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My wife and I have been thinking of moving to Spain or France. We would like to be part of the local community but realise that it will take time to get to know the language and the new culture. With that in mind we would like to go somewhere where there are plenty of English people around, so that we could get to know them and perhaps they could help us mix into the new surroundings.

Our problem is that most expats live near the hussle and bussle of the seaside tourist towns, and that is not for us. There are lots of picturesque lakes in rivers in Spain and France. Are there any expat communities in the villages or towns that might border these rivers or lakes? We have been to the River Lot - absolutely beautiful, but simply too French! I don't think we could cope with such a culture shock, all on our own.

Please can anyone suggest somewhere where the climate is good, the scenery is good, there is enough expats around, and is at least a few miles inland from Benidorm and the like.
 

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My wife and I have been thinking of moving to Spain or France. We would like to be part of the local community but realise that it will take time to get to know the language and the new culture. With that in mind we would like to go somewhere where there are plenty of English people around, so that we could get to know them and perhaps they could help us mix into the new surroundings.

Our problem is that most expats live near the hussle and bussle of the seaside tourist towns, and that is not for us. There are lots of picturesque lakes in rivers in Spain and France. Are there any expat communities in the villages or towns that might border these rivers or lakes? We have been to the River Lot - absolutely beautiful, but simply too French! I don't think we could cope with such a culture shock, all on our own.

Please can anyone suggest somewhere where the climate is good, the scenery is good, there is enough expats around, and is at least a few miles inland from Benidorm and the like.
Hi there and welcome to this forum!
I live in the Madrid area which is pretty dry and of course the south of Spain is even drier. Almería desert was the area where many spaghetti westerns were shot
Spaghetti Western - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
So I think this area is not for you. How about Madrid and to the North? True it's not so easy to find Brits in these areas,but there is more water! I bet there are a few British immigrants in the Santander area because of the ferry. The weather is not so sunny in the north either, but it's probably got double the sun that you get in the UK!! And the sun can be too much in the summer, especially where there's humidty ie near the coast.
I expect there are other areas nearer the south, but I don't know the south very well.
The Tajo and the Duero are two of the biggest rivers in Spain and there are some beautiful areas near them. Try Miranda del duero, although I'm not sure if that's Portugal. It's on the border...
 

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My wife and I have been thinking of moving to Spain or France. We would like to be part of the local community but realise that it will take time to get to know the language and the new culture. With that in mind we would like to go somewhere where there are plenty of English people around, so that we could get to know them and perhaps they could help us mix into the new surroundings.

Our problem is that most expats live near the hussle and bussle of the seaside tourist towns, and that is not for us. There are lots of picturesque lakes in rivers in Spain and France. Are there any expat communities in the villages or towns that might border these rivers or lakes? We have been to the River Lot - absolutely beautiful, but simply too French! I don't think we could cope with such a culture shock, all on our own.

Please can anyone suggest somewhere where the climate is good, the scenery is good, there is enough expats around, and is at least a few miles inland from Benidorm and the like.
If you are thinking of moving inland to the lakes & mountains, have you considered the effect weather will have on you .... i.e. intense heat in the summer and snow in the winter? :)
 
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