This is just a hypothetical one for now, but I'm interested in the opinions of anyone who knows Spain well, or expats who've already taken the plunge.
I've travelled quite a bit in Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Costa de la Luz), and love it, but I don't have a good sense of where would meet my ideal criteria, which would be:
- mild and sunny (and pref. warm) in winter; - by the beach; - museums and other cultural stuff going on, so not just a beach town; - decent sized community with plenty of local life; - not too far from an airport with flights to London; - but NOT a resort town full of Brits tucking into a full English each morning and playing bowls!
Valencia fits the bill pretty well, but it's quite big and busy. Anyone else day-dreaming about one day grey gloom of an English winter behind?
That's interesting Gary as Malaga is somewhere I'd like to go. DH seems to have a somewhat negative impression, but I think that's because of the resort towns nearby. Does Malaga have a nice beach (or beaches?)
We were in Valencia last week dan and totally fell in love with it. The soft sandy beach is one of the nicest I've been to, particularly near a city, only slightly spoiled by the cranes at the port. Whereabouts do you live (if you don't mind me asking)?
I've got my Rough Guide out now and am having a look at Malaga
We used to live in Spain and now spend half our time there. We are there right now. It's currently 17 degrees at 6.15 and we had coffee on the playa and walked 5kms along the prom and back earlier. We are in Almeria province which probably has the best winter weather anywhere in Spain and we love it. However, it's very underdeveloped so may lack the infrastructure and cultural elements you are looking for. Like others up thread I think Malaga or Alicante might suit you. I can't put my finger on why but I'm not that keen on Valencia but I know I'm in the minority.