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Posted: Sun Sep 6, 2020 11:23am
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CNH999

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Hi everyone, my partner and I usually take a longterm rental in the El Puerto area for 3-6 months during the winter months and were hoping to return this October until next March.  My question is, how are foreign tourists received at the moment with the current pandemic?  Are the locals happy to see us or not? We dont want to come if it causes some annoyance.  Has anyone had any experience of negativity?  We are interested in any replies, as  if there may be a problem we may decide to go further north on the costas where there are more ex-pats.  Thank you in anticipation.

Concept Architectural Workshop

Posted: Mon Sep 7, 2020 5:28pm

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Posted: Mon Sep 7, 2020 5:28pm

Evening CNH999,

My wife & I moved from London 2 years ago as my wife is Spanish, and had my family come over from Ireland to us for long stay during the winters months as they found the summer months too hot and crowed. Recently In terms of Chiclana, my family found the area fantastic and all bars & cafes were very welcoming and kind, especial as my parent have no Spanish whatsoever. I think the majority of business are just delighted to see business during the 'Covi' winter seasons.

In terms of El Puerto de Santa Maria, again another lovely area with a lovely beach front, but only have visited friends there during the summer months prior to the restrictions. However, I found the area far more heavily focused on the large tourism crowds and may come across a small bit impersonal, but that is solely my opinion.

Finally, as im only here 2 years, I have found a small group Expats that I meet up with every now and again especially a group called Walk & talk, where both English & Spanish people meet every friday morning to learn either English & Spanish, while walking the beach of La Barrorsa, finishing with a coffee on the promenade. I personally found this group to be a great place to meet both English and Spanish people (now friends) of all ages as when I arrived I had no contact with anyone.

In terms of places to stay, my parents found this small modern apartments in Chiclana town centre, over looking the river. They loved it, as my parent felt the town had more life and energy during Monday - Friday than the beach area during the winter season. Its worth considering, as my parents are not joining us this year, it might be available for long term rental, thats if you are interested in Chiclana naturally.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/es/central-loft.en-gb.html?aid=318615;label=English_Spain_EN_ES_21457892905-m7hIXL_DSAlICXzZsccq1gS217289565994%3Apl%3Ata%3Ap1%3Ap2%3Aac%3Aap%3Aneg%3Afi%3Atiaud-294889296893%3Adsa-912298703881%3Alp9049036%3Ali%3Adec%3Adm;sid=666738523ac27799c8293e19a15ed411;all_sr_blocks=643551001_263484612_2_1_0;checkin=2020-09-24;checkout=2020-09-30;dest_id=-377937;dest_type=city;dist=0;from_beach_non_key_ufi_sr=1;group_adults=1;group_children=0;hapos=1;highlighted_blocks=643551001_263484612_2_1_0;hpos=1;no_rooms=1;req_adults=1;req_children=0;room1=A;sb_price_type=total;sr_order=popularity;sr_pri_blocks=643551001_263484612_2_1_0__59999;srepoch=1599492160;srpvid=a6c16c1f17de01ba;type=total;ucfs=1&#hotelTmpl

I hope the above was helpful although restricted on my knowledge of El Puerto de Santa Maria.

I wish you both the best of luck, and safe travels.

Adrian.

Carmen

Posted: Mon Sep 7, 2020 11:25pm

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Joined: 26 Jul 2020

Posted: Mon Sep 7, 2020 11:25pm

You're very welcome always here at El Puerto!

CNH999

Posted: Tue Sep 8, 2020 1:13am

CNH999

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Posts: 25

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Joined: 23 Sep 2019

Posted: Tue Sep 8, 2020 1:13am

Concept Architectural Workshop wrote on Mon Sep 7, 2020 5:28pm:

Evening CNH999,

My wife & I moved from London 2 years ago as my wife is Spanish, and had my family come over from Ireland to us for long stay during the winters months as they found the summer months too hot and crowed. Recently In terms of Chiclana, my family found the area fantastic and all bars & cafe...

...s were very welcoming and kind, especial as my parent have no Spanish whatsoever. I think the majority of business are just delighted to see business during the 'Covi' winter seasons.

In terms of El Puerto de Santa Maria, again another lovely area with a lovely beach front, but only have visited friends there during the summer months prior to the restrictions. However, I found the area far more heavily focused on the large tourism crowds and may come across a small bit impersonal, but that is solely my opinion.

Finally, as im only here 2 years, I have found a small group Expats that I meet up with every now and again especially a group called Walk & talk, where both English & Spanish people meet every friday morning to learn either English & Spanish, while walking the beach of La Barrorsa, finishing with a coffee on the promenade. I personally found this group to be a great place to meet both English and Spanish people (now friends) of all ages as when I arrived I had no contact with anyone.

In terms of places to stay, my parents found this small modern apartments in Chiclana town centre, over looking the river. They loved it, as my parent felt the town had more life and energy during Monday - Friday than the beach area during the winter season. Its worth considering, as my parents are not joining us this year, it might be available for long term rental, thats if you are interested in Chiclana naturally.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/es/central-loft.en-gb.html?aid=318615;label=English_Spain_EN_ES_21457892905-m7hIXL_DSAlICXzZsccq1gS217289565994%3Apl%3Ata%3Ap1%3Ap2%3Aac%3Aap%3Aneg%3Afi%3Atiaud-294889296893%3Adsa-912298703881%3Alp9049036%3Ali%3Adec%3Adm;sid=666738523ac27799c8293e19a15ed411;all_sr_blocks=643551001_263484612_2_1_0;checkin=2020-09-24;checkout=2020-09-30;dest_id=-377937;dest_type=city;dist=0;from_beach_non_key_ufi_sr=1;group_adults=1;group_children=0;hapos=1;highlighted_blocks=643551001_263484612_2_1_0;hpos=1;no_rooms=1;req_adults=1;req_children=0;room1=A;sb_price_type=total;sr_order=popularity;sr_pri_blocks=643551001_263484612_2_1_0__59999;srepoch=1599492160;srpvid=a6c16c1f17de01ba;type=total;ucfs=1&#hotelTmpl

I hope the above was helpful although restricted on my knowledge of El Puerto de Santa Maria.

I wish you both the best of luck, and safe travels.

Adrian.

Hi Adrian, thank you for your comments, they are really helpful.  We have found various possibilities for accommodation both in El Puerto and Chiclana, we have decided to travel early in October now.  Thank you so much for your reply.

Kind regards

Claire CNH999

Concept Architectural Workshop

Posted: Tue Sep 8, 2020 9:18am

Posts: 63

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Joined: 12 Feb 2019

Posted: Tue Sep 8, 2020 9:18am

CNH999 wrote on Tue Sep 8, 2020 1:13am:

Hi Adrian, thank you for your comments, they are really helpful.  We have found various possibilities for accommodation both in El Puerto and Chiclana, we have decided to travel early in October now.  Thank you so much for your reply.

Kind regards

Claire CNH999

Happy to help. Enjoy

CNH999

Posted: Tue Sep 8, 2020 10:12am

CNH999

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Posts: 25

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Joined: 23 Sep 2019

Posted: Tue Sep 8, 2020 10:12am

Carmen wrote on Mon Sep 7, 2020 11:25pm:

You're very welcome always here at El Puerto!

Thank you Carmen! 

Heather56

Posted: Wed Sep 9, 2020 10:59am

Posts: 3

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Joined: 23 Jun 2019

Posted: Wed Sep 9, 2020 10:59am

Hi, we’re staying in Costa  Ballena, The people here are not representative of the local population, but mainly Spaniards from Seville and Madrid. We haven’t received or felt any hostility from anyone. I guess as long as we comply with their COVID rules of wearing masks at all times and social distancing, we just blend in. Friends who live out in Jerez and El Puerto don’t seem to have had any issues. I hope this helps. It’s very hot at the moment, but looking forward to a winter here rather than back in the UK🌺

CNH999

Posted: Wed Sep 9, 2020 7:43pm

CNH999

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Posts: 25

5 helpful points

Joined: 23 Sep 2019

Posted: Wed Sep 9, 2020 7:43pm

Heather56 wrote on Wed Sep 9, 2020 10:59am:

Hi, we’re staying in Costa  Ballena, The people here are not representative of the local population, but mainly Spaniards from Seville and Madrid. We haven’t received or felt any hostility from anyone. I guess as long as we comply with their COVID rules of wearing masks at all times and ...

...social distancing, we just blend in. Friends who live out in Jerez and El Puerto don’t seem to have had any issues. I hope this helps. It’s very hot at the moment, but looking forward to a winter here rather than back in the UK🌺

Hi Heather, thanks for the reply, sounds like we wont have any problems so that's good, looking forward to a Spanish winter again too!  Thanks again, stay safe

Claire  x

Laura F

Posted: Wed Sep 9, 2020 11:17pm

Posts: 35

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Joined: 22 Feb 2020

Posted: Wed Sep 9, 2020 11:17pm

Concept Architectural Workshop wrote on Mon Sep 7, 2020 5:28pm:

Evening CNH999,

My wife & I moved from London 2 years ago as my wife is Spanish, and had my family come over from Ireland to us for long stay during the winters months as they found the summer months too hot and crowed. Recently In terms of Chiclana, my family found the area fantastic and all bars & cafe...

...s were very welcoming and kind, especial as my parent have no Spanish whatsoever. I think the majority of business are just delighted to see business during the 'Covi' winter seasons.

In terms of El Puerto de Santa Maria, again another lovely area with a lovely beach front, but only have visited friends there during the summer months prior to the restrictions. However, I found the area far more heavily focused on the large tourism crowds and may come across a small bit impersonal, but that is solely my opinion.

Finally, as im only here 2 years, I have found a small group Expats that I meet up with every now and again especially a group called Walk & talk, where both English & Spanish people meet every friday morning to learn either English & Spanish, while walking the beach of La Barrorsa, finishing with a coffee on the promenade. I personally found this group to be a great place to meet both English and Spanish people (now friends) of all ages as when I arrived I had no contact with anyone.

In terms of places to stay, my parents found this small modern apartments in Chiclana town centre, over looking the river. They loved it, as my parent felt the town had more life and energy during Monday - Friday than the beach area during the winter season. Its worth considering, as my parents are not joining us this year, it might be available for long term rental, thats if you are interested in Chiclana naturally.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/es/central-loft.en-gb.html?aid=318615;label=English_Spain_EN_ES_21457892905-m7hIXL_DSAlICXzZsccq1gS217289565994%3Apl%3Ata%3Ap1%3Ap2%3Aac%3Aap%3Aneg%3Afi%3Atiaud-294889296893%3Adsa-912298703881%3Alp9049036%3Ali%3Adec%3Adm;sid=666738523ac27799c8293e19a15ed411;all_sr_blocks=643551001_263484612_2_1_0;checkin=2020-09-24;checkout=2020-09-30;dest_id=-377937;dest_type=city;dist=0;from_beach_non_key_ufi_sr=1;group_adults=1;group_children=0;hapos=1;highlighted_blocks=643551001_263484612_2_1_0;hpos=1;no_rooms=1;req_adults=1;req_children=0;room1=A;sb_price_type=total;sr_order=popularity;sr_pri_blocks=643551001_263484612_2_1_0__59999;srepoch=1599492160;srpvid=a6c16c1f17de01ba;type=total;ucfs=1&#hotelTmpl

I hope the above was helpful although restricted on my knowledge of El Puerto de Santa Maria.

I wish you both the best of luck, and safe travels.

Adrian.

Interested in the walk and talk coming over to El Palmar next month. 

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