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Where can I meet other British expats?

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:23am
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Considering moving from Costa del Sol to Chiclana.  Concerned that with limited Spanish may feel somewhat isolated unless there are places to meet other expats who could offer advice on living in the area.  Any suggestions would be gratefully received, thank you.

Karin

Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:53am

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:53am

Hi,

I am living with my husband in El Puerto de Santa Maria which is close to Chiclana. The Costa de la Luz is very different from the Costa del Sol. You wont find a lot of British expats here I am afraid. I personally find this is the advantage of the Costa de la Luz as it is not crowded with second home owners from Britain, German, Holland etc. Spanish people here are very friendly but not many speak English. However, they try to make themselves understood or understand you as best as they can. It is possible to live here without speaking Spanish but it is obviously much nicer if you can speak Spanish and communicate with people. There are a few language exchange groups around e.g. one in San Fernando where Spanish people want to practice their Enlish and you can practice your Spanish. I personally love these groups as it is a great way to meet Spanish people and practice your own Spanish. You could also try websites like open language or conversation exchange where you can find Spanish language buddies. 

Hope this helps a bit. If you have any other questions, just ask

saludos Karin :-)

Tracy61

Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:33am

Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:33am

I moved from Fuengirola to Chiclana last September.  Love it here. Where are you on costa del sol?

Carolg

Carolg

Original Poster

Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:28pm

Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:28pm

 Many thanks for taking the time to reply, the exchange groups seem a great way to interact and learn the language.

Carolg

Carolg

Original Poster

Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:33pm

Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:33pm

Hi, we have just sold our house in Calahonda and are renting near Miraflores Golf whilst we decide where to move to next.  We plan to visit Chiclana again shortly as we did love the area but my main concern was our lack of Spanish and how we would integrate and on the practical side, whether for example there are English speaking doctors and dentists.  Any advice would be gratefully received, thank you.

Tracy61

Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:49pm

Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:49pm

If you're interested we could meet up.when I'm there in July?

Karin

Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:12pm

Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:12pm

Hi Tracy,

I live in El Puerto de Santa Maria which is opposite of Cadiz. It is not very far from Chiclana. Yes if you like we can meet for a coffee. You are the first expat I will meet apart from my husband`s work collegues :-) I am away from 3rd to 13th of July but after that I am here. 

Karin

Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:23pm

Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:23pm

Hi Carol,

there are English speaking doctors and dentists here. If you have private insurance they would advise you of doctors who speak English. I have the telephone number of a lady in Jerez who is an English GP. She is practicing here and allegedly very good. However, I personally have no recommendations as so far we have not needed a doctor.

There are not a lot of expats here, so if you dont speak the language and dont work here you may indeed find yourself a bit isolated.

I personally love the fact that it is very Spanish here and that there are not a lot of expats. I am learning Spanish and people really appreciate my efforts.

hope this helps

Karin

Carolg

Carolg

Original Poster

Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:25pm

Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:25pm

Hi Karin, many thanks for replying, we plan to return soon for another look around but have received some very positive comments on the area which is great. We may even decide to rent there for a while to see if we can settle.

Tracy61

Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:43pm

Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:43pm

Hi Karin

I work.in Puerto Santa Maria 

Will be away July and August.  Start work 1st September so a coffee then? Where abouts do you live?

My phone number is

607512930. WhatsApp 

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