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Having worked in Germany for a number of years I am well aware on all the various rules on noise, and when you are allowed to make it. For example, no noise (lawn mowers, children playing out) between 1pm and 5pm, and none at all on a Sunday.

Are there any similar rules on the Costa del Sol in residential areas? If I planned a housewarming party, should it be planned for a certain time/day?

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Having worked in Germany for a number of years I am well aware on all the various rules on noise, and when you are allowed to make it. For example, no noise (lawn mowers, children playing out) between 1pm and 5pm, and none at all on a Sunday.

Are there any similar rules on the Costa del Sol in residential areas? If I planned a housewarming party, should it be planned for a certain time/day?

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Wibs
You may be in for a bit of a culture shock in Spain, then.:D

There will be local byelaws about noise (maximum decibel levels, restrictions on noise before or after certain times) but depending on the area enforcement can be virtually nil. Where I live, for instance, building work is not supposed to start before 8.00 am or 7.00 am in July/August, and there is not supposed to be noise (parties, etc) after 11.00 pm. However, in the summer people often sit outside talking, playing guitar, singing, etc until the early hours, and children play in the streets until 1.00 am or later. However, I live in a town with mostly Spanish neighbours, not on an urbanisation, and things might be quite different where you are going to be. I have holidayed in the past on urbanisations where there have been quite strict regulations about noise, swimming pool use, etc so I should check the community rules for the urbanisation where your property is.
 

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Spain is a very noisy country but it's 'nice' noise. We live in a quiet area in that it's on the edge of a village, big gardens so large spaces between neighbours but there are barking dogs, crowing cockerels, my neighbour Juan singing after a good lunch, the occasional party and as Lynn says, people just sitting out chatting.
We came back from a night out on Saturday morning at 01.00, didn't fancy going to bed so sat out until nearly 03.00. It was so quiet so our voices might have carried but....tomorrow our neighbours may do the same. Live and let live.
Unlike much British noise, Spanish noise is happy, friendly and non-aggressive. We spent a short time , just a few months, living in an urb and I found it quite noisy as there were several holiday lets and the place filled with screaming kids.
But most Spaniards would regard complaining about noise as a strange thing to do.
 

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This is a sore point with me at the moment.

We live on an urbanisation on the Costa Blanca. Between October and April there is virtually no noise at all but come June everything changes.

Spanish families from Madrid come for the summer, people with holiday homes arrive not to mentionthe holiday lets. We have everything from barking dogs, screaming children, drunken stag and hen groups. We even have one house that holds karaoke parties in the garden.

Although we have rules about noise levels and times of day (midnight to 8am) when people are supposed to be quiet, everyone ignores the rules. I have tried asking people to be a bit quieter but got nowhere. I tried asking at the AGM for rules to be enforced but was shouted down. I now sleep with earplugs every night.

I am not unreasonable but I do think people, Spanish or not, could show a little consideration for others.
 

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Having worked in Germany for a number of years I am well aware on all the various rules on noise, and when you are allowed to make it. For example, no noise (lawn mowers, children playing out) between 1pm and 5pm, and none at all on a Sunday.

Are there any similar rules on the Costa del Sol in residential areas? If I planned a housewarming party, should it be planned for a certain time/day?

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Best thing to do is to inform your neighbours that you are having a party, better still invite them along. Someone close to us has a once a year bash. DJ in the garden until around 5am. No one minds as it's a one off.
If noise really gets to you probably not a good idea to live in Spain permanently. Barking dogs seems to be what most people complain about. One friend had a neighbour who left their dog on a terrace whilst at work and it barked and yelped incessantly all day. Ruined their life, just being there for lunch drove me crazy. Despite denuncias etc. nothing happened, they were forced to sell. Sometimes the campo can be noisier than a city.
 

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This is a sore point with me at the moment.

We live on an urbanisation on the Costa Blanca. Between October and April there is virtually no noise at all but come June everything changes.

Spanish families from Madrid come for the summer, people with holiday homes arrive not to mentionthe holiday lets. We have everything from barking dogs, screaming children, drunken stag and hen groups. We even have one house that holds karaoke parties in the garden.

Although we have rules about noise levels and times of day (midnight to 8am) when people are supposed to be quiet, everyone ignores the rules. I have tried asking people to be a bit quieter but got nowhere. I tried asking at the AGM for rules to be enforced but was shouted down. I now sleep with earplugs every night.

I am not unreasonable but I do think people, Spanish or not, could show a little consideration for others.
I agree with you but that's because we're British and we do tend to be considerate where things like that are concerned, except when we're on holiday.
But it does seem as if the right to talk loudly in the street at 03.00 is enshrined in the Spanish Constitution.

Noise and too many people living too close as well as the constant changing of people living there were the factors that put me off living in an urbanisation. I guess it depends a lot on the size and make-up of the urb but four months of living in one with a hundred or more pisos with a mix of Spanish/foreign residents but constant comings and goings put me off.
 

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Noise is a huge problem all over Spain, there is no solution other than to get used to it. Whatever rules there are are very rarely enforced.
Noise is only a problem when someone else is making it. :D

If you live in a place where, because of the climate, people tend to sleep in the afternoon and socialise between midnight and 3 a.m. it's best to do the same.
 

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My Spanish neighbours don't socialise until the early hours, except perhaps in August when we aren't there:D they are mostly hard working families and have to get up early for work.

I think if you have been in a noisy situation then you become less noise tolerant. When I first worked in London I had a noisy neighbour and had to sell even though I loved the place. Since then I have always been wary. Our house in the UK is set well back from a no through track and has gardens on 4 sides. We had one place in Spain and I could hear the neighbours discussing what they were going to have to eat that evening. Not just disturbing but boring:D Solved that by moving the bed.
 

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Having worked in Germany for a number of years I am well aware on all the various rules on noise, and when you are allowed to make it. For example, no noise (lawn mowers, children playing out) between 1pm and 5pm, and none at all on a Sunday.

Are there any similar rules on the Costa del Sol in residential areas? If I planned a housewarming party, should it be planned for a certain time/day?

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I think a lot of Spaniards would have problems living in Germany from the sounds of it! I learnt that siesta hour is sacred (15:00 - 17:00 more or less), but little else, and even then children playing is not considered to be noise. Screaming and fighting yes, but laughing running and having fun is just not noise
 

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I think if you have been in a noisy situation then you become less noise tolerant.
Or maybe the opposite? I can now filter out the noises that woke me up when I first lived here (barking dogs, bin-men at 5 a.m., motos with no silencers) and sleep like a log.

Other people's conversations can be immensely irritating so I quite like the fact that here, if my neighbours are having a conversation in the street or shouting at each other from their balconies, I can "switch off" and not understand what they're saying because the local dialect is so strong.
 

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It's odd, aside from the dogs it's really rather quiet around here. Most of our neighbours are Spanish and I hardly notice them at all.
Even if there is a get together of some kind it is never intrusive and normally done and dusted by midnightish.
We probably make the most noise and even then that's just the kids playing and me setting the neighbourhood dogs off at 2am when I'm at the telescope and I have the misfortune to cough.
 

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Mostly around here it is fairly quiet. Exceptions are when there is something going on and the Spanish like to let off those aerial torpedoes and when there is a pop group at the poligono (about 2km away). Very few people seem to have parties. We have a gathering/soirée or what ever you want to call it a.k.a. a Villancicos evening and all the neighbours come so there are no complaints.
 

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Spain has to be one of the noisiest countries in Europe...lol - We live amongst the olive groves, in the centre of a village. It can be very noisy with tractors and 4x4's, up and down all the time. The worst is when they come to fill up with water, from a new water deposit (our water pressure has now dropped), from about 5.30am in the morning (yes - it is dark).

Just do what the Spanish do, shrug the shoulders, get up and make a coffee/tea, go back to bed, sleep to the morning and have a siesta in the afternoon...

This is Spain.
 

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Spain has to be one of the noisiest countries in Europe...lol - We live amongst the olive groves, in the centre of a village. It can be very noisy with tractors and 4x4's, up and down all the time. The worst is when they come to fill up with water, from a new water deposit (our water pressure has now dropped), from about 5.30am in the morning (yes - it is dark).

Just do what the Spanish do, shrug the shoulders, get up and make a coffee/tea, go back to bed, sleep to the morning and have a siesta in the afternoon...

This is Spain.
It is officially the second noisiest with Japan (yes Japan???) being number one.

"Noisiest nation in the world?" by Ronald E. Yates

The second noisiest country in the world - hear-it.org
 

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A friend who runs a B&B had a visitor (English) who complained about being woken up by cockerels.

it does make you wonder sometimes.
I understand and sympathise, though. Our neighbour's cockerel has no sense of time -or decorum - and crows at any time, incessantly and loudly, from four a.m. onwards.
When our neighbours first got a cockerel a few years back -the bird is long deceased - they asked if we minded and we said no, we didn't. But that one could obviously tell the time, this one can't. However, too late now. They have noisy chickens too.

We'll just have to live with it until it dies and they hopefully find one with a more neighbourly disposition.
 

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Bah humbug ... I'm thinking of buying a shotgun for the cockerel and donkey that live near us!


.... and I was brought up on a 'proper' farm in UK.
I grew up with chickens in our garden and a smallholding with a very smelly pair of goats as well as a pig at the bottom of our garden.

In our 'residential' road we have cockerels (possibly more than one), a horse in a field two doors away, goats in a field at the end of the road and every house including ours has very noisy dogs.
 
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