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Hi, I'm a new arrival in Spain, currently in Valencia. I'm looking for my dream location to live - do you know of any charming and uncrowded towns that are expat friendly on (or near) the Mediterranean coast?

My ideal is...

- a smaller city - Valencia is bigger than I'd like. I like a small town feel but big enough to have all the conveniences of modern life, like fast internet and good restaurants.

- not too touristy - I understand Benidorm is beautiful, but also packed with tourists. Not interested in that.

- expat friendly - I speak some Spanish, but some English speakers and an expat friendly community would be ideal.

- on or near the Mediterranean coast

- nice weather - I'd love a place with a bit milder weather. Is the north coast less hot in the summer?

So, anyone know of a charming and uncrowded town that is expat friendly?
 

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Hi, I'm a new arrival in Spain, currently in Valencia. I'm looking for my dream location to live - do you know of any charming and uncrowded towns that are expat friendly on (or near) the Mediterranean coast?

My ideal is...

- a smaller city - Valencia is bigger than I'd like. I like a small town feel but big enough to have all the conveniences of modern life, like fast internet and good restaurants.

- not too touristy - I understand Benidorm is beautiful, but also packed with tourists. Not interested in that.

- expat friendly - I speak some Spanish, but some English speakers and an expat friendly community would be ideal.

- on or near the Mediterranean coast

- nice weather - I'd love a place with a bit milder weather. Is the north coast less hot in the summer?

So, anyone know of a charming and uncrowded town that is expat friendly?
Portal Turístico de Xàbia - Ayuntamiento de Xàbia :D

July & August it can get a bit crowded, but you'll get that pretty much anywhere on the Med coast
 

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A lot of the small towns between Valencia and Gandia on the coast are really quiet in the winter months, because there are so many holiday homes there which are often only used for a month or so a year! I wouldnt call them charming though

Charming and quiet, eh ..... hmm ... I could name a few villages further inland, but I just dont think they will tick all your boxes

Im afraid the word Oxymoron jumps to mind
Look it up, it's probably not what you think

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A lot of the small towns between Valencia and Gandia on the coast are really quiet in the winter months, because there are so many holiday homes there which are often only used for a month or so a year! I wouldnt call them charming though

Charming and quiet, eh ..... hmm ... I could name a few villages further inland, but I just dont think they will tick all your boxes

Im afraid the word Oxymoron jumps to mind
Look it up, it's probably not what you think

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you're right - you're not likely to find charming, quiet, expat friendly & easy access to services all in one place

I reckon Jávea comes pretty close though - just a normal not too big not too small town most of the year - until July & August

parts of it (port/pueblo) are charming - & amazing views too

expat friendly for sure

no train station - but just about everything within the town or within less than 30 mins drive

not too hot or too cold - does get rather humid though if I'm honest
 

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Hi - How about Estepona? We loooooved it there (15 min bus ride from Malaga). On the sea, 'real' Spaniards sitting at cafés, but the menus are also in English and everyone is very friendly. We met an Expat Brit who retired there and highly recommended living there.
 

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Hi - How about Estepona? We loooooved it there (15 min bus ride from Malaga). On the sea, 'real' Spaniards sitting at cafés, but the menus are also in English and everyone is very friendly. We met an Expat Brit who retired there and highly recommended living there.

Oh God no, real Spaniards .......... the dont live in real Spain then :D
 

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thanks

Thanks for your replies. I will check out some of these places. Any other ideas, please let me know!

What about Altea?

Please don't steer my post in another direction. Especially if you're a moderator - give me a break. I didn't say I don't want to live with Spaniards. I said I want to live somewhere Expat friendly, meaning I'm not the only expat there and maybe a few people in the town can speak English.
 

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Please don't steer my post in another direction. Especially if you're a moderator - give me a break. I didn't say I don't want to live with Spaniards. I said I want to live somewhere Expat friendly, meaning I'm not the only expat there and maybe a few people in the town can speak English.
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Hi - How about Estepona? We loooooved it there (15 min bus ride from Malaga). On the sea, 'real' Spaniards sitting at cafés, but the menus are also in English and everyone is very friendly. We met an Expat Brit who retired there and highly recommended living there.
. Which is a strange statement to make when talking about a town in spain - simply because all towns in Spain, have "real" spaniards and they do sit in cafes from time to time lol

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Thanks for your replies. I will check out some of these places. Any other ideas, please let me know!

What about Altea?

Please don't steer my post in another direction. Especially if you're a moderator - give me a break. I didn't say I don't want to live with Spaniards. I said I want to live somewhere Expat friendly, meaning I'm not the only expat there and maybe a few people in the town can speak English.
sorry :eek: - it wasn't aimed at you if you look at the thread

it's just that we get so many comments about 'real Spain' that it tickles us :D


Altea......... hmm

you'll hear a lot of German spoken there
 

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I don't like Altea, too near Benidorm. How about Denia, Moraira, El Portet, Javea, anywhere in that general area is attractive. My Father lived there a long time ago and I was attracted also, it is very pretty, however the pull of the Canary Islands was stronger so this is where I now find myself.
 

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Well, I'd have to sell Nerja. Many small villages just to the north a lot of those have many expats. Nerja like all med towns is very busy in July August. Also, in the south it is very very hot. In the north it is cooler but the winters are considerably colder and wetter. If you have the time I'd recommend an extensive tour starting in Galicia and ending in Andalucia taking the coastal route and Spanish/French border. If nothing else you'll have a brilliant holiday.
 

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Thanks for your replies. I will check out some of these places. Any other ideas, please let me know!

What about Altea?

Please don't steer my post in another direction. Especially if you're a moderator - give me a break. I didn't say I don't want to live with Spaniards. I said I want to live somewhere Expat friendly, meaning I'm not the only expat there and maybe a few people in the town can speak English.
I think you must have misunderstood, I'm not steering the thread anywhere. I actually replied to you if you look again :confused: And Im quite aware of what being a moderator means as I have been helping prospective ex pats as one for 6 years now ;)

As regards Altea we go there fairly regularly. Again, its not a quiet place and it is quite touristy. We did consider it ourselves when we moved here but didnt take it any further. I'm glad we didnt because its now become overbuilt in my opinion. I like going there for a trip, but I wouldnt think it would fit your bill
 

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Yes, you misunderstood...It's a kind of 'in' joke:)

We had a post recently from some silly and rather pretentious person who implied that parts of Spain weren't actually Spain at all....
There are people who think that living next to two donkeys and a tomato patch is more 'Spanish' than Benidorm or Alicante, not to mention the Costa del Sol which of course all the locals evacuated years ago when the first British voice was heard....:D

You are quite right about Estepona. It is indeed a beautiful town. I don't live there but I'm a short journey away and spend a lot of time shopping,doing business and socialising there.
 

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Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'll be taking some road trips to check these places out. It seems a lot of favorable towns are in the same few areas so that helps narrow it down.

Sorry - I just didn't want the thread to get sidetracked. It seems every time I go on a forum someone starts making a lot of jokes and then the original question is completely forgotten. I appreciate the help.
 
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