Well, this once busy thread appears a little dried up...
I hope you'll enjoy Maella (lovely town, nice and friendly people, surprising amount of shops and bars :) ) and your finca.
The Spanish build roofs with concrete (absorbs the heat nicely), but that was no option for me since my finca has no access for a concrete truck. So I rebuilt the traditional roof with wooden beams and 'caņizo'-mats. To modernize I added insulation and tar paper under the tiles. A lot of work but you can do it by yourself. I hope most of the roof tiles are OK, because you need a lot of them.
I only spend the summers there, so I won't be around when you get there. But we can try to stay in touch over this thread and meet later, since we share the same 'dream'.
Finca experience + contact
Thank you very much for your welcome and the info, pity you won't be there next weekend. I wonder what's happened to all the people who have had posts in the past, hopefully their dream has come true... Or why have they left?
All the best
expats in Maella?
I too wonder where all those foreign (to Maella) people are?
On another platform or you guys just meet at one of the bars in Maella?
I would love to hear some stories!
Ruth form Belgium
Finally gpermission to renovate my 2 "Mas". This arrived at the end of last year. I plan to be over in February to take measurements and other things.
If all go to plan I will be over there permanently by the end of the year.
learned the hard way...
If you're not staying at the finca permanently I strongly suggest you invest money into a good solid grid door and other security measures.
I always thought that my finca was so much out of sight (hidden in a narrow valley) that nobody knew (and cared) it was there. Well between last summer and now they robbed the place. They tried to break the window shutters and couldn't then they rammed in the door (took a piece of wall out in the process). They took everything useful (which wasn't all that much as I'm still renovating) and even took the door itself.
The Guardia Civil were nice though, they even came out to take photos and invited me to look through confiscated loot (there was quite a lot of stuff) but none was mine.
Lesson learned: maybe some people really look into even the smallest caminos or (which I hope not) someone from town is involved so anyway: don't feel too safe.
Asked what happens if they come back while I'm there, the Guardia Civil said that they haven't attacked anybody, at least NOT YET!
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