Originally from the UK, I moved to Southern Ireland nearly 10 years ago for a change in pace of life and an outdoor lifestyle.
But the best laid plans are always subject to change, and sure enough – my project work finished. Then it occurred to me that I could have this perfect, healthy lifestyle in the sun!
So, I booked a research trip – just a week’s holiday with my two sisters – and we visited properties, towns, areas, beaches and castles – all within 100km of Vera.
It wasn’t long before I fell in love with the place…
I headed home and started to unpack. As I did; I thought “What am I doing here that I couldn’t do in Southern Spain? Nothing!” I realised.
So, I went online and planned my route to Vera through France and Spain – taking in a few sites as I travelled – after all I was in no rush.
I set a date of the 1st September and contacted one of the estate agents (inmobilaria) that I had viewed properties with and asked them to help me secure a rental property.
Almeria Housing was able to find me properties and talk with the owners in Spanish first – then arrange a video call from the property – a process I would highly recommend if you do not have friends already living here to visit on your behalf. I was also able to speak to the landlord to show him I was serious and very keen to move here – which also helps.
I arrived in Vera at lunchtime on 1st September, completed my paperwork, paid my deposit (usually two months in advance) and was handed the keys. I followed the agent to the property in my car, and we pulled up outside a very well maintained urbanizacion, right opposite the sea.
As he raised the shutters on the kitchen window I smiled as I took in the beauty of the wide, un-occupied sandy beach and the deep blue sea beyond.
I felt so lucky to have found such a piece of paradise. I still do.
Now – a year on – I am beginning to explore my landscape and realise my dreams of hiking and walking up mountains with my dogs. Not to mention a stroll along the sea
Come back and read about my adventures into the desert, taking ‘snow days’ in the Sierra Nevada, day-trips to Lorca Castle and Almeria shopping. We have it all here – and you could be enjoying it all too.
See you soon,
Photo from From Wikimedia Commons, Martyn Thompson (Cabo de Gata Photography)