa margarita

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Wow svob thanks so much for the in depth info and of course your personal opinion;-D
I am still probably going to live in spain all because i am trying to master the languae and save some money but its interesting what you say about Santa Margarita- that there is nothing there- so i will look at Tarraguilla (thanks jimenato!), sna roque and alcaidesa- in terms of cycling there i am kind of hoping its not too far and my fitness is not that bad haha!


I have also been researching mobile phones and banks and i was wondering what are your thoughts.

I am hhoping to get a spanish mobile probably an iphone which i can use Facetime/whats app to keep in contact with my friends in UK however when i am in Gib i assume i will get charged as part of roaming - is there a way where i can use a mobile in both spain and gib and not have to worry about roaming charges?


I have an rbs accoount so i assume in Gib this can be used but as i will live in spain i will also open a new spanish bank account. so i will get my wages transferred into my spanish account but i am worried about the exchange rate costs- how do the Gib working population who live in spain deal with this?


Any help would be great thanks

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he sba,

for myself I just have a old, crappy cellphone with no internet, so I am possibly not the best to give advice.
I find that the prepaid cards for Gib are really cheap, however Internet access is going to cost you 29 quidd a month ( go to: gibtele-com website, sorry i am not allowed to post links)

You can also bring your spanish mobile and till 1/3 of Gib you will have at least a connection to spanish networks.

For the bank account:
most people who work in gib but live in spain have a gibraltarian bank account and a spanish one. Salary goes to the gib/english bank and whatever you need goes to spanish account by demand. Furthermore should you have friends etc visiting that are in need of you can give them a fair exchange rate,too - this is the best option, giving you least costs. The bank itself charges like ...well too much. However it is still cheaper then going to the exchange services here, they charge like 5-7% on the real exchange rate.
Some companies also offer to send your money to the european bank account, but most likely charge a small fee for it (10-25), but the exchange rate might be much better then doing it with your bank.

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Hi guys

I recently secured a job like many of u in Gibraltar and I am due to start in 5 weeks! Problem is I am confused where the best place is to live in south Spain. I am in my late twenties and i have no children so need to worry about schools etc, I am unable to drive but I will be using my bicycle to travel so I would really appreciate advice on what areas would be nice,

I want to live in south Spain as I am learning spanish also so I would like to also learn the language but I feel that because I am limited to cycling to work that I can't live too far from la linea,

Ideally places 10-15km away from Gibraltar will be ok so do you think it's possible that I could at sabanillas or Duquesa? Or is Santa margarita a better option?i would love to near a beach too:-)

Many thanks and any advice would be gratefully appreciated!
Hi

Could I ask, how did you get your job, thru an agency, applied direct or are you transferring? Did you decide on where you will live?

Thank you in anticipation.

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Howdy,
I am currently living and working in Gibraltar.

Where to live really depends a lot on your preferences and the price you are willing to pay.
Assumed you want to live on your own:
Price:
Gibraltar 600+ - but more needed for a really nice flat
La Linea - 350€+ depending on the area. I've got a friend from Stoke who's flatmate recently moved out,close to the border + nice flat if you are interested.
San Roque - 500€+ difficult to say, as I have not much experience there.
Alcaidesa - 600€+ same as above
====>if you share a flat you'll definitively get along a bit cheaper in La Linea and also in Gib.
When I moved to Gibraltar I had a hard time finding a proper flat. I made a list of all Estate Agents I know. You do not have to pay them should you want to have a flat in Gibraltar, for spain it depends. They are all a bit lazy in communication, knowing that people rather want to sell houses instead to rent them out. Only company that you should be really careful with is find a property - they have a bad reputation (false promises, denying business with you once you signed the contract etc.)

Hills Property
Richardson
FindaProperty
Bray Propteries
GMI Homes
Rosso
RLS
BMI Group
Bentley
S&P
Property World
BFA
Seekers
Chesterton
ESS Homes
Mulberry Homes
(sorry,had to remove the links as the system does not allow new accounts to post links)

====> But it also depends on your preferences, not only the price. I'll try to list the advantages & disadvantages of each place:

Gibraltar
+ Close to work
- price
+ decent standards unless you rent for very low price
+- In early summer big cloud over town for half the day
+ ok-ish night life, especially in summer
+ plenty of bars, fast foods & restaurants - prices are imho reasonable.
+ booze and cigarettes cheap, however if you live over the border you can take the stuff with you,too

All Spain:
- flats have gas heating for water - coming from germany this feels like pre-2nd-world-war. It is really annoying to refill the bottles, especially when you ran out of gas in the middle of a shower
-qeue at the border, especially annoying with car and long waiting times. However for pedestrians and bicycles+motorbikes its ok, should no spanish authority be on strike at the moment :-)

La Linea
+ relatively close to work
+ cheapest option
+ good night live, including bars - prices also ok
+ smoking ban in bars and restaurant (unlike smokeheavy Gibraltar)
- very bad reputation, indeed there are some parts to be avoided - common sense always helps
+ good buying grocery options
- dirty town with huge unemployment, completely depending on Gibraltar (and, as a random rant, complaining about Gibraltar taking away the jobs)

San Roque
+ quit area
- no bars, no restaurants, no shopping. And yes, I mean NO.
+- price
+- nice 25 minutes drive to Gibraltar with your bicycle. However to San Roque uphill it will be 35.

Alcaidesa - big artificial urban area, due to economic crisis absolutely not rented out
+ very quit area
- AFAIK few to no shopping + maybe one or two restaurants.
+ access to private beach
+ enclosed private area with guards etc.
+most houses have access to a pool, shared with ~30 flats
- takes 25 mins to Gibraltar by car if there is no traffic.

I choose Gibraltar. For one because I pretty much hate the spanish attitude of doing something "Manana". You wait for your internet connection, sometimes the elavator does not work for 1 week (12 story building). Police does give a f*** about you when something happens if you happen to not speak perfect spanish, everything is dirty etc. However the real reason was that I only have 5 mins by feet to work - really helps saving some free time when you spend 9h++ at work.

Hope that helps a bit.
Hi

This is very useful information. Really appreciated! Just wondering is it more advantageous to live and work in Gib. I appreciate being in walking distance to both is really good especially when working long hours! Just wondered if there were any other reasons?

Also are a few of the locations that you mention walking distance to Gib, apart from La Linea? I did research Public Transport which was reliable in morning rush hour, so walking would be ideal if I decide to live over the border.

Thanks again.

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